Movies – 1970s

Alfie Darling (1974)

Alfie Darling (1974)

This follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Alfie (1966) finds pop singer Alan Price replacing Michael Caine as the cockney casanova, with director Ken Hughes taking over from Lewis Gilbert. This time around Alfie is a truck driver involved with the usual bevy of beauties, none of whom makes any impact apart from Jill Townsend.   Although(…)

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1975)

Ellen Burstyn won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a strong-willed 35-year-old widow trying to forge a new life for herself and her son in this expertly played drama from Martin Scorsese, the much maligned follow-up to his critically acclaimed Mean Streets (1973). Although directed by Scorsese, the film was very much Burstyn’s project;(…)

Alice in Wonderland: An X-rated Musical Comedy (1976)

Produced by Bill Osco of Flesh Gordon (1974) fame, this musical reimagining is more panto than porno. Former Playboy playmate Kristine De Bell plays a chaste librarian who is debating how far to go with her lusty mechanic boyfriend when the White Rabbit leads her through a looking glass. She arrives in an enchanted realm(…)

Alice, Sweet Alice (1977)

Religious overtones run through this offbeat, multilayered whodunnit horror movie, telling the tale of a devout New Jersey family’s struggle to reveal the killer in their midst. Director Alfred Sole set and shot his story in and around a Catholic church in his hometown (Paterson, New Jersey) in 1961. The killings (still shockingly realistic) are(…)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972)

Musical version of Alice in Wonderland – the story of a girl who tumbles down a rabbit hole, finds herself in a magical world with a host of eccentric characters and promptly embarks on a series of surreal adventures. This all-star version of the Lewis Carroll classic has syrupy music and lyrics by John Barry and(…)

Alien (1979)

When Alien hit theatres in 1979, science fiction movies had mostly been flying saucer films with goofy looking aliens who abducted good-looking models to their ships to perform medical experiments. At the other end of the spectrum, there were space operas that predominantly focused on space battles or weird outer space experiences. No one was really prepared(…)

All That Jazz (1979)

Director Bob Fosse’s partly autobiographical, self-indulgent, but occasionally brilliant musical had a Fellini-like vision of the life and death of top choreographer, Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), who is feeling the strain. With one hand, he’s auditioning the dancers and working on the choreography for his new show, while with the other he is editing a(…)

All The President’s Men (1976)

Based on their own book, All The President’s Men told the tale of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward – the two junior reporters who uncovered the scandals behind the Watergate break-in. The exciting day-by-day account of how the two young Washington Post reporters conducted their investigation is portrayed in fast-paced, true-to-life documentary style through the screenplay of William Goldman. Acting by(…)

All the Right Noises (1971)

Originally sold with the provocative tagline “Is 15-and-a-half too young for a girl? Is one wife enough for one man?”, this time capsule of a film tells the story of a young married man who has an affair with a teenage girl. All The Right Noises is part of a wave of British films which used(…)

All The Way Up (1970)

Fred Midway will do anything to climb to the top of the corporate tree, and he’s equally keen to bump up his family’s social status. When his aspirations suffer various setbacks, Fred even manages to turn a desperate situation to his advantage – only to be blackmailed by his own son, a real chip off the old(…)

All You Need Is Cash (The Rutles) (1978)

Starting out as a two-minute sketch on Idle’s post-Monty Python comedy show, Rutland Weekend Television, The Rutles took on a life of their own when Saturday Night Live supremo Lorne Michaels produced a feature-length “mockumentary” on the rise and fall of the Prefab Four. A brilliantly realised parody of The Beatles, All You Need Is Cash told the story of(…)

Aloha, Bobby and Rose (1975)

After making an impact with his role in George Lucas’s American Graffiti (1973), Paul Le Mat starred in this crime melodrama from director Floyd Mutrux. Bobby (Le Mat) is a Los Angeles car mechanic who is forced to go on the run with his girlfriend, Rose (Dianne Hull), when a practical joke goes awry. This is just(…)

Alvin Purple (1973)

“The problem is, I just can’t seem to avoid sex.” This amiable sex farce follows the exploits of a young Australian man (Graeme Blundell) who – for reasons not stated in the movie – women find completely irresistible. Alvin Purple is a seemingly regular guy who stirs utterly boundless lust in the loins of women(…)

Alvin Rides Again (1974)

This feeble sequel to 70s Australian sex comedy Alvin Purple (1973) has the irresistible young Alvin (Graeme Blundell) grinning and baring all as he switches places with a look-alike gangster, “Balls” Mc Gee. As well as battling with a bevy of beautiful women, Alvin has to make peace with McGee and a sinister three-foot-tall dwarf. Blundell gallops(…)

Amazing Mr Blunden, The (1972)

Director Lionel Jeffries adapted this follow-up to The Railway Children (1970) from an Antonia Barber novel entitled The Ghosts. A near-destitute widowed mother, Mrs Allen (Dorothy Alison), and her two young children Jamie and Lucy, take up the mysterious offer from genial lawyer Mr Blunden (Laurence Naismith) to become housekeepers at a crumbling, partly fire damaged(…)