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Ralph Richardson: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows

  • Maid In Manhattan [2003] Maid In Manhattan | DVD | (15/09/2003) from £3.00  |  Saving you £16.99 (85.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    In the breezy Maid in Manhattan, a maid in a top-flight hotel (Jennifer Lopez) chances to dress in a guest's clothes just when a handsome political candidate (Ralph Fiennes) walks in. Naturally, he's bowled over and pursues her; he's initially drawn to her gorgeous good looks but soon comes to appreciate her honesty and common sense. Of course, she can't let him know that she's only a maid, and various high jinks ensue--it's all pretty formulaic, but lurking in the edges of this glossy, brainless romance are a wealth of sly turns by Natasha Richardson and Amy Sedaris (as callow socialites), Bob Hoskins (as a dignified butler), Stanley Tucci (as Fiennes' exasperated campaign manager), and many less familiar faces. All help to give Maid in Manhattan the life and texture that has been processed out of the main characters. --Bret Fetzer

  • Watership Down [DVD] [1978] Watership Down | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £2.98  |  Saving you £4.99 (49.90%)  |  RRP £9.99

    A timeless classic comes alive in this enchanting movie based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Nestled among the rolling hills and peaceful meadows of England lives a community of rabbits. When their warren is threatened a small group of brave rabbits escapes into the unknown countryside in search of a new home. Led by the visionary Fiver the courageous Bigwig the clever Blackberry and the honourable Hazel they face daunting challenges and use their strength and cunning to survive while pursuing their dreams. Along their trek they make an unlikely friend - a loony seagull named Kehaar - and battle the vicious General Woundwort the cruel leader of another warren. Film director Martin Rosen frames the tale largely from the viewpoint of the rabbits so that we identify with each one. Packed with excitement and adventure Watership Down is an engaging thrilling tale that celebrates traditional values of loyalty courage and spirit. Special Features: A Conversation with the Film Makers Defining the Style Documentary Storyboard Comparisons

  • Khartoum [1966] Khartoum | DVD | (31/03/2003) from £9.90  |  Saving you £4.69 (29.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Set in the expanse of the Sudan desert in the midst of holy war, Khartoum (1966) plays like an attempt to work the Lawrence of Arabia magic on the (mostly) true story of eccentric British general Charles "Chinese" Gordon in 1884 North Africa. The magnificent opening desert battle suggests David Lean's epic sweep, at least until the film settles into a more modest story of political games, military standoffs, and a battle of wits and wiles between two fierce leaders. Charlton Heston plays the Christian soldier as cocky, unconventional maverick, and Laurence Olivier (behind heavy make-up and a thick black beard) is almost as good as his cagey nemesis the Mahdi, the Islamic holy warrior on a mission of annihilation. More talk than spectacle, the film falls short of Lawrence but is nonetheless a compelling story of colonial politics, cynical manoeuvring and the unconventional heroics of another colourful British maverick abroad. --Sean Axmaker

  • The Heiress (1949) [The Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] The Heiress (1949) | Blu Ray | (17/06/2019) from £17.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Directed with a keen sense of ambiguity by William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives), this film based on a hit stage adaptation of Henry James's Washington Square pivots on a question of motive. When shy, fragile Catherine Sloper (Olivia De Havilland, in a heart-breaking, Oscar-winning turn), the daughter of a wealthy New York doctor, begins to receive calls from the handsome spendthrift Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she becomes possessed by the promise of romance. Are his smouldering professions of love sincere, as she believes they are? Or is Catherine's calculating father (Ralph Richardson) correct in judging Morris a venal fortune seeker? A graceful drawing room drama boasting Academy Awardwinning costume design by Edith Head (Roman Holiday), The Heiress is also a piercing character study riven by emotional uncertainty and lacerating cruelty, in a triumph of classic Hollywood filmmaking at its most psychologically nuanced. Features: New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New conversation between screenwriter Jay Cocks and film critic Farran Smith Nehme New programme about the film's costumes featuring costume collector and historian Larry McQueen The Costume Designer, a restored 1950 short film featuring costume designer Edith Head Appearance by actor Olivia de Havilland on a 1979 episode of The Paul Ryan Show Excerpts from a 1973 tribute to director William Wyler on The Merv Griffin Show, featuring Wyler, de Havilland, and actors Bette Davis and Walter Pidgeon Wyler's acceptance speech from the American Film Institute's 1976 Salute to William Wyler Interview with actor Ralph Richardson filmed in 1981 for the documentary Directed by William Wyler Trailer PLUS: An essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson

