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Romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Down-on-his-luck bounty hunter Milo Boyd (Butler) is assigned what appears to be a dream job when he is asked to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Aniston). Looking forward to an easy payday, Milo is soon reminded that nothing has ever been so straightforward when it comes to him and Nicole. As she promptly disappears on the trail of a hot murder cover-up story, a game of one-upmanship ensues between the two exes as they resort to every trick in the book to outsmart each other.
Daniel Craig narrates this feature-length BBC wildlife documentary celebrating the diversity and tenacity of life on earth. Edited together from some 10,000 hours of footage from the BBC's natural history archives, the film focuses on the cyclical journey taken by all living things, from their own birth to the moment they deliver youngsters of their own and the next generation is born.
It is pre-Revolution France. The Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) and the Vicomte de Valmot (John Malkovich) are decadent members of the Paris aristocracy. The Marquise challenges the Vicomte to conquer young Cecile (Uma Thurman), the wife-to-be of an old friend. However, the perverse Vicomte prefers to work upon the seduction of Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer), a married and moral young aquaintance. The sexual and social repercussions of the seduction has disastrous effects. The film won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.
Collection of seven classic films. 'The Guns of Navarone' (1961), set in 1943, follows a group of mismatched soldiers who are sent to sabotage two powerful Nazi guns situated on a Greek island. If their mission fails, the guns will wipe out the 2,000 British soldiers who are attempting to evacuate civilians further down the coast. The mission is led by the dispassionate Captain Mallory (Gregory Peck) whose clinical approach does not find favour with explosives expert Corporal Miller (David Niven). Meanwhile, the group's Greek patriot guide Andrea Stavros (Anthony Quinn) is nursing a grudge against Mallory for an old injustice. 'The Bridge On the River Kwai' (1957), based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, sees a group of prisoners of war forced to build a bridge in Burma for the Japanese, with Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) the appointed leader of the men. When the Japanese commander Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) orders the construction, Nicholson agrees on the basis that the project will keep his men occupied and give them an opportunity to prove, through the quality of their work, the superiority of British engineering. However, as the bridge progresses and the prisoners strive to show their craftsmanship, Nicholson appears to lose sight of the fact that the ultimate object of the bridge is to help the Japanese win the war. 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962) is David Lean's Oscar-winning biopic starring Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence, the Oxford-educated British army officer who aided the Arabs in their revolt against the Turks. Teaming up with Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif), Lawrence crosses an inhospitable desert in order to join two separate Arab tribes together as a single fighting force. Aiming to achieve Arab sovereignty, he wins a series of military victories but always keeps his eye on the larger picture, doing his best to prevent the subjection of the Arabs to British colonial rule. Charlton Heston stars in the title role of 'Major Dundee' (1965), an epic Western about a Major who joins forces with his sworn enemy to destroy a band of Apaches. When Major Amos Dundee is sent to a prisoner of war camp after making an error at the Battle of Gettysburg, he uses the opportunity to gather a small, but ruthless, army to lead on a mission of revenge. Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin star in 'The Professionals' (1966), following four soldiers of fortune who are hired by a wealthy Texan oil baron (Ralph Bellamy) to rescue his kidnapped wife (Claudia Cardinale) who has been taken across the Mexican border by a band of mercenaries. The four men, each regarded as a specialist in his field - expert marksman and tracker Jake (Woody Strode), explosives master Dolworth (Lancaster), horse handler Ehrengard (Robert Ryan) and Fardan (Marvin) whose skills lie in tactics and weaponry - make their way across the treacherous landscape to retrieve the beautiful kidnappee, but along the way discover all is not what it seems. 'Gandhi' (1982), Richard Attenborough's Academy Award-winning epic, follows the extraordinary life of Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) from his beginnings as a young Indian lawyer to his triumph as a revolutionary. After being thrown off a South African train just for being Indian, Gandhi realised just how prejudiced people were about his race and decided to do something about it. Taking the matter into his own hands, Gandhi arranges non-violent protests in the hope of getting the attention of the South African government. Finally, Fred Zinnemann's classic drama 'From Here to Eternity' (1953) follows the events of the night before the fateful attack on Pearl Harbor. Private Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) is a new recruit at the military base, and has already fallen foul of his superiors due to his refusal to box on the company team. Given the worst duties as a result, Prewitt is befriended by Angelo Maggio (Frank Sinatra), a young soldier who is himself persecuted by the Italian-hating Sergeant Fatso (Ernest Borgnine). Meanwhile, Sergeant Warden (Lancaster), Prewitt's superior, treads on dangerous ground when he allows himself to get caught up in an affair with an officer's wife (Deborah Kerr).
Richard Attenborough's Academy Award-winning epic follows the extraordinary life of Mahatma Gandhi (played by Ben Kingsley), from his beginnings as a young Indian lawyer to his triumph as a revolutionary - whose philosophy of non-violent protest helped gain India its independence. The film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Simon Pegg stars in this British sci-fi comedy directed by Terry Jones. A group of aliens (voiced by 'Monty Python' members Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and Michael Palin) are planning to destroy Earth but before doing so test mankind by giving one human, Neil Clarke (Pegg), the power to do absolutely anything. Unbeknownst to him, if he uses the power for good he will save his planet. As he tries to adjust to his new ability he is assisted by his dog Dennis (voice of Robin Williams). Will Neil be able to prove he is worthy of such power and save the Earth from being eliminated? The cast also includes Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Rob Riggle, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Eddie Izzard.
