Movies – 1970s

Wizards (1977)

This ambitious animated sci-fi tale from the director of Fritz the Cat (1972) was released the same year as Star Wars, and both films dealt with a fairy-tale battle between good and evil. But whereas the Lucas epic was set in a galaxy far, far away, Ralph Bakshi grounded this odd cartoon in Earth's far-flung future where(...)

Wombling Free (1977)

Based on the popular TV series, this charming family movie sees the Wombles facing two struggles. While they wage their ongoing war against litter after being invited to a kid's birthday party, they also have to prove their existence to the inhabitants of Wimbledon Common. Director Lionel (The Railway Children) Jeffries' silly and charmless musical(...)

Woodstock (1970)

The 1969 outdoor rock festival called Woodstock (although it was actually held on Max Yasgur's 600 acre dairy farm near Bethel, New York) gave its name to a generation and came to symbolise the peace and love movement of the late 1960s. For three days, over 500,000 fans overwhelmed the facilities and when the rains came the(...)

World’s Greatest Athlete, The (1973)

Equal parts Disney slapstick fantasy, Tarzan movie and underdog sports flick, The World's Greatest Athlete had enough zany spirit for several films. With a cast that included Tim Conway, John Amos, a then-unknown Jan-Michael Vincent (later star of TV's Airwolf) and sportscaster Howard Cosell as himself, the movie continued the Disney sports comedy tradition of Gus and The Strongest Man in the World.(...)

Yakuza, The (1975)

Retired detective and ex-serviceman Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) is called on to help an old army friend whose daughter is being held hostage by yakuza gangsters. Turning to a Japanese assassin who owes him a debt of honour, the cop exploits the hitman's gangland connections to infiltrate Tokyo's underworld. Writers Robert Towne (of Chinatown fame)(...)

Yanks (1979)

While stationed in a small Lancashire town as they await D-Day, three American soldiers become involved in romances with local women. Some interesting performances from the principle players - including Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane and Rachel Roberts - and an old-fashioned (1940s) romantic air help the film along nicely, despite a series of events which are quite(...)

Yogi’s Ark Lark (1973)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, Frederick von Frankenstein, reluctantly decides to follow in his ancestor's footprints in Mel Brooks' affectionate parody of horror films. Frederick would like to forget his heritage, insisting that his university students pronounce his last name "Fronkensteen" but when news arrives that Frederick has inherited his grandfather's Transylvanian estate, the young Frankenstein travels(...)

Zabriskie Point (1970)

After enjoying the biggest success of his career with Blow Up (1966), Michelangelo Antonioni spent two years and $7 million of Hollywood’s money-making Zabriskie Point, a mind-expanding odyssey of two youths (Mark Frechette and Daria Halprin) on the run from the police after a violent student demonstration. Their surreal adventures in the California desert climax in(...)

Zachariah (1970)

This offbeat and satirical rock western about two young men embarking on a life of violent crime features Don Johnson (Miami Vice) in an early role. Co-written by members of America's ever-so-hip Firesign Theatre, Zachariah boasts appearances by a whole host of contemporary musicians, including Country Joe and The Fish, The James Gang, Elvin Jones(...)

Zardoz (1974)

Zardoz (1974)

In the year 2293, the Earth is polarised into two groups. The Brutals are a crude and vicious people inhabiting the Outlands. They are ruled over by the Elite, who employ a group of killers called the Exterminators (who run around in orange underpants!) to keep the Brutals at bay. Then one of the Exterminators,(...)

ZPG (Zero Population Growth) (1972)

ZPG (Zero Population Growth) (1972)

"Smog covers the Earth. The oxygen is depleted. Love is encouraged but the penalty for birth is death." World Governments have placed a 30-year ban on conception in an effort to achieve Zero Population Growth (ZPG) and save what's left of life on earth. Instead of real babies everybody is entitled to go the baby(...)

Zulu Dawn (1979)

Zulu Dawn (1979)

Fifteen years after the successful release of the classic 1964 film Zulu, a long-planned prequel finally made it to the cinemas. In 1879 South Africa, British forces are conspiring at Cape Colony to demolish the Zulu natives around them to make way for more industrial space. The scheme is led by Sir Henry Bartle Frere(...)

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