  • Watership Down [Blu-ray] [1978] Watership Down | Blu Ray | (28/10/2013) from £7.00  |  Saving you £5.99 (46.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A timeless classic comes alive in this enchanting movie based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Nestled among the rolling hills and peaceful meadows of England lives a community of rabbits. When their warren is threatened a small group of brave rabbits escapes into the unknown countryside in search of a new home. Led by the visionary Fiver the courageous Bigwig the clever Blackberry and the honourable Hazel they face daunting challenges and use their strength and cunning to survive while pursuing their dreams. Along their trek they make an unlikely friend - a loony seagull named Kehaar - and battle the vicious General Woundwort the cruel leader of another warren. Film director Martin Rosen frames the tale largely from the viewpoint of the rabbits so that we identify with each one. Packed with excitement and adventure Watership Down is an engaging thrilling tale that celebrates traditional values of loyalty courage and spirit. Special Features: A Conversation with the Film Makers Defining the Style Documentary Storyboard Comparisons

  • The 300 Spartans [Blu-ray] The 300 Spartans | Blu Ray | (03/03/2014) from £3.51  |  Saving you £8.50 (65.40%)  |  RRP £12.99

    A colourful action film about the Battle Of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. King Leodinas (Richard Egan), with the help of locals, tries to stop the attack of thousands of Persian invaders led by King Xerxes (David Farrar).

  • 300 Spartans [1962] 300 Spartans | DVD | (01/10/2007) from £2.97  |  Saving you £-0.50 (-8.30%)  |  RRP £5.99

    Based on actual event occurring in 480 B.C. Greece. This scintillating drama stars Richard Egan as the Greek soldier Leonidas who led 300 Spartan soldiers against an overwhelming Persian army in the Battle of Thermopylae. Unable to recruit the soldiers he needs to defend a critical Greek mountain pass against Persias King Xerxes Leonidas nonetheless prepares for battle. When warned that the number of arrows his tiny army will face ""will blot out the sun"" Leonidas replies that his army will ""fight in the shade."" With it's superb cinematography realism and musical score this story of courage and self-sacrifice is inspired filmmaking at it's best.

  • David Lean Centenary Collection David Lean Centenary Collection | DVD | (11/08/2008) from £18.09  |  Saving you £0.47 (2.50%)  |  RRP £18.56

    This Box Set includes: The Sound Barrier (1952): A tale of male courage and an adventure into the unknown but also the story of the women who wait at home. A self-made aircraft manufacturer is determined that his company will be the first to build a plane which flies faster than sound. Hobson's Choice (1954): The eldest daughter of an alcoholic self-important Lancashire bootmaker marries his boot-hand and sets up a rival business. Blithe Spirit (1945): A happily married author writing a novel on mediums invites one to supper one evening. After holding a seance the husband's deceased first wife appears and begins to cause chaos! Brief Encounter (1946): Noel Coward's sensitive portrayal of what happens when two happily married strangers played by Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson meet and their acquaintance deepens into affection and eventually into love. It is the story of two people thrown together by the chance meeting of the title helpless in the face of their emotions but redeemed by their moral courage. Over the years few films have equalled the compassion and the realism of Brief Encounter. Great Expectations (1946): A stylish film presentation of Charles Dickens' heart warming story of a young man befriending an escaped convict who becomes his unknown benefactor and of the consequences for the young man as he establishes himself in the world. Oliver Twist (1948): Oliver Twist orphaned at birth and raised in the workhouse is expelled for daring to ask the Beadle for more food. Unhappily apprenticed to an Undertaker Oliver escaped to London where he meets the cheeky Artful Dodger the villainous Fagin the aggressive Bill Sykesand the kindly but doomed Nancy. Torn constantly between the forces of good and evil Oliver eventually seals his fate by picking the pocket of a rich gentleman. Madeleine (1950) Lean's accomplished film of the famous Scottish Madeleine Smith case in which a woman from a wealthy family is accused of the murder of her lover. The Passionate Friends (1949): Through her marriage to a wealthy financier Mary Justin has the freedom and comfort she has always yearned for but her life is one that lacks emotional fulfilment. On a visit to Switzerland she runs into an old friend Steven Stratton with whom she once had a passionate love affair many years before her marriage. Her meeting with Steven rekindles old memories of a friendship of the most beautiful kind. If only they could begin again... This Happy Breed (1944): A splendidly acted classic portraying how an ordinary British family lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. The inhabitants of 17 Sycamore Road are ordinary people with their irritable in-laws their just-plain-folks camaraderie and their unshakeable belief that no matter how hard the times are Mother England is forged of good stock and common sense

