The tragedy of World War I is redefined in bawdy music-hall terms presented as the ""new attraction"" at the Brighton Amusement Pier complete with syrupy cheer-up songs shooting galleries free prizes and a scoreboard toting up the dead The Story focuses mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) whose five sons enlist and end up as cannon fodder Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war including: the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers The final image is a veddy proper British picnic on a graveyard. Of the many fleeting satiric images parading past the camera one of the most indelible is the sight of several generals playing leapfrog as the world all around them goes to hell in a handbasket.
War drama starring Richard Attenborough, John Gregson and Michael Craig. Captain Williams (Gregson) is a martinet mine expert who undertakes to whip the hitherto lackadaisacal British Long Range Desert Group patrol into shape. This brings him into conflict with patrol leader Captain Cotton (Craig), but earns him the respect of hard-bitten trooper Brody (Attenborough). The wisdom of Williams' no-nonsense approach is demonstrated when the patrol is besieged by the highly-disciplined members of the German Afrika Korps.
Vincent Ball, John le Mesurier and Alfred Burke star alongside Australian actress Betty McDowall in this noir-influenced crime thriller which sees a struggling reporter and a fashion editor uncovering double-dealing and murder in Mayfair! Directed by genre stalwart Montgomery Tully, Dead Lucky is presented in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Mike Billings is a journalist working on 'exposures' of Mayfair gambling parties, but so far with little success. When Mike manages to infiltrate his first gambling party he's horrified to see his girlfriend Jenny there in the company of notorious gambler Lucky Lewis. When the party is raided by the police, Jenny leaves with Lucky. Next morning Lucky is found dead and Jenny admits that she went back to his flat for drinks... SPECIAL FEATURE: Image gallery
Before coming to America to make such acclaimed films as Tender Mercies and Driving Miss Daisy, Australian director Bruce Beresford made a lasting impression with this compelling courtroom drama, considered one the finest films of the Australian new wave of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Based on a true story about three soldiers in the Boer War who are served up as political scapegoats of the British Empire, the film uses a flashback structure to dramatise the courtroom testimony. It begins when the three Australian soldiers are railroaded for the justified killing of a German missionary and placed on trial for court-martial not as a matter of justice, but to mollify the German government for the sake of political expediency. Burdened with a competent but inexperienced and hopelessly disadvantaged lawyer, the soldiers realise that their fate has been sealed and the outcome of their trial is a fait accompli. Unfolding with urgent precision and a riveting focus on its well-drawn characters, Breaker Morant was the all-time box-office hit in Australia at the time of its release in 1980, and it remains one of the very best historical dramas ever made. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
The Man Who Sued God defies simple definition, managing to be several types of movie all at the same time. As a theological-romantic-comedy-drama, it's in a somewhat unique category all of its own. Perhaps only Billy Connolly could carry off a central role that combines slapstick with raging anger, puppy-dog disappointment and strong language delivered in his distinctive accent. These facets of performance are used and abused in a tale that feels like it really ought to be based on a true story, but isn't. Connolly's life as a fisherman is sunk by the destruction of his boat by a bolt of lightning. The insurance company won't pay up because it falls under that age-old excuse of being an "Act of God". So Connolly decides to sue the deity. The premise raises issues about how the law and the church have apparently conspired together. But at heart the film is a simple character study, so any pondering on legal or theological implications will have to be done on your own time; the screen is occupied with family issues, underhand dealings and a maybe-maybe romance with Judy Davis. Big Yin fans at least will enjoy the Connolly's composite character. --Paul Tonks
One of the all-time great wartime love stories shot on location in Malaya.
A mock documentary filmed mostly in and around LA with interviews of Cheech and Chong interspersed between four videos of songs from their last album. Songs include: 'Get outta my room' and 'Born in East LA'.
