Wannabe Legends of the Fall

WEDNESDAY

Antonio Gaudi. Hiroshi Teshigahara ("Woman in the Dunes") explores the work of the visionary architect. (Milestone Films)

FRIDAY

Amazon. Oscar winner Kieth Merrill conducts an Imax tour of the river's domain. (Imax)

Bandwagon. Membership in a rock band sends four young men on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery. (CFP)

Delinquent. A troubled teen in upstate New York finds escape in fantasy and in an unoccupied summer home, where he becomes intrigued by the absent owners. (Rice Arts Management Inc.)

Different for Girls. Rupert Graves and Steven Mackintosh star in a romantic comedy with a twist: When two old school pals run into each other 20 years later, one of them has become a woman. (First Look Pictures)

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca. Suspenseful thriller about the murder of Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca. Esai Morales and Andy Garcia star. (Triumph)

The End of Violence. Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell, Gabriel Byrne and Peter Horton star in Wim Wenders' exploration of the effect of violence on people's lives. (MGM)

The Game. Sean Penn gets brother Michael Douglas involved in a mysterious contest that proves to be more than just a diversion. David Fincher ("Seven") directs. (PolyGram)

Mon Homme. Prostitute Anouk Grinberg meets street person Gerard Lanvin, and a stormy and surprising relationship unfolds under the hand of controversial French director Bertrand Blier. (Artificial Eye)

Suicide Kings. Christopher Walken as a mobster who is abducted by a group of youths trying to solve a friend's kidnapping. (LIVE Entertainment)

SEPT. 19

Conspirators of Pleasure. Czech surrealist Jan Svankmajer ("Faust," "Alice") integrates special effects and animation with live action as he observes six citizens of Prague preparing their sexual "feasts." (Zeitgeist Films)

Going All the Way. Rachel Weisz, Amy Locane, Jill Clayburgh and Lesley Ann Warren are some of the women in the lives of two buddies who return to Indianapolis after the Korean War and try to sort out their lives. (Gramercy)

Gravesend. That's the name of the Brooklyn neighborhood where four friends are faced with the problem of discarding a corpse, in Sal Stabile's directing debut. (Manga Entertainment)

In & Out. English teacher Kevin Kline's world is turned upside down when his sexuality is called into question on the eve of his wedding. Frank Oz directs. (Paramount)

Intimate Relations. This black comedy examines the effect of a woman's affair with a young lodger in 1950s England. Julie Walters and Rupert Graves star for writer-director Philip Goodhew. (Fox Searchlight)

L.A. Confidential. James Ellroy's novel is the basis for a drama about crime and corruption during Los Angeles' early-'50s boom. Kim Basinger and Kevin Spacey head the cast. (Warner Bros.)

The Long Way Home. Through new interviews and vintage film and still photographs, this documentary examines the plight of the tens of thousands Holocaust survivors who faced further trials in the postwar years. (Seventh Art)

A Thousand Acres. Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jennifer Jason Leigh star as sisters whose inheritance unleashes a family's buried secrets. (Touchstone)

Wes Craven Presents Wishmaster. A jeweler unleashes an omnipotent--and hostile--being called Djinn. Can she outwit her lethal discovery? (Live Entertainment)

SEPT. 26

The Assignment. The CIA's Donald Sutherland and Israeli agent Ben Kingsley enlist Aidan Quinn in an elaborate trap for a notorious terrorist. (Triumph)

Breaking Up. Russell Crowe and Salma Hayek are a New York couple whose love is as undeniable as it is unworkable. (Warner Bros.)

