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Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot is regarded as one of the most outstanding and accurate representations of Germany's elite U-boat crewmen during World War II.
Told from the German perspective the crew aboard the U-96 are portrayed in a hopeless life-and-death struggle coping with endless hours of loneliness and desperation, giving way to terror when confronted by the enemy.
Think of the greatest terror imaginable. Is it a monstrous alien? A lethal epidemic? Or, as in this harrowing masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick, is it fear of murder by someone who should love and protect you - a member of your own family?
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre.
In a signature role, Jack Nicholson ("Heeeere's Johnny!") plays Jack Torrance, who's come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife and son. Torrance has never been there before - or has he? The answer lies in a ghostly time warp of madness and murder.
A non-threatening alien (Michael Rennie) comes to Earth in 1951 with a message of peace, but he is shot and wounded by nervous troops. His ten-foot robot, Gort, immediately renders all Earth weapons useless while the alien delivers an ultimatum to the world: stop fighting or be destroyed.
Richard Attenborough stars as a scientist haunted by his past in this 1950s drama from director Don Chaffey. Trying to escape his guilt after accidentally killing his fiancee's brother, Peter Watson (Attenborough) changes his name and takes a rooms in a delapidated boarding house. There, his mental health rapidly deteriorates, and his fellow lodgers call the police after his erratic behaviour causes concern. But when Watson begins brandishing a gun, and a police sergeant is injured, matters quicky come to a head.
Frank Capra's Oscar-winning classic romantic drama starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. Heiress Ellie Andrews (Colbert) flees her disapproving millionaire father (Walter Connolly) when he forbids her to marry worthless playboy King Westley (Jameson Thomas). En route to her fiancé, Ellie meets unemployed reporter Peter Warne (Gable). The unlikely pair are forced to rough it together when their bus breaks down, but Peter's plans to sell the story of their journey together hit a snag when he finds himself falling in love with Ellie. The film became the first to achieve the feat of winning all five major awards at the Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Gable), Actress (Colbert) and Writing Adapted Screenplay.
Guy Haines (Farley Granger) and Bruno Antony (Robert Walker) meet by chance in a train carriage. After some idle chat in which it transpires that each man has someone in their lives they would like to dispose of, Bruno proposes that he kills Guy's wife, in return for Guy murdering Bruno's father. Guy is appalled, but when his wife is murdered he realises that Bruno is intent on carrying out the 'deal', whether Guy wants to or not.
This film keeps close to the original story by Robert Louis Stevenson about a young boy and his adventures in Scotland at the time of the Jacobite Rebellion. Starring Peter Finch and James MacArthur.
Raised by merlin, young Arthur draws the mystical sword of Excalibur from the stone and becomes King. He grows to manhood and with his wife Guenevere and first knight Lancelot unites the country and founds the Knights of the Round Table.
But the love between Lancelot and Guenevere, and the treachery of his sister Morgana and son Mordred cause King Arthur's pride to jeopardize the kingdom.
An epic battle between the knights of good and evil will decide the fate of Camelot.
The cantankerous Rooster Cogburn is hired by a headstrong young girl to find the man who murdered her father and fled with the family savings. When Cogburn's employer insists on accompanying the old gunfighter, sparks fly.
And the situation goes from troubled to disastrous when an inexperienced Texas Ranger joins the party. Laughter and tears punctuate the wild action in this extraordinary Western which also features performances by Robert Duvall and Strother Martin.
John Wayne earned the 1969 Best Actor Academy Award for this larger-than-life performance as the drunken, uncouth and totally fearless one-eyed U.S. Marshall, Rooster Cogburn.
Double feature starring Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. In 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' (1939), Professor Moriarity (George Zucco) has come up with a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a flute player to murder a girl. In 'Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon' (1943), Holmes travels to Switzerland to rescue the inventor of a bomb-sight which the allies want to keep from the Nazis. Back in London, however, it turns out that the inventor is not all that he seemed...
Jules Dassin directs this classic film-noir starring Richard Widmark as a small time conman with dreams of one day making it big. In the back streets of London, American hustler Harry Fabian (Widmark) has a chance encounter with famous Greco-Roman wrestler Gregorius the Great (Stanislaus Zbyszko) which sparks a plan that he believes will set him up financially for life. However, the more people he involves in his scam, the more difficult it becomes to manage and Harry has to fight hard to keep his eyes on the prize.
Frank Sinatra stars in Otto Preminger's groundbreaking film which deals with the issue of heroin addiction - a subject matter considered to be shocking in 1955 and one that did not follow the strict Hollywood production code of the time. The film was also the first to use a jazz soundtrack, by the then almost unknown Elmer Bernstein. Sinatra plays a poker dealer with a drugs problem, who is trying to kick the habit and start a new life as a jazz drummer. He wants to earn enough money to find a cure for his wheelchair bound wife, Zosh (Eleanor Parker), but is tempted away from his marital duties by his enigmatic neighbour (Kim Novak).
