"Actor: Barbara Harris"

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  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels [1989]Dirty Rotten Scoundrels | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £5.99   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    On its original release in 1988, the pairing of Steve Martin and Michael Caine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was seen as something of a dream ticket. Viewing the film many years later, that assessment still proves completely accurate: the casting is perfect. American Freddy Benson and Briton Lawrence Jamieson are con men who work the French Riviera--at first as colleagues, later as rivals--praying on rich, gullible women before finally meeting their match. Having spent the decade veering between popular rubbish and low-key quality, for once Caine was able to find a populist vehicle that did justice to his talents. Steve Martin is, well, very Steve Martin but there are few better suited to the visual comedy of his character. The film has an old-fashioned feel (no sex, violence or bad language) and owes much to the earlier period of film humour--it really doesn't take that much imagination to see this as an Ealing comedy. All round, it's a stylish, charming, witty film. On the DVD: Extras are few, limited to scene selection, subtitles and the very funny trailer. Picture quality is superb, allowing the film's exotic setting to sparkle and there are many scenes of breathtaking beauty. Given that the film is full of fantastic comedy set pieces, the ability to select scenes is a real plus, allowing to the viewer to locate that classic Martin pratfall at the push of a button. --Phil Udell

  • Carry On Doctor [1967]Carry On Doctor | DVD | (17/02/2003) from £2.99   |  Saving you £10.00 (334.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Bedpan humour rules in Carry On Doctor, the vintage 1968 offering from gang, assisted by guest star Frankie Howerd as bogus faith healer Francis Bigger. Hospitals, of course, always provided the Carry On producers with plenty of material. Today, these comedies induce a twinge of serious nostalgia for the great days of the National Health Service when Matron (Hattie Jacques, naturally) ran the hospital as if it was a house of correction, medical professionals were idolised as if they were all Doctor Kildare and Accident and Emergency Departments were deserted oases of calm. But even if you aren't interested in a history lesson, Talbot Rothwell's script contains some immortal dialogue, particularly when Matron loosens her stays. "You may not realise it but I was once a weak man", says Kenneth Williams' terrified Doctor Tinkle to Hattie Jacques. "Once a week's enough for any man", she purrs back. Other highlights include Joan Sims, excellent as Frankie Howerd's deaf, bespectacled sidekick, Charles Hawtrey suffering from a phantom pregnancy, 1960s singer Anita Harris in a rare film role, and Barbara Windsor at her most irrepressible as nurse Sandra May. --Piers Ford

  • Peggy Sue Got Married [1986]Peggy Sue Got Married | DVD | (05/05/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Francis Ford Coppola's passable 1986 comedy stars Kathleen Turner as an unhappy, middle-aged woman who goes back in time to her high school years and meets her future husband (Nicolas Cage) all over again. A lightweight entry from Coppola, the film has some clever, backward-looking jokes; and the lead actress does bring intelligence and searching emotions to her role. Cage (Coppola's nephew)--who specialised in these dumb-guy roles back then (see Raising Arizona)--is in sharp, raw form. Worth a visit, but don't expect to be bowled over this time by the legendary director.--Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

  • Nice Girls Don't Explode [1987]Nice Girls Don't Explode | DVD | (16/02/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

    Take the psychotic mother-daughter team from 'Carrie'. Add the 'fire girl' premise of 'Firestarter'. Mix in a generous helping of racy irreverent comedy and you get a towering inferno of fun called 'Nice Girls Don't Explode'. Barbara Harris plays Mom a domestic tyrant who makes Joan Crawford seem rather permissive. After seeing an ad for a movie called 'Fire Girl' Mom devises an elaborate scheme to shield daughter April from men and sex. She decides to fight fire with fire. Apri

  • Freaky Friday [1977]Freaky Friday | DVD | (26/04/2004) from £4.49   |  Saving you £10.50 (70.00%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Annabel isn't herself today - neither is her mother this morning. They became each other! When a mother and her teenage daughter both wish at the same time that they could switch places for one day each has to live the life of the other on one seriously freaky Friday...