Karen is a beautiful and intelligent housewife, but she's tired of her solicitor spouse and her empty, suburban lifestyle. She is lonely and wants something more. Enter fast-talking businessman Alex. He enters Karen's life, and makes a series of sexual advances towards her. Karen falls in lust with him, and so begins her descent into a world of sex, orgies... and blackmail. This early 1970s erotic thriller stars Luan Peters and infamous sex symbol Fiona Richmond; and features a cameo from t...
Richard Attenborough John Gregson and Michael Craig star in this action packed British War Movie.A lone patrol from the British Long Range Desert Group are despatched on a vital mission behind enemy lines in North Africa. Their task - to destroy one of Rommel's fuel dumps and to bring back vital intelligence information.As they press home their attack the elite British unit encounters an unexpected force of Afrika Korps battle armour. They are faced with stark choice - to stand and fight against an overwhelmingly superior number of German Panzers or attempt to traverse a deadly minefield where every footstep could mean death.
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Well, the gang's all here, but Carry On Cruising isn't one of the classics of the series. This may be partly due to the film's well-intentioned stab at some sort of authenticity, being set as it is on a genuine cruise liner rather than in a studio full of cheap sets. It swiftly becomes apparent that the cramped environment isn't well suited to the kind of slapstick which is usually a key ingredient in any Carry On film. Veteran couch spuds will recall that the TV series Triangle was similarly disadvantaged, except that it wasn't supposed to be funny. As ever, though, the brilliant cast-in-residence manage to make the most of the situation. The plot, such as it is, deals with the tribulations which beset a world-weary captain (James) when he realises he's been saddled with a crew of misfits and incompetents (practically everybody else) on a cruise which is of course supposed to offer its passengers every comfort and convenience. If there's a single outstanding performance it has to be that of Lance Percival's chef, whose cheeriness as he presides over his various culinary experiments is extremely funny in a menacing sort of way. On the DVD: The DVD issue has no additional features. --Roger Thomas
One of the all-time great wartime love stories shot on location in Malaya.
Also known as Terror Voyage this 1954 crime mystery revisits the setting of director Vernon Sewell’s earlier feature Ghost Ship starring athletic New Yorker (and future Men into Space lead) William Lundigan in an intriguing tale of peril in the English Channel. Shot at Merton Park Studios Dangerous Voyage is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Whilst cruising in their yacht ‘Gelert’ John Drew and his sister Joan encounter a dis-masted vessel drifting helplessly and take it in tow. Darkness falls as they approach the harbour but the two men aboard the stricken yacht can be clearly seen in the rays of a searchlight. On entering the lock however the men are found to be missing and there is no clue on board the vessel as to her port of origin or destination. She has no name and no papers of any kind. In fact the only article of interest is a man’s left shoe... Special Features: Image Gallery
In the late nineteenth century the anaemic Dr Callistratus (Donald Wolfit) is the governor of a brutal penal institution in a remote castle. Dr John Pierre (Vincent Ball) is wrongly convicted of malpractice and given a life sentence but is soon employed by Callistratus to help him with his research. In a laboratory beneath the castle Callistratus and his hunchbacked assistant Carl (Victor Maddern) submit inmates and young women to cruel experiments in blood transfusion. Outside the castle Pierre's fiance Madeleine (Barbara Shelley) determines to rescue him but they both end up at Callistratus' mercy. The bloodthirsty doctor will stop at nothing to cure his debilitating condition even if it means others must die so that he may live...
Titles Comprise: Echo Of Diana: After learning that her husband Philip has been killed in an air crash in Eastern Europe Joan Scott is disturbed to read a mysterious 'in memoriam' notice inserted in a newspaper under the signature 'Diana'... Shadow Of Fear: Waiting for his flight home Bill (Paul Maxwell) takes a message from a British secret agent. On arrival two men posing as police officers take him to a hotel where he delivers the message. During the night he is attacked and kills his assailant. Later in the country with his girl friend Barbara he tells her uncle the story and is introduced to the real contact. On learning that he has given away vital information Bill agrees to act as decoy.
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