The film opens with a salute to Walt Disney, a pioneer of nature films and animal lover, followed by a compilation of excerpted segments from the True-Life Adventures film series showcasing animals of all kinds depicted in dramatic, fascinating moments of habitats from the American prairie to the North American desert, to Africa, the Amazon jungle and to the Arctic.
Nirmala Gupta runs her household and family in a very strict and authoritarian manner. While most of her family resent this, they do obey her and carry out her instructions, so as to be on her good side. Things start to change after her second son gets married to Anju. Manju, Anju’s sister, comes over to stay for a few days with the Gupta family, and is accepted by everyone except Nirmala. Nirmala’s third son intends to marry Manju. But Manju does not like the manner in which his mom bosses everyone along, and feels some changes are needed in the Gupta household.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Richard Fleischer, Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Adventure, Drama, Family
In 1866, Professor Pierre M. Aronnax (Paul Lukas) and his assistant Conseil (Peter Lorre), stranded in San Francisco by reports of a giant sea monster attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean, are invited to join an expedition to search for the creature. During the search, they and harpooner Ned Land (Kirk Douglas) are thrown overboard during an attack, eventually discovering that the supposed monster is actually a submarine piloted by the brilliant but haunted Captain Nemo (James Mason).
Kidnapning / The Kidnapping (1982) Sven Methling, Michael Nezer, Jesper Lund, Tobias Fog, Comedy, Family
A village in the highlands of eastern Anatolia. As is required by age-old tradition, families here celebrate circumcision with a feast. Little Mert is to undergo the procedure but his father ?smail has no money to pay for the feast. His mother Medine ekes out a meagre living collecting willow rods. Nobody is willing to give them the lamb that must be served to their guests. Mert’s sister terrifies her brother by explaining that, should their father fail to find a lamb, he will have to slaughter his own son…
The Littlest Outlaw (1955) Roberto Gavaldón, Pedro Armendáriz, Joseph Calleia, Rodolfo Acosta, Drama, Family
Filmed in Mexico, The Littlest Outlaw was produced for Walt Disney Studios by Larry Lansburgh, who’d previous turned out several of the best Disney live-action short subjects. The hero is ten-year-old Pablito (Andres Velasquez), the stepson of a mean-spirited horse trainer. Unable to abide the cruelties inflicted by his stepfather on a prize jumping horse, Pablito “liberates” the animal and runs away from home. Along the way, the boy and horse make the acquaintance of a kindly priest (Joseph Calleia). Worried that the padre will turn him over to the authorities, Pablito runs off again, and this time is separated from the horse. A band of gypsies capture the animal and sell him to a bullfight arena, where the horse is used to lure the bulls out of the pen. Pablito and the priest manage to rescue the horse and return it to its rightful owner, a powerful Mexican general (Pedro Armendariz). Fortunately, the general is a good-hearted soul, and it is he who paves the way for the film’s happy ending. Moderately successful at the box-office, The Littlest Outlaw soon became a mainstay of Disney’s many TV anthology series.
In 1930, young Buddy (T.J. Lowther) lives with his aunt (Julie Harris) in Alabama. For Christmas, Buddy travels to New Orleans to reunite with his estranged father (Henry Winkler), while holding some unrealistic expectations for the holiday. As it is, his father is a con artist more intent on scamming than building a relationship with his son. Meanwhile, his dad is pursuing the niece (Swoosie Kurtz) of wealthy Cornelia Beaumont (Katharine Hepburn) – but Christmas is the season of miracles.
Supported avidly by his mother and more reluctantly at first by his father, a working-class Austrian boy joins the Vienna Choirboys, where he proves to be unusually talented. The standard initiation ordeals which new boys must endure at the hands of their seniors are intensified in his case because he has aroused the jealousy of Peter, the head chorister, by singing a solo which Peter had long sung himself. The fact is that Peter’s voice is breaking, and with a broken voice often comes a broken heart. But, encouraged by the director and all the boys, Peter begins to develop in a new role as composer and conductor.
The World’s Greatest Athlete (1973) Robert Scheerer, John Amos, Jan-Michael Vincent, Tim Conway, Comedy, Family, Romance
Stuck with a feeble sports department, college coach Sam Archer (John Amos) faces the ax unless he can reverse the school’s athletic fortunes. An African vacation with his assistant (Tim Conway) answers Archer’s prayers when he spots the athletically gifted Nanu (Jan-Michael Vincent). Sam counts on Nanu’s remarkable abilities to put the team back on the winning track. This upbeat farce boasts an impressive cast of comedians.
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) Henry Koster, James Stewart, Maureen O’Hara, Fabian, Comedy, Family
St. Louis based banker Roger Hobbs is writing a letter to his wife, Peggy Hobbs, about his true feelings concerning their just returned from month long vacation, the letter to be opened only after his death, whenever that may be. Mr. Hobbs wanted the vacation to be a romantic getaway for two, but Peggy insisted that it be a family vacation to a central California beach-side house, given to them for the month by friends. The vacation included all their offspring, and their offspring’s respective families where applicable. Hobbs hated the idea as he felt he didn’t know his offspring – and their spouses even less – and that they, in turn, no longer needed him. They include: daughter Susan Carver, who, with her husband, Stan Carver, have a permissive parenting style as per the latest child psychology books; daughter Janie Grant, whose husband, college professor, Byron Grant, has an academic view of everything in life; fourteen year old daughter, Katey Hobbs, who is self conscious around …