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0The Michigan Daily

Sunday, January 8, 1984

Page 5

Here in the twilight

LOS ANGELES (AP)- A hearing starts.
Monday for five filmmakers charged
with the deaths of three actors during
production of Twilight Zone, in what
some lawyers call an unprecedented
case that could drive the movie in-
dustry out of California.
The preliminary hearing before
Superior Court Judge Brian Crahan is
to determine if there is enough evidence
for director John Landis and four
others to stand trial on charges of in-
voluntary manslaughter for the July
1982 deaths of actor Vic Morrow and
two children.
Attorney Jerome Berchin, who is
F suing the filmmakers and Warner Bros.
studio for $200 million on behalf of one
child's family, said the very prospect of
a trial is unprecedented.
"I feel a precedent already has been
set," Berchin said. "I think the movie
industry has been shaken by this ac-
cident ... because it appears that insuf-
ficient safety precautions were taken."
"It's already had a very substantial
effect in terms of insurance, in terms of

who's covered under insurance and in
terms of some directors' extreme ner-
vousness about making some kinds of
movies at all," said prominent enter-
tainment attorney Tom Pollock.
More that $82,000 in fines, currently
on appeal, have been assessed by state
health and labor agencies against the
movie-makers and Warner Bros.,
which distributed Twilight Zone to
theater,last summer.
Last June, a county grand jury indic-
ted Landis, associate producer George
Folsey Jr., production manager Dan
Allingham, special effects coordinator
Paul Stewart and helicopter pilot Dor-
sey Wingo.
Wingo was flying the helicopter
during early morning filming of a
Vietnam war sequence in a riverbed
near Balencia, 40 miles northwest of
Los Angeles. A powerful special effects
explosion disabled the craft and it fell
on the three victims, killing them in-
Landis' attorney, Harland Braun,
said Thursday that if the case went to

trial and Landis was convicted, no
filmmaker ever would risk filming in
California again.
"It's very important because the
defense basically is that in dealing with
special effects and aircraft, the direc-
tor is required by law to hire experts,
and that he did hire experts and he used
experts and still there was an ac-
cident," Braun said.
During grand jury proceedings last
summer, Twighlight Zone workers
testified the filmmakers knew they
were violating state laws by using the two
children - Myca Dinh Le, seven, and
Renee Chen, six - in the early morning
hours of July 23, 1982.
Folsey and Allingham were charged
only in the two childrens' deaths.
Charged in all three of the deaths are
Stewart, Wingo and Landis, who has
directed such movies as Animal
House, The Blues Brothers and An
American Werewolf in London.
If convicted, Landis, Wingo and
Stewart face maximum six-year prison

AP Photo
This helicopter wreckage in July 1982 during the making of the film "The Twilight Zone" led to the deaths of actor Vic
Morrow and two Vietnamese children.

.B ARBRA STREISAND has been noted as a per- identity equally as important as her education. She is Yentl (posing as Anchal, her male counterpart) are
fectionist. Yentl is evidence of this. Streisand a woman and she should be proud of her gender. The guests for dinner. As Irving rushes around like a mad
s has had many successes in her life, Funny Girl, Hello masquerade must stop. woman, trying to serve them and impress Avigdor,
Dolly, The Way We Were, but Yentl goes beyond that; Yentl has a fine supporting cast in Patinkin and Yentl sings about how beautiful Irving is, yet with an
giving her the distinction of being the first woman in Amy Irving (who plays Avigdor's beautiful fiance). air of superiority at how uneducated she is, making
motion picture history to produce, direct, write and Patinkin starred recently in Ragtime and won a Tony for an intriguing, yet humorous scene.
s perform in a film. Award for his performance in the Broadway musical. Yentl is a beautiful love story. Yentl makes a great
Yentl, based on the story Yentl The Yeshiva Boy, is Evita. Topping the list of Irving's achievements are sacrifice in order to keep Avigdor and his fiance
a film about searching. Streisand portrays Yentl, a Honeysuckle Rose, The Competition and Carrie. together, although in Yentl's heart, she want Avigdor
h young woman trapped in a repressive society, who The music in Yentl is commendable in its own for herself. She is learning what it means to love.
hungers for the knowledge that will give her her own right, but it is the fitting way it compliments the film In the end, Yentl is on her way to America, where
identity. and the union of these two factors that is the real she can study freely, as a woman. She sings "A Piece
Yentl's search brings her to a synagogue of sorts, treat. The soothing voice of Streisand and the genius of Sky," which is a conglomeration of all the key
where she meets Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin). They of Marilyn and Alan Bergman and Michel Legrand songs of the film. It has a finishing and rounding off
-l M soon become close "friends" and through their con- make for an unbeatable combination. effect, which gives the audience a sense of com-
y y ontgomery stant companionship, Yentl's suppressed feminine Two favorites are "No Wonder" and "The Way He pletion, which is sometimes lacking in other films.
sensualities are awakened. She soon realizes that Makes Me Feel." In "No Wonder" Yentl sings about "Nothing's impossible," Yentl claims and she
what she gave up in order to study is a part of her Avigdor's fiance (Irving), while the two, Avigdor and seems to be summing up Streisand's feelings.

Two for one not worth it

CALL 764-0557

By Michael Fisch
I'D APPRECIATE it if you'd forget
about poker rules for a minute,
because anythingbeats Two of a Kind.
The film stars musclebound, teeny-bop
trend-setter John Travolta (you'll be
thrilled to know Travolta is coming out
with his very own exercise book) and
Miss "Let's Get Physical," Olivia
Newton-John. The movie has all the
ingredients necessary to make a bundle
of money: two pretty faces, some
terrible, but soon-to-be hit music, a bare
chest (Travolta's) and wet T-shirts.
What more could you ask for? How
about a plot? The pickens sho' is lean in
this department.
At the beginning of the film the
Supreme Being decides .that there are

no good people left on Earth, and that
the eradication of man is his only
solution. A group of guardian angels
want to save humanity and propose a
test to prove mankind's goodness. Zack
Melon (Travolta) and Debbie Wylder
(Newton-John) turn out - surprise -
to be the guinea pigs for this test. It's a
pity they didn't drug the "guinea pigs"
- that easily would have bettered their
acting performances. All right, I'll
admit it, Travolta and Newton-John
make a cute couple but that probably
won't be enough for you, unless you
block your ears from the numbingly
idiotic dialogue.
For curiosity's sake, I decided to see
what some other people thought of Two
of a Kind. Said one Michigan student
."It was so bad it was gross - you better
not mention my name, I'm kind of em-

barrassed about seeing the film."
Another student said "I took my baby
sister to see it and she loved it." The
last person I questioned was a bit
evasive, but finally whispered, "It's a
good movie to see after exams when
your mind is all mushy." I think she's
got a point there.
According to Twentieth Century
Fox's press release for Two of a Kind
"Certain stars seem to belong together,
evoking the kind of chemistry that
guarantees audiences a most
pleasurable experience . . ." Olivia
Newton-John and John Travolta's
chemistry set must be missing a few
key chemicals.
If you're a real fan go see Two of a
Kind. If you're not save your cash -
you might have enough to buy John
Travolta's new exercise book.




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