Movies – 1970s

Aces High (1976)

Aces High (1976)

A team of well-trained British fliers soars into action in the skies over Europe during World War I in this spirited remake of Journey's End (1930) transposed to the air war (which makes it almost identical to The Dawn Patrol). Set in France, 1917, eager young recruit Lt. Stephen Croft (Peter Firth) is thrilled to join the elite(...)

Across 110th Street (1972)

Across 110th Street (1972)

Although it is often lumped in with the Blaxploitation boom of the early 70s, Across 110th Street is actually a gritty cop flick with a strong element of social commentary. Undeniably stylish, with superb location photography and well-staged action sequences, the film has deservedly attained a cult status. Captain Frank Mattelli (Anthony Quinn), a corrupt old white cop, and(...)

Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall (1973)

Spike Milligan plays his own father in this autobiographical and highly comedic account of a British army recruit during World War II, whilst Jim Dale is patently too old to portray the youthful conscript Spike. Young jazz trumpeter Spike (Dale) is enjoying a carefree existence when news arrives that Germany has invaded Poland and war(...)

Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, The (1975)

Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, The (1975)

The renowned detective's younger sibling, Sigerson Holmes, becomes involved with foreign spies, Professor Moriarty and a damsel in distress. Gene Wilder (who surely apprenticed at the Mel Brooks school of comedy) wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof about the famous fictional sleuth. This film isn't the clever, zany romp you might expect from a(...)

Adventurers, The (1970)

Adventurers, The (1970)

Harold Robbins' guess-who novel about the jet set and South American politics was as commercial as it was trashy, and this film version may be fairly said to make the novel look even better. The dialogue is banal, the acting is lifeless and embarrassing, the violence is indulgent, gratuitous and well, just plain boring, and(...)

Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate (1978)

Adventures of a Plumber’s Mate (1978)

Plumbing seems an agreeable enough occupation for Sid South (Christopher Neil) whose job offers him ample opportunity to bed a variety of nubile girls. Apart from his regular girlfriend, barmaid Susie (Elaine Page), there's his latest conquest, Sally, and an all-too-willing blonde housewife. His luck runs out when his love of the horses leaves him(...)

Adventures Of A Private Eye (1977)

Following on from the surprisingly profitable Adventures of a Taxi Driver, this smutty romp sticks to the same formula. Christopher Neil, in the title role, strips at regular intervals to satisfy a blackmailer's demand that he sleep with every pretty girl he meets. Comic stalwarts such as Harry H Corbett and Irene Handl are joined(...)

Adventures Of A Taxi Driver (1976)

Adventures Of A Taxi Driver (1976)

Girls and trouble are inseparable for young London taxi driver Joe North (a miscast Barry Evans). At home, Joe has a nagging mother (Diana Dors), a younger sister who definitely should be neither seen nor heard, and a petty crook brother - along with Joe's dizzy girlfriend, Carol (Adrienne Posta), with wedding bells constantly ringing(...)

Adventures Of Barry McKenzie, The (1972)

Adventures Of Barry McKenzie, The (1972)

A sex-hungry Australian (pardon the tautology) gets into all kinds of trouble on a visit to the Mother Country in a movie which is funny, crude and tasteless - just like Australians. But if you're a fan of Antipodean bad taste (or you ever lived in Earls Court) you'll love The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie and the(...)

Airport ’77 (1977)

This is the second sequel to Airport (1970) and stars Jack Lemmon as pilot Don Gallagher. This time, the co-pilot (Robert Foxworth) of a private 747 Jumbo Jet outfitted like a Holiday Inn turns out to be a terrorist planning to steal some valuable artwork on board. The paintings - and the plane - belong to Jimmy(...)

Airport ’79 – The Concorde (1979)

The fourth helping of Airport adventure was subtitled The Concorde, and inevitably the film suffered from the law of diminishing returns. This time the plot dealt with an international arms dealer (Robert Wagner) who attempts to sabotage the Concorde on three separate occasions in an effort to destroy some incriminating evidence against him which is being carried by(...)

Airport (1970)

Airport (1970)

For a generation that grew up on Airplane! (1980), the definitive disaster spoof, it may be impossible to take the overblown melodramatics of this adaptation of Arthur Hailey's best-seller seriously. But the combination of a star-studded cast, multiple story lines and special effects (in this case, just an aeroplane with a big hole in it) had moviegoers(...)

Airport 1975 (1974)

An all-star cast highlighted this mind-boggling 1970's disaster film - The first of three sequels to Airport (1970). A 747 bound for Salt Lake City is hit by a small private plane whose pilot has suffered a heart attack. The collision rips a hole in the cockpit, and most of the crew are sucked out, leaving the(...)

Alex & The Gypsy (1976)

Jack Lemmon looks tired and unappealing in this cynical and grubby film about the torturous relationship between a baibondsman and a gypsy woman accused of attempted murder. Genevieve Bujold, as the gypsy, isn't much help either. They scream a lot, fight a lot, and roam about the countryside. It's all a rather numbing experience. Alexander(...)

Alex In Wonderland (1970)

A young Hollywood director wrestles with success while his wife copes with their domestic fallouts. His attempts to make a follow-up to his smash-hit Hollywood debut are constantly hampered by interfering studio moguls, and the director finds life tedious. Sadly, so did the small paying audiences who saw this film. Donald Sutherland plays the navel-gazing auteur who(...)

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