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Pushed to the breaking-point after their latest, "why can't you do this one little thing for me?" argument, art dealer Brooke calls it quits with her boyfriend, Gary, who hosts bus tours of Chicago. What follows is a series of remedies, war tactics, overtures and underminings suggested by the former couple's friends, confidantes and the occasional total stranger. When neither ex is willing to move out of the condo they used to share, the only solution is to continue living as hostile roommates until somebody caves. But somewhere between protesting the pool table in the living room, the dirty clothes stacked in the kitchen cupboards and the sports played at sleep-killing volume in the middle of the night, Brooke begins to realize that what she may be really fighting for isn't so much the place but the person.
Feeling that it's time for a change in her life, Dr. Kate Forster leaves the suburban Illinois locale where she completed her residency and takes a job at a busy Chicago hospital. One thing she is reluctant to leave behind is the uniquely beautiful house she's been renting--a spacious and artfully
How does one man change the world? It''s a question that haunts Bruce Wayne like the specter of his parents, gunned down before his eyes in the streets of Gotham on a night that changed his life forever. Tormented by guilt and anger, battling the demons that feed his desire for revenge and his need to honor his parents'' altruistic legacy, the disillusioned industrial heir vanished from Gotham and secretly travels the world, seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. In his quest to elucidate himself in the ways of the criminal mind, Bruce is mentored by a mysterious man called Ducard in the mastery of the physical and mental disciplines that will empower him to fight the evil he has vowed to destroy. He soon finds himself the target of recruiting efforts by the League of Shadows, a powerful, subversive vigilante group headed by enigmatic leader Ra''s al Ghul. Bruce returns to Gotham to find the city devoured by rampant crime and corruption. Wayne Enterprises, his family''s former bastion of philanthropic business ideals, now rests in the hands of CEO Richard Earle, a man more concerned with taking the company public than serving the public good. Meanwhile, Bruce''s close childhood friend Rachel Dawes, now an Assistant District Attorney, can''t secure a conviction of the city''s most notorious criminals because the justice system has been so deeply polluted by scum like crime boss Carmine Falcone. It doesn''t help that prominent Gotham psychiatrist Dr. Jonathan Crane bolsters insanity defenses for Falcone''s thugs in exchange for nefarious favors that serve his own devious agenda. With the help of his trusted butler Alfred, detective Jim Gordon--one of the few good cops on the Gotham police force--and Lucius Fox, his ally at the Wayne Enterprises'' Applied Sciences division, Bruce Wayne unleashes his awe-inspiring alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses strength, intellect and an array of high tech weaponry to fight the si
Advertising executive Charles Schine is just another Chicago commuter who regularly catches the 8:43 A.M. train to work. But the one day he misses his train and meets Lucinda Harris, his life is changed forever. Lucinda is charming, beautiful and seductive. Despite the fact that each are married wit
It's the summer of '78 and if you're looking for good times there is just one place to go: the local roller disco, where the music is hot, the girls are hotter, and the entire atmosphere is dynamite. It is here, under the swirling colored lights and the spinning disco ball that thousands will experi
From the moment Matthew sees Lisa, nothing else matters. She walks past the window of the shop where he works in the Wicker Park section of Chicago, and he's immediately captivated; he follows her, they meet, and soon they fall deeply in love. Everything about their relationship seems perfect--until
A supernatural thriller that plunges into the deep claustrophobia and sensory deprivation of the underwater world. The journey begins as the crew of the USS Tiger Shark, a World War II sub prowling the mid-Atlantic waters, heads for its homeport in Connecticut. At the end of a long and deadly missi
An ensemble comedy about a day in the life of a barbershop on the south side of Chicago. It''s Calvin''s shop, and he inherited the struggling business from his father, but with bills to pay and a baby on the way, he sees the shop as a burden and a waste of time. After selling the shop to a local loan shark, Calvin slowly begins to see his father''s vision and legacy and struggles with the notion that he just sold it out. Calvin''s barbershop is filled with an eclectic and comedic cast of folk who share their stories, jokes, trials and tribulations. In the shop we find Eddie, an old barber with a big mouth, strong opinions and no customers. Jimmy is a highly educated barber with a superiority complex who can''t stand Isaac, the new, white barber who just wants a shot at cutting some hair. Ricky is an ex-con with two strikes against him and is desperately trying to stay straight. Terri is a hard-edged woman who can''t seem to leave her two-timing boyfriend. And lastly there''s Dinka, a fellow barber who is madly in love with Terri but doesn''t get the time of day.
