Movies – 1970s

Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, The (1979)

Confusion abounds when Amos and Theodore (Conway and Knotts), incompetent outlaws trying to go straight, are mistakenly identified as bank-robbing desperadoes (while trying to deposit a cheque) in this shoddy Disney sequel to The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975). The pair of bumbling bandits find themselves in trouble with a sheriff, the cavalry, Indians and a rival gang.(…)

Apple Dumpling Gang, The (1975)

Three orphan kids strike gold in 1878 California in this better-than-average Disney romp. Meanwhile, a con man agrees to take possession of some property for a friend, unaware that the three orphans are included in the deal. Old West gambler Russell Donovan (Bill Bixby) wins more than he bargained for when he’s forced to care(…)

Aristocats, The (1970)

Aristocats, The (1970)

An inventive cartoon feature by the Walt Disney studios about a cat (Duchess) and her three kittens (Berloiz, Toulouse and Marie) who are abandoned in the country and then rescued by the other animals there. This enchanting tale begins in Paris, when Madame Adelaide Bonfamille – a kind and eccentric millionaire – wills her entire(…)

Assault (1970)

Suzy Kendall and Lesley Anne-Down star in a brutal British crime thriller about a vicious rapist-murderer on the prowl near an all-girls school in an English village. A young art mistress who glimpsed the killer but was unable to identify him decides to act as bait to lure the fiend out from the shadows. Also(…)

Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)

In the Los Angeles ghetto of Anderson, six young gang members are shot dead by police. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Ethan Bishop is given the easy job of caretaking the last few hours of a precinct police station. But when he gives refuge to a man on the run, a nightmare begins. Quite probably the best low-budget(…)

Asylum (1972)

While visiting an asylum, a young doctor (Robert Powell) learns the bizarre and disturbing case histories of several patients in a collection of four gruesome stories in the style of the 70s Hammer House Of Horror TV series. Each story explains how various inmates ended up in the mental institution: Bonnie (Barbara Perkins) was attacked(…)

At The Earth’s Core (1976)

Sci-Fi thriller following a Victorian-era expedition beneath the earth’s surface, where prehistoric beasts and warriors await. Victorian explorer Doug McClure and fidgety scientist Peter Cushing encounter all manner of unconvincing monsters in this creaky sci-fi adventure. Burrowing through the Earth with a giant boring device they emerge in the subterranean kingdom of Pellucidar, where humans(…)

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)

Few filmmakers have the guts (or the gall) to actually try to make a bad film. John De Bello was one of the bold few. This trash cinema auteur (he was a writer, director, producer and actor) brought the world Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, a 1978 spoof of bad 50’s sci-fi flicks that actually managed to be considered worse than the(…)

Au Pair Girls, The (1974)

Veteran director Val Guest decided in the early 1970s to venture into the then popular market of sex comedies, and having watched Danish box-office successes Bedroom Mazurka after a recommendation from BBFC censor John Trevelyan, set about writing a British variant in similar style based on a raunchy storyline by self-proclaimed ‘King of Sexploitation’ David Grant. Guest(…)

Audrey Rose (1977)

Before The Silence of the Lambs (1991) revitalised his career, Anthony Hopkins hammed it up in less successful movies like Audrey Rose. Directed by Robert Wise – whose credits include The Sound of Music (1965) and The Andromeda Strain (1971) – this cashes in on the 1970s post-Exorcist interest in possession and the supernatural, with a tale about a 12-year-old girl called(…)

Avanti! (1972)

Avanti! is Italian for “enter” and Billy Wilder’s most neglected masterpiece is a sublime romantic comedy which is as sensitive as it is hilarious. Jack Lemmon is Wendell Armbruster III, a stuffy young millionaire from Baltimore who goes to Ischia in Italy to claim the body of his tycoon father who died in a car accident while(…)

Avenging Disco Godfather, The (1979)

Retired cop Tucker Williams (Rudy Ray Moore) becomes a celebrity DJ – the Disco Godfather – at the Blueberry Hill disco. All is well until his nephew Bucky (Julius Carry)  flips out on angel dust (PCP) and the Disco Godfather vows “to personally come down on the suckers that’s producing this shit!” He takes to(…)

Baby, The (1973)

Ann Gentry, a social worker who recently lost her husband, investigates the strange Wadsworth family – mother, two grown daughters (Germaine and Alba) and a diaper-clad, bottle-sucking baby. This might not seem unusual . . . except the baby boy is twenty-one years old! The Baby is extremely disturbing even though the premise is far-fetched and totally implausible and(…)

Bad News Bears, The (1976)

“The coach is waiting for his next beer. The pitcher is waiting for her first bra. The team is waiting for a miracle. Consider the possibilities” Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal slug out the acting honours in this movie about an alcoholic coach trying to whip a little-league baseball team into shape. Coach Morris Buttermaker(…)

Bad Ronald (1974)

The 1974 made-for-tv movie is a psychological thriller about a teenage murderer hidden inside the walls of a Victorian home in Oakland, California. When Ronald Wilby, a slowly degenerating psychotic teen (Scott Jacoby), accidentally murders a taunting peer his neurotic mother hides him away in a sealed off downstairs bathroom. Locked away, Ronald reverts to an(…)