Movies – C

Cruel Sea, The (1953)

The story follows the Royal Navy Corvette Compass Rose and her Captain (Hawkins), who moulds an inexperienced crew into an effective and disciplined fighting force, from the dark days before Dunkirk through to final victory. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II the Compass Rose, under Captain Ericson, leaves harbour for sea trials and three weeks of(...)

Cruising (1980)

William Friedkin's typically intense thriller finds Al Pacino overacting alarmingly as clear-eyed New York cop Steve Burns who leathers up and enters the gay, sadomasochistic underworld in order to track down a psychopath serial killer who's preying on homosexuals - Inevitably, his hormones get very confused. Drawing criticism from gay groups in America and Britain (as(...)

Crumb (1994)

Terry Zwigoff’s landmark film is an intimate documentary portrait of the underground artist Robert Crumb, whose unique drawing style and sexually and racially provocative subject matter made him a household name in popular American art. Zwigoff candidly and colorfully delves into the details of Crumb’s incredible career and life, including his family of reclusive eccentrics,(...)

Cry Freedom (1987)

Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom is in the same league as his award-winning Gandhi (1982) - a rare, uplifting film that manages to thrill and excite its audience, gluing you to your seat and teaching you something at the same time about the world you live in. It's the true story of Steve Biko (played by Denzel Washington), leader of the oppressed black(...)

Cry Rape (1973)

Helga Anders, Klaus Lowitsch, Arthur Braus - An innocent man is wrongly accused of a brutal crime and swears the real sex maniac is a look-alike. "Boldly explores the bizarre, twilight world of abnormal sexual behaviour!"

Cry-Baby (1989)

Set in 1954, John Waters's hilarious send-up of Grease (1978) and Jailhouse Rock (1957) revolves around juvenile delinquent Johnny Depp having the hots for square Amy Locane. Cry-Baby (Depp) and Allison (Locane) are orphans. His parents died in the electric chair (he's been weeping ever since), hers in an air disaster (they took separate planes, but both(...)

Crying Game, The (1992)

A small IRA terrorist group led by ruthless idealist Jude (Miranda Richardson) and Maguire (Adrian Dunbar) kidnap Jody (Forest Whitaker), a black British soldier serving in Northern Ireland, at a South Armagh funfair. They threaten to kill him unless one of their imprisoned members is released within three days. One terrorist, Fergus (Stephen Rea), bonds(...)

Crystal Voyager (1973)

Crystal Voyager - a surfing biography about legendary design innovator and photographer George Greenough - is one of the most beautiful surfing movies ever made and one of the most successful. Greenough’s search for uncrowded waves drives his construction of a 37-foot ocean-going yacht that he claims is virtually unsinkable. With his surfing friends Richie West, a(...)

Cuckoo Patrol (1965)

Another lightweight vehicle for British cabaret/beat group Freddie and The Dreamers. The title says it all - and the film could quite justifiably be subtitled '76 minutes of drivel'. Freddie and the Dreamers Freddie Garrity Bernie Dwyer Derek Quinn Peter Birrell Roy Crewdson Wick Kenneth Connor Dicko Victor Maddern Gibbs John Le Mesurier Moley Vic(...)

Cujo (1983)

Castle Rock, Maine is a sleepy New England town. A place where families can live in peace. But today Cujo, a full-grown St Bernard, isn't feeling peaceful. The bite on his nose is infected and he has developed a violent fear of water as well as a vicious temper. And now one Castle Rock family(...)

Curse of Frankenstein, The (1957)

This was the classic that single-handedly revived traditional British Gothic and firmly placed the Hammer House of Horror on the global gore map. Peter Cushing is the demented Baron Frankenstein who yearns to resurrect the dead, while Christopher Lee plays the hideous creature who proves his mad theories correct. With its gruesome atmosphere, unflinching direction(...)

Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

Though burnt for her sins three centuries earlier, the presence of the "black witch" is still felt in the village of Greymarsh. When Robert Manning arrives there in search of his missing brother, he uncovers a series of sinister secrets that lead to a confrontation with evil. Horror legend Boris Karloff makes one of his(...)

Curse Of The Pink Panther (1983)

When Inspector Clouseau goes missing, Interpol's computer is secretly programmed by Clouseau's boss (Herbert Lom) to select the world's worst detective to search for his unwanted employee. Bumbling New York cop Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass) is chosen and sets about interviewing characters from previous movies, among them David Niven, Capucine and Robert Wagner, and their(...)

Curse Of The Werewolf, The (1961)

Hammer's stab at the werewolf legend may look tame compared to later computerised transformations, but this was shocking stuff in its day, and much horrid imagery (such as a shot of a dead goat) was censored. Today the scenes with villagers muttering in the inn look like parody and everything is so brightly lit there's not(...)

Cyclops, The (1957)

Lovely Susan Winter organises an expedition deep into the wilds of Mexico. She hopes to find her aviator fiancé, lost after his plane crashed. Instead, she and her three male companions find behemoth bugs, giant battling lizards, mountains practically glowing with uranium, and a 25-foot-tall human beast with a single eye, a melted-cheese-sandwich face and(...)

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