Movies – F

Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965)

This British film about a music contest in Liverpool was created strictly as a showcase for Gerry and The Pacemakers who had a hit with a song of the same name. Cilla Black, The Fourmost and several other Merseybeat groups also perform. It’s sort of like a make-shift Hard Day’s Night (1964) and Gerry Marsden and his brother Freddie(…)

Fiddler On The Roof (1971)

The world of Fiddler On The Roof is the town of Anatevka, a small town in Russia (although the film was shot mostly on location in Yugoslavia). The town is divided into two separate, but unequal parts. In one part live the Russians. They have paved stone streets, a church, white picket fences, money and(…)

Field Of Dreams (1989)

Kevin Costner, as Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, is the epitome of dignified determination as he accedes to a ghostly voice (“If you build it, he will come”) and turns the field on which his family depends for its livelihood into a baseball pitch. When the ghost of his late father’s hero – disgraced player “Shoeless”(…)

Fiend Without a Face (1958)

A scientist’s thoughts materialise as an army of invisible brain-shaped monsters (complete with spinal-cord tails) who terrorise an American military base in Canada following atomic experiments in this nightmarish chiller, directed by Arthur Crabtree. This outstanding Quatermass-style sci-fi/horror hybrid is a special effects bonanza and a high-water mark in British genre filmmaking, despite the pseudo-American trappings(…)

Fifth Element, The (1997)

23rd-century New York: When a mysterious female humanoid crash-lands in a taxi cab driven by former government agent Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) he becomes drawn into a race to save the Earth from an approaching evil force. This superb flight of imagination soars into original terrain for an inventive rollercoaster ride and is a stunning achievement that delivers on(…)

Fight Club (1999)

Ostensibly, Fight Club is a movie about the creation of a ‘fight club’ where guys beat the crap out of each other in bare-knuckle fights so they can feel real again. Some abstract concepts are also explored with visceral intensity, so Fight Club is also about existential dread, consumerism, and the refusal to live a numb life. The tone(…)

Final Countdown, The (1980)

The crew of the nuclear US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, captained by Kirk Douglas, find themselves transported back in time to the day before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The captain and crew must then decide whether to alter the course of history or let events play out as they originally did. Actual US military stations,(…)

Final Programme, The (1973)

Jerry Cornelius, a ruthless Nobel prize-winner, billionaire, adventurer and time traveller, is asked by the ruthless Miss Brunner (pictured below left) – who consumes her lovers – to trace a roll of his late father’s microfilm. The film is an integral part of the programme on which she and the doctors are engaged. The ‘programme’ of the(…)

Finders Keepers (1966)

Cliff Richard starred in this musical based on the real headline story about the accidental dropping by an American airplane, of an unfused atom bomb. In the film, the bomb lands in just the place in Spain where Cliff and The Shadows are due to perform. Just think – If the bomb had been armed,(…)

Finian’s Rainbow (1968)

Although it ran for 725 performances on Broadway, it’s tempting to suggest that the reason this satirical musical took 21 years to make it to the screen was because studio executives recognised that its magic works best on the stage. Even old hands would have struggled to balance the whimsical story of a leprechaun searching(…)

Firefox (1982)

Are you ready for Clint Eastwood as a Jewish Vietnam-vet pilot who speaks Russian and has periodic epileptic seizures? Mitchell Gant, Eastwood’s shell-shocked pilot, is drafted by unidentified secret agents to be smuggled into Russia, defy the KGB, steal a sophisticated MIG-31 aircraft from Russia and deliver it to NATO. The plane travels at six times(…)

First Blood (1982)

Sylvester Stallone gained international attention as John Rambo, a former Green Beret who was tortured in Vietnam and must now defend himself against a small-town redneck cop (Brian Dennehy) in the Pacific North-West forest – his new ‘Nam. Protected only by the rugged terrain and aided only by survival skills picked up in the Army,(…)

First Man into Space (1958)

In this briskly efficient B-movie from the golden era of British science fiction, brash US Navy test pilot Dan Prescott, hungry for fame, rockets himself beyond Earth’s atmosphere, only to become encrusted with cosmic dust and return a blood-drinking monster. The film has more than a passing resemblance to Hammer’s The Quatermass Experiment (1955) with a(…)

First Men In The Moon (1964)

First Men In The Moon (1964)

When astronauts land on the Moon in 1964 they are surprised to discover a British flag and evidence that the place was first visited in 1899. On Earth, the last surviving member of the Victorian lunar expedition space crew is located and he recalls the thrilling details of their lunar adventure, including being captured by an insectoid  population(…)

First Wives Club, The (1996)

Olivia Goldsmith’s bestselling novel is turned into a hilarious film by Police Academy director Hugh Wilson. Hollywood divas Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton give sparkling performances as middle-aged Brenda, Elise and Annie – three wealthy New Yorkers who are reunited by the suicide of an old schoolfriend who killed herself after discovering her(…)

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