|Crazy Heart: A Tribute to Jeff
This is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Jeff Bridges earned an Oscar nomination for his first major film, 1971s
THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, and in the years since has proven himself to be one of
Americas most versatile actors, equally at home in big-budget spectacles (TRON, IRON
MAN) and character-driven indies (AMERICAN HEART, THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR). A charismatic
leading man in films such as AGAINST ALL ODDS and TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM, Bridges
is also an accomplished character actor, with turns as a na´ve alien (STARMAN, for which
he garnered another of his Academy Award nominations), Clint Eastwoods sidekick
(THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT, yet another Oscar nomination), and a haunted shock jock (THE
FISHER KING) among his many credits.
Join us at the Cinematheque as we honor Bridges with a tribute that includes some of
his finest work from the past as well as his latest acclaimed performance in CRAZY HEART.
Series compiled by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Jim Hemphill.
Saturday, January 16 - 8:00 PM SOLD OUT
Jeff Bridges In Person! Double Feature:
CRAZY HEART, 2009, 112 min. Fox Searchlight, Dir. Scott
Cooper. Jeff Bridges gives one of the best performances of his career as Bad Blake, a
once-popular country musician who has been reduced to low-paying gigs in bowling alleys
with teenage backup bands. When a young journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) tracks him down for
an interview, Bad Blake embarks on a relationship fraught with risks on both sides. Robert
Duvall and Colin Farrell provide support. Trailer | Official Website
THE BIG LEBOWSKI, 1998, Universal, 117 min. Dir.
Joel Coen. The Dude (a perfectly cast Jeff Bridges) decides to seek satisfaction when
hes mistaken by some hoods for his uptight, multi-millionaire namesake, Jeffrey
Lebowski (David Huddleston). Enlisting the help of his best bowling buddies, short-fuse
Nam vet Walter (a brilliantly misguided John Goodman) and wimpy Donny (Steve
Buscemi), the Dude is determined to get to the bottom of the confusion of identities. Discussion in between films with actor Jeff Bridges. Trailer
Sunday, January 17 7:30 PM
Double Feature: STARMAN,
1984, Sony Repertory, 115 min. Dir. John Carpenter. Oscar-nominated Jeff Bridges delivers
a wonderfully offbeat performance as an alien struggling to understand humanity while
traveling cross-country with widow Karen Allen who struggles with the fact that the
alien has reincarnated itself in the form of her late husband! Trailer
THE FISHER KING, 1991, Sony Repertory, 137 min. Dir.
Terry Gilliam. Jeff Bridges pulls out all the stops as a shattered shock jock trying to
escape self-pity and remorse, and Robin Williams is the sanity-challenged homeless
vagabond who helps him in director Terry Gilliams modern fable of love and
redemption. Co-starring Mercedes Ruehl (who won an Academy Award as Supporting Actress),
Amanda Plummer, and Harry Shearer. Trailer
Wednesday, January 20 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: CUTTER'S WAY, 1981, MGM Repertory, 105 min. Dir. Ivan
Passer. When Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) spots a guy dumping something in a garbage can on
a rainy night, he doesnt think much of it until he learns that a murder took
place in the same area. When Bone is placed at the scene and becomes a suspect, he and his
friend Alex Cutter (John Heard) try to solve the crime, but find themselves awash in
conspiracy theories and moral ambiguities.
THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT, 1974, MGM Repertory, 114
min. Dir. Michael Cimino. An offbeat heist film/modern-day western, with pro thief Clint
Eastwood trying to elude his murderous ex-partners (George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis)
with aid from gentle-souled drifter Jeff Bridges, who earned his second Oscar nomination.
Writer-director Michael Ciminos first film, THUNDERBOLT constantly surprises with
ingenious plot twists, character-driven humor and a wistful sweetness that is all too rare
in action films. Trailer