  • Family Plot [1976]Family Plot | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £5.38   |  Saving you £4.61 (85.69%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Alfred Hitchcock's final film Family Plot is understated comic fun that mixes suspense with deft humour, thanks to a solid cast. The plot centres on the kidnapping of an heir and a diamond theft by a pair of bad guys led by Karen Black and William Devane. The cops seem befuddled, but that doesn't stop a questionable psychic (Barbara Harris) and her not overly bright boyfriend (Bruce Dern, in a rare good-guy role) from picking up the trail and actually solving the crime. Did she do it with actual psychic powers? That's part of the fun of Harris's enjoyably ditsy performance. --Marshall Fine

  • A Time For Dancing [2000]A Time For Dancing | DVD | (07/11/2005) from £21.58   |  Saving you £-5.59 (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Two teenage dancers - easily distracted Sam (Shiri Appleby) and driven Jules (Larisa Oleynik) - must examine their lives and take a closer look at their futures when Jules is diagnosed with cancer. Based on the popular book by Davida Wills Hurwin and directed by Hoop Dreams producer Peter Gilbert.

  • The Honeymoon KillersThe Honeymoon Killers | DVD | (06/12/2004) from £18.92   |  Saving you £-12.94 (N/A%)   |  RRP £2.99

    Though it was pre-produced by Martin Scorsese, who left the project after arguments with the producers, The Honeymoon Killers wound up being written and directed by Leonard Kastle, one of cinema's great one-hit wonders. The Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer of 1969, The Honeymoon Killers follows hefty nurse Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler, who looks like a humourlessly malevolent Roseanne) and her low-rent gigolo lover Raymond Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco) as they take up serial murder for profit and passion, luring middle-aged women into marriage through lonely-hearts ads, then killing them and raiding their savings. Based on a genuine crime case history, it is filmed in the candid-camera style of a Frederick Wiseman documentary. The intense scenes (such as the couple's frightening love-play: escalating arguments that end in awkward killings) unfold with a fly-on-the-wall dryness, showcasing the extraordinary acting of the leads and their cameo victims. A rare film in which genuine romantic love does not excuse the central couple's amoral behaviour, this still manages to generate some sympathy for the truly monstrous Martha. The washed-out black and white photography and sometimes scratchy soundtrack (the score is sampled from Mahler) have a deliberately amateurish feel which adds to the film's chilling power, lodging it into the memory. On the DVD: Along with a lurid trailer and gallery of images are filmographies for Stoler, Lo Bianco and (redundantly) Kastle. The widescreen transfer is excellent, representing perfectly the film's rough-hewn look but also bringing out a lot of detail--like Stoler's freckles, which have looked like grain on video releases. --Kim Newman

  • Blue Suede Shoes - A Rockabilly SessionBlue Suede Shoes - A Rockabilly Session | DVD | (17/07/2006) from £7.09   |  Saving you £2.90 (29.00%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Available for the first time on DVD this is the classic show headed by Carl Perkins the Godfather of rock 'n' roll along with a superstar cast including Eric Clapton George Harrison and Ringo Starr recorded at London's Limehouse Studios in 1985.- Johnny Roy & Jerry Lee- Boppin' The Blues- Put Your Cat Clothes On- Honey Don't- Matchbox- Mean Woman Blues- Turn Around- Going To Jackson- What Kind Of Girl- Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby- Your True Love- Spoken Intro To Sunrise- The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise- Medley (That's Alright Mama/Blue Moon Of Kentucky/Night Train To Memphis).- Glad All Over- Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On- Gone All Down The Line- Blue Suede Shoes- Blue Suede Shoes (Encore)