  • Home At Seven [DVD] Home At Seven | DVD | (23/06/2014) from £4.96  |  Saving you £5.03 (50.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Reprising his role in R.C. Sherriff's West End stage hit Ralph Richardson stars as a staid London bank clerk whose inexplicable amnesia leaves him without an alibi in the aftermath of a murder; Jack Hawkins stars as his doctor and Margaret Leighton his equally perplexed wife. This 1952 suspense feature saw Richardson heading an outstanding cast as well as taking on the mantle of director for the first and only time in his career with Guy Hamilton (best known for Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever) as assistant director; the result is a taut compelling and very human drama that retains a gripping sense of mystery right up to its conclusion. Home at Seven is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. When David Preston returns home at seven his distraught wife tells him that he did not come home at seven - or at any other time - the previous evening. In fact he has no idea where he could have been; he recalls nothing between the time he left the bank on Monday and his arrival home that following evening. His doctor is inclined at first to treat it lightly but everything changes when it emerges that during Preston's 'lost day' a murder and robbery have taken place... Special Features: Image Gallery Promotional Material PDFs

  • The Looking Glass War [1969] The Looking Glass War | DVD | (17/10/2005) from £3.00  |  Saving you £9.99 (76.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In exchange for political asylum Polish defector Leiser (Jones) agrees to return behind the Iron Curtain to confirm the suspicions of the British Security Chief that East Germany is building a rocket in violation of the disarmament pact. Once in East Berlin Leiser falls in love with a beautiful young girl and the couple decide to flee the espionage experts - both East and West - to start a new life together. But they soon find themselves pawns in the brutal game where the stakes are

  • Fallen Idol [DVD] [1948] Fallen Idol | DVD | (02/05/2016) from £8.99  |  Saving you £9.00 (50.00%)  |  RRP £17.99

    A classic suspense-filled thriller from some of British cinema's greatest talents. The Fallen Idoltells the story of Philippe (Bobby Henrey), the young son of a diplomat who, trying to understand the adult world as seen through the eyes of a child, lies to defend those closest to him. When his butler friend Baines (Ralph Richardson) is suspected of murdering his wife, the vital information that Philippe holds falls on deaf ears Director Carol Reedand Graham Greene collaborated, as they did on The Third Man, to create this exquisitely crafted, intelligent thriller, which once more demonstrates the unique spark that these two mavericks brought to British cinema. With magnificent performances from Richardson and the child actor Henrey, and evoking comparisons with, among others, Alfred Hitchcock, this classic thriller garnered Academy Award® nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay.

  • Woman Of Straw [DVD] Woman Of Straw | DVD | (06/04/2015) from £5.19  |  Saving you £7.80 (60.00%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Sean Connery and Gina Lollobrigida star in this 1960s drama based on the novel by Catherine Arley. When Anthony Richmond (Connery) learns of his wealthy uncle Charles (Ralph Richardson)'s ill-health, he plots a way to get his fortune after his death. Employing attractive young nurse Maria (Lollobrigida) to care for Charles in his final days Anthony encourages his uncle to fall in love with and marry Maria. As Anthony realises that he, too, is falling for Maria, a love triangle emerges and complications arise.

