Movies – F

Fisher King, The (1991)

The Arthurian legend of a maimed warrior healed by the innocence of "a perfect fool" is given a magical update by director Terry Gilliam, tripping the light fantastic in his highly individual manner in this fantasy drama. Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) is a hugely successful but venomous shock-jock radio phone-in host. A typically reckless remark over(...)

Fistful of Dollars, A (1964)

After small parts in ten movies and seven years acting in TV's Rawhide, 34-year-old Clint Eastwood starred in this Italian/German co-production of A Fistful of Dollars. The producers had originally wanted Henry Fonda in the lead, but they couldn't afford him. The director was a certain Bob Robertson - the American-sounding pseudonym of Italian director Sergio Leone,(...)

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Obsessive Irish opera enthusiast Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (Kinski) plans to build an opera house in the Peruvian jungle. First he has to make his fortune and decides on a rubber plantation on an inhospitable stretch of the river. Fitzgerald recruits local Indians to haul his riverboat over the mountain that stands between him and the realisation of(...)

Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces is a road movie built around the evasive charm of Jack Nicholson. Screenwriter Adrien Joyce has partly fashioned the character around the actor's own personality. He is Bobby Dupea, a middle-class drifter who briefly abandons oil-rigging and a sluttish girlfriend (Karen Black) to return to Oregon to visit his middle-class musical family -(...)

Five Man Army, The (1969)

A quintet of mismatched men come up with a daring plan to make a fortune, and pool their resources to carry out a daring train robbery - but the odds are heavily stacked against them. A better-than-average spaghetti western heist caper where a band of outlaws aim to steal a fortune in gold to fund(...)

FJ Holden, The (1977)

This was the first movie to truly show what it was really like to be an Australian teenager in the suburbs during the 1970s. The brainchild of Michael Thornhill (who also produced, directed and co-wrote the film), the movie used predominantly unknown actors to give the project a harder, more authentic edge. Eva Dickinson was(...)

Flame (1975)

British glam rock superstars Slade made their collective acting debut in this drama about a pop group's struggles with success. In the late 1960s, Barry (Dave Hill), Paul (Jim Lea) and Charlie (Don Powell) are musicians who are barely making a living playing pub dates, weddings, and socials in The DTs led by ineffectual and(...)

Flame in the Streets (1961)

Made in the wake of the 1959 Notting Hill riots, Flame in the Streets is an early examination of tense racial prejudices within a working-class family. Adapted by Ted Willis from his own stage play Hot Summer Night, it had already been produced for television in 1959 for Armchair Theatre. Director Roy Ward Baker makes no allowances for liberal(...)

Flaming Star (1960)

Originally intended as a vehicle for Marlon Brando, this immensely dignified and astoundingly violent (for its time) western - based on Clair Huffaker's Flaming Lance novel - became the second movie after King Creole (1958) to prove Elvis Presley could act. Here he plays Pacer Burton - an unhappy half native American misfit, who must take sides when(...)

Flash Gordon (1980)

Flash Gordon (1980)

"Hi, my name's Flash," says the quarterback for the New York Jets to his new girlfriend Dale, a dim-witted travel agent. Inexplicably, the pair get locked up in the rocket ship of a nutty scientist named Dr. Hans Zarkov, who yells, "We'll go up and counterattack them!" when he gets pelted with moon rocks .(...)

Flashdance (1983)

Jennifer Beals stars as Alex Owens, an 18-year-old welder in a Pittsburgh steel mill who moonlights as a dancer in the bar her co-workers frequent. She is having an affair with her boss (Michael Nouri), who helps her strive to achieve her dream to be a ballerina. And why is that people in movies always(...)

Flatliners (1990)

Obsessed with stories of patients who were pronounced dead only to be revived a few minutes later, medical student Nelson Wright (Sutherland) intrigues four of his friends when he decides to undertake a perilous experiment, involving temporary death, to determine whether there is an afterlife. Wright's hope is that his apprehensive colleagues will be able(...)

Flesh and the Spur (1956)

Luke Random/Matt Random John Agar Wild Willow Marla English Stacy Doggett Mike ("Touch") Connors Windy Wagonwheels Raymond Hatton Lola Maria Monay Rina Joyce Meadows Kale Tanner Kenne Duncan Indian Chief Frank Lackteen Blackie Mel Gaines Deputy Marshal Michael Harris Bud Eddie Kafafian Director Edward L Cahn

Flesh for Frankenstein (1974)

Explicit blood-letting and violence overwhelm this shockingly funny Italian-American exposé of the venal grime behind Victorian aristocracy from director Paul Morrisey, who shot the film back to back with his Blood for Dracula (1974) in Rome’s famous Cinecittà studio. Udo Kier is wonderfully arrogant and bad-tempered as the unhinged Nietzschean Baron Frankenstein, dismembering the local(...)

Flesh Gordon (1974)

Emperor Wang (the Perverted) - ruler of the planet Porno - aims his mighty Sex Ray towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football player Flesh Gordon. Along with his girlfriend Dale Ardent and Professor Flexi-Jerkoff, they set off towards the source of the Sex Ray, unaware of(...)

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