An aimless young man can''t seem to stop gambling, drinking, and scalping tickets, even though all of his friends are settling down and making good money at legitimate jobs. Desperate for cash, he secures a loan from an acquaintance by agreeing to coach the Little League team of the Cabrini Green housing projects in Chicago. His new job gives him purpose and he starts to turn his life around.
Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his erudite friend Bullwinkle J. Moose are living in the now desolate Frostbite Falls, barely surviving on diminishing residual checks from re-runs of their old television series. Meanwhile, back in Pottsylvania, Fearless Leader and his notorious spies Boris Badenov an
Set in Chicago, a contemporary fairy tale about a recently widowed architectural engineer, Bob Rueland, whose life takes a horrible turn when his wife's life is suddenly taken. He is haunted by her memory, and is still desperately in love with his wife. To cover his pain, and avoid dealing with his
FBI agent Joel Campbell, burnt-out and shell-shocked after years spent chasing serial killers, flees L.A. to begin a new life for himself in Chicago. But five months later, Joel's best laid plans are abruptly cut short when his new hometown becomes the setting for some particularly gruesome murders-
"The Negotiator" (1998), starring Samuel L. Jackson as Danny Roman, and Kevin Spacey as Chris Sabian, is an action-packed thriller. Roman, a highly respected police officer, is desperate to prove that he''s innocent of the murder of his longtime partner, and finds himself holding a group of innocent people hostage. The savior of the day, Sabian, is the police department negotiator and hostage specialist, who intervenes and goes on a rescue mission. One man''s fury puts another''s life in jeopardy in this blockbuster hit.
Hank Mitchell has an apparently perfect small-town life, complete with steady job and a pregnant wife. The only cloud on his horizon is his half-witted brother Jacob and his redneck pal, who clearly resent him. The three of them stumble by chance on a crashed plane containing a charred body and $4 million in a bag. They decide to keep the money -- it is a victimless theft after all -- but the simple plan begins to unravel. The police become suspicious, Jacob talks too much, and events soon spiral out of control.
U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard and his street-smart deputies pursue Sheridan, a new fugitive who is accused of two New York assassinations. Aiding Gerard is a cocky young government operative who proves to be a match for Gerard''s tactical and intellectual strengths.
A graduate student and a Chicago cop try to solve a series of murders, leading them to New York City's Museum of Natural History and specific objects from a doomed expedition.
A 28-year-old woman, who years earlier made a pact with her closest male friend that if neither were married in ten years time they would marry one another, now faces the fact that the man is about to marry someone else. He asks her to be his "best man" and she agrees, planning to go to the ceremony and then break up the couple before they exchange their vows. Instead, she accepts the turn of events and realizes she doesn''t need to be married to be happy.
A top-secret computer chip has been stolen from the U.S. Defense Department. The international criminals who expertly and ruthlessly engineered its heist are asking for untold millions of dollars on the Black Market. But the precious booty, hidden inside a toy car, has been temporarily misplaced. Its final destination: a comfortable Chicago suburb. Quietly taking up residence in the tree-lined neighborhood, the four highly trained spies marshal all their diabolical resources and skills to retrieve the device. Their state-of-the-art surveillance and ruthless strategy have foiled Interpol, the FBI, U.S. Defense Agents and the local police. Only one person can stop this high-tech gang of black marketers. Meet eight-year-old Alex Pruitt. When this pesky team of bad guys invade his neighborhood, he''s the last and only line of defense. Alex has his own special surveillance tools. He has his own carefully mapped out strategy. He has courage. He has the chicken pox. And he''s "home alone"...
