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Daleks Invasion Earth – 2150 AD (1966)

Daleks Invasion Earth – 2150 AD (1966)

This classic sixties sci-fi flick is loosely based on the story Dalek Invasion Of Earth which was the second TV adventure to feature the dreaded Daleks. Its original title was The Daleks Invade Earth and shooting for it began on 31 January 1966. This was the second Dalek feature film to be made, the first, Doctor Who and The Daleks (1965) had(...)

Dam Busters, The (1955)

Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from Guy Gibson’s book Enemy Coast Ahead, The Dam Busters follows the conception and implementation of a new British weapon for smashing the German dams in the Ruhr industrial complex during World War II. In 1942, Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) was possessed with a seemingly absurd idea – the creation of a revolutionary(...)

Damnation Alley (1977)

The world is devastated by a nuclear holocaust, causing the Earth to tilt on its axis and bringing vast meteorological chaos. As the weather stabilises, mutated insects start to emerge, preying on the survivors. Luckily, the remaining crew at a US Air Force bomb shelter in the Mojave Desert picks up radio signals coming from(...)

Damned, The (1963)

Damned, The (1963)

While on holiday in Weymouth, American boat owner Simon Wells (Macdonald Carey) is mugged by bike gang leader, King (Oliver Reed), found by two army security officers from a secret project near the town and, on being taken to a hotel to clean up, meets Bernard (Alexander Knox), the scientist in charge of the project,(...)

Dance Craze (1981)

Concert footage of the multi-racial 2-Tone bands, including The Beat, Madness, The Bodysnatchers, Bad Manners, The Selecter and The Specials. Director Joe Massot

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Any movie that runs three hours is an hour too long, no matter how good it is. Any movie in which half of the dialogue is spoken in the Sioux Indian language is additionally questionable. Both of these problems plague Dances With Wolves, the Oscar-winning Western directed by, produced by, and starring Kevin Costner. Costner plays(...)

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Based on a cult comic strip, this mix of fantasy and madcap criminality is directed with mischievous glee by horror specialist Mario Bava. In many respects, the film is a companion piece to Roger Vadim’s Barbarella (1968). Producer Dino De Laurentiis set in motion these two Euro trash comic book adaptations in the wake of(...)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

In Dangerous Liaisons, the visual splendour and moral decadence of 18th century France come vividly alive. It's sophisticated, witty, and as close to a movie masterpiece as you were likely to find in the 1980s. The theme is the abuse of sexual power among the lacy, frilly, and malicious aristocrats of 1782. The vindictive Marquise de(...)

Dark City (1998)

John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes up in a bathtub in a hotel room in a surreal and gloomy city suffering from amnesia. In the room is also the body of a murdered woman and he receives a phone call from a Dr. Schreber (Kiefer Sutherland), who informs him he needs to escape. Murdoch learns his(...)

Dark Crystal, The (1982)

The Dark Crystal was produced by the same puppetry wizards responsible for The Muppets, but this 1982 fantasy was much more J.R.R. Tolkien than it was Kermit the Frog. Jim Henson, Frank Oz and their army of puppeteers and voice artists put together an entire world of dark, mysterious creatures, casting them in a classic tale of(...)

Dark of the Sun/The Mercenaries (1967)

A tough colonial adventure, based on a Wilbur Smith novel and released in Britain as The Mercenaries, that follows Rod Taylor and Jim Brown as they become entangled in the civil war in the Congo in 1960. Mercenary soldier Bruce Curry (Taylor) is the man of no principle, until the script's sermonising gets to him,(...)

Dark Star (1974)

Eighteen parsecs from Earth in Sector EB-90, the spaceship Dark Star continues its apparently unending mission: to destroy unstable planets in order to pave the way for human colonisation. This space parody - the debut of John Carpenter and produced as a film project at the University of Southern California for just $60,000 - begins(...)

Darktown Strutters (1975)

Comedy about the fortunes of a motorcycling black female vocal group. Syreena Trina Parks Mellow Roger E. Mosley Theda Shirley Washington Miranda Bettye Sweet Raunchy Stan Shaw Carmen Edna Richardson Wired Christopher Joy V.D. Otis Day Commander Cross Norman Bartold Officer Tubbins Charles Knapp Officer Emmo Edward Marshall Officer Hugo Dick Miller Officer Babel Milt(...)

Darling (1965)

Darling (1965)

John Schlesinger's quite brilliant, if savage, slashing attack on the new rich, is a story of a young girl whose desire for the good things in life persuade her to give up the man who has left his wife for the love of her, only to drift into eventual loneliness and disillusionment. Julie Christie (pictured(...)

Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot (1981)

Director Wolfgang Petersen's 1981 World War II drama Das Boot ("The Boat") was nominated for six Academy Awards - a virtual "mission impossible" for any foreign film. Capturing in authentic claustrophobic detail the sights and, most notably, the sounds of underwater warfare, the film sidelines issues of nationalism to focus on the dangerous task of manning a(...)

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