Movies – G

Girls Girls Girls (1962)

Elvis Presley romp with colourful locations, a serviceable (though silly) plot and some super ladies, including Stella Stevens who also gets to sing. Poor fisherman Ross Carpenter (Presley) is chased by several girls while singing in a club to get his dad out of hock. A rich girl slumming by the shore may prove to be(...)

Girls Just Want To Have Fun (1985)

American teen flicks are never short of clichés, and this musical comedy is no exception, packing in most of the genre conventions on the way to its wildly over-the-top all-dancing finale. However, another confident performance by Sarah Jessica Parker, the bride-for-barter in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), rescues this outing from obscurity. Here she convincingly plays high-school student Janey(...)

Girls On The Beach, The (1965)

Three female students raising money to save their sorority house (Alpha Beta) run into a trio of men, who try to impress them by claiming to know The Beatles. Believing that The Beatles have agreed to fly from England to perform at their fundraiser, the girls arrange for a big musical show and begin a(...)

Give My Regards To Broad Street (1984)

Widely condemned as a worthless ego trip, Paul McCartney's musical fantasy is a great idea for a concept video that had the misfortune to be made into a feature film. The plot - about an ex-con and some missing tapes - is negligible, the references to Fellini's 8½ (1963) are laughable, and some of the musical(...)

Glass Bottom Boat, The (1966)

While moonlighting as a mermaid on Catalina Island, Jennifer Nelson (Doris Day) is reeled in by a handsome fisherman (Rod Taylor). One look at her and he's hooked, and not about to let her get away. But the feisty mermaid has bigger fish to fry, until she later discovers that the fisherman she berated is(...)

Glen or Glenda (1953)

Glen or Glenda (1953)

Psychiatrist Dr. Alton narrates two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen) who secretly dresses as a woman (Glenda) but is afraid to tell his fiancée, Barbara; the other of a pseudo-hermaphrodite (Alan) who fights in World War II wearing women's underwear and eventually undergoes a painful operation to become a woman (Anne). There is a second(...)

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Director James Foley, working with a highly resonant screenplay by David Mamet, here brings a palpable cinematic tension to what could have become a dry, theatrical piece. Rarely moving outside the Chicago real-estate office where four salesmen are under pressure to sell more or lose their jobs, the film speaks forcefully about decency being snuffed(...)

Glenn Miller Story, The (1954)

The Glenn Miller Story is one of the most touching and durable of all Hollywood musical biopics thanks to a convincing, three-dimensional performance by Jimmy Stewart as the beloved bandleader whose smoothly swinging style was as much a part of the American fabric during World War II as bobby sox and bacon rations. The intelligent script(...)

Glory Guys, The (1965)

There are flashes of genius in this 1965 Western, loosely based on events leading up to Custer's Last Stand, and written for the screen by a young Sam Peckinpah. The focus is less on the Ahab-like General than the ragtag men who follow him. Director Arnold Laven turns it into a more conventional Western than(...)

Go Ask Alice (1973)

In the made-for-TV movie landscape of the 70s, Go Ask Alice was IT. Jamie Smith-Jackson became the blueprint for teen girlhood after the ABC movie, one of the first (and still the best) of the kids-getting-into-drugs-at-school genre was broadcast in 1973. Alice gets mixed up with the stoner kids after they dose her with acid-laced soda ("Button, button,(...)

Go to Blazes (1962)

Three unsuccessful crooks buy an old fire engine to use as a getaway vehicle but unexpectedly find themselves having to deal with a real fire. As a panellist on the ever-popular Call My Bluff TV show, Patrick Campbell had a wit and erudition that was matched only by that of his rival team captain, Frank Muir. However,(...)

God Told Me To (1976)

New Yorkers commit a series of motiveless murders: a sniper shoots people from a water tower; a father murders his entire family; a cop opens fire during a St. Patrick's Day parade . . . The only consistent pattern to the crimes involves the perpetrators calm admissions of guilt, explaining, "God told me to." While(...)

Godfather, The (1972)

On the basis of the first hundred pages of The Godfather, Mario Puzo was paid $80,000 to finish the novel. By the time the film was ready, the novel had sold a million copies in hardback and twelve million in paperback. Francis Ford Coppola was assigned to The Godfather because of his Italian-American background which was supposed to assuage(...)

Godfather: Part II, The (1974)

Relieved of the need to be faithful to Mario Puzo's novel, Director Francis Ford Coppola embarked on a sequel with an unusual theme - crime as capitalism. This follow-up to the hugely successful Godfather (1972) used extensive flashbacks to highlight the juxtaposition between the youth of Vito Corleone and the problems of his son Michael 50 years(...)

Godfather: Part III, The (1990)

New York, 1979: Michael Corleone wants out of his criminal empire in a search for respectability. But it's difficult to break with the family tradition. This third and final sequel completed the Corleone family trilogy, showing an ageing Michael dividing his time between politics and gangster activities, with the corruption spreading all the way to(...)

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