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Summer Movies: If You Like 'The Avengers,' Try These

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Summer Movies: If You Like 'The Avengers,' Try These

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Summer Movies: If You Like 'The Avengers,' Try These

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Excited about The Expendables 2? Try renting The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or The Wild Bunch. Frank Masi/ hide caption

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Excited about The Expendables 2? Try renting The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or The Wild Bunch.

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The Avengers and Expendables 2 are two of the summer's biggest movies, and they share a common theme: a band of heroes trying to save the day.

Film buff Murray Horwitz — with some help from Talk of the Nation listeners — suggests alternative movies to watch at home if you like that theme, but don't want to stand in long lines at the box office.


The Magnificent Seven

"What a cast this movie has: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn ... Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson. It's just a wonderful movie. We have to say — every time we mention The Magnificent Seven — based ... on the masterpiece by Akira Kurosawa, The Magnificent Seven, with Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura, simply one of the greatest movies ever made."

Watchmen

"Watchmen is a really good movie, and it's an ensemble cast, and it really works. And the only person you've really heard of — well, I shouldn't say that. I insult other actors. But the only person I recognized off the bat was Billy Crudup."

The Professionals

"[My favorite is] a film that was very important to me in my adolescent years, The Professionals, directed by Richard Brooks. Listen to this cast: Burt Lancaster, Woody Strode, Claudia Cardinale — never more beautiful — Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance. It's amazing."