Cinema: Larger Than Life

You can bank on this: Milos Forman will never make a movie called The Milos Forman Story. Though the plot is dramatic enough -- early renown in his native Czechoslovakia, exile in cultural limbo, the struggle of starting over in a new land with a new language -- the climax does not ring true. It is too improbable: a smash hit and Oscars galore for his second American film, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), more profits and honors with last year's Amadeus. Sorry, pal. Send the script to Sly Stallone.

Now consider these plots. A wily misfit takes on...

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