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A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years, are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.
Laburnum Grove is a suburb so dull one could actually hear the tomatoes grow in the gardens. The perfect place to hide when you are a master crook… or a great spinner of yarns.
Adam Verver, a US billionaire in London, dotes on daughter Maggie, an innocent abroad. An impecunious Italian, Prince Amerigo, marries her even though her best friend, Charlotte Stant, an alabaster beauty with brains, no money, and a practical and romantic nature, is his lover. She and Amerigo keep it secret from Maggie that they know each other, so Maggie interests her widowed father in Charlotte, who is happy with the match because she wants to be close to Amerigo. Charlotte desires him, the lovers risk discovery, Amerigo longs for Italy, Maggie wants to spare her father pain, and Adam wants to return to America to build a museum. Amidst lies and artifice, what fate awaits adulterers?
The Disappearance of Finbar (1996) Sue Clayton, Luke Griffin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sean Lawlor, Drama, Mystery
Finbar Flynn is a working-class boy living in a grim concrete jungle in Dublin. When he has the chance to play for Zurich Grasshoppers FC, things go wrong and, with the disappointment of a whole community on his shoulders, Finbar jumps from a motorway flyover and disappears – and his body is never found. His best friend Danny creates a ‘Find Finbar’ committee and releases a pop song in his memory, but Finbar still remains missing. That is, until Danny receives a phone call in the middle of the night.
Lucy is eleven years old. Having been neglected by her estranged mother and father, she is placed in a children’s home. Through her eyes, we follow Lucy’s struggle to cope with the system. Her saving is her self-belief and her certainty that she is being watched over and protected by the holy spirit. Hers is a heroic quest for love, beauty and transcendence.
Erik the Viking (1989) Terry Jones, Tim Robbins, John Cleese, Mickey Rooney, Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy
A Viking with a conscience, Erik (Tim Robbins) tires of pillaging and decides to set out on a quest. When the wise Freya (Eartha Kitt) informs Erik that a great mythic wolf has eaten the sun, the warrior resolves to venture to Asgard, home of the Norse gods, to set things right. Before Erik can reach Asgard, he and his allies must first find a magical horn that resides in the land of King Arnulf (Terry Jones), who, luckily for the hero, has a lovely daughter, Princess Aud (Imogen Stubbs).
The Weak and the Wicked / Young and Willing (1954) J. Lee Thompson, Glynis Johns, Diana Dors, John Gregson, Drama
Had the women-behind-bars drama The Weak and the Wicked been made in Hollywood, the cast would probably have included the likes of Ida Lupino, Marie Windsor, Peggie Castle and Hope Emerson. Instead, the film was lensed in Britain, with Glynis Johns and Diana Dors heading the cast. Framed on a charge of fraud, “good girl” Glynis is tossed into prison. Her cellmates include hard-boiled Ms. Dors, murder suspect Jane Hylton, blackmailer-poisoner Dame Sybil Thorndyke and shoplifter Olive Sloane. Each of their stories is detailed in a series of flashbacks. Downplay the potential sensational elments of the storyline, The Weak and the Wicked takes great pains to point out the positive values of a special rehabilitation program, wherein the main characters are given the opportunity to make themselves useful members of society.
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975) Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Comedy, Crime, Musical, Mystery, Romance
Comic actor Gene Wilder made his debut as a writer and director in this period comedy in which he plays Sigerson Holmes, the older bother of famous detective Sherlock Holmes. For years, Sigerson has been living in his little brother’s shadow, and he is convinced that he must constantly prove his superiority to his brother in all things at all times. Of course, he often fails, but one can’t argue with his determination.
Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968) Jerry Paris, Jerry Lewis, Terry-Thomas, Jacqueline Pearce, Comedy
George Lester is a man who is chasing rainbows, looking for the pot of gold at the end. When his wife, Pamela grows tired of being dragged all over the world, she leaves him. While she is away, George converts her family home into a discotheque, when she returns, she threatens to send George to jail for fraud, cause she didn’t give her approval. George needing some fast bucks, decides to turn to an old cohort of his, William Homer but Willy’s a little short. George then decides to steal the plans to a new drill, Pamela’s suitor, Dudley Heath is working on. But when George gets the mumps, he can’t make it to the meeting place and refuses to give Willy the plans unless he gives him the cash first. And the buyers won’t give unless they see the merchandise first.