This Date In Movie History: November 2nd

So, November 2nd has been an interesting day in movie history:

The Professionals was released in 1966. Not only is it a great movie, but it might also feature one of the greatest collections of talent ever assembled for a Western: written and directed by Richard Brooks; starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale, and Ralph Bellamy; cinematography by Conrad L. Hall; William A. Fraker was the camera operator; and music by Maurice Jarre.

The second of The Who’s rock operas, Quadrophenia, saw the film version released in 1979, featuring Sting’s big screen debut.

The Cambodian genocide, where as much as a third of the population were killed, was the subject of the critically acclaimed The Killing Fields, released in 1984.

As further proof that no one likes opening a movie on Halloween Fridays, the top five opening weekends ending on November 2nd are: Red Corner ($7,403,362), Boogie Nights ($4,681,934), Switchback ($2,704,568), The Human Stain ($1,034,195), and the 2003 limited release of the director’s cut of Alien ($1,023,665).

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