  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels/Three Amigos [1986]Dirty Rotten Scoundrels/Three Amigos | DVD | (28/07/2008) from £20.00   |  Saving you £-10.01 (-100.20%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Dir. Frank Oz) (1988): One's got a sophisticated suave and debonair con act. The other's got... well an act. Together Steve Martin and Michael Caine are Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and they're absolutely ruining the Riviera in this wonderfully crafted absolutely charming classy and consistently amusing comedy. Martin is Freddy Benson a small-time con man sleazing his way through Europe on whatever handouts he can scam. Caine is Lawrence Jamieson an impeccably dressed and high-minded artiste who thinks Freddy's giving him and all con men a bad name. At first Lawrence agrees to help Freddy spruce up his stunts and his wardrobe. But when it becomes apparent that the Riviera isn't big enough for the both of them they make a winner-takes-all wager over the fortune of a nave American soap heiress (Glenne Headly): the first one to 'clean her out' can make the other clear out - and keep the Riviera and its unsuspecting tourists to himself! Three Amigos (Dir. John Landis) (1986): In the days of silent film serials one of the noblest trios to grace the screen and get the bad guys was the Three Amigos: Dusty Bottoms (Chevy Chase) Lucky Day (Steve Martin) and Ned Nederlander (Martin Short). But when their Hollywood glory days wane they receive a letter from a desperate community in Mexico that thinks their heroic characters are for real: they want the Three Amigos to come to their tiny Mexican village and defeat the notorious bandit El Guapo (Alfonso Arau). Unfortunately the Three Amigos misinterpret the letter - they're off to visit the Mexican village dressed as their movie characters thinking they're getting a high paying gig. A plethora of pinatas and a comedy of errors occurs before they can prove themselves as worthy as their screen heroes!

  • Carry On Doctor [1967]Carry On Doctor | DVD | (04/05/2001) from £7.54   |  Saving you £2.45 (24.50%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Bedpan humour rules in Carry On Doctor, the vintage 1968 offering from the familiar gang, assisted by guest star Frankie Howerd as bogus faith healer Francis Bigger. Hospitals, of course, always provided the Carry On producers with plenty of material. Today, these comedies induce a twinge of serious nostalgia for the great days of the National Health Service when Matron (Hattie Jacques, naturally) ran the hospital as if it was a house of correction, medical professionals were idolised as if they were all Doctor Kildare and Accident and Emergency Departments were deserted oases of calm. But even if you aren't interested in a history lesson, Talbot Rothwell's script contains some immortal dialogue, particularly when Matron loosens her stays. "You may not realise it but I was once a weak man", says Kenneth Williams' terrified Doctor Tinkle to Hattie Jacques. "Once a week's enough for any man", she purrs back, undaunted. Other highlights include Joan Sims, excellent as Frankie Howerd's deaf, bespectacled sidekick, Charles Hawtrey suffering from a phantom pregnancy, 1960s singer Anita Harris in a rare film role, and Barbara Windsor at her most irrepressible as nurse Sandra May. This is one of the best. On the DVD: Presented in 1.77:1 format for a pseudo-widescreen effect, the picture quality is good and sharp, accompanied by a standard mono soundtrack. The same no-frills approach is taken with the packaging; a functional scene index and no extras. Yet again, a missed opportunity to use the DVD release to provide some context. At their best, the Carry On films are rightly seen as classic comedies of their type. They really deserve to be better celebrated. --Piers Ford

  • Family Plot [Blu-ray] [1976][Region Free]Family Plot | Blu Ray | (13/05/2013) from £10.78   |  Saving you £4.21 (39.05%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Alfred Hitchcock's final film Family Plot is understated comic fun that mixes suspense with deft humour, thanks to a solid cast. The plot centres on the kidnapping of an heir and a diamond theft by a pair of bad guys led by Karen Black and William Devane. The cops seem befuddled, but that doesn't stop a questionable psychic (Barbara Harris) and her not overly bright boyfriend (Bruce Dern, in a rare good-guy role) from picking up the trail and actually solving the crime. Did she do it with actual psychic powers? That's part of the fun of Harris's enjoyably ditsy performance. --Marshall Fine

  • Ignition [2001]Ignition | DVD | (10/05/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Federal Judge Faith Matheson (Lena Olin) finds herself in potential danger when she is handed a case involving corruption in the military. Her ruling could decide the fate of the first U.S. rocket into space in over 30 years and the powers that be want nothing to stop it. She is assigned into the protective custody of Conor Gallagher (Bill Pullman) a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot but that doesn't stop the both of them from being pulled into a web of conspiracy treason and

  • 36 Hours To Die [1993]36 Hours To Die | DVD | (15/09/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £2.99

    Millionaire Noah Stone suffers a heart attack and is told to rest at home to recover. In his abscence his brother allows Noah's business to be used by The Mob. When Noah gets back to work he finds himself faced with the full force of the underworld....

