Once again, Bryant Park will be a destination for film buffs on summer nights in New York City, with an all-star legendary film line up for the 21st year of the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America with the Wall Street Journal and Magnum Ice Cream in Association with the Byrant Park Corporation.
Continuing the popular tradition of presenting "stars under the stars," the free outdoor festival returns Monday evenings at sunset, beginning June 17 and running through August 19. The season kicks off with TOOTSIE.
Check out the schedule for the entire film festival below. Grab your friends, food and get ready for a summer of free movies in the park!
Social
Where
The park is located between 40th and 42nd streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues.
When
Summer Mondays -- lawn opens at 5PM and films start rolling 30 minutes after sunset.
Restrooms
Starting at 7PM, Bryant Park's restrooms are for women only. Both ladies and gentlemen can use portable facilities on 40th Street.
Nearest subway stops
The F, M, B, D (42/Bryant Park) and 7 (5th Avenue) trains stop directly below the park. Times Square and Grand Central Terminal are also within a short walk.
What to bring
If you want to watch from the lawn, bring a blanket and arrive early. Or you can watch from the sidelines in one of the 4,000 park chairs.
Pack a picnic or partake of the on-site food choices available, including Bryant Park Grill & Café and the 'wichcraft food kiosks and the Southwest Porch, and vendors from the Hester Street Fair.
Bring your bike and park for free in the park at 6th Avenue and 41st Street.
What not to bring
No dogs, tables, chairs, plastic sheets or tarps of any kind are allowed on the lawn. Drugs, alcohol, musical instruments and radios/CD players are forbidden as well. All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. are subject to search.
Post-Movie Discussions
You can discuss likes, dislikes, plots and more afterwards at nearby restaurant or bar.
Official Site
www.bryantpark.org
June
6/17Tootsie
6/24Invasion of the Body Snatchers
July
7/1Frenzy
7/8Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
7/15Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
7/22The African Queen
7/29A Foreign Affair
August
8/5Norma Rae
8/12The Women
8/19E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
'Tootsie'

JUNE 17
(SONY/COLUMBIA)
After countless rejections, a "difficult," New York-based actor resorts to extreme measures to get work. Auditioning for women's roles in a wig and heels, he/she finds soap opera success in a dress. Dustin Hoffman is a knockout (not in a pretty way) in the title role. He gets super support from Jessica Lange (an Oscar), Teri Garr (an Oscar nomination), Bill Murray and the director, Sydney Pollack, who plays a cynical agent. The A.F.I. puts "Tootsie" #2 on the list "Funniest Films of All Time," just behind "Some Like It Hot." (1982) 116 Min. Panavision






'Invasion of the
Body Snatchers'
JUNE 24
(PARAMOUNT)
Gritty, low budget, sci-fi classic is a model of 1950's paranoia. Visitors from outer space are taking over an ordinary California town, one unsuspecting citizen at a time. Watch out for those nasty seedpods in the basement! They could turn into a reasonable facsimile of you or your neighbor overnight. The material has been recycled several times, but Don Siegel's original is still the creepiest. Those involved in the making have generally denied that any political allegory was intended. (1956) 80 Min. SuperScope
'Frenzy'JULY 1
(UNIVERSAL)
After working in the U.S. for years, Alfred Hitchcock returned to his U.K. roots to make this deliciously nasty thriller. A serial killer stalks London's Covent Garden, strangling women with his neckties. Though deadly serious, the director's characteristic dark humor bubbles up throughout, providing periodic relief from the murder most foul. Composer Henry Mancini was fired from the project. Evidently his proposed score sounded too much like that of Hitchcock egular Bernard Herrmann. Special thanks to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts New York (BAFT A New York). (1972) 116 Min.
'Willy Wonka and
the Chocolate Factory'
JULY 8
(WARNER BROS.)
Five lucky children who find the elusive Golden Tickets get to tour a mysterious candy factory in a psychedelic fantasyland. Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay based on his book, but reportedly disowned the film due to changes made later. Gene Wilder is the eccentric, none-too-sweet chocolatier Willy. Music (Oscar nominated) is by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. In 2003, Entertainment Weekly listed "Wonka" #25 among the "Top 50 Cult Movies" of all time. (1971) 100 Min.
'Hush... Hush,
Sweet Charlotte'
JULY 15
(FOX)
For his follow-up to "Baby Jane," director Robert Aldrich reteamed his volatile stars, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Diva envy ensued and Miss Crawford, feigning illness, dropped out of the "Hush" project. Olivia de Havilland was summoned to fill Joan's sizeable pumps in the southern-set, psychological thriller. Agnes Moorehead swiped acting honors from the stars by scoring an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe. Patti Page had a sizeable hit with the title song. (1964) 133 Min.
'The African Queen'JULY 22
(PARAMOUNT)
Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart make a sterling pair of misfits in John Huston's rousing, WWI adventure. The odd couple takes on the elements (rapids and leeches), as they travel downriver through perilous jungles (filmed in Ghana and Republic of Congo) to battle the Germans. Bogart got his single career Oscar for this role and was one of the few members of the cast and crew who did not get violently ill. He drank only the whiskey he brought along, never the water. (1951) 105 Min.
'A Foreign Affair'JULY 29
(UNIVERSAL)
A bombed-out, postwar Berlin is the unlikely setting for Billy Wilder's romantic comedy. The delightful Jean Arthur stars as an uptight Congresswoman on a fact-finding mission in Germany who stumbles onto love amidst the ruins. Marlene Dietrich livens things up considerably as a sultry cabaret performer with a husky voice, songs of the black market in her repertoire and a Nazi in her past. The timely exterior filming was done mostly in the Soviet occupied zone of the divided city. (1948) 116 Min.
'Norma Rae'AUGUST 5
(FOX)
Years before she was Mrs. Lincoln, Sally Field rocked the rafters as Norma Rae. The character was based on a real-life heroine, a lowly, minimum-wage textile worker who took on the bosses at her North Carolina factory. Ron Leibman plays the union organizer, a Yankee from New York, who inspires her. Beau Bridges is her good-ole-boy husband. The former Flying Nun and Gidget rocked the rafters again when she picked up her first Best Actress Oscar. (1979) 110 Min. Panavision
'The Women'AUGUST 12
(WARNER BROS.)
There's not a man in sight in this adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce's play. Even the pets are female! Poor society wife Norma Shearer discovers lately what her catty friends already know. Her hubby is fooling around with cheap hussy Joan Crawford. L'amour, toujours l'amour. Although he is not credited, it is rumored that F. Scott Fitzgerald had a hand in the witty script. The all-star cast sparkles and there is even a Technicolor segment featuring a fab fashion show with gowns by Adrian.(1939) 133 Min.
'E.T. the
Extra Terrestrial'
AUGUST 19
(PARAMOUNT)
Harrison Ford ably fills the boots of Indiana Jones, the intrepid archeologist who must locate the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis can claim the prize for Hitler. George Lucas, Philip Kaufman and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the script, while Steven Spielberg directed the over-the-top action. Mr. Lucas claimed inspiration from the Saturday matinee serials of his youth. Tom Selleck turned down the lead to play Magnum on TV. (1981) 115 Min. (Panavision)