“What you get with George is masculinity and sensitivity, plus a brain,” remarked director Mike Nichols with regards to the late George Segal, who passed away in March. With his handsome good looks, appealingly down-to-earth screen presence, and ability to play across drama and comedy, Segal became one of the most popular stars of the 1970s and an avatar of the era’s changing social attitudes. This selection of three of his most memorable films—the gritty POW drama KING RAT, offbeat caper THE HOT ROCK, and freewheeling gambling comedy CALIFORNIA SPLIT—showcase Segal’s easygoing charm and remarkable range.
Directed by Bryan Forbes • 1965 • United States
Starring George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox
It’s every man for himself at the notorious Changi Prison, a Japanese POW camp located in Singapore during World War II. It’s there that American inmate King (George Segal in one of his earliest and f...
Directed by Peter Yates • 1972 • United States
Starring Robert Redford, George Segal, Ron Leibman
Did someone say “Afghanistan banana stand”? Robert Redford and George Segal team up in this breezily entertaining heist-comedy gem, in which the pair’s plan to steal a priceless diamond from the Bro...