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Remembering Hollywood Legend Jerry Weintraub and His Six Most Important Films

As the reactions and remembrances pour in over the passing of the late, great Hollywood giant Jerry Weintraub, let's take a moment to pay tribute to this awe-inspiring super-producer by recalling six of the most influential films he produced with equal parts boldness, bravado, and passion.

Nashville (1975)

The crown jewel in Weintraub's canon, Robert Altman's masterpiece is a tuneful, gutsy, and broad-scale portrait of seventies-era American disillusion as illuminated through the microcosmic prism of the Country Music Capital of the World. Pure cinematic perfection.

Cruising (1980)

Al Pacino stars as a cop who goes undercover within New York City's gay underground scene to solve a murder, only to become fascinated by the culture in William Friedkin's tense and twisty thriller that was a brave, risk-taking producing venture decades ahead of its time.

Diner (1982)

Young acting upstarts like Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, and Mickey Rourke comprise a fifties-era Baltimore wolfpack stuck in ugly arrested development in Barry Levinson's slyly illuminating and highly-influential coming-of-age dramedy.

The Karate Kid (1984)

What more needs to be said? Undoubtedly the most popular movie within Weintraub's body of work, this iconic martial arts mall movie really endures through the warmly restrained relationship between Pat Morita's Mr. Miyagi and Ralph Macchio's titular fighter.

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Steven Soderbergh's gleaming, giddy Vegas caper couldn't be more stylistically sumptuous or endlessly entertaining if it tried. Sure, the sequels were occasional drags, but Hollywood has spent the past fourteen years trying to deliver a more intoxicating, splashy, star-stuffed goody bag than this.

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

Sure, Steven Soderbergh's biographical drama about the stormy relationship between Liberace and his much younger lover Scott Thorson has wit and ostentation to spare. But it's the tough-minded romance at the center of this sparkling, insightful love story that deepens the glamour and breaks your heart. Soderbergh and Weintraub worked for years to get this film made, before finally finding it a home at HBO. It's a testament to Weintraub's tenacity, daring, and dedication that this Candelabra ever saw the light of day.


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