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Today in Movie History: November 19

Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai hit U.S. theaters in 1956, giving us a chance to see the master’s brilliant Eastern-Western mash-up that influenced everything from The Magnificent Seven to Star Wars to A Bug’s Life. For a more recent example of plucky underdogs facing an overwhelming task, the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released five years ago today. (Kind of hard to believe it’s been that long.) Milos Foreman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest hit theaters in 1975, going on to become one of just a tiny handful of films to win the Big Five Oscars (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Screenplay). Finally, Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow arrived in 1999, another of the director’s handsome baubles that struggled with a coherent story.

 

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