Bryant Park is the summer destination for film buffs in New York City at the 22nd HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presented by Bank of America with the Wall Street Journal, CityMD and Talenti in partnership with Bryant Park Corporation.
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Where
Bryant 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. The festival runs from June 16 through August 18.
Restrooms
Starting at 7PM, Bryant Park's restrooms are for women only.
Both ladies and gentlemen can use portable facilities on 40th Street.
Nearest subways

F Train M Train B Train D Train 7 Train

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.
You can also watch from one of the 4,000 park chairs.
Pack food/snacks or take advantage of on-site food choices available including Bryant Park Grill & Café, the 'wichcraft food kiosks, the Southwest Porch or 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 also not permitted. All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. are subject to search.
Post-Movie Discussions
Discuss likes, dislikes, plots and more afterwards at nearby restaurants or bars.
Official Site
www.bryantpark.org
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Saturday
Night
Fever
The Mark
Of Zorro
A Soldier's Story Blazing
Saddles
Suddenly,
Last Summer
7/21 7/28 8/4 8/11 8/18
National Lampoon's Vacation Key Largo The
Karate Kid
Lover
Come Back
The Shining

Saturday Night Fever

JUNE 16

(PARAMOUNT)
John Travolta became a pop culture icon with a turn around the dance floor as Tony Manero. He scored Oscar and Golden Globe Best Actor nominations to boot. Tony was a teen just stayin’ alive with a dead-end job and dead-end friends. His success story (drawn from a New York magazine article) shows how the Brooklyn boy in white polyester hustled his way off the mean streets. The worldwide best-selling soundtrack is packed with Bee Gees’ hits. Disco lives!
(1977) 118 Min. R Rated

The Mark Of Zorro

JUNE 23

(FOX)
In old California, the peasants were in desperate need of protection from the villainous Spaniards who ruled. A caped avenger, Zorro (Tyrone Power), came to their rescue. Power’s climactic rapier duel with nasty Basil Rathbone is a highlight, as is the Oscar-nominated score by Alfred Newman. Originally played in 1920 by dashing Douglas Fairbanks, Zorro has since been portrayed by Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, George (the gay blade) Hamilton and on TV by Guy Hamilton and Frank Langella.
(1940) 94 Min. Not Rated

A Soldier's Story

JUNE 30

(SONY/COLUMBIA)
This tense murder-mystery is set on a Louisiana military base in the 1940’s. An unpopular sergeant has turned up dead and a black army lawyer from up north leads the inquiry. Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, it was an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and for the performance of Adolph Caesar. Howard Rollins Jr. and Denzel Washington star. Shot in Arkansas, then governor Bill Clinton provided soldiers from the state’s National Guard as extras.
(1984) 101 Min. PG Rated

Blazing Saddles

JULY 7

(WARNER BROS.)
The Old West was never like this, never so much fun. Mel Brooks’ rude brand of humor, use of the “N” word, a horse-punching scene and a flatulent cowboy campfire caused some concern among studio executives. The public, however, loved every moment of the outrageous comedy. Cleavon Little is an improbable sheriff and Gene Wilder, the Waco Kid. Richard Pryor gets a screenplay credit, Count Basie has a cameo.
On the AFI list of 100 Funniest Movies, “B.S.” ranks #6. (1974) 93 Min. Panavision R Rated

Suddenly, Last Summer

JULY 14

(SONY/COLUMBIA)
A powerhouse cast brings Tennessee Williams’ lurid psychodrama to life. What really transpired last summer when a European vacation went bad? Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift are the stars. The dueling divas chewed some scenery, but were both Oscar-nominated. Gore Vidal’s screenplay had to soft pedal the subject somewhat, as one didn’t mention cannibalism, pedophilia, lobotomy and incest in polite 1950’s society. Fasten your seatbelts. (1959) 114 Min. Not Rated

National Lampoon's Vacation

JULY 21

(WARNER BROS.)
The Griswold family heads cross-country to Walley World theme park. Their quest for fun becomes the road trip from Hell. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo head a cast which includes Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca, Anthony Michael Hall, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and, as the dream girl in a red Ferrari, Christie Brinkley.
The less-than-PC script by John Hughes is based on his short story, which appeared in National Lampoon. Direction is by the late Harold Ramis. (1983) 98 Min. R Rated

Key Largo

JULY 28

(WARNER BROS.)
Maxwell Anderson wrote the play that inspired this claustrophobic suspense tale of a WWII vet forced into a confrontation with a ruthless gangster and his gang. It all plays out at a seedy Florida hotel during hurricane season. John Huston directed Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall (her last film with Bogey), Claire Trevor (an Oscar win) and Lionel Barrymore. The film, however, belongs to tough-guy Edward G. Robinson, as volatile gangster Johnny Rocco, a villain for all seasons.
(1948) 100 Min. Not Rated

The Karate Kid

AUGUST 4

(SONY/COLUMBIA)
What kid? Ralph Macchio was going on 23 when he starred as a bullied high-school student, recently transferred to southern California from New Jersey. Taken under the wing of an elderly handyman, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita, Oscar nominated), he is taught discipline (by painting fences and waxing cars?) and self-defense through Karate. In the feel-good finale, the Jersey boy gets to kick some bully butt. A feeble 2010 remake starred Jackie Chan, but it was not renamed “The Kung-Fu Kid.”
(1984) 126 Min. PG Rated

Lover Come Back

AUGUST 11

(UNIVERSAL)
After the phenomenal success of “Pillow Talk,” Doris Day and Rock Hudson (and best buddy Tony Randall) were teamed up for another frothy romantic-comedy. Doris and Rock played competing Madison Avenue ad executives, willing to stoop as low as need be to score clients. Oscar-nominated for story/screenplay, this battle of the sexes features loads of innuendo and plenty of tension as to the keeping of Doris’s virtue intact. In April, Miss Day celebrated the big 9-0. Congratulations. (1961) 107 Min. Not Rated

The Shining

AUGUST 18

(WARNER BROS.)
It may be more Stanley Kubrick than Stephen King, but this elegant horror film creates an unbearable tension as it builds to the big-axe finale. Jack Nicholson, in fine form, plays an unstable writer who takes a job at a resort during the off-season. Snowstorms tend to isolate the Overlook Hotel, which may be haunted by ghosts who never checked out. The marvelous Shelley Duvall is understated as Jack’s wife, while Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd shine in support. Heeeeeere’s Johnny!
(1980) 144 Min. R Rated