This year Oliver Stone will be the recipient of NFF's highest honor, the Screenwriter's Tribute Award, for his outstanding work as a film scribe. As we prepare for the June event, our staff got to thinking about our favorite films that Stone has written, and we've come up with a top ten, as determined by an incredibly scientific poll. We'll reveal the countdown over the next few weeks in pairs.
Here's # 10 ....
It's a triple tie! Tied for 10th place are:
Evita (1996) dir. Alan Parker. Starring: Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce. In a cinema in Buenos Aires on July 26, 1952, a film is interrupted when the news breaks of the death of Eva Perón, Argentina's first lady, at the age of 33. The nation goes into public mourning. Ché (Antonio Banderas), a member of the public, marvels at the spectacle and promises to show how Eva did "nothing, for years." The rest of the film follows Eva Duarte de Perón (Madonna) from her humble beginnings as an illegitimate child of a lower class woman to her rise to become First Lady and Spiritual Leader of the Nation of Argentina, with Ché assuming many different guises throughout Eva's story [via Wikipedia].
Savages (2012) dir. Oliver Stone. Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, and Benicio Tel Toro. Savages is a crime thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It is based on the novel of the same name by Don Winslow. The film follows two successful marijuana-dealing friends: Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL, and Ben (Aaron Johnson), a UC Berkley graduate who must fight back against the Baja Cartel, run by Elena La Reina (Salma Hayek) and her enforcer Lado (Benicio del Toro), who have kidnapped their girlfriend O (Blake Lively) in order to push them out of the business [via Wikipedia].
Nixon (1995) dir. Oliver Stone. Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Booth, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins and E.G. Marshall. Nixon depicts the political and personal life of United States President Richard Nixon (Anthony Hopkins). The film portrays Nixon as a complex and, in many respects, admirable, though deeply flawed, person. This was Stone's second of three films about the American presidency; made four years after JFK, which depicted the climate surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and followed thirteen years later by W., the story of George W. Bush [via Wikipedia].
Salvador (1986) dir. Oliver Stone. Starring: James Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy. Salvador tells the story of an American ex-IPN journalist and one-time author of the 1972 book "The Flower of the Dragon: The Breakdown of the U.S. Army in Vietnam, covering the Salvadoran Civil War who becomes entangled with both leftist guerrillas and the right wing military while trying to rescue his native girlfriend and her children [via Wikipedia].