Richard Gere and Bill Murray Keep Up the Good Work

October 10, 2014 5:14 PM

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Seeing Richard Gere and Bill Murray -- as well as their new films -- back to back this week invites comparison: movie stars for the past 35 years, they continue to do superlative work in both Hollywood and independent films. Murray anchors St. Vincent -- a delightful and touching first feature opening today in NY and LA -- while Gere plays a homeless man in the NY Film Festival selection, Time Out of Mind.

Their film careers took off simultaneously in the late 1970s. After a stint on Saturday Night Live, Murray made the popular comedy Meatballs (1979); Gere's breakthrough was in a more dramatic register with Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and Days of Heaven (1979). In their latest films, each now play...

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