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May 27, 2008


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Peter Nellhaus

I keep on hoping that the threatened remake of The Yakuza never gets produced.


I was so sad to hear this news this morning. He was near the top of my fantasy list - to work for or with.


"The Yakuza" is a great, underrated movie, and it's probably my favorite Pollack film, along with "Jeremiah Johnson".

And I love him as an actor. He may have played the same basic kind of character over and over, but he was so effortless. And although I'm not a fan of the movie, his work in "Husbands and Wives" really showed his depth.


This was sad to hear on a Tuesday morning. Rest in peace, Mr. Pollack.

Aaron Aradillas

The Summer of '93 was one of those landmak summers tht any serious filmgoer dreams aobut. I can vividly remember all the hype surrounding the first movie version of a John Grisham novel. What made the movie work is that Pollack knew Grisham's story was barely workable. He knew Grisham was really a hack who celebrated yuppiedom. That's why he boldly re-worked the final act into a cautionary tale for materialism. Like Oliver Stone, he took the All-American image of Tom Cruise and turned it over to reveal the greed and shallowness that goes with that smile. That was one of Pollack's constant themes: the ruthless examination of the shallowness beneath a golden exterior. That's why Redford's best acting has been done mostly in Pollack movies.

One of my favorite performances is in the grossly underrated Changing Lanes. You could literally see Ben Affleck mature into an Actor in their give-and-take scenes.


I'll always remember Three Days of the Condor because of the cold-blooded execution scene at the CIA office--it traumatized me as a child! Pollack made some fine films and his talents will be missed.


I met him once and talked to him about producing The Talented Mr Ripley. And it was really as a producer where his talent shone in the last decade of his life - beyond the excellent acting he did through to the end.

Owain Wilson

I have to say that his performance in Husbands And Wives was electric - as good, if not better, than any by an established actor. The bit when he called Lysette Anthony a "fucking infant!" has stayed with me since the day I first saw it in 1993. He was a fantastic actor.

Interesting man, made some great movies. Tootsie was one of those films I was allowed to stay up late to watch whenever it was on TV when I was a kid in the 80s. It'll always be one of those special movies for me.

Here's to you, My Pollack.

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