Movies – E

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Rather than follow the hugely successful Batman (1989) with another special effects-driven bonanza, director Tim Burton instead delivered a delightfully realised movie that was about as far from a mainstream Hollywood blockbuster as it was possible to get. The result is Edward Scissorhands, a decidedly left-of-centre fairy tale that remains the most whimsical and touching film of Burton's(...)

Eighteen in the Sun (1962)

Originally titled Diciottenni al sole (and also known as Beach Party-Italian Style in some markets), this Italian film follows Nicole Molino (Catherine Spaak), a French teenager on vacation at the Italian resort island of Ischia. She meets several other young Italian men also on vacation and looking for fun and romance. Confusion, comedy and romance ensue.(...)

El Cid (1961)

Charlton Heston is the legendary Rodrigo Diaz di Bivar - the Christian hero who rids Spain of the Moors  in the 11th century - in this lavish, opulent historical epic. This is Hollywood at its spectacular best. Mostly shot in Spain, the magnificent spectacle features an eyeful of flashy costumes, impressive settings, and big battle(...)

El Condor (1970)

Luke (Jim Brown), a chain-gang prisoner in the post-Civil War West, is told of a fortune in gold hidden by a Mexican general in the fortress of El Condor. Together with Jaroo (Lee Van Cleef), a small-time conman and Santana (Iron Eyes Cody), an Apache leader, he sets out into the Mexican desert in search(...)

El Topo (1970)

It is obvious why El Topo was embraced by John Lennon, Dennis Hopper, Timothy Leary and their counterparts. It is a violent, brutal, confusing, occasionally fascinating and allegorical film. Chilean-born Alejandro Jodorowsky not only writes and directs, he also plays the title role (which translates as "the mole"), a mysterious black-clad gunfighter who claims to be God,(...)

Electra Glide In Blue (1973)

Robert Blake (later to star in TV cop series Baretta) is John Wintergreen - a diminutive Vietnam vet motorcycle cop in a desert state whose pint-sized stature makes him a laughing stock (he justifies his tough-guy act by claiming to be the exact same height as Alan Ladd). Patrolling the empty dusty highways of Arizona on(...)

Electric Boogaloo (Breakdance 2) (1984)

This rapidly-released sequel to Breakdance (1984) finds the same lead characters using their dance talents once more to save their run-down community centre. Finding professional work hard to come by, top breakdancers TKO Crew turn to teaching dance at a local community centre. When they discover greedy land developers are planning to demolish the site, they(...)

Electric Dreams (1984)

Lenny Von Dohlen plays Miles, a geeky architect who falls hopelessly in love with his neighbour, cellist Madeline (Virginia Madsen), only to discover his rival for her affections is none other than his super-computer (which came to life when champagne is spilt over it!). Shot by director Steve Barron in the style of a pop promo (unsurprisingly(...)

Electric Horseman, The (1979)

Robert Redford and Jane Fonda were well cast in Sydney Pollack's The Electric Horseman - He as a former rodeo champion now reduced to advertising breakfast cereal, she as a TV newswoman who follows his trail when he steals a$12 million thoroughbred horse from a large food company and heads for the wide open spaces. Despite its title(...)

Elephant Man, The (1980)

Producer Mel Brooks hired David Lynch - connoisseur of the grotesque - to direct this touching story of a hideously deformed man in Victorian London. This was the time of Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper murders and the flavour, fever, and ferment of those times are beautifully reflected in the sombre black-and-white cinematography, filmed(...)

Eliza Fraser (1976)

Eliza Fraser (Susannah York) and her husband, Captain Fraser (Noel Ferrier) are leaving for Britain from the penal colony of Sydney, Australia, onboard the Stirling Castle. Before they leave, Eliza is bedded by Captain Rory McBryde (John Castle), a notorious rake, and convict David Bracefell (John Waters) who she helps to escape. The Frasers are(...)

Elizabeth (1998)

This historical drama set in the 16th century - starring Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush and charting the turbulent life and times of the self-proclaimed "Virgin Queen" - was given a vivid contemporary focus by Indian director Shekhar Kapur's keen visual eye. Spirited young Elizabeth is crowned queen upon the death of her sister Mary, amid religious conflict and intrigue at(...)

Emily (1977)

Emmanuelle (1974)

Inspired by Emmanuelle Arsan's controversial novel, Emmanuelle starred 22-year-old Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel in the title role. The phenomenal success of this soft core porn movie can be attributed to the fact that the producers and the director, Just Jaeckin, chose a professional cast (including an actor of the quality of Alain Cuny), had a relatively large(...)

Empire of the Sun (1987)

Now considered a trial run for the more moving, horrifying and involving Schindler's List (1993), Steven Spielberg's drama, set in China during the Second World War, is a glossy and rather tame affair, based on JG Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel. When the Imperial Japanese army marches into Shanghai in December 1941, the privileged life which 11-year-old Jim(...)

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