Movies – E

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

An inspired account from Steven Spielberg of an alien who lands in a pine forest on the California coast and gets separated from his people when their spaceship is forced to make a sudden departure. Frightened, alone, and three million light-years from home, the small creature wanders into the home of a suburban divorcee with(...)

Eagle Has Landed, The (1976)

John Sturges’ entertaining adaptation of the Jack Higgins novel starts from a similar premise to that of Alberto Cavalcanti‘s Went the Day Well? Michael Caine (pictured at right) is Colonel Kurt Steiner, a rebellious German soldier imprisoned and awaiting sentence for striking a fellow Officer, when Nazi colonel Max Radl (Robert Duvall) offers him the chance(...)

Early Bird, The (1965)

With the dairy he works for threatened with closing after a large company (Consolidated Dairies) moves onto their turf, lone milkman Norman Pitkin (Wisdom) decides to take matters into his own hands, sabotaging the corporation head's garden and golf game. Meanwhile, rival milkman Austin (Bryan Pringle) employs dirty tactics to take Norman's customers for Consolidated.(...)

Earth Dies Screaming, The (1965)

Astronaut Jeff Nolan (Willard Parker) returns to Earth to find the planet has been ravaged by robots that kill by touch and then reanimate their victims as eyeless zombies. He joins the few human survivors in England in a desperate fight for freedom. Parker must find their power source and destroy the transmitter that's controlled by intergalactic(...)

Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

Valerie Dale initially thinks she is hallucinating when a spacecraft with three furry aliens crash-lands in her Los Angeles swimming pool. The three randy aliens are then given a guided tour through Planet Hollywood's craziness by two beautician Valley Girls. Geena Davis and Julie Brown - an American cult singer/comedian whose songs inspired this "Martian Beach Party" - are(...)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Hero research scientist Hugh Marlowe, back in the nation's capital after surviving The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), tries to prevent an invasion of the Earth after aliens abduct his father-in-law. He slows down the plodding story even further by embarking on a sluggish romantic interlude with Joan Taylor. Commendable only for special effects genius Ray Harryhausen's flying(...)

Earthquake (1974)

This blockbuster disaster film had a dumb script and lacklustre acting, but great visual and aural effects. There are disasters galore as a massive earthquake strikes Los Angeles, all in glorious Sensurround - which gave the audiences a headache almost as bad as the one inflicted by the script. The first half of the film(...)

East of Eden (1955)

Wild adolescent Cal Trask finds out that his mother, long believed dead, is actually running a brothel in a nearby town. The discovery proves traumatic for Cal and signals the break-up of his already strained relationship with his austere father and his brother, Aron. We're in Cain and Abel territory, and the biblical parallels are(...)

Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)

The lure of sunken treasure on a Spanish wreck leads to romance between US Navy diver Ted Jackson (Elvis Presley) and Jo Symington - a go-go dancing yoga student (Dodie Marshall). Easy Come, Easy Go is one of Presley's weakest vehicles - almost as embarrassing for audiences as it clearly was for Presley himself. The plot(...)

Easy Rider (1969)

Road movies were never the same after Billy (Dennis Hopper) and Wyatt - aka Captain America (Peter Fonda) embarked on a magical mystery tour in a quest for "the real America". The movie about two rootless drug-dealing dropouts was the brainchild of Hopper and Fonda. Billy and Wyatt begin in artificial Los Angeles, selling the(...)

Eat The Rich (1987)

When a waiter loses his job at trendy London restaurant 'Bastards', he plots with a band of revolutionaries to put its customers on the menu. Peter Richardson's film is more of a student prank than a subversive satire in the tradition of Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel or Lindsay Anderson's if... Of the main performers, Nosher(...)

Eating Raoul (1982)

Paul and Mary Bland (brilliantly portrayed by director Paul Bartel and Warhol superstar Mary Woronov) finance their dream restaurant by advertising for wealthy swingers and then killing them off during sex for their cash. Handyman Raoul (Robert Beltran of Star Trek: Voyager fame) muscles in on the action by selling the bodies to a dog(...)

Ed Wood (1994)

Tim Burton's Ed Wood, starring Johnny Depp, brilliantly reconstructs the sleazy side of 1950s Hollywood, and is a sympathetic tribute to the director of such gems of the awful as Glen or Glenda  (1953) - in which he cast himself as an anguished cross-dresser - and his "masterpiece", the truly terrible Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). The film is a(...)

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

In 1964, Eddie Wilson had it all. He had genius, he had vision, he had the hottest rock & roll band in the country. Then suddenly one night his car went off a bridge. His body was never found. Twenty years later, reporter Maggie Foley (Ellen Barkin) sets out to discover the truth about the(...)

Educating Rita (1983)

Adapted from Willy Russell’s play, Educating Rita retains its charm and poignancy in this cosy film version. Rita, (Julie Walters) a working-class hairdresser with a sharp wit, is married to Denny, and at 26 doesn’t want a baby. She wants to discover herself, so she joins the Open University. Dr. Frank Bryant (Michael Caine) is a disillusioned(...)

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