Movies – 1960s

100 Rifles (1969)

Lawman Lydecker (played by former Cleveland Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown) and Yaqui Joe (an Indian bank robber played by Burt Reynolds) join forces with a female revolutionary (guess who) to help save Mexican Indians from a despotic governor. People sweat profusely, say "Hey, gringo", and generally use up a lot of ammunition. This below-par western(...)

101 Dalmatians (1961)

This full-length cartoon from the Walt Disney studios is a beautifully animated version of Dodie Smith's classic children's tale. The adorable spotty dogs of the title, and a host of other animals, cause havoc in London and the countryside as they try to escape from Cruella de Vil, the most memorable Disney female villain since(...)

10th Victim, The (1965)

Famous now as one of the inspirations for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (Ursula Andress wore the first bullet-firing bra as sported by the "fembots"), director Elio Petri's erratically engrossing science-fiction thriller has a fabulous 1960s pop art look. In the 21st century war has been outlawed and replaced with a legalised hunting game(...)

12 To The Moon (1960)

A lightweight dollop of sci-fi, 12 To The Moon dispatched a dozen passengers of both sexes and several nationalities to the Moon. The twelve members of the first multi-national expedition to the lunar surface discover subterranean Moon Men, a peace-loving mob who threaten to freeze Earth unless mankind mends their warring ways. Heading the expedition is earthling Ken Clark,(...)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Although collaborators like writer Arthur C Clarke and effects gurus Wally Veevers and Douglas Trumbull were important to the success of 2001, the film is basically a triumph for its producer-director, Stanley Kubrick.  No cinema epic had been so completely the vision of one man. What is most remarkable about the film is that it has(...)

24 Hours to Kill (1965)

Tarzan star Lex Barker and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney head a glittering international cast in this crime thriller from British B-movie mogul Harry Alan Towers. Barker stars as the pilot of a stricken American airliner (forced to spend 24 hours in Beirut after an engine failure) and Rooney as 'Jonesy', the purser whose eye for easy(...)

30 is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968)

The much-loved Dudley Moore starred as shy nightclub pianist and composer Rupert Street, who is determined to write a hit musical masterpiece and marry the ideal wife - all within a six-week deadline (the date of his fast-looming 30th birthday). Dud (who also wrote and performed the film's jazzy score) falls in love with teacher(...)

55 Days At Peking (1963)

In 1900 China, an American major (Charlton Heston) tries to protect Westerners from the violence of Chinese nationalists in Peking during the infamous Boxer Rebellion. As the film unfolds, the foreign embassies in Peking are being held in a grip of terror as the Boxers set about massacring Christians in an anti-Christian nationalistic fever. Inside(...)

633 Squadron (1964)

Erik Bergman (George Chakiris), a Norwegian Resistance fighter, tells British Air Intelligence that the Germans are about to loose an all-out rocket blitz against England. The rocket fuel is being processed at a factory hidden in a rock-walled fjord. Roy Grant (Cliff Robertson) has seventeen days to train Mosquito Squadron 633, while Erik organises an underground attempt(...)

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons. Emmy-winner Tony Randall (from TV 's The Odd Couple) plays eight different characters in the movie, with the help of Academy Award-winning special visual effects and make-up that earned make-up artist William Tuttle a special Honorary(...)

7 Women (1966)

The two masterpieces that define John Ford’s later period - The Searchers (1956) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) - are pictures concerned with the futility of violence, with the pair serving as weary ripostes to the classical western aesthetic epitomised by American exceptionalism. In 7 Women – the director’s final film – the frontier(...)

8½ (1963)

Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning account of Guido Anslemi, an overworked movie director (Marcello Mastroianni) crossing the line between reality and fantasy. Guido (pictured) is spiritually paralysed by a midlife crisis and loses himself in fantasy and reminiscences as he is besieged by sycophants and collaborators while struggling to get started on an unwieldy science-fiction epic. His introspections revolve(...)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Beatles first feature film was a surprisingly sensational comedy, which revolved around a fictional 36 hours in their hectic schedule during a trip to London. The mop tops demonstrated that they could excel at clowning (like reincarnated Marx Brothers) as well as singing, and the madcap affair came off with enormous energy and good humour.(...)

A Kind Of Loving (1962)

Set in an industrial Lancashire town, A Kind Of Loving tells the bittersweet tale of Vic Brown, a young draughtsman who falls for the typist working in the same factory, gets her pregnant and is trapped into marriage and forced to live with her mother. The film is sharply observed in documentary style and with plenty of(...)

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

King Henry VIII was used to getting his own way and, on those rare occasions that he didn't, he merely used a little persuasive pressure to bring those opposing him into line. The issue of marriage was no exception and, on discovering that his wife couldn't conceive, he wanted to remarry in order to produce(...)

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