Knowledge Identifier: +Gene_Siskel
Siskel served in the United States Army Reserves; graduating from basic officers training in early 1968, and serving as a military journalist and public affairs officer for the Defense Information School
Roger Ebert - He is shown discussing the dynamics of appearing with Gene Siskel on the 1970s show "Coming to a Theatre Near You", which was the predecessor of "Sneak Previews" on Chicago PBS station WTTW. He expressed his approval of the proliferation of young people writing film reviews today on the Internet
He only walked out on three films during his professional career: the 1971 comedy "The Million Dollar Duck" starring Dean Jones; the 1980 horror film "Maniac"; and the 1996 Penelope Spheeris film "Black Sheep"
Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted a series of popular review shows from 1975 to 1999
Leslie Halliwell - Gene Siskel wrote in 1975, "There is a well-developed consensus among film scribes that Leslie Halliwell's "The Filmgoer's Companion" is the single most valuable reference book on film
"Sneak Previews" gained a country-wide audience in 1977 when it was carried on PBS
Sorcerer (film) - Ebert, in a November 1979 episode of "Sneak Previews" with Gene Siskel, called the film an "overlooked classic", and was shocked that the film "was so completely overlooked" despite starring Academy *award nominee Roy Scheider and being directed by William Friedkin, an Oscar winner
Siskel and Ebert left WTTW and PBS in 1982 for syndication
In 1986, Siskel and Ebert left Tribune Broadcasting to have their show produced by the syndication arm of The Walt Disney Company
Chicago Tribune - In 1986, the "Tribune" announced that celebrated film critic Gene Siskel, the "Tribune"'s best-known writer, was no longer the paper's film critic, and that his position with the paper had shifted from being that of a full-time film critic to that of a free-lance contract writer who was to write about the film industry for the Sunday paper and provide capsule film reviews for the paper's entertainment sections
Martin Scorsese - After the film was released Roger Ebert, a friend and supporter of Scorsese, named Goodfellas "the best mob movie ever" and is ranked 1 on Roger's movie list for 1990, along with Gene Siskel and Peter Travers, the film is widely considered one of the director's greatest achievements.
Dead Poets Society - On their Oscar Nomination edition of "Siskel & Ebert", both Gene Siskel and Ebert disagreed with Williams' Oscar nomination, with Ebert saying that he would have swapped Williams with either Matt Dillon for "Drugstore Cowboy" or John Cusack for "Say Anything", and on their "If We Picked the Winners" special in March of 1990, Ebert chose the film's Best Picture nomination as the worst nomination of the year, believing it took a slot that could have have gone to Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"
On Deadly Ground - At the time of its release, Gene Siskel included the film in his "Worst of" list for 1994, singling out the melancholy tone of the film, and the quality of Seagal's dialogue
Roger Ebert - In 1995, Ebert, along with colleague Gene Siskel, guest-starred on an episode of the animated TV series "The Critic"
Pulp Fiction - In 1995, in a special edition of "Siskel & Ebert" devoted to Tarantino, Gene Siskel argued that "Pulp Fiction" posed a major challenge to the "ossification of American movies with their brutal formulas"
At the 1999 Academy awards ceremony, after its "In Memoriam" montage of deceased stars and film contributors , host Whoopi Goldberg gave a brief, impromptu tribute to Siskel in which she said: "Gene, honey, wherever you are, here's to you" and included the traditional "thumbs-up" gesture, to great audience applause
Gary Oldman - Ebert's co-presenter on the film review television show, At the Movies, Gene Siskel, described Oldman as a "wonderful" actor; following Siskel's death in 1999, Oldman said, "it's pretty overwhelming for a kid from South London to hear the two most important film critics in the world call you one of the greatest actors in the world.