  • The Honeymoon Killers [1969]The Honeymoon Killers | DVD | (27/08/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £2.99

    Though it was pre-produced by Martin Scorsese, who left the project after arguments with the producers, The Honeymoon Killers wound up being written and directed by Leonard Kastle, one of cinema's great one-hit wonders. The Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer of 1969, The Honeymoon Killers follows hefty nurse Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler, who looks like a humourlessly malevolent Roseanne) and her low-rent gigolo lover Raymond Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco) as they take up serial murder for profit and passion, luring middle-aged women into marriage through lonely-hearts ads, then killing them and raiding their savings. Based on a genuine crime case history, it is filmed in the candid-camera style of a Frederick Wiseman documentary. The intense scenes (such as the couple's frightening love-play: escalating arguments that end in awkward killings) unfold with a fly-on-the-wall dryness, showcasing the extraordinary acting of the leads and their cameo victims. A rare film in which genuine romantic love does not excuse the central couple's amoral behaviour, this still manages to generate some sympathy for the truly monstrous Martha. The washed-out black and white photography and sometimes scratchy soundtrack (the score is sampled from Mahler) have a deliberately amateurish feel which adds to the film's chilling power, lodging it into the memory. On the DVD: Along with a lurid trailer and gallery of images are filmographies for Stoler, Lo Bianco and (redundantly) Kastle. The widescreen transfer is excellent, representing perfectly the film's rough-hewn look but also bringing out a lot of detail--like Stoler's freckles, which have looked like grain on video releases. --Kim Newman

  • Dead Men Can't Dance [1997]Dead Men Can't Dance | DVD | (01/09/2003) from £6.12   |  Saving you £-0.13 (-2.20%)   |  RRP £5.99

    A special military unit ventures into the de-militarized zone (DMZ) of Korea to destroy a North Korean nuclear power plant slated to start producing nuclear weapons...

  • Snap / RSVP / Nice Girls Don't ExplodeSnap / RSVP / Nice Girls Don't Explode | DVD | (06/05/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Snap: Beaver Bras hand a young executive a cheque for 100 000 dollars to sign up five famous and well-endowed women to model their lingerie... This raunchy adult comedy follows the adventures of this lucky young man as he peruses five very different but similarly endowed beautiful young ladies around the world to get them to sign on the dotted line. R.S.P.V. An expose book launch turns into a wild Hollywood party where the hosts attempt to conceal the death of a guest whose untimely end is caused by a popular erotic stimulus... Nice Girls Don't Explode: Take the psychotic mother-daughter team from 'Carrie'. Add the 'fire girl' premise of 'Firestarter'. Mix in a generous helping of racy irreverent comedy and you get a towering inferno of fun called 'Nice Girls Don't Explode'. Barbara Harris plays Mom a domestic tyrant who makes Joan Crawford seem rather permissive. After seeing an ad for a movie called 'Fire Girl' Mom devises an elaborate scheme to shield daughter April from men and sex. She decides to fight fire with fire. April's date with Ken is an utter disaster. His advances cause April's heartbeat to rise resulting in several spontaneous combustions. Even a simple good night kiss leaves Ken's Corvette a charred wreck. Enter Andy April's old flame. He's eighteen and still has the hots for his childhood playmate. Naturally April avoids him not wanting to cause a meltdown. Over the remains of Andy's Buick April explains her unique condition. Andy is understandbly sceptical and after hearing Mom's explanation - that April has a split personality - he takes April to a mental hospital. But that isn't the real problem...

  • Joyful Partaking [2001]Joyful Partaking | DVD | (05/09/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Walter Majeski a former TV weatherman lost his young son in a freak snowstorm that Walter failed to forecast. On this day Walter decides it is time to end his life but his own ineptitude keeps getting in the way... A darkly comic Altmanesque look at a day in the life of a suburban American neighbourhood. Joyful Partaking reveals how seemingly small acts of kindness or carelessness can change a life forever.

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