Movies – B

Bullet to Beijing (1995)

Thirty years after the film of Len Deighton’s novel The Ipcress File (1965), Michael Caine resurrects his British spy Harry Palmer, first pitched as an off-the-peg rival to the bespoke James Bond. In this very average effort, Palmer has retired from the British Secret Service and is in Russia, working with former KGB agents to prevent(…)

Bullitt (1968)

One of the most popular stars of the 1960s and 1970s was Steve McQueen who is at his charismatic best in this stylish film about Frank Bullitt – a California cop who keeps secret the murder of an underground grand jury witness he was supposed to protect and who then pursues the killers himself. Jacqueline(…)

Bullshot (1983)

This risible spoof of the Bulldog Drummond stories stars Alan Shearman, Ron House and Diz White, the team that also wrote the original stage play on which their movie script is based. Shearman plays the fearless First World War hero Captain Hugh “Bullshot” Crummond with all the subtlety of a salesman on commission. Finding peacetime dull,(…)

Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

An American woman in London reports her young daughter missing in what appears to be a kidnapping. However the police can find no clues to the alleged crime, nor any trace that the child actually existed. Laurence Olivier (as a leaden-paced, raincoated British copper) and Noël Coward may have regarded this as a bit of(…)

Bunny O’Hare (1970)

An elderly woman is evicted from her home due to a mistake by her bank. When she learns that a man sent to repossess her belongings is a former bank robber, she enlists his aid in stealing her money back. In her golden years, veteran diva Bette Davis took on practically any role to prove(…)

Burbs, The (1989)

  A bedraggled comedy, desperately in search of laughs and finding none on hand. Tom Hanks tarnishes his acting reputation in a throwaway role as a suburbanite who becomes paranoid over his new weird neighbours. He is joined by friends on the block who behave as adolescents. Dana Olsen’s stale script unfolds more in the manner(…)

Burglar (1987)

Following the lukewarm reception for Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Whoopi Goldberg made another attempt at a leading comedy role in this disappointing mix of humour and action from original Police Academy director Hugh Wilson. Goldberg plays Bernice Rhodenbarr, the burglar of the title, who witnesses a murder and then finds herself suspected and drawn back into crime(…)

Burn (1970)

Even at the height of his stardom, Marlon Brando was prepared to take chances by accepting challenging roles. Here, he plays Sir William Walker, a manipulative English secret agent and adventurer who is sent by his government to the Portuguese island of Quiemada in the Caribbean early in the 19th century. His mission is to(…)

Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965)

As Bus Riley, Michael Parks shuffles and mumbles his way through this small-town melodrama. He’s a former sailor twice jilted by the voluptuous Ann-Margret, who has married a sugar daddy but still fancies Bus. There are lots of secondary characters – Jocelyn Brando is Bus’s mother, Janet Margolin the “nice” girl in town – all(…)

Bus Stop (1956)

This was the film that proved Marilyn Monroe was a considerable screen actress, and capable of much, much more than her sexpot image indicated. Whether Monroe’s performance is a result of director Joshua Logan’s patience or Lee and Paula Strasberg’s legendary coaching is irrelevant – she is simply superb as the down-at-heel saloon chanteuse whom young cowboy(…)

Buster (1988)

Although he’s best known as a musician, Phil Collins actually began his showbusiness career as a child actor. Here, he takes on his first lead movie role, playing Buster Edwards, one of the gang involved in the 1963 Great Train Robbery. Julie Walters plays his wife and they make the most of their roles as lovably(…)

Bustin’ Loose (1981)

It was somewhat dispiriting to see the no-punches-pulled, hard-hitting comedian Richard Pryor lending his abrasive personality to a film as marshmallow gooey as Bustin’ Loose. Not only was it a Richard Pryor production, but Pryor also provided the soft-centred story. The movie revolved around Pryor as a habitual thief who, while out on probation for attempting(…)

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)

Ah . . . the sepia-tinted fantasy world of the old west, South American getaways and a bicycle made for two. It hardly needs saying that the star quality and sex appeal of Paul Newman and Robert Redford contributed enormously to the box office bonanza this movie enjoyed. Newman and Redford appeared as the most(…)

Buttercup Chain, The (1970)

A lovely, melancholy little gem about lost love and fleeting friendships from director Robert Ellis Miller, The Buttercup Chain stars 60s icon Jane Asher and Hywel Bennett (Shelley) as a pair of cousins in Swinging London who ensnare American free spirit Leigh Taylor-Young (at her Mod best) and Scandinavian hunk Sven-Bertil Taube into their roundelay of bed-hopping.(…)

Butterfield 8 (1960)

Elizabeth Taylor won the 1960 Best Actress Oscar for her role as a high-class prostitute in Butterfield 8, although most Hollywood observers felt she was really being honoured (two years late) for her performance in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958). Pressured by her studio to do Butterfield 8 she complained loudly that her character was “nothing but a(…)

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