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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).
George More O'Ferrall directs this comedy set around the world of horse racing. Terence Morgan stars as Sir Charles Hare, a wealthy Irishman who loses a bet and is forced to give up his estate, including his prized racehorse, to tough bookie Hardwicke (Ivan Samson).
Guy Hamilton directs this 1950s British drama following the rise to fame of a young comedian. Charley Moon (Max Bygraves) first discovers his ability to entertain during World War II, when he appears in a military concert and captures the attention of Harold Armytage (Dennis Price), a pre-war entertainer. When victory is won and the unit disbanded, Harold suggests to Charley that they team up and form a comedy duo. Though times are hard and the pair must battle to be heard in rowdy venues, they build their confidence to such an extent that they decide to head to the bright lights of London. How will they fare in the capital?
Leslie Phillips, Roy Kinnear, June Whitfield and Lewis Fiander are among the stars in this 1970s British comedy farce. The story revolves around Rudi Petrovyan (Fiander), a Russian ballet dancer who decides to cross the Iron Curtain and defect. However, on arrival in Britain Rudi appears to be having second thoughts, leaving him and the authorities in a somewhat awkward position. How will London stripper Barbara (Carol Hawkins), and everyone else he comes into contact with, deal with the inevitable cultural confusion that occurs as Rudi endeavours to adapt to life in the West?
John Paddy Carstairs directs this 1940s British comedy starring David Tomlinson, Cecil Parker and A.E. Matthews. Desperate to marry his American fiancée, Lord Tony Pym (Tomlinson) applies for leave from National Service on the basis that he intends to contest a parliamentary seat for the Conservative Party. The seat in question has been in the Pym family for many generations but times are changing and Tony's complacency comes back to bite him when he loses the election to Labour's Mr Cleghorn (Tom Macaulay). Under fire from his family and with his future uncertain, Tony makes the unexpected decision to stand for parliament again - this time as a socialist...
1950s British drama directed by and starring Ralph Richardson. Richardson plays a bank clerk who goes missing for a day and returns home with amnesia, only to find that he is a prime suspect in a murder investigation...
Classic British war film based on the novel by Pierre Boulle in which a group of POWs are forced to build a bridge in Burma for the Japanese. Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) is the appointed leader of the men interned in the camp. When the Japanese commander, Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa), orders his captives to build a bridge across the river Kwai, 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 POWs 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. The impending arrival of a British commando team, sent to destroy the bridge, looks set to provide a stern test of where the true loyalties of the increasingly obsessive Nicholson lie.
Laurence Olivier directs and stars in this classic adaptation of Shakespeare's play about the king who led England to victory in the Battle of Agincourt. The film pays tribute to its origins by opening in a version of the Globe Theatre in 17th century London, where Henry (Olivier) takes to the stage along with a variety of nobles to discuss his plans to stake a claim to the French throne. As the range of Henry's ambitions make themselves known, the theatrical artifice gives way to a more naturalised style and follows Henry as he sets sail from Southampton with his army. Inspired by Henry, the invading English hand the French several defeats, culminating in a triumph against far superior numbers at Agincourt. Shot during WWII, the film was designed to raise morale in the ongoing battle against Nazi Germany and earned Olivier an Academy Award for his 'outstanding achievement' in bringing the film to screen.
Yul Brynner and Trevor Howard star in this action drama set in the 1920s in an India under British rule. After being imprisoned by the United Provinces Police, tribe leader Sultan (Brynner) manages to break out with some of his men in tow and leads them in a revolt in an effort to free themselves from the British regime. When he hears that the remaining prisoners are to be transferred to Delhi, he plans to help them escape but police officer Freddy Young (Howard) has been ordered to capture Sultan, dead or alive.
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