Best Summer Flicks You’ve Never Seen

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10. Sorcerer
> Release date: June 24, 1977
> Directed by: William Friedkin
> Starring: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal

Director William Friedkin previously scored hits with “The Exorcist” and “The French Connection,” but 1977’s suspense thriller “Sorcerer” was a financial flop. It has gone on to achieve a cult following.

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9. Fat City
> Release date: July 26, 1972
> Directed by: John Huston
> Starring: Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell

Stacy Keach stars in the lead role as aging boxer Billy Tully in director John Huston’s boxing drama “Fat City.” The film is based on a novel by author Leonard Garnder, who told Life Magazine that the film’s title was slang for “the good life” and meant to be ironic.

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8. Advise & Consent
> Release date: June 6, 1962
> Directed by: Otto Preminger
> Starring: Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda

“Advise and Consent” is a political drama centering on the turbulent confirmation of Robert A. Leffingwell (Henry Fonda) as secretary of state. With the president on his deathbed, heated debates ensue and skeletons emerge from the closet. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962.

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7. O Lucky Man!
> Release date: June 20, 1973
> Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
> Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts

This 1973 fantasy comedy stars Malcolm McDowell as Mick Travis, a coffee salesman who can’t break free of society’s backbreaking expectation on workers. To enhance the film’s surreal nature, director Lindsay Anderson cast several actors in multiple roles. At nearly three hours long, “O Lucky Man!” earned mixed reviews on its release.

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6. The Friends of Eddie Coyle
> Release date: June 27, 1973
> Directed by: Peter Yates
> Starring: Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan

Robert Mitchum leads the cast of Peter Yates’ 1973 crime drama “The Friends of Eddie Coyle.” Mitchum stars in the titular role as a low-level Boston gun runner who gets caught working as an informant. Though it wasn’t a blockbuster, this film has earned a loyal following with a 100% fresh rating and 88% audience score at Rotten Tomatoes.