Movies – 1960s

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

Dr James Xavier is a world renowned scientist experimenting with human eyesight. He devises a drug, that when applied to the eyes, enables the user to see beyond the normal realm of our sight (ultraviolet rays etc.) and also gives the user the power to see through objects. Xavier tests this drug on himself when his(…)

Yellow Submarine (1968)

The Beatles come to the rescue when the evil Blue Meanies try to drive all the music and fun from Pepperland in the third feature film featuring the acclaimed and influential rock band. This marvellous Pop Art animated classic features songs from Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper , so the Blue Meanies don’t stand a chance! As the film(…)

You Can’t See ’round Corners (1969)

The story of a man who has a chip on his shoulder and is against the world at large. Frankie McCoy (Ken Shorter) is young, stylish and tough, an illegal ‘SP’ bookmaker in the working-class Sydney suburb of Newtown. Conscripted to fight in Vietnam, he enters basic training at Kapooka camp, but neither the food nor(…)

You Must Be Joking! (1965)

If you’ve ever wondered how Monty Python‘s “Upper-Class Twit of the Year” sketch would fare at feature length, this scattershot comedy from Michael Winner will give you a pretty good idea. The premise – five soldiers set loose on swinging England in an initiative test to collect a selection of esoteric items and perform various(…)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

The fifth in the Bond series sees James Bond and the Japanese secret service ninja force taking on arch-nemesis Blofeld, who has been capturing US and Soviet spacecraft in an attempt to start World War III leaving SPECTRE as the only superpower left to dominate the world. While in Japan, Bond joins forces with the(…)

Young Ones, The (1961)

In 1961, Cliff Richard had most of the world at his feet. Easily Britain’s most successful performer, he had just picked up his fifth gold disc (for A Girl Like You), was playing to packed houses worldwide, and had Britain’s most popular group – The Shadows – as his backing band. Cliff had broadened his appeal from(…)

Young Savages, The (1960)

Shot on the streets of Harlem, Frankenheimer’s juvenile delinquency movie has Burt Lancaster’s DA Hank Bell caught between two street gangs while seeking justice for a blind Puerto Rican kid murdered by Italian punks. Features Puerto Rican gang members dressed like The Specials restyled by The Cramps, and the delightful cynicism of Telly Savalas. The gang fight scenes,(…)

Zeta One (1969)

A sexy sci-fi caper starring a bevy of naked alien astronauts and Charles Hawtrey? The first attempt to mix British sex comedy with an episode of Star Trek, Zeta One is partially based on a comic strip that appeared in short-lived fantasy magazine Zeta in the late 1960s. Adapted for the big screen by writer/director(…)

Zorba the Greek (1964)

A timid English writer arrives in Crete to open a mine for his family business and falls under the spell of a local peasant with a charismatic and inspiring zest for life. As Zorba – the salt-of-the-earth peasant who teaches the uptight Englishman the secret of life – Anthony Quinn plays the part of a lifetime,(…)

Zulu (1964)

The true story of the defence of a mission station and hospital called Rorke’s Drift, where 139 soldiers of the South Wales Border regiment held off 4,000 Zulu warriors during the Zulu War of 1879 – this is the stuff epics are made of. On 22 January 1879, the British Army suffered one of its(…)

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