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L.B. Jeffries, known as “Jeff” to his friends, is an in-demand photographer.   He’s traipsed through jungles and battlefields, but is sidelined in his small New York apartment after suffering a broken leg.   The only company he has is an insurance company nurse named Stella and his sophisticated girlfriend Lisa.   With nothing to do and nowhere to go, Jeff begins to stare out his window.   It is a sweltering hot summer and everyone has their windows open.   Jeff’s idle curiousity turns into a daily habit of watching his neighbors’ humdrum affairs.

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The neighbors are an odd mix that Jeff nicknames.   The Composer is a frustrated songwriter living across the way.   Miss Lonelyhearts is the sad lady who longs for affection, while Miss Torso, a pretty dancer, has no shortage of gentleman callers.   One couple sleeps on their fire escape and hauls their dog up in a basket at night, while a housewife tends to her child and cat.   The Thorwalds are an unhappily married couple and it is they who land Jeff in a mess of trouble.   Mrs. Thorwald is an invalid and she and her husband quarrel regularly.   Jeff wakes up one day to discover she has disappeared, ostensibly to visit family in the country, according to her husband.   Jeff is convinced that Mr. Thorwald has killed her.

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Here are your top 20:

  1. Bring It On
  2. Constantine
  3. 13 Going on 30
  4. Johnny Mnemonic
  5. Drumline
  6. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  7. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  8. Down With Love
  9. Four Rooms
  10. Phantom of the Opera
  11. Hackers
  12. Hudson Hawk
  13. Cool Runnings
  14. Love at First Bite
  15. Big Trouble In Little China
  16. Love, Actually
  17. Empire Records
  18. Real Genius
  19. Face/Off
  20. Top Gun

We’ll start after Tarantino Week, which is August 17 – 21.   Thanks to everyone who submitted and voted!

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