In downtown Chicago, a struggling female photographer and a struggling writer meet at a poetry reading. Then the woman''s former boyfriend returns to the scene.
After discovering his wife in bed with his boss, ad exec Nick Beam is carjacked while sitting at a stop light. Having "nothing to lose," Nick turns the tables and kidnaps the armed robber. Ultimately the two form an unlikely friendship when they try to exact revenge against Nick''s boss in an adventure filled with mistaken identity and hold-ups.
Set in the 1960s, a 17-year-old boy becomes friends with Billy Magic, the radio DJ he idolizes, and eventually becomes exposed to the payola and corruption of that world.
After years of tireless work, a team of scientists and technicians at the University of Chicago have tapped a simple, yet almost infinitely powerful way to produce energy from water--cleanly, efficiently, abundantly--for a fuel-starved, pollution-weary world. What impact will this discovery have on us all? Student machinist Eddie Kasalivich and scientist Lily Sinclair are about to get the explosive answer. Suddenly caught in a chain reaction of murder and high-tech espionage, the two colleagues are forced to go on the lam after being framed for the murder of their mentor, visionary scientist Dr. Alistair Barkley, and the sabotage of their laboratory. Barkley had been determined to give details of the discovery freely to all nations. Others insisted on discretion--and would go to any lengths to keep it from getting out. With a half-dozen federal agencies pursuing them across the country, Eddie and Lily set out to discover who is behind this far-reaching, shadowy and deadly conspiracy.
Sequel to the 1967 feature film, "To Sir With Love." After retiring from a distinguished career as an educator in London, Mark Thackeray moves to the United States to take a teaching assignment in a south side Chigago school. Now, a widower, he also tries to locate a woman, supposedly living in Chic
Summoned from an ashram in Tibet, where he''s retreated to seek spiritual guidance--after failing to save the life of a stranded raccoon--antic animal sleuth Ace Ventura finds himself thrust into the most challenging case of his career. At the request of Vincent Cadby, the English Consul General of the Bonai Province, Ace embarks on a perilous journey into the jungles of Africa with his constant companion, Spike the monkey, joined by the consul''s portly emissary, the unflappable Fulton Greenwall. Ace''s mission: to find Shikaka, the missing sacred animal of the friendly Wachati tribe, before the wedding of the Chief''s daughter to the first son of the warrior Wachootoo tribe. If Ace fails, the result will be tribal war. Relying on his wits and uncanny powers of detection--as well as on the aid of some newfound friends--the ingenious Ace outmaneuvers a host of dangerous adversaries as he races against time to recover Shikaka, with the fate of the Bonai Province hanging in the balance.
Bumbling kidnappers nab an infant, quickly lose him and then must find him.
A six-year-old has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle... Santa Claus. The arrival of one Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who believes he's the genuine article, turns the skeptical child's world upside down.
The story of three Pittsburgh widows who gather once a month to visit their husband's graves. Their friendship becomes strained when one of them starts dating.
A 12-year-old boy, desperate to impress his baseball coach, winds up breaking his arm. Once he recovers, he has the ability to throw the ball 100 miles an hour and goes on to pitch for the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.
A weatherman gets stuck in time, forced to live the same day over and over.
A man is forced to go on the run after being falsely accused of killing his wife.
Ace reporter Gale Gayley literally falls into the story of a lifetime when she's a passenger on an airplane that crashes into a Chicago bridge. In the smoke and darkness, she's saved by a rude, foul-mouthed "hero," who promptly disappears into the night... leaving only his shoe behind. When Gale's T
Two sisters become rivals while playing women''''s baseball during World War II.
A turn-of-the-century story of two young Irish immigrants, he poor and she rich, who flee their homeland to settle in the American West.
Biographical drama on the late Teamsters Union leader, Jimmy Hoffa.
