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Advance To The Rear (1964)

This sweet-tempered send-up of Civil War heroics from Destry Rides Again director George Marshall has a company of useless Union misfits sent out of the reach of battle, but still managing to capture a rebel spy (Stella Stevens) and save a vast payout in gold. The situations are fairly obvious, certainly, but Glenn Ford injects(…)

Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, The (1975)

Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, The (1975)

The renowned detective’s younger sibling, Sigerson Holmes, becomes involved with foreign spies, Professor Moriarty and a damsel in distress. Gene Wilder (who surely apprenticed at the Mel Brooks school of comedy) wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof about the famous fictional sleuth. This film isn’t the clever, zany romp you might expect from a(…)

Adventurers, The (1970)

Adventurers, The (1970)

Harold Robbins’ guess-who novel about the jet set and South American politics was as commercial as it was trashy, and this film version may be fairly said to make the novel look even better. The dialogue is banal, the acting is lifeless and embarrassing, the violence is indulgent, gratuitous and well, just plain boring, and(…)

Adventures In Babysitting (1987)

Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue) takes a baby-sitting job in the Chicago suburbs to look after two kids; the 15-year-old Brad (Keith Coogan) who has a crush on her, and Sara (Maia Brewton), a little brat who idolises comic book hero, Thor. The trouble starts when Chris gets a call from her best friend Brenda (Penelope(…)

Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate (1978)

Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate (1978)

Plumbing seems an agreeable enough occupation for Sid South (Christopher Neil) whose job offers him ample opportunity to bed a variety of nubile girls. Apart from his regular girlfriend, barmaid Susie (Elaine Page), there’s his latest conquest, Sally, and an all-too-willing blonde housewife. His luck runs out when his love of the horses leaves him(…)

Adventures Of A Private Eye (1977)

Following on from the surprisingly profitable Adventures of a Taxi Driver, this smutty romp sticks to the same formula. Christopher Neil, in the title role, strips at regular intervals to satisfy a blackmailer’s demand that he sleep with every pretty girl he meets. Comic stalwarts such as Harry H Corbett and Irene Handl are joined(…)

Adventures Of A Taxi Driver (1976)

Adventures Of A Taxi Driver (1976)

Girls and trouble are inseparable for young London taxi driver Joe North (a miscast Barry Evans). At home, Joe has a nagging mother (Diana Dors), a younger sister who definitely should be neither seen nor heard, and a petty crook brother – along with Joe’s dizzy girlfriend, Carol (Adrienne Posta), with wedding bells constantly ringing(…)

Adventures Of Barry McKenzie, The (1972)

Adventures Of Barry McKenzie, The (1972)

A sex-hungry Australian (pardon the tautology) gets into all kinds of trouble on a visit to the Mother Country in a movie which is funny, crude and tasteless – just like Australians. But if you’re a fan of Antipodean bad taste (or you ever lived in Earls Court) you’ll love The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie and the(…)

Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The (1984)

Most cult classics didn’t start out trying to be that way. We’re fairly confident the people behind The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Death Race 2000 (1975) and maybe even Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) thought they had some pretty good movies on their hands. But every once in a while, some brave soul actually tries to make a campy, loopy, outrageously(…)

Adventures of Ford Fairlane, The (1990)

Controversial sexist comic Andrew Dice Clay crashed and burned in an awkward misstep from action director Renny (Die Hard 2: Die Harder) Harlin. The over-hyped Clay plays rock ‘n’ roll detective Ford Fairlane (pictured at right) who is investigating the death of a heavy metal singer on stage in this crude adventure, big on empty(…)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (1960)

Huckleberry Finn, a rambunctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. Accompanying him is Jim, a slave running away from being sold. Together the two strike a bond of friendship that takes them through harrowing events and(…)

Adventures Of Milo & Otis, The (1986)

Ever-curious ginger kitten Milo and his new farmyard friend, faithful puppy Otis, stray far and wide when a raging river sweeps them away from their farm home, encountering all sorts of dangers and sharing a series of comic adventures. Owing a huge debt to Disney’s 1963 film The Incredible Journey, this Japanese live-action animal tale(…)

Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, The (1994)

Out of the closet and into the mainstream, this film raised gay culture to moderately new heights of respectability in the suburbs of heterosexual Australia. It also moved with great effect across the screens of North America and Europe, following on the heels of its glitzy (but inferior) precursor, Strictly Ballroom (1992). Casting Terence Stamp as an(…)

African Queen, The (1951)

Set in German East Africa at the beginning of World War I this magnificent comedy tells the tale of an unlikely romance between Rose Sayer, a prim and priggish missionary (Hepburn) and Charlie Allnut, a booze-soaked mailboat skipper (Bogart) who ferries supplies in his old steamer, the African Queen. The adventure-filled movie has the pair bringing the(…)

After Hours (1985)

Do you have days when nothing goes right? when you feel disoriented, when everything around you is strange and you seem to be living in a nightmare from which you can’t wake up? If you live in New York, these feelings come with the territory, and that’s the subject of After Hours, a black comedy by(…)

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