  • The Man In The Iron Mask The Man In The Iron Mask | DVD | (11/06/2007) from £5.66  |  Saving you £4.33 (43.30%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Spirited away at birth for political motives Philippe (Chamberlain) is kept captive in a brutal iron mask by his twin brother King Louis XIV of France possessing no knowledge of his real identity. However the Captain of the Musketeers - D'Artagnan (Louis Jordan) and the King's Minister for Home Affairs Colbert (Sir Ralph Richardson) are determined to restore the true monarch to France and renew the throne's wilting fortunes by substituting Philippe for the King.

  • Watership Down Watership Down | DVD | (29/08/2005) from £4.09  |  Saving you £9.90 (70.80%)  |  RRP £13.99

    From Richard Adams' best seller comes a beautifully realized animated adventure about a nomadic band of rabbits. Nestled among the rolling hills and peaceful meadows of England lives a community of rabbits. When their warren is threatened a small group of brave rabbits escapes into the unknown countryside in search of a new home. Led by the visionary Fiver the courageous Bigwig the clever Blackberry and the honerable Hazel they face daunting challenges and use their strength and

  • The Four Feathers [1939] The Four Feathers | DVD | (19/06/2007) from £4.69  |  Saving you £5.30 (53.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Far too many film versions of the The Four Feathers have been made over the years, which is especially surprising considering that this 1939 Korda brothers production is surely definitive. The film simultaneously celebrates and pokes fun at British imperialism, showing the kind of dogged stiff-upper-lippery that forged an empire, but also the blinkered attitudes and crass snobbishness of the ruling classes (and those plummy accents--did people ever really talk like that?). Whatever political subtext may or may not be read into it, though, the film is best celebrated for its magnificent vistas: partially made on location in the Sudan, as well as at the famous Denham Studios, this is British cinema from the days when it thought to rival Hollywood for sheer spectacle. Vincent Korda's production design and the glorious early colour cinematography are helped greatly by fellow Hungarian émigré Miklos Rozsa's epic score. John Clements is the notional hero, the man who is determined to show the world he is not a coward after resigning his commission (even though it would surely have saved everyone a lot of bother if he had just stuck with it) but the film is stolen by Ralph Richardson, magnificent as an officer struck blind and led to safety by Clements' Harry Faversham. The latter scenes when Richardson's Captain Durrance realises the truth and its implications are the most poignant and emotionally truthful in the film. C Aubrey Smith is delightful as the old buffer who relives his battles on the dinner table; to a modern audience, however, the "blackface" casting of John Laurie as the Khalifa strikes a discordant note. But adjusting some expectations for its vintage, this is a triumph of derring-do and far and away the most gripping version of this oft-told story on film. --Mark Walker

  • Spider [2002] Spider | DVD | (14/07/2008) from £5.99  |  Saving you £10.00 (62.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Based on the novel by Patrick McGrath David Cronenberg's psychological drama follows Dennis Spider Cleg (Ralph Fiennes) a mentally disturbed man who has just been released from an asylum. Upon taking up residence in a seedy London apartment building the already introverted Spider begins to retreat further into his own thoughts shutting out the caretaker Mrs. Wilkinson (Lynn Redgrave) and other eccentric tenants such as the wistful Terrence (John Neville). Within the confines of his mind the anxious Spider revisits his childhood and literally watches his younger self (Bradley Hall) as he interacts with his doting mother (Miranda Richardson) and distant father (Gabriel Byrne). As his visions of the past continue tragedy strikes and the dark history of Spider's life is slowly revealed. A surprisingly subtle outing for Cronenberg Spider carefully avoids the director's grotesque body horror aesthetic common to films such as Videodrome and The Fly. By leaving his signature bag of tricks behind Cronenberg frees himself to tell one of the most compelling stories of his career. The film is anchored by Fiennes' impressive performance as the mumbling reclusive and strangely sympathetic title character. In the hands of a less experienced and dynamic actor Spider's awkward presence could border on caricature but Fiennes imbues the self-isolated man with dignity and depth. Aiding Fiennes and Cronenberg in this minimalist masterpiece are McGrath (who has carefully pared down his hallucinatory prose) composer Howard Shore and cinematographer Peter Suschitzky along with actors Byrne Hall Redgrave Neville and most notably Richardson in a remarkable triple role.