The Edge. Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin cope with the elements, bears and their own conflicts over Hopkins' wife, Elle Macpherson, after their plane crashes in Alaska. Lee Tamahori directs David Mamet's screenplay. (Fox)

For Ever Mozart. The film's four parts "do not necessarily form a whole," says director Jean-Luc Godard, offering a typically enigmatic clue to his meditation on art, history and politics. (New Yorker Films)

Kicked in the Head. The story follows a young seeker of truth through four frenetic days of turf war, criminal doings and romantic complications. (October Films)

The Lay of the Land. A comedy about the tumult and turning points in the marriage of college professors Ed Begley Jr. and Sally Kellerman. (Northern Arts)

The Locusts. Drifter Vince Vaughn disrupts the world of the evil Kate Capshaw in a poignant mystery about damaged souls set in 1960 rural Kansas. (Orion Classics)

My America . . . or Honk If You Love Buddha. Director Renee Tajima-Pena recaptures the Kerouac spirit as she goes on the road to measure the changes in America's cultural and racial landscape. (Sai Communications)

The Myth of Fingerprints. Roy Scheider and Blythe Danner preside over a family whose complex relationships are examined during an eventful Thanksgiving weekend. (Sony Pictures Classics)

The Peacemaker. Nicole Kidman and George Clooney butt heads when they are enlisted to recover some stolen nuclear weapons. (DreamWorks SKG)

A Self Made Hero. A man seeking to invent a better life executes an elaborate deception and becomes a leader in the French Resistance. (Strand)

Talk of Angels. Political and sexual passions boil over for an Irish governess (Polly Walker) and the son (Vincent Perez) of an aristocratic family in a Spain on the brink of civil war. (Miramax)

Stag. A group of friends faces desperate choices when things get fatally out of hand at a bachelor party. The cast includes Mario Van Peebles, John Stockwell, Andrew McCarthy and Kevin Dillon. (CFP)

SEPTEMBER UNSCHEDULED

Nenette et Boni. The title characters are a teenage sister and brother, respectively, coping with problems ranging from loneliness to an unwanted pregnancy. (Strand)

Things I Never Told You. A cast of dysfunctional characters, headed by Andrew McCarthy and Lili Taylor, conducts rituals of deception and seduction. (Seventh Art)

Trojan Eddie. Stephen Rea as a small-town market hawker who comes into conflict with Richard Harris over a young woman, played by Aislin McCuckin. (Castle Hill)

OCT. 3

An American Werewolf in Paris. Julie Delpy is the lovely lycanthrope who wins the heart of Tom Everett Scott. (Hollywood)

Butcher Boy. Writer-director Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game," "Michael Collins") adapts Patrick McCabe's novel about a murder revealed through the memories of a mentally ill man. (Warner Bros.)

Cries of Silence. A terrified and silent teenager who is washed ashore during Hurricane Camille is the key to a dark secret. (Showcase Entertainment)

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control. Documentarian Errol Morris ("The Thin Blue Line," "A Brief History of Time") considers the nature of a life's work by profiling four unusual professionals. (Sony Pictures Classics)

James Dean: Race With Destiny. Explores the ill-fated romance of the screen icon and actress Pier Angeli. With Casper Van Dien, Carrie Mitchum, the late Robert Mitchum (in his last film), Diane Ladd and Connie Stevens. (Theafilm)

Kiss the Girls. Morgan Freeman plays a detective who leaves his D.C. turf and teams with doctor Ashley Judd to search for his missing niece. (Paramount)

The Matchmaker. Senatorial aide Janeane Garofalo is dispatched to western Ireland, where she becomes caught up in Baillinamore's matchmaking festivities. (Gramercy)

U-Turn. Oliver Stone directs Sean Penn as a man stranded in a small Arizona town who becomes entangled with a desperate couple (Jennifer Lopez and Nick Nolte). (TriStar)

OCT. 8

Seven Years in Tibet. Brad Pitt stars in a story based on Heinrich Harrer's memoir, about the spiritual transformation he experienced on a Himalayan sojourn in the 1940s. (Some dialogue has been added to acknowledge recent revelations about the author's Nazi affiliations.) (TriStar)

OCT. 10

Gang Related. Jim Belushi and the late Tupac Shakur are the detectives at the center of this tale of murder and police corruption. Lela Rochon, Dennis Quaid and James Earl Jones are among the supporting cast. (Orion Pictures)

