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Film Night at the Mary Pickford Theater: Thursday, March 7

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Remembering Burt Reynolds (1936-2018) – Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Every month, films from the Library’s collection are shown at the Mary Pickford Theater in the James Madison building, ranging from titles newly preserved by the National Audio Visual Conservation Center film lab, classics from the National Film Registry, and lesser known titles worthy of discovery.

In March, we celebrate the careers of two film greats, Burt Reynolds and Penny Marshall, who passed away in 2018. On Thursday, March 7, we remember Burt Reynolds with a screening of The Longest Yard.

Image from the Longest Yard
Still image from”The Longest Yard” (Albert S. Ruddy Productions / Paramount, 1974)

THE LONGEST YARD (Albert S. Ruddy Productions / Paramount, 1974). Directed by Robert Aldrich. Screenplay by Tracy Keenan Wynn, from a story by Albert S. Ruddy. With Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad, Jim Hampton, Harry Caesar. (120 min, Technicolor, 35mm, rated R).

In a Florida state prison, an ex-quarterback assembles an inmates’ football team for a game against the guards. Fast-paced, brutal and funny,  director Robert Aldrich adroitly steers both the dramatic and comic elements to their maximum, testosterone-driven effect. The Longest Yard confirmed Burt Reynolds as one of the ten most popular box office stars in the U.S., a position he first achieved in late 1973 and would retain for the next ten years. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Film – Musical or Comedy, and was remade three times, in the U.S., U.K. and Egypt. Archival print from the Library’s Copyright Collection.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.


For more information on our programs, please visit the Mary Pickford Theater website.

The Mary Pickford Theater is located on the 3rd floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC, 20540.

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