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633 Squadron (1964)

Erik Bergman (George Chakiris), a Norwegian Resistance fighter, tells British Air Intelligence that the Germans are about to loose an all-out rocket blitz against England. The rocket fuel is being processed at a factory hidden in a rock-walled fjord. Roy Grant (Cliff Robertson) has seventeen days to train Mosquito Squadron 633, while Erik organises an underground attempt(…)

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons. Emmy-winner Tony Randall (from TV ‘s The Odd Couple) plays eight different characters in the movie, with the help of Academy Award-winning special visual effects and make-up that earned make-up artist William Tuttle a special Honorary(…)

7 Women (1966)

The two masterpieces that define John Ford’s later period – The Searchers (1956) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) – are pictures concerned with the futility of violence, with the pair serving as weary ripostes to the classical western aesthetic epitomised by American exceptionalism. In 7 Women – the director’s final film – the frontier(…)

7th Voyage of Sinbad, The (1958)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad brought the legendary sailor into combat with a variety of creatures, all brought to life by the stop-motion magic of special effects guru Ray Harryhausen. In this 1958 screen adventure, Sinbad and his men sail to the island of Colossa and find trouble with a man-eating Cyclops. Facing certain death, the(…)

8½ (1963)

Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning account of Guido Anslemi, an overworked movie director (Marcello Mastroianni) crossing the line between reality and fantasy. Guido (pictured) is spiritually paralysed by a midlife crisis and loses himself in fantasy and reminiscences as he is besieged by sycophants and collaborators while struggling to get started on an unwieldy science-fiction epic. His introspections revolve(…)

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

84 Charing Cross Road is a true story in which Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins give distinguished performances as two strangers on opposite sides of the Atlantic whose lives are linked through a series of letters spanning more than twenty years. She’s Helene Hanff – A salty, opinionated New York spinster with a passion for rare(…)

9½ Weeks (1986)

9½ Weeks (1986)

The title is a reference to the duration of the relationship between self-absorbed yuppie Wall Street shark John (Mickey Rourke) and smart, divorced Soho art gallery owner Elizabeth (Kim Basinger). Elizabeth is looking for true love, while John is searching for . . . well, for something involving blindfolds, ice cubes, chocolate syrup, and rolling(…)

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