Movies – D

Dead Man (1995)

Offbeat Western starring Johnny Depp as penniless sissy Ohio accountant William Blake who arrives in the lawless Wild West town of Machine (where prostitutes perform blow jobs in the street) to take a job at Dickinson's metalworks, but finds the post has been filled. He is thrown into the street by the owner (Robert Mitchum),(...)

Dead Man Walking (1995)

Sean Penn gives a chilling and mesmerising portrayal of sociopathy, as Matthew Poncelet, a trailer trash multiple killer on death row with no sense of remorse. His sparring partner is Susan Sarandon, in an Oscar-winning performance as Sister Helen Prejean, the real-life Catholic nun who became Poncelet's spiritual adviser during his final countdown, and whose(...)

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)

A good-natured spoof, in glorious black and white, on the detective genre, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid attempted (with varying degrees of success) to recreate film noir by splicing into its narrative, clips from seventeen noir movies of 1940s vintage. Thus hero Steve Martin, as a ten dollar-a-day gumshoe called Rigby Reardon, is able to call on(...)

Dead Poets Society (1989)

The year is 1959. John Keating (Robin Williams) is the new English professor at Welton Academy - a stuffy prep school tucked away in the hills of Vermont, New England - who uses unconventional methods to instil spirit into the lives of his students. The cold, conservative faculty and his eager, gullible students, have never seen(...)

Dead Ringers (1988)

David Cronenberg is not a director for the squeamish. In Dead Ringers he returns to his obsession with - and seeming disgust at - the human body. Courtesy of clever, unobtrusive trick camerawork, Jeremy Irons plays the dual role of Elliot and Beverly Mantle - telepathic identical twin brothers who are both world-renowned gynaecologists and run a(...)

Dead Zone (1983)

Stephen King movies are a tricky lot - There have been over 40 movie and TV adaptations of his work, and for every Misery (1990) there is more than the odd The Dark Half. Luckily, this thriller starring Christopher Walken as a teacher rebuilding his life after a five-year coma is one of the better ones, and has a terrific(...)

Deadfall (1968)

Michael Caine plays recovered alcoholic cat burglar Henry Clarke, who finds himself enticed into the home of Fe Moreau (Giovanna Ralli), where he discovers an unusual arrangement - apparently Fe Moreau would rather engage in a relationship with an ex-alcoholic than her multi-millionaire jewel-thief husband Richard (Eric Portman). Richard is an out-of-the-closet homosexual, complete with(...)

Deadlier than the Male (1966)

HC “Sapper” McNeile’s debonair adventurer hero “Bulldog” Drummond was updated here to capitalise on the James Bond phenomenon. Richard Johnson may be a bit stuffy and lack the virile magnetism of Sean Connery’s 007, but nevertheless gives a good account of himself as the bachelor insurance man investigating the untimely ends of a friend and(...)

Death Becomes Her (1992)

"I don't want to become one of the living dead in Beverly Hills," says plastic surgeon Bruce Willis in Robert Zemeckis' black comedy Death Becomes Her. Using elements of the zombie movie and camp melodrama - the rivalry between two ambitious women - the movie is an attempt to satirise the West Coast craze for youth and(...)

Death In Venice (1971)

Dirk Bogarde was at his finest as the dying composer rediscovering forbidden fruit in this dramatisation by director Luchino Visconti of the novella by Thomas Mann. Bogarde's composer (he was an author in the original novel) arrives in Venice at the beginning of the 20th century amid rumours of a cholera epidemic, troubled that he can no(...)

Death Journey (1976)

Fearful that their star witness might be murdered, two attorneys hire a protector to bring him from Los Angeles to New York. Jesse Crowder (Fred Williamson) is a no-nonsense tough guy. He buddies up with the witness, an accountant, and they hit the road. Outwitting their foes means taking all manner of conveyance, including car,(...)

Death Line (1972)

In this highly recommended horror movie, reactionary cop Donald Pleasence investigates mysterious disappearances in the London Underground and makes the startling discovery that a colony of cannibals has existed in the creepy tunnels since a Victorian cave-in disaster. At the film’s bloody heart is Hugh Armstrong’s remarkably nuanced performance as ‘The Man’, the last remaining(...)

Death On The Nile (1978)

Peter Ustinov takes over from Albert Finney as pernickety Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in this solid, star-studded dramatisation of Agatha Christie's paddle-steamer mystery, as he investigates the murder during a Nile cruise of beautiful but spoilt American heiress Linnet Ridgeway. The plot is suitably tricky (everyone on board has a motive), the Egyptian locations dazzling and(...)

Death Race 2000 (1975)

Set in the America of the future, the defending champion of a nationally televised Transcontinental death road race - where contestants gain points by running over pedestrians - questions the ethics of this sick entertainment which is orchestrated by the President to control a potentially rebellious society. The event is staged to pacify the ravenous(...)

Death Wish (1974)

This sleazy and highly controversial crime thriller finally made Charles Bronson a star in America, and set a regrettable trend for trashy and ultra-violent vigilante thrillers. Bronson mechanically plays liberal New York architect Paul Kersey, who takes matters into his own hands after his wife is killed and his daughter is raped and left for(...)

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