Movies – 1970s

10 (1979)

10 (1979)

George Webber (Dudley Moore) is a composer facing a midlife crisis. He escapes the headaches (and toothaches) of Los Angeles to the beaches of Acapulco.    While there he runs into Jenny (Bo Derek), the daughter of his dentist, who is on her honeymoon. Jenny tries to repay him for a big favour, and her(...)

10 Rillington Place (1971)

10 Rillington Place (1971)

Based on Ludovic Kennedy’s 1961 non-fiction book of the same name, this film was a sombre, articulate, and chilling dramatisation of the infamous murders in London when John Reginald Christie - a mild-mannered psychotic mass killer - murdered scores of women and buried them under the floorboards and inside the walls of his rooming house(...)

11 Harrow House (1974)

11 Harrow House (1974)

A nonchalant young American merchant, Howard R. Chesser (Charles Grodin), travels to London on one of his frequent trips to 11 Harrowhouse; the offices of the world’s largest clearing house for diamonds. Joining Howard is his wealthy girlfriend, the daring and vivacious Maren Shirell (Candice Bergen). Chesser has to deal with, and accept what’s offered, by(...)

1941 (1979)

1941 (1979)

1941 is a stupid farce based on a stupid idea: What would have happened if, after bombing Pearl Harbor, the Japanese had gone on to attack Hollywood? It is the premise of this picture that the Americans would have been so moronic that they would have done the enemy's job for them. The Americans in this(...)

200 Motels (1971)

200 Motels (1971)

Taking a leaf out of the cute anarchy of A Hard Day's Night (1964), directors Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer invest Zappa's own music (performed by the Mothers of Invention) with animation, sketches and jokes, much of it skewed towards a comic critique of touring, rock-band style. Zappa's group live their plastic lives in the mythical(...)

2069: A Sex Odyssey (1974)

2069: A Sex Odyssey (1974)

Disguised as the French Olympic ski team, a squad of women from Venus come to Earth to carry sperm back to their home planet. Alena Penz Nina Fredric Gerti Sneider Raul Retzer Cathrene Conti Heidy Hammer Michael Mein Herb Heesel

40 Carats (1973)

40 Carats (1973)

After a brief holiday romance in Greece, Ann Stanley (a woman of 40) finds romance with 20-year-old Peter Latham in this comedy drama. Ann does not imagine that she'll see Peter again. But, back in New York, they meet by chance and find that they are still attracted to one another. Swedish import Liv Ullmann, in(...)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

It seems as if an entire regiment of movie notables appears in this $26 million epic based on Cornelius Ryan's bestseller about a disastrous Allied offensive during World War II. Operation Market Garden was the codename of this allied operation towards the end of the war that all went horribly wrong, with bad weather conditions(...)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Ludwig Van (Beethoven). Horrorshow fun for all the family, oh my brothers! The one unmissable (but unseeable in the UK - the director withdrew the film in 1974 and refused permission to screen the film in Britain until his death) and(...)

A Safe Place (1971)

A Safe Place (1971)

Tuesday Weld plays a vulnerable woman who escapes the pressures of New York life into a dream world, courtesy of a magician (Orson Welles). There's a low-budget feel to this, director Henry Jaglom's first release, and indeed it was filmed at his parent's flat, with the cast largely made up of his pals. However, it(...)

A Star Is Born (1976)

Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson starred in this second remake of the 1937 Hollywood classic, a bittersweet story of the conjunction of rising and falling stars. Updated to deal with the true stardom of the 1970s - that of the rock music world - this version is Barbra all the way. She has turned the(...)

ABBA: The Movie (1977)

ABBA: The Movie (1977)

Unashamed and supremely slick commercial for the group, maintaining a gentle air of self-parody while at the same time being a celebration of all the various apparatuses which make a merchandising phenomenon like ABBA possible. The narrative, without which the film would mostly consist of footage of the band on stage, follows ABBA through an(...)

Abductors, The (1972)

Abductors, The (1972)

Ginger Cheri Caffaro Ken Stanton Richard Smedley Carter Winston Jennifer Brooks Jason Varone William Grannell Jablon Patrick Wright Abductors Anthony Barone Rudy Hornish Mary Lou Gerie Bronson Mr. Aronson Stan Franklin Mr. Stuart Eli Levine Jane Jeramie Rain Director Don Schain

Abigail’s Party (1977)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

The best British television comedy of 1977 was not exactly written. Abigail's Party was the BBC's first full-length play where much of the dialogue was improvised. The Mike Leigh production, screened as part of Play For Today, starred Leigh's then-wife Alison Steadman as Beverly, nouveau riche Queen Bee in a ghastly orange dress alternately stinging and sweetening her neighbours while(...)

Abominable Dr Phibes, The (1971)

Abominable Dr Phibes, The (1971)

The Abominable Dr Phibes stars Vincent Price as a living corpse, seeking revenge on the nine medics who were in attendance when his wife (Caroline Munro) died during routine surgery. He concocts his revenge based on the ten biblical plagues of ancient Egypt, from the Old Testament. So we see a nurse having her head covered in(...)

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