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Some unknown maniac is threatening a navigation company to blow up one of its luxury transatlantics Read More »
On his deathbed Carmine Vespucci’s father tells him to “get Proclo”. Read More »
A “prequel” of sorts to “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” chronicling the two outlaws’ lives in the years before the events portrayed in the Newman/Redford movie. Read More »
This film features former Beatle John Lennon and Roy Kinnear as ill-fated enlisted men in under the inept command of Lieutenant Earnest Goodbody. Read More »
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Richard Lester, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Comedy, Musical
The Beatles–the world’s most famous rock and roll band–travel from their home town of Liverpool to London to perform in a television broadcast. Read More »
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) Richard Lester, Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Comedy, Musical
Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome and has but one wish, to purchase his freedom. Read More »
The Three Musketeers (1973) Richard Lester, Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Action, Adventure
The young D’Artagnan arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king’s musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, each of whom challenges him to a duel. Read More »
Cuba (1979) Richard Lester, Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Jack Weston, Adventure, Romance, Thriller, War
End fifties a British hireling is send to Cuba to train the Basistas. They must be trained to fight Castro’s army. Read More »
The Knack… and How to Get It (1965) Richard Lester, Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, Comedy
In England, the times are a changing: it’s mods and rockers. On the day Nancy gets off the London train, cases in hand, looking for the YWCA, Colin has had enough of missing out on the sexual revolution. He begs his smooth (and misogynistic) pal Tolen to teach him ‘the knack’ – how to score with women. Serendipitously, Colin and his new lodger Tom meet up with Nancy while Colin’s buying a bed larger than Tolen’s. The three hit it off, but their simple fun ends when Tolen meets Nancy. Colin is jealous but impotent, and Tolen both attracts and repels her. She swoons, wonders what happened, and cries ‘rape.’ Impish serendipity rubs against unsettling ambiguity; Tolen bolts.
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The Four Musketeers (1974) Richard Lester, Michael York, Raquel Welch, Oliver Reed, Action, Adventure
D’Artagnan has become a Musketeer. Protestants hold La Rochelle, and the Queen loves Buckingham, who’ll soon send ships to support the rebels. Richelieu enlists Rochefort to kidnap Constance, the Queen’s go-between and D’Artagnan’s love. The Cardinal uses the wily, amoral Milady de Winter to distract D’Artagnan. But soon, she is D’Artagnan’s sworn enemy, and she has an unfortunate history with Athos as well. Milady goes to England to dispatch Buckingham; the Musketeers fight the rebels. Milady, with Rochefort’s help, then turns to her personal agenda. Can D’Artagnan save Constance, defeat Rochefort, slip de Winter’s ire, and stay free of the Cardinal? All for one, one for all.
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Robin and Marian (1976) Richard Lester, Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Adventure, Drama, Romance
A sort of tragicomedy/adventure film, “Robin and Marian” picks up the Robin Hood legend some twenty years after most versions of the story, with Robin and his sidekick Little John returning to their old Sherwood haunts world-weary from the Crusades and their sickening brutality. They’re informed by former cohorts Friar Tuck and Will Scarlett that Maid Marian now lives at the nearby priory, where she has become an abbess. Marian greets Robin’s return with mixed feelings, but after he rescues her from his longtime enemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, who tries to arrest her on religious grounds, the two become lovers once again.
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The Bed Sitting Room (1969) Richard Lester, Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, muddy plains, and heaps of dentures and old boots. Patriotically singing “God Save Mrs. Etheyl Shroake, Long Live Mrs. Etheyl Shroake”, they wander through this surrealistic landscape, forever being warned by the police to “keep moving”, and prone to the occasional mutation into a parrot, cupboard, or even, yes, a bed sitting room with “No Wogs” scrawled in the grime on it’s windows. In particular, this story revolves around the odd “love story” of a girl who lives with her parents in one compartment of a London Underground train, the commuter in the next compartment, and the doctor they meet after returning above ground in search of a nurse for the heavily pregnant girl.
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Sequel to The Mouse that Roared; The Tiny Country of Grand Fenwick has a hot water problem in the castle. To get the money necessary to put in a new set of plumbing, they request foreign aid from the U.S. for Space Research. The Russians then send aid as well to show that they too are for the internationalization of space. While the grand Duke is dreaming of hot baths, their one scientist is slapping together a rocket. The U.S. and Soviets get wind of the impending launch and try and beat them to the moon.
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