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The American Film Institute (AFI) recently announced an updated list of the top 100 films of all time, and two of them star St. Lawrence University graduates.

Coming in at Number 50 was the 2001 release The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, starring Viggo Mortensen '80 as Aragorn. It is one of three films based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien and starring Mortensen.

In the Number 81 spot was 1970's Spartacus, starring Kirk Douglas '39 in the title role. The iconic film, especially the line "I am Spartacus!," is referred to in many other movies.

Another film on the list (Number 33), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, was released in 1975; its producer is Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas' son. The elder Douglas starred in the Broadway stage adaptation of the Ken Kesey novel, and for many years owned the film production rights to it, but never succeeded in getting it produced.

Both Douglas and Mortensen have been awarded honorary degrees by St. Lawrence.

More information: The American Film Institute Web site

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Posted: June 28, 2007

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