Tag Archives: UK

Hamlet (1990) Franco Zeffirelli, Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Drama

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Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies. His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, the new King. They urge Hamlet to marry his beloved Ophelia. But soon the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet must choose between passive acquiescence and the need for a vengeance which might lead to tragedy.

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You Can’t Win ‘Em All (1970) Peter Collinson, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Michèle Mercier, Comedy, Adventure

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Two former U.S. Army soldiers, Adam Dyer and Josh Corey, join a band of Turkish mercenaries in 1922 Turkey. They are hired by Osman Bey, a local governor, to escort his three daughters to Smyran and to protect a gold shipment that is to accompany them. Nobody is aware that Elci, a local colonel, plans to steal the gold for himself, while a rebel general pursues all parties involved.

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Track 29 (1988) Nicolas Roeg, Theresa Russell, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd, Drama, Mystery

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A doctor’s wife tires of his obsession with model trains, and spends her days wondering about the son she gave up for adoption at birth. While eating at a roadside cafe, she encounters a British hitchhiker, who turns out to be her son. They spend time together trying to find a bond. The son begins to hate the husband, and the wife begins worrying about the safety of her husband and his train set.

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Unrelated (2007) Joanna Hogg, Kathryn Worth, Harry Kershaw, Emma Hiddleston, Drama

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During a sticky patch in her marriage forty-something Anna spends a summer holiday with her friends Verena and George at their Tuscan villa but hangs out with the couple’s teen-aged children and their cousin Oakley, with whom she goes skinny-dipping and sight-seeing. When the youngsters prang a borrowed car and Anna tells George how it happened, causing a huge scene with his elder son, the kids turn against her. Observing family life as an outsider – unrelated – Anna ultimately comes to be grateful for what she has got.

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Circus of Fear (1966) Werner Jacobs, John Llewellyn Moxey, Christopher Lee, Leo Genn, Anthony Newlands, Mystery, Thriller, Horror

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A perfectly executed heist leads to murder and mayhem at a traveling circus. After thieves pull off a precisely-timed robbery, one of the crooks is stabbed to death. When Inspecter Elliott is assigned to the case, his search for the stolen cash leads him into the Barberini Circus. The criminal’s body is discovered and a circus member is murdered – both victims of the same phantom killer. Elliott becomes caught up in the lives of the performers, whose private jealousies and indiscretions lead him through a labyrinth of clues to the location of the money and the killer…

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The Man Who Never Was (1956) Ronald Neame, Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng, War, Drama

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British Intelligence during World War II is trying to get the German High Command to shift its forces away from Italy prior to the invasion. To create the illusion that England is in fact planning to invade Greece, they plan to procure a dead body, plant secret papers on it, and arrange for the Spanish authorities to find it and send the papers on to the Germans. That’s the plan, anyway. First they have to find a body that will look drowned, then create an identity for it that will pass German scrutiny. Based on a true story.

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The Delavine Affair (1955) Douglas Peirce, Peter Reynolds, Honor Blackman, Gordon Jackson, Crime, Drama

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The Delavine Affair is a jewel robbery orchestrated by a particularly vicious criminal gang. Reporter Peter Reynolds (his character name is-no kidding-Rex Banner) makes it his mission in life to track down the crooks and round them up for the Law. The bad guys reciprocate by framing Reynolds for the murder of a stool pigeon. Everything works itself out within the film’s alotted 64 minutes. Honor Blackman, famed for her participation in the original The Avengers TV series, costars. Delavine Affair was based on Winter Wears a Shroud, a novel by Robert Chapman.

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The Trojan Women (1971) Mihalis Kakogiannis, Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Geneviève Bujold, Drama

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Hecuba and the other women of Troy rise to find their city in ruins and their cause lost. The city has fallen into Greek hands and it is likely their lot to become slaves of Greek soldiers. A messenger approaches to inform them that the lots have been drawn and each woman will be taken to the man who drew for her. Of particular interest is Hecuba’s daughter, Cassandra, who is chosen for the Greek kings bedchamber. She has received word of this news already and is in hiding because she has sworn an oath to the gods that she will live as a virgin. When she is found she has some particularly nasty things to say about treatment at Greek hands.

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The Outcast (1934) Norman Lee, Leslie Fuller, Mary Glynne, Hal Gordon, Comedy, Crime, Romance

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When the box-office manager takes off with all the money belonging to a traveling theatre-troupe, the show’s promoters and leading performers, Bill Potter and Jim Truman, have to sell off of the show’s assets to a theatre in Newcastle in order to pay the actors. They have enough money left over to open up a bookie’s stall in London taking bets on greyhound-racing. The local bookies send a stooge around to give them some false inside-information and they can’t cover the losses they garner using the incorrect-odds, and have to sell everything they own. All that is left is a greyhound puppy which Bill determines he will train for racing and make a fortune. And then bad things really begin happening to Bill including having to escape prison, on a trumped-up charge, as part of the rubbish carried off in the garbage lorry.

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The Quiet Woman (1951) John Gilling, Derek Bond, Jane Hylton, Dora Bryan, Crime, Drama

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In this drama, the manager of “The Quiet Woman,” a coastal inn, finds herself falling in love with a smuggler. When her husband breaks out of prison, he goes to her and tries to convince her to help him escape. The smuggler then offers to help them leave via the sea, but unfortunately the two are captured and fatally shot by patrolling customs officials. The photography in this film is especially notable.

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