Levinson's 'Avalon' joins the mix of fall movies

THE FALL CALENDAR of films reveals one thing. No one genre seems to dominate. There seems to be something for all, romance, violence, comedy, action, adventure and, of course, the Mafia. What would the season, any season, be without a few films about the Mafia?

One such film opens Friday. It is Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," a movie based on the book "Wiseguy" by Nick Pileggi. Ray Liotta is the young man who dreams of being a member of the mob, and Robert De Niro is the mob chieftain he serves.


Other titles opening this Friday are:

"Narrow Margin" -- Gene Hackman is Los Angeles district attorney who has to protect a murder witness from hired killers. Anne Archer co-stars.


"Funny About Love" -- Gene Wilder as a cartoonist who falls in love with a caterer, divorces her then pursues her again. Christine Lahti co-stars. A comedy with drama.

"White Hunter, Black Heart" -- Clint Eastwood is John Huston in this film that has Huston directing his "African Queen" in Africa.

* Opening Sept. 28:

"Pacific Heights" -- A young couple rents an apartment to a man who may be a psychopath. Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine star.

"White Palace" -- Susan Sarandon is the older woman who falls in love with a younger man, played by James Spader.

"I Come in Peace" -- A sci-fi action film in which Dolph Lundgren is a cop who chases an intergalactic drug dealer.

"Dreams" -- Eight short stories from the fertile mind of Japanese writer-director Akira Kurosawa.

* Oct. 5:


"Avalon" -- The much-awaited Barry Levinson film covering three generations of a Baltimore family. It was done in Baltimore.

"Desperate Hours" -- Remake of the 1955 film in which escaped criminals invade the home of a young couple and their child and hold all hostage. Mickey Rourke stars.

"Marked for Death" -- Steven Seagal is a retired DEA agent who learns that his neighborhood is in the grips of a drug lord named Screwface.

"State of Grace" -- Sean Penn is a punk involved with an Irish street gang.

"The Fifth Monkey" -- A hunter travels through the Brazilian rain forest, hoping to win the love of a greedy widow. Ben Kingsley stars.

"Fantasia" -- Re-release of the 50-year-old Disney classic in which music by the masters is accompanied by cartoon images.


* Oct. 12:

"Memphis Belle" -- A World War II film in which a B-17 crew hopes to survive its 25th mission, their most dangerous. Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and Sean Astin head the cast.

"Mr. Destiny" -- James Belushi is a young man who believes that his life would have turned out much better had he not struck out at his high school championship game years before. A stranger, played by Michael Caine, shows him how it would have been if he had connected with the ball.

"Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael" -- Winona Ryder is Dinky Rosetti, a teen-ager who hopes to follow in the steps of the local girl who made good.

"The Krays" -- Brothers, boxers, turn to crime.

* Oct. 19:


"Return of the Living Dead" -- Color remake of the 1968 film in which zombies devour the local citizens.

"Miller's Crossing" -- A gang war erupts when two men fall in love with the same woman. Albert Finney and Gabriel Byrne star.

"Quigley Down Under" -- Tom Selleck is an American sharpshooter who works for a nasty landowner in Australia.

"Don't Tell Her It's Me" -- Steve Guttenberg in a comedy in which he is a young man who changes his appearance to win the girl he loves.

* Oct. 26:

"Reversal of Fortune" -- The story of Claus von Bulow, the man accused of having murdered his wife. Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons and Ron Silver star.


"Stephen King's Graveyard Shift" -- Workers, cleaning out a factory basement, face an "unimaginable" horror. Brad Dourif is in the cast.

"Listen Up" -- The life and career of composer, arranger, producer Quincy Jones.

"Sleep With Anger" -- A man intrudes on a suburban family and wears out his welcome. Danny Glover stars.

"Sibling Rivalry" -- A comedy starring Kirstie Alley as a housewife who has an affair with a stranger. Bill Pullman and Carrie Fisher co-star.

"Hot Spot" -- A drifter becomes involved with two women. Don Johnson stars.

* Nov. 2:


"Jacob's Ladder" -- A young man, fearing he is going mad, wants to know why he is hallucinating. Tim Robbins stars.

"Run" -- A Harvard Law School student, accused of murder, looks for the real killer. Patrick Dempsey stars.

* Nov. 9:

"Dances With Wolves" -- Kevin Costner is an Army officer who falls in love with an Indian woman and becomes part of her world.

"Child's Play II" -- That fiendish little doll again.

"Graffiti Bridge" -- Prince wrote and directed this film in which he and Morris E. Day battle with each other as they try to run a night club.


* Nov. 16:

"The Rescuers Down Under" -- Sequel to the 1977 cartoon. Here, mouse agents visit Australia where they help a boy save a rare bird from a poacher.

"Rocky V" -- Rocky Balboa renews his interest in life when he manages a younger man in the ring. Someone named Sylvester Stallone stars.

* Nov. 21:

"Godfather III" -- A new chapter in the story of the Corleone family. Al Pacino, continuing as Michael Corleone, tries to legitimize the family holdings. Diane Keaton co-stars.