A callous billionaire makes a bet that turns his super luxurious lifestyle upsidedown.
A comedy about a con artist--assigned through a court order to do "community service"--who must help a chronic liar (recently released from a sanitorium) begin a new life in New York City. The relationship grows more complicated and hilarious as cons, lies and mulitple identities are woven together.
Against a contrast of inner city violence and suburban serenity, a con man assumes someone else''s identity.
Rocky risks losing everything, stricken with brain damage from his years in the ring, and goes back to his meager origins, only to become embroiled in a street fight with his surrogate son.
A television movie based on the true story of the bizarre murder/suicide case of the Boston couple, Charles and Carol Stuart, in late 1989.
Story of the losing Cleveland Indians baseball team threatened with relocation to Miami.
A southern boy goes to Chicago where he becomes a cop and finds himself in the middle of a plot involving a vengeance-seeking Appalachian relative.
Political thriller revolving around a conspiracy, a nuclear disarmament treaty between the USA and USSR, and a court-martialed soldier who escapes from custody.
Six boys from radically different cultural and economic backgrounds come together during 1959, the year Hawaii became the 50th State.
Pee-wee down on the farm, falling in love with the star of the circus that comes to town.
Carol Anne has been sent by her parents to live with her aunt and uncle in a brand-new Chicago high-rise. Unfortunately, the supernatural forces that have plagued her before follow Carol Anne to her new residence.
Four generations of a family in northern Minnesota are brought together when the head of the family lands in the hospital after being thrown by his horse.
A man awakens after a night of drinking to find blood on his clothing and a series of murders committed; he cannot recall the previous evening in detail and believes he is being framed.
Jesse Hawkes, a former mountain ranger resigns from the service after tracking down and bringing to trial a vicious psychopathic killer. After T.J. Cousins, the killer, escapes from prison, Hawkes volunteers his services to help track down his arch enemy.
A perpetual truant joins his friends for a day of adventure and self-discovery.
A laid-off steelworker and a sophisticated executive team up to track down the killers of the former's daughter and the latter's son, gunned down in a drug dispute on the eve of their wedding. And until the eve of this film's initial showing, it was called simply "Two Fathers" -- in fact, a truly od
A stranded alien enlists a widow''''s help to get back to his ship.
In another pilot to a prospective series, Robert Conrad is an aging Marine Corps pilot who is grounded and, rather than become a desk jockey, agrees to take over the running of his old alma mater, a military school that has gone to seed. With his long-time aide, Red West (Conrad's real-life buddy an
While his parents are away, a high school student practices his business skills by turning his suburban home into a bordello.
On one of his bratty son Eric''s annual visits, the plutocrat US Bates takes Eric to his department store and offers him anything in it as a gift. Eric chooses a black janitor, Jack Brown, who has made him laugh with his antics. At first the man suffers many indignities as Eric''s "toy," but gradually teaches the lonely boy what it is like to have and to be a friend.
A couple''s honeymoon in Mississippi turns tragic when the wife, Caroline, is raped by a hairy beast. This results in a pregnancy, but Caroline gives birth to a seemingly normal boy who is named Michael. When Michael turns seventeen, he begins to have strange feelings, and his parents return to Mississippi to see if the problems have something to do with the way he was conceived. Once there, Michael becomes an insect-like beast, killing and devouring innocent people.
Musical autobiography of Loretta Lynn, who fought poverty and pills to become a country western star.
A musical-comedy pilot about the lives of the tenants of a Southern California mini-mall.
The story of a black slaughterhouse worker who was part of the pioneering attempt to unionize the often fractious Chicago meatpackers at the end of World War I. But the post-war recession only increased the racial tensions already simmering within the slaughterhouses and stockyards and culminated in
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A one-hour film, adapted from a story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., about a painfully shy young man who can only be dynamic when acting in the local amateur theatrical society. In real life, Harry is the timid, bashful clerk at the local hardware store. When a new co-star for Harry comes onto the scene, th
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