The House of Yes. The eccentricities of a privileged but peculiar Washington family are mysteriously linked to the JFK assassination, and they're on display for the fiancee (Tori Spelling) of the oldest son (Josh Hamilton). (Miramax)

Love Always. A woman's journey to the Northwest, where marriage awaits, becomes a transcontinental odyssey of self-discovery. Marisa Ryan and Moon Zappa star for first-time director Jude Pauline Eberhard. (Legacy Releasing)

Napoleon. Adam Wylie, Bronson Pinchot, David Ogden Stiers and Joan Rivers are among those supplying voices to the title character, a golden retriever puppy, and the many critters he meets in an Australian outback adventure. (Goldwyn Entertainment Co.)

Rocket Man. Scientist Harland Williams creates comedic chaos on the first manned (and womanned, with love interest Jessica Lundy) mission to Mars. (Walt Disney)

Soul Food. Pop music Midas Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds makes his movie producing debut with this story of a matriarch and her embattled Chicago family. (Fox)

Washington Square. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney and Ben Chaplin star for acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland; based on the Henry James novel about an heiress, her father and her suitor. (Touchstone)

OCT. 17

Boogie Nights. This dark comedy about the adult film business features, among others, Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds, Don Cheadle and Ricky Jay. (New Line)

Devil's Advocate. Keanu Reeves is a young attorney who joins the firm of the charismatic Al Pacino and finds himself fighting for his soul--literally. Taylor Hackford directs. (Warner Bros.)

Gummo. In his directorial debut, "Kids" writer Harmony Korine tracks the textures of adolescence by focusing on two teens in the deadbeat town of Xenia, Ohio. (Fine Line)

The Ice Storm. The sexual revolution reaches suburbia in 1973 in this Ang Lee-directed adaptation of Rick Moody's novel. Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline head the cast. (Fox Searchlight)

I Know What You Did Last Summer. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson follows his hit "Scream" with the story of a dark secret and consequent vengeance. Features TV's Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy . . .") and Jennifer Love Hewitt ("Party of Five"). (Columbia)

Nick and Jane. The mismatch between a cab-driving artist (James McCaffrey) and an Upper West Side financial analyst (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) sparks this romantic comedy. (CFP)

Playing God. David Duchovny as a surgeon who is drawn into the underworld as criminal Timothy Hutton's "gunshot doctor." (Touchstone)

Wide Awake. Dana Delany, Denis Leary and Rosie O'Donnell partake of a 10-year-old boy's search for meaning after the death of his grandfather. (Miramax)

Year of the Horse. Neil Young did the score for Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man." Now the director captures Young and his band Crazy Horse onstage. (October Films)

OCT. 24

Beaumarchais, the Scoundrel. A lavish French period piece whose title character is a witty womanizer, a playwright and a spy and arms runner for the American Revolution. Directed by Edouard Molinaro ("La Cage aux Folles"). (New Yorker Films)

Chairman of the Board. Comedian Carrot Top makes his film debut as an inventor-surfer who inherits a big business. Little Richard and Raquel Welch are among the supporting cast. (Trimark)

Eve's Bayou. Co-producer Samuel L. Jackson plays the head of a prosperous but troubled family in a Louisiana town that's steeped in superstition. (Trimark)

Fairy Tale: A True Story. Peter O'Toole is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harvey Keitel plays Harry Houdini, friends who come into conflict over two children's "proof" that fairies exist. (Paramount)

Gattaca. Ethan Hawke as a natural-born human trying to pass as one of the genetic elite. The futuristic drama co-stars Uma Thurman. (Columbia)

Hurricane Streets. Morgan Freeman directs a drama about a youth (Brendan Sexton III) who tries to break away from the thug life in Staten Island. (MGM)

A Life Less Ordinary. Director Danny Boyle follows "Trainspotting" with the story of some "divine interveners" who come to Earth to stir things up between Ewan McGregor and his kidnapping victim, Cameron Diaz. (Fox)

