Axel Freed is a literature professor. He has the gambling vice. When he has lost all his money, he borrows from his girlfriend, then his mother and finally some bad guys that chase him. Despite all of this he cannot stop gambling.
We follow the daily activities of two London bobbies, veteran George Dixon and rookie Andy Mitchell. Meanwhile, young hoods Tom and Spud plan a series of robberies with Tom’s girl Diana, a discontented beauty, as inside worker. But in their second crime, one of our heroes is shot, setting off a citywide manhunt. The killer is clever, but will he outsmart himself?
Heung Gong jai jo / Made in Hong Kong (1997) Fruit Chan, Sam Lee, Neiky Hui-Chi Yim, Wenders Li, Comedy, Crime, Drama
The Saint Meets the Tiger (1943) Paul L. Stein, Hugh Sinclair, Jean Gillie, Gordon McLeod, Crime, Drama, Mystery
A man murdered at the Saint’s doorstep manages to utter a few words to Simon Templar before he dies, sending him off to the quaint resort village of Baycombe where he confronts crime mastermind ‘The Tiger’ and his gang as they plan to smuggle gold bullion out of the country.
The Wrong Box (1966) Bryan Forbes, John Mills, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
A tontine is established for a dozen children, a tontine being a kind of bet/insurance, money is put in for each to grow with interest and the last survivor is to get the lot. We watch the group dwindle until only two brothers are left. One brother is watched by his nephews who will keep him alive at all costs, the other lives in ill health and poverty as the only support of his fairly stupid grandson. Statues and bodies are switched, in the wrong boxes until everyone is sure someone has died. Now if they can only make it seem as if the other brother died first, hundreds of thousands of pounds (in Victorian England when a pound was a pound) will be theirs.
Ce jour-là / That Day (2003) Raoul Ruiz, Bernard Giraudeau, Elsa Zylberstein, Jean-Luc Bideau, Comedy, Crime, Drama
A father (Michel Piccoli) is scheming to have his slightly mental daughter from an earlier marriage (Elsa Zylberstein) killed by allowing a murderous psychopath (Bernard Giraudeau) to be released from the asylum and led to his house. However, the psychopath and the daughter fall for each other.
Thérèse Raquin / The Adultress (1953) Marcel Carné, Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Jacques Duby, Crime, Drama, Romance
Therese has a boring life. She married Camille, her cousin, a sickly haberdasher, fully dominated by his mother (who lives with them). She dreams about passion. One day comes a truckdriver, Laurent… and of course they fall in love. But they will be pursued by fate.
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…
Ministry of Fear (1944) Fritz Lang, Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Stephen Neale is released into WWII England after two years in an asylum, but it doesn’t seem so sane outside either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and doesn’t quite know who to turn to.
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?