Cynical TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) has nothing but disdain for the population of Punxatawney, Pennsylvania, the nowhere town he has to visit every year in order to cover the traditional Groundhog Day festivities. Even the attractive company of new producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) doesn't cheer him up, and his mood doesn't improve when he is stranded overnight due to a blizzard. Imagine Phil's horror, therefore, when he wakes the following morning to discover that it is Groundhog Day. Again. For some reason, Phil has become trapped in a Punxatawney time loop, forced to live the same day over and over.... until he gets it right.
Inspired by the true-life story of carrier pigeons who were trained to carry vital information for the Allied forces across the English Channel during World War II, this computer-animated adventure comedy focuses on Valiant (voice of Ewan McGregor), a wood pigeon who has volunteered to do his part for England during the war. While Valiant believes in the cause, he's not exactly a quick study in his training under a no-nonsense sergeant (voice of Jim Broadbent), and his new pal Bugsy (voice of Ricky Gervais), a vermin-carrying former denizen of Trafalgar Square, fares even worse in the courage department. However, when one of the key British birds, Mercury (voice of John Cleese), is captured by notorious Nazi falcon Von Talon (voice of Tim Curry), Valiant and his crew must spring into action to keep the lines of communication open in time for D-day. Along the way, Valiant also finds time to romance avian nurse Victoria (voice of Olivia Williams) and French resistance agent Charles De Girl (voice of Sharon Horgan).
When young teenager Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson) sleeps, she enters a nightmarish yet alluring dream world populated by werewolves. Her magical encounters become ever more fantastic as they give expression to her own burgeoning sexuality. Meanwhile, rumours grow that a real-life wolf is stalking the dark forest that edges onto Rosaleen's home. This adult interpretation of the 'Little Red Riding Hood' fairy tale is adapted from a series of short stories by Angela Carter.
The crew of the USAF bomber 'Memphis Belle', stationed in Britain during World War II, are preparing for their record-breaking 25th daylight mission. The mission will be as dangerous as ever, but if they survive they will return to the States as heroes. Starring Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz and crooner Harry Connick Jr, the film is based on William Wyler's classic 1944 documentary.
Ken Loach directs this story about the struggle of Los Angeles office cleaners against unfair working practices. Newly arrived in the US, Mexican immigrant Maya (Pilar Padilla) begins work for an office cleaning company. One night, while carrying out her duties, she helps union organiser Sam (Adrien Brody) hide from some security guards, and then, after witnessing an elderly worker get the sack for being late, begins helping the union man in his efforts to win justice for the janitors. However, no matter how persuasive Sam's appeals are, Maya's fellow cleaners worry that their decision to fight might jeopardise their livelihoods.
Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) are rivals in business: he working for Fox & Sons, a chain of discount bookstores; she owning a tiny bookshop of her own. However, unaware of their true identities, Kathleen and Joe have begun communicating anonymously via an e-mail chat room, building a strong and caring relationship without ever revealing their names.
A selection of BBC plays and observational pieces written by celebrated playwright Alan Bennett. The collection includes: 'A Visit From Miss Prothero', 'Sunset Across the Bay', 'A Day Out', 'A Woman of No Importance', 'Our Winnie', 'An Englishman Abroad', 'Dinner at Noon', 'The Insurance Man', '102 Boulevard Haussman', 'A Question of Attribution' and 'Portrait Or Bust'.
British drama which follows the relationship of a young couple. Author Peter (Bruce Robinson) takes time out from working to move in with his receptionist girlfriend, Ann (Susan Penhaligon), against the wishes of her parents. When Ann falls pregnant, Peter is torn between pursuing his artistic passion of writing and committing to the domestic lifestyle.
Michael Palin pens this coming-of-age comedy drama based on memories of his own childhood holidays in the 1950s. Bored teenager Richard (Edward Rawle-Hicks) is a reluctant holiday-maker staying at a guest house on the Suffolk coast with his parents. Things start to look up when he is befriended by the confident and gregarious Edwin (John Wagland). Giving their parents the slip, the pair embark on an illicit mission to meet girls and experience a bit of life.
Comedy adapted from the play by Alan Bennett. Eight bright, funny history students in the mid 1980s are pursuing an undergraduate place at the country's two finest universities. Their headmaster is obsessed with breaking into the ranks of those schools that regularly send boys up to Oxford and Cambridge and enlists Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore), a shrewd newcomer, to coach the boys into intellectual shape for the trials ahead. Seduced though they are by the exam-busting bag of tricks offered by the temporary supply teacher, the boys are torn by their loyalty to the hugely eccentric, poetry-spouting English master Hector (Richard Griffiths) and the regular diet of nourishing facts and figures dispensed by Mrs Lintott (Frances de la Tour), their history mistress. As they prepare for the daunting admissions process, the journey of the History Boys becomes as much about how education works as where education leads.
Title: The Canary and other poems. L.P.Publisher: British Library, Historical Print EditionsThe British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It is one of the world's largest research libraries holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats: books, journals, newspapers, sound recordings, patents, maps, stamps, prints and much more. Its collections include around 14 million books, along with substantial additional collections of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 BC.The POETRY & DRAMA collection includes books from the British Library digitised by Microsoft. The books reflect the complex and changing role of literature in society, ranging from Bardic poetry to Victorian verse. Containing many classic works from important dramatists and poets, this collection has something for every lover of the stage and verse. ++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++ British Library Fenton, George; 1891. x. 66 p.; 8 . 11651.g.43.
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