Movies – 1990s

Carlito’s Way (1993)

Ten years after Scarface (1983), Pacino and director Brian De Palma reunited here for another crime-doesn’t-pay drama. Carlito Brigante is a Puerto Rican assassin and drug dealer (although Pacino seems as Puerto Rican as Doris Day) from the East Harlem barrio who, after five years of a 30-year sentence in prison, gets out on appeal in(…)

Carry On Columbus (1992)

Lisbon 1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail with his brother Bart and a motley crew, made up mostly of refugees from the Spanish Inquisition, to discover a direct sea route to the Far East. He does not realise that two spies, planted by the Sultan of Turkey, are on board. With many of the original Carry(…)

Casino (1995)

Drama based on a true story and set in Las Vegas in 1973 about the multi-million dollar casino operation where fortunes, as well as lives, were made and lost. The action centres around the fictional Tangiers Casino run by Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein, his wife Ginger and his friend Nicky Santoro. Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein Robert De(…)

Cider House Rules, The (1999)

Honoured with two Academy Awards, The Cider House Rules tells a compelling and heart-warming story about how far a young man must travel to find the place where he truly belongs. Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire) has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of St Cloud’s Orphanage in rural Maine. Though groomed by its proprietor, Dr(…)

City Of Angels (1998)

This Hollywood semi-remake of Wim Wenders’s classic Wings of Desire stars Nicolas Cage as Seth, an angel inhabiting Los Angeles who falls for heart surgeon (yes, really) Maggie Rice (Meg Ryan). Will he give up his otherworldly delights – gathering with his fellow celestial beings to listen to the sunrise, reading people’s thoughts – so(…)

City Slickers (1991)

Billy Crystal and chums Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby are the city folk who get the chance to play at Rawhide in this winning comedy blockbuster that cleaned up at the box office. Seeking to stave off middle age, the trio join a motley group who have volunteered to drive cattle across the range under(…)

Clerks (1994)

22-year-old Dante (Brian O’Halloran) agrees to work in the convenience store where he is employed on his day-off. From the moment he arrives at work it is clear that the day will consist of a string of mishaps, irritations and disasters. Dante Hicks Brian O’Halloran Randal Jeff Anderson Veronica Marilyn Ghigliotti Jay Jason Mewes Caitlin(…)

Clueless (1995)

This romantic comedy updating Jane Austen’s Emma starred Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd and perfectly captured the inanities of 1990s teen America. Chic but dippy blonde Cher (Silverstone) and her best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) are going on 16 and know everything about being gorgeous, popular, and always in vogue. The duo indulge in the trials and tribulations of(…)

Cold Comfort Farm (1995)

The smashing Kate Beckinsale stars as Flora Poste, the sophisticated orphan who leaves a cushy berth with her rich London friend (Joanna Lumley) to live with uncouth relatives on a farm that would give D H Lawrence a shock in terms of rustic sin and animal urges. The father (Ian McKellan) preaches hellfire, while the(…)

Commitments, The (1991)

Alan Parker‘s film follows the rise and fall of a young Irish soul band; the story is based on the first part of Roddy Doyle’s ‘Barrytown Trilogy’. Set in a 90s working-class area of Dublin, young Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins) is a man with a vision – to bring soul music to Dublin. His friends(…)

Con Air (1997)

This was the film that cemented Nicolas Cage’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s most unlikely action heroes. Cage is Cameron Poe, an ex-Army Ranger jailed for a murder he committed in self-defence, whose release is interrupted when his flight home on the “Jailbird” (a convict transport plane) is hijacked by a bunch of America’s most(…)

Coneheads (1993)

The American sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live has spawned some blockbuster movies – The Blues Brothers (1980) and Wayne’s World (1992), for instance – but this Dan Aykroyd creation sank without trace. Aykroyd is reunited with old TV colleagues Jane Curtin (best known here for the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun) and Laraine Newman for(…)

Contact (1997)

Astronomer and research specialist Dr Eleanor Arroway (Jodie Foster) firmly believes in extraterrestrial life. So when she receives a message from extraterrestrials explaining how humble humans can build a spacecraft and go to meet them, she wants to be the first to make “contact”. Matthew McConaughey plays the religious adviser battling for her soul, while(…)

Cool Runnings (1993)

Derice Bannock, a Jamaican sprinter and the son of a gold medal-winning athlete, fails to qualify for the Olympic team, but is still determined to win a medal. He forms his country’s first Olympic bobsleigh team and, despite no one taking them seriously, they set out for the Winter Games. If someