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Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart) is a down-on-his-luck studio scribe who reluctantly agrees to adapt a trashy bestseller to the silver screen. Mildred Atkinson accompanies him home to recount the story in her own words but later is found murdered, with Steele becoming the prime suspect.
In black & white.
Shortly after appearing together in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo', James Stewart and Kim Novak teamed up again to star in this light-hearted tale of beatnik sorcerey in 1950s Greenwich Village. When modern-day witch Gillian Holroyd (Novak) first sets eyes upon publisher Shepherd Henderson (Stewart), she knows right away that he's the man for her and casts a spell to make him fall in love with her. Trouble is, Shepherd is already engaged to be married - and to an old enemy of Gillian's as well.
The year is 1997 and in a police-state future, the island of Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. The rules are simple: once you're in, you don't come out.
But when the United States president crash lands an escape pod into the centre of the city after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plisskin into entering the hazardous Manhattan and rescuing the distraught president from the twisted world of New York and from the demented clutches of its new ruler The Duke in John Carpenter's cyber-punk, action, suspense spectacular.
Powerful drama about loyalties and the industrial workplace in early 60s Britain. Factory worker Tom Arnold (Richard Attenborough) does not share the same feelings as his fellow workers in a developing industrial dispute and refuses to go on strike with them. This results in him being 'sent to Coventry' by all concerned, including his best friend Joe Wallace (Michael Craig). The newspapers soon hear about this and the story becomes a matter of national concern, with many different parties trying to use Tom's stance to their own ends.
The ninth in the series of the Bulldog Drummond adventure films based on the novels by Herman C. McNeile, this film was the only one to star John Lodge in the title role. In this outing for the daredevil sleuth, Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond finds himself up against foreign agents who are trying to steal plans for a top-secret remote-controlled aircraft. Dorothy Mackaill co-stars as Drummond's feisty love interest, Doris.
Henry Palfrey (Ian Carmichael) is one of life's losers. Despised and disregarded at work, his prospective girlfriend April (Janette Scott) is whisked from under his nose by charming bounder Raymond Delauney (Terry-Thomas). In desperation, Henry enrols at Stephen Potter's (Alastair Sim) College of Lifemanship, where he gradually learns how to get one up on the other fellow.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in this Academy Award-winning, epic retelling of the life and loves of the Egyptian queen. Desperate to hold onto her throne in the face of Roman expansion, Cleopatra (Taylor) employs all her charms in an attempt to secure an alliance with Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison). When Caesar is subsequently murdered, however, a vulnerable Cleopatra quickly turns her affections to popular Roman general Mark Antony (Burton). But although the relationship initially fares well, it's not long before the once proud general, now emasculated by the queen's charms, is reduced to a shadow of his former self that presages the doomed lovers' ultimate fate.
Clifton Webb, Robert Flemyng and Gloria Grahame star in this classic drama set during the Second World War, adapted from the book by Ewen Montagu which is based on real events. In order to deceive the Germans into thinking that the Allied forces are preparing to invade Greece, and not Sicily as planned, intelligence officers Lieutenant Commander Ewen Montagu (Webb) and Lieutenant George Acres (Flemyng) are tasked with a complex mission - they must find and dispatch a dead body under a fake identity of a British major into the sea, along with plans for the bogus invasion, to be discovered by the Nazis. Will the operation be a success or will the Germans discover the truth?
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.
Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) often uses men to get what she wants, but is unable to get the one man she truly desires, Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). She soon meets her match in the roguish Captain Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and in the war itself which destroys the genteel way of life she has always known. With determination she rebuilds her life from the shattered remains the Union Army leaves behind. Despite its sometimes troubled production (director George Cukor was replaced by Victor Fleming, with Sam Wood brought in when Fleming's health failed), the film won ten Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.
Cliff Richard &The Shadows are hired to star in a movie shot amid the lush tropical scenery of the Canary Islands.
A sunny seaside spectacular, filled with romance, excitement and high spirits - not to mention a dozen musical numbers.
Including the classics Wonderful Life, Do You Remember? and We Love A Movie, this DVD gives you the opportunity to sing along with Cliff and friends!
Ten years after fighting together in World War 1, Alf Stokes and James Twelvetrees meet again when they find themelves both working for aristocratic Lord Meldrum and his family.
There's a battle of wills as honest James continually tries to put a stop to Alf's devious plan of pilfering the Meldrum's fortunes, embroiling his daughter and the house's chamber maid, Ivy, in his dodgy dealings.
There's certainly no shortage of naughtiness going on in this household with both Ivy and Miss Poppy vying for James's attentions. Then there's the (not so) Honourable Teddy whose efforts to have his way with any passing 'downstairs' staff, gets him into serious trouble. Even the head of the house, Lord Meldrum, is not unsullied as he's having a secret-ish affair with a married woman.
With shenanigans a-plenty both above and below stairs, this is one hoot of a comedy.
Neil Young directs, co-writes and stars in this American cult comedy. The film follows Otto Quartz (Dean Stockwell) as he inherits a roadside diner after his father dies from radiation poisoning. With a lack of income from the diner, Otto hatches a plan to destroy the place and collect on the insurance claim. Meanwhile a cast of eccentric characters go about their daily business unaware that it is their last day on Earth, including gas station employee Lionel Switch (Young) who dreams of being a rock star. The cast also includes Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper, Sally Kirkland and the band Devo.
This sequel to 'Private's Progress' takes a satirical look at trade unions and labour relations. Upon leaving the army, upper class twit Windrush (Ian Carmichael) takes a job in industry. Before long he has inadvertently started a national strike, which is subsequently mishandled by everyone involved.
Classic wartime propaganda thriller based on a short story by Graham Greene. During the Second World War, a platoon of German paratroopers plan to place a signalling device in an English village in preparation for an upcoming invasion. Disguised as British troops, all goes according to plan until vigilant local postmistress Mrs Collins (Muriel George) has her suspicions aroused by some clues left by the Germans. Unfortunately, respected villager Oliver Wilsford (Leslie Banks), the man who she informs of her suspicions, is actually a fifth columnist in league with the enemy. With the Germans now aware that the game is up, they quickly revert to their back-up plan and take the entire village hostage. As they try to maintain an appearance of normality in the village, the Germans soon find themselves beset by the heroic attempts of the villagers to raise the alarm to the outside world.
David Lynch directs this cult 1980s classic starring Dennis Hopper and Kyle MacLachlan. When college student Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan) returns home to look after his dad's store while he's in hospital, a short stroll through a seemingly peaceful field sees him stumbling upon a severed ear. As Jeffrey reports the crime to the police he finds himself being sucked into a world of murder, voyeurism and sado-masochism.
John Huston directs this epic adaptation of Herman Melville's novel. Captain Ahab (Gregory Peck), skipper of whaling vessel the 'Pequod', sets sail from New Bedford, 1840, detemined to avenge himself on Moby Dick, the whale who took off his leg and left him horribly scarred. Ahab works his crew up into a frenzy as they cross the oceans in search of their quarry, but his obsession takes a tragic turn when Moby Dick is finally sighted.
World War II thriller written and directed by Billy Wilder. After a major defeat to Erwin Rommel (Erich von Stroheim)'s Afrika Korps, Corporal John Bramble (Franchot Tone) becomes the lone survivor of his British tank crew. Unfortunately for him, the first hotel he stumbles into along the North African desert is being taken over by German soldiers to be used as headquarters for Rommel and his team. In order to protect his identity from the enemy, Bramble poses as a valued German spy and learns he is soon to be sent to Cairo. The corporal tries to use his assumed position to gain information on Rommel's top secret plans involving hidden supply dumps, but will Bramble be able to relay the intelligence back to his superiors and make it out of Rommel's headquarters alive?
Restored version of the Fritz Lang classic containing an extra 25 minutes of new footage previously thought lost. Lang's acclaimed vision of a 21st century city is widely held to be one of the greatest films of the silent era. In the year 2000, industrialist John Frederson (Alfred Abel) rules over a giant city where the workers exist only as an underclass. They call for rebellion, but their leader Maria (Brigitte Helm) urges them to wait for a mediator. When Frederson kidnaps Maria and replaces her with a robot replica, the workers are incited to revolt.
Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), an executive at Macy's department store, believes in taking a common-sense approach to life and is consequently raising her daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) not to believe in Santa Claus. This year however, the convictions of both mother and child are challenged when the kindly old man (Edmund Gwenn) hired as the store Santa insists that he is in fact the real thing. No one believes him, some even think he's insane, but he is willing to go to court to prove his case. Oscars were won by Edmund Gwenn (Best Supporting Actor) and George Seaton (Best Screenplay) and the film was remade in 1994 with Richard Attenborough in the lead.
Hal Ashby's cult black-comedy. Harold (Bud Cort) is a death-obsessed teenager who hangs around in cemeteries and drives a hearse. When he attends a funeral and meets his polar opposite Maude (Ruth Gordon), a life-loving 79-year-old, a strange love affair ensues. However, the offbeat nature of their pairing, and their defiance of social convention, causes upset all around. With music by Cat Stevens.
Classic tale of small town adolescence and sexual intrigue from director Peter Bogdanovich. Set in 1950s Texas, the film follows the exploits of high school football stars Sonny Crawford (Timothy Bottoms) and Duane Jackson (Jeff Bridges) as they take their first steps into adulthood - Sonny drifting into an affair with an older woman (Cloris Leachman), and Duane experiencing problems with his self-centred, social-climbing girlfriend Jacy Farrow (Cybill Shepherd). Meanwhile, the local cinema so dear to the friends and so evocative of the innocence of their childhood years, is faced with closure.
The full, unexpurgated version of Tinto Brass's infamous soft-porn Roman epic.
Malcolm McDowell stars as the deranged Emperor whose depraved acts include giving his horse political office, sleeping with his own sister and executing anyone who remotely displeases him.
Gore Vidal provides the (uncredited) screenplay. The film, which is punctuated by a sequence of elaborate orgy scenes, remained in limbo for two years as Brass wrangled over the right to a final cut, and various versions have been in circulation over the years since its initial release.
Classic Ealing comedy in which a group of bank robbers struggle to silence the eccentric old lady who discovers their crime. Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) lives alone in King's Cross with her parrots. She has been led to believe that the group of men renting rooms from her, Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness), the Major (Cecil Parker), Louis (Herbert Lom), Harry (Peter Sellers) and One-Round (Danny Green), are classical musicians. However, when one of the group's cases gets caught in the door and opens to reveal, not a musical instrument, but a plethora of banknotes, the virtuous Mrs Wilberforce vows to go to the police with the identities of the men. The criminals agree that the old lady has to be killed to silence her, but will this be as straightforward as it sounds?
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