Lawyer Ralph Anderson arrives in Tula, an amazingly remote town in the desert, as reluctant emissary of mob chief Victor Massonetti, who wants the airstrip clear for his unofficial exit from the country. Ralph’s arrival has a profound effect on his estranged father, the sheriff; his brother Tip, an alcoholic deputy; and his ex-sweetheart Linda, now married to Tip. Tension builds as a small army of gangsters takes over the town. Then the situation abruptly changes…
Koruto wa ore no pasupoto / A Colt Is My Passport (1967) Takashi Nomura, Jô Shishido, Chitose Kobayashi, Jerry Fujio, Action, Crime, Drama
The melancholy, homely Kamimura is a hit man who takes a job to kill a mob boss who’s gotten greedy. The rival gang lord who hires Kamimura and his driver Shun pays them and sets them up in a hotel for a night while arranging safe passage on a ship. The son of the dead man comes to his rival and offers a partnership and cash in exchange for Kamimura’s death. The boss considers his choice: morals or money? A maid at the hotel tries to aid the escape of Kamimura and Shun. As the two gangs close in, Kamimura chooses honor. Will his stoicism be his shroud?
Pigulki dla Aurelii / Pills for Aurelia (1958) Stanislaw Lenartowicz, Jerzy Adamczak, Andrzej Hrydzewicz, Jaroslaw Kuszewski, Action, Drama, War
Action drama that takes place in Poland during World War 2. Soldiers of the Polish underground resistance army (AK – National Army) prepares to break into a prison to release their friend imprisoned by Gestapo. The story focuses on their attempt to attempt to acquire guns, but the plot is not going according to the plan…
Fair Wind to Java (1953) Joseph Kane, Fred MacMurray, Vera Ralston, Robert Douglas, Action, Drama, Adventure
The Dutch East Indies, at the end of the nineteenth century. An adventurous captain of an American merchant vessel is looking for a sunken Dutch vessel containing 10,000 precious diamonds. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one and then there’s also that volcano on the nearby island of Krakatau, waiting to explode in its historical, disastrous eruption…
The Big Gamble (1961) Richard Fleischer, Elmo Williams, Stephen Boyd, Juliette Gréco, David Wayne, Action, Comedy, Drama
Irish seaman Vic Brennan persuades his Dublin family to finance a truck-hauling business in the remote African town of Jebanda. The only stipulation is that his cousin Samuel, a timid bank clerk, accompany Vic and his Corsican bride, Marie, to Africa and protect the family fortune.
La 317ème section / The 317th Platoon (1965) Pierre Schoendoerffer, Jacques Perrin, Bruno Cremer, Pierre Fabre, War
In 1954, the Indochina War begins to come to a close following France’s defeat by the Viet Minh at the deadly Battle of Dîen Bîen Phû. French forces are in full retreat and risk being overrun at every turn — including the 317th Platoon, a unit of French soldiers and Laotian allies who are led by the idealistic but inexperienced sous-lieutenant Torrens and adjutant Willsdorf, a former soldier in the German Wehrmacht during WWII. Their survival depends on completing a trek through the dense, jungle-laden, expanse of enemy territory that stands between them and the safety of the nearest French outpost.
Prince Valiant (1954) Henry Hathaway, James Mason, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Action, Adventure, Drama
Young Prince Valiant, son of the exiled King of Scandia, journeys to Camelot to become a knight at King Arthur’s Round Table. He hopes to help his father reclaim his throne from the pagan usurper Sligon and restore the Christian faith to their homeland. On his journey he stumbles on the mysterious Black Knight plotting with the Viking pretender to overthrow Arthur. Barely escaping with his life, Valiant encounters Sir Gawaine, a friend of his father’s who tutors the young Viking in the skills needed to be a knight. Valiant and Gawaine’s pupil/mentor relationship is complicated by their romantic involvement with Princess Aleta and her sister Ilene, daughters of a British nobleman. If Valiant is to restore his father’s throne and prevent the coup d’etat against Arthur, he must uncover the true identity of the Black Knight.
Gangsters (2002) Olivier Marchal, Richard Anconina, Anne Parillaud, François Levantal, Action, Crime, Drama
Franck Chaievski and Nina Delgado are two undercover detectives of a French special force trying to identify two corrupts members of the Paris Police Force. Franck is pretending to be a gangster and Nina a prostitute living with him, and involved in a robbery of a fortune in diamonds, having seven deaths and some injured persons.
Kuro no tesuto kaa / The Black Test Car (1962) Jirô Tamiya, Junko Kanô, Eiji Funakoshi, Yasuzô Masumura, Action, Crime, Drama
Danger: Diabolik (1968) Mario Bava, John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Action, Comedy, Crime
In psychedelic swinging 60s style, the dreaded thief (and killer) Diabolik wreaks havoc on a generic European country for his own financial gain and amusement. He shares an extravagant underground lair (and a giant bed of money) with his curvaceous, superficial girlfriend…who uses her awesome powers of wig-wearing to help Diabolik kill innocent people and steal billions from the government. Nonetheless, Diabolik is the “hero” of the film because he must face off against bumbling cops and revenge-seeking mafiosos.