Double feature starring Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. In 'Sherlock Holmes in Washington' (1943), Holmes and Doctor Watson (Nigel Bruce) go to Washington DC in search of some missing micro-film which must not, on any account, fall into the wrong hands: ie, the Nazis. The film is notably cheeky for its WW2 propaganda - and Watson's fixation with American bubblegum. In 'Sherlock Holmes Faces Death' (1943), Holmes and Watson are hot on the heels of a murderer who has killed a number of retired officers in their retirement home. They check in to the mansion-like home with its mysterious clock-tower, underground crypt and incredible human chess-board and do their best to solve the murders.
BAFTA Award-winning film based on Nevil Shute's bestselling novel. A group of British POW women are led through the Malayan jungle by the Japanese during World War II. As a group they come to terms with the hardships they have to endure and are befriended by an Australian prisoner who dreams of returning to his home town, Alice Springs.
Franco Zeffirelli directs this version of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy - breaking with the norm and casting a 17 (Leonard Whiting) and 15-year-old (Olivia Hussey) to play the lead roles. The filming took place in Italy, broke another tradition by having nude love scenes, has a well-known score by Nino Rota (who went on to write the music for 'The Godfather') and is probably still one of the most profitable film adaptations of a Shakespeare play. The film was nominated for 4 Academy Awards and won 2 - for Costumes and Cinematography.
Bruce Robinson's celebrated cult comedy starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann. It's the end of the 1960s and two out-of-work actors, Withnail (Grant) and 'I' (McGann), subsist on a diet of booze, drugs and fags in their revolting Camden flat. In order to escape the depressing nexus of visits from their dealer and the months of untouched washing-up, they escape to the country, with the intention of getting some R and R at a cottage owned by Withnail's uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). However, things do not exactly go as planned, Withnail being particularly unsuited to the quiet social mores of countrypeople. The pair's friendship starts to become sorely tested amid the vicissitudes of their 'holiday'. More ominously, uncle Monty appears in person seemingly with something of an eye for 'I'.
Alabama in the 1930s. The children Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford) play in the street, while their lawyer father Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) defends a black man accused of raping a young white woman. The controversial nature of the trial, taking place in the racist culture of the Deep South, leads the local townsfolk to turn against Finch and sees his family become the victim of a series of terror attacks. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' won Oscars for Peck and screenwriter Horton Foote.
This brand new edition of Rodgers & Hammerstein's much-loved klahoma! gives you the opportunity to watch the whole film or just your favourite songs, with or without Sing-along subtitles.
This joyous celebration of frontier life combines tender romance and violent passion in the Oklahoma Territory of the 1900's, with a timeless score filled with unforgettable songs, such as "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin", "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top", "People Will Say We're In Love" and "Oklahoma!"
Classic silent drama from legendary director F.W. Murnau. A South Pacific pearl fisherman falls in love with a girl who has been declared 'Taboo' by her tribe. Shot in Tahiti.
Desperate to win the girl of his dreams, timid short-order cook Stanley Moon sells his soul to the devil for seven wishes. With the magic words 'Julie Andrews' he becomes everything from a rock star to an intellectual to try and impress her.
But the 'horned one' has a wicked sense of fun (he tears the last page out of Agatha Christie novels) so things never quite go according to plan.
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore at their very best in a true comedy classic.
Abel Gance writes, directs and stars in this epic silent French drama about Napoleon Bonaparte's early career. The film follows the young Napoleon (Albert Dieudonné/Vladimir Roudenko) as he attends the elite military school Brienne College, joins the French Army, witnesses the French Revolution in 1792 and takes part in the First Italian Campaign, during which time he becomes increasingly influential in French politics and meets his future wife Joséphine (Gina Manès).
Frazzled drama critic Mortimer Brewster has two aunts who ply lonely geezers with poisoned libations, one sociopathic brother who looks like Boris Karloff, one bonkers brother who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, one impatient new bride - and only one night to make it turn out all right.
In this circus' centre ring is Grant, twisting his face into a clown's gallery of flabbergasted reactions and transforming his natural athletic grace into a rubber-legged comic ballet. You'll die laughing.
In black & white.
This dazzling interpretation of the hit Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera tells the story of Christ's (Ted Neeley) final weeks in a bold and epic production.
Shot entirely on location in Israel, producer-director Norman Jewison creates a brilliant example of modern moviemaking with groundbreaking vision and the unforgettable songs of Rice and Webber.
Nominated for several Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress, this legendary classic is now a must-have Special Edition.
Another collection of 55 classic Grindhouse movie trailers. Grindhouse, popular in the 1970s, was an American-coined term that referred to exploitation films from slasher horrors to dubbed martial arts and sexploitation movies.
In this swashbuckling comic farce, Danny Kaye plays kind-hearted entertainer Hawkins who disguises himself as the legendary king of jesters, Giacomo.
Hawkins infiltrates the court of the evil villain Basil Rathbone, but when a sorceress hypnotises him, royal chaos ensues. Giacomo now believes he is also an infamous assassin, and alternates between his identities at the snap of a finger.
Between swordplay and wordplay, Danny Kaye displays his fancy footwork and his comic genius. With a stellar supporting cast, Kaye sings and dances among dueling knights and damsels in distress.
Through it all, this jester proves he's one of the original kings of comedy.
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