Lilies. An aging convict's confession to a bishop becomes an occasion for revealing the betrayal that involved both men in their youth. (Turbulent Arts)

Phantoms. Horror honcho Dean Koontz teamed with Joel Soisson on an adaptation of his novel about a mysterious mass death in a small Colorado town. (Miramax)

Swept From the Sea. Joseph Conrad's short story "Amy Foster" is the basis for this epic drama about a servant (Rachel Weisz) and a shipwrecked foreigner in 19th century Cornwall, England. (TriStar)

Telling Lies in America. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas turns from the lurid to the personal with this autobiographical tale of a Hungarian immigrant growing up in Cleveland. Kevin Bacon and Brad Renfro star. (Banner Entertainment)

The Twilight of the Golds. Soul-searching ensues when Jennifer Beals and John Tenney discover that their unborn son carries a gene associated with homosexuality. (CFP)

OCT. 31

Eye of God. Martha Plimpton (best actress at Sundance) marries her pen pal (literally--he's just out of jail), setting into motion a story of love and murder. (Castle Hill)

Happy Together. Hong Kong stars Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai play lovers whose relationship unravels in the tango bars of Buenos Aires. Directed by Wong Kar-Wai, who won the best director award at Cannes. (Kino International)

Incognito. Jason Patric, Irene Jacob and Rod Steiger in the story of a master art forger whose final effort leads to betrayal and flight. John Badham directs. (Warner Bros.)

Seven Notes in Black. Reissue of a 1978 entry by Italian horror specialist Lucio Fulci, about an American woman (Jennifer O'Neill) whose life with her new Italian husband is disrupted by grisly visions. (Miramax)

Switchback. Jeb Stuart (who wrote "Die Hard" and "The Fugitive") is the writer-director of this story about an FBI agent (Dennis Quaid) in pursuit of the serial killer who has kidnapped his son. (Paramount)

OCTOBER UNSCHEDULED

Critical Care. James Spader, Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft and Albert Brooks help director Sidney Lumet skewer the health care industry. (Live Entertainment)

The Gingerbread Man. Robert Altman directs John Grisham's first screenplay, with Kenneth Branagh as a Southern lawyer caught up in intrigue surrounding a beautiful woman (Embeth Davidtz). The final cut is still in dispute between Altman and the distributor. (PolyGram)

NOV. 7

Bean. Rowan Atkinson's trouble-prone title character ends up in dangerously close proximity to Whistler's Mother after Burt Reynolds buys the painting as a gift for a California gallery. (Gramercy)

A Further Gesture. An escaped Irish rebel (Stephen Rea) and a group of Guatamelan immigrants form an unlikely alliance for assassination in New York. (Castle Hill)

Mad City. Dustin Hoffman's disgraced TV journalist and John Travolta's unemployed security guard form a profound bond. Costa-Gavras directs. (Warner Bros.)

Most Wanted. Keenen Ivory Wayans is a Gulf War hero trying to elude capture on the streets of Los Angeles after being framed for assassinating the first lady. Jon Voight and Paul Sorvino co-star. (New Line)

Oscar & Lucinda. Gillian Armstrong directs Ralph Fiennes as a British priest and Cate Blanchett as an Australian businesswoman who share a passion for gambling and a dream of transporting a glass church to a remote parish. (Fox Searchlight)

Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist. Intimate glimpse into the life and exhibitions of performance artist Flanagan, who died in 1996. This film covers the last two years of his life. (CFP)

Starship Troopers. Director Paul Verhoeven reunites with his "RoboCop" team in a story of intergalactic warfare based on the book by Robert A. Heinlein. (TriStar)

Wings of the Dove. Helena Bonham-Carter in the Henry James story about a forbidden romance in turn-of-the-century England. (Miramax)

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FALL SNEAKS '97: EXECUTIVE FILM EDITOR, Anne Hurley; CAPSULES BY Richard Cromelin; RESEARCH BY Kathleen Craughwell

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