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June 24
El Mariachi February 26, 1994
El Mariachi opens

"If Robert Rodriguez didn't exist, independent filmmakers would have to invent him," wrote Peter Broderick in Filmmaker magazine about the director's first feature, El Mariachi, which opened in theaters on February 26, 1994. The film was famously made by the 23-year-old filmmaker for a budget of $7,225, crewed by his brother and sister, and with funding Rodriguez raised from a series of medical testing procedures he enrolled himself in. A rare indie action film, El Mariachi was an early example of the "no-budget movie," a film made for a tiny fraction of a Hollywood film and which impresses viewers with the ingenuity of its filmmaking solutions. Said Rodriguez at the time, "The nice thing about making a movie by yourself is that you can take credit for any aspect of it anyone likes."

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Gleason June 24, 1987
Jackie Gleason dies

One of television's iconic figures, Jackie Gleason, died on June 24, 1987. With a career spanning the Golden Age of Television in the '50s up through the '80s, Gleason was known for his loud, outsized working-class persona, his withering wisecracks, and, in his hit series, The Honeymooners, his sardonic take on married life. 

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June 24, 1971
McCabe and Mrs. Miller - The New Western

Voted last year one of the ten best Westerns of all time by the American Film Institute, even today, after a slew of revisionist takes on the genre, Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller which opened on June 24, 1971, is a strikingly original, gorgeously unique take on the frontier movie.

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24 June 1969
The Folly Of It All

On June 24, 1969, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts handed down a verdict in the case Massachusetts v. Wiseman, sanctioning for the first time the censorship of a film for reasons others than obscenity, immorality or national security.

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