  • Richard III Richard III | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £5.19  |  Saving you £4.34 (29.00%)  |  RRP £14.99

    ""Why I can smile and murder while I smile And cry 'Content' to that which grieves my heart And wet my cheeks with artificial tears And frame my face to all occasions..."" Soon after Edward IV is crowned King his brother Richard a hunchback twisted in mind as well as body starts scheming for the throne of England. He woos and wins Lady Anne and then poisons Edward's mind against their brother Clarence later organising his death. But even after his coronation

  • Khartoum (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition Khartoum (Eureka Classics) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition | Blu Ray | (03/12/2018) from £11.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Eureka Entertainment to release KHARTOUM, a spectacular and rousing historical epic starring Charlton Heston and Sir Laurence Olivier, as part of the Eureka Classics range in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 3 December 2018. The kind of lavish, rousing historical adventure spectacle that doesn't seem to exist anymore, Khartoum is a majestic, star-studded, BAFTA and Oscar-nominated epic that finds director Basil Deardon (Victim) delivering a feast for the eyes, as well as a pointed study of English colonialism, religious fanaticism, and the nature of heroism and sacrifice. In 1880s Sudan, thousands of British-led Egyptian troops are massacred by the forces of Arab fanatic Muhammad Ahmad (Sir Laurence Olivier), who believes he is the Mahdi, and nothing less than Mohammed's chosen warrior in battling against Anglo-Egyptian rule. Legendary Major General Charles George Gordon (Charlton Heston) is sent by Prime Minister William Gladstone (Ralph Richardson) to save the city of Khartoum from the Mahdi, but given only one aide (Richard Johnson), limited support from the British government that sent him there, and a fearless opponent determined to create a new empire, Gordon sees that further bloodshed is imminent. With impressive battle sequences given greater weight by philosophical and moral debates about the righteousness of military action, Khartoum is a widescreen extravaganza and was the final film to be shot using Ultra Panavision 70 (and screened theatrically in Cinerama) until Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight in 2015. Features: 1080p presentation (on Blu-ray) from a gorgeous high-definition transfer Presented in the film's correct aspect ratio of 2.76:1 LPCM 2.0 Audio Optional English SDH subtitles Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lem Dobbs, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman Exclusive new video interview with film historian Sheldon Hall Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A collector's booklet featuring a new essay by Phil Hoad, alongside a selection of rare archival imagery

  • Laurence Olivier Shakespeare Collection Laurence Olivier Shakespeare Collection | DVD | (30/07/2007) from £11.99  |  Saving you £68.00 (85.00%)  |  RRP £79.99

    Set Comprises: King Lear Henry V Hamlet Merchant of Venice Richard III As You Like It

  • The Ghoul [Blu-ray] The Ghoul | Blu Ray | (20/04/2015) from £5.89  |  Saving you £9.10 (60.70%)  |  RRP £14.99

    The first British film ever to be labelled "horrific" (as well as being the first British horror with sound) The Ghoul is presented here for the first time in High Definition in a restoration from original film elements in its original aspect ratio. Starring Boris Karloff Cedric Hardwicke and Ralph Richardson this landmark film is a key title in any horror film collection. An eminent dying Egyptologist has purchased a precious stone stolen from an Egyptian tomb which he believes will appease the ancient gods after his death if they are buried together. When the stone is stolen from his tomb he returns as a ghoul – furious at the theft and hell-bent on wreaking revenge upon those responsible! Bonus Features: Feature commentary by horror experts Kim Newman and Stephen Jones Extensive image galleries Commemorative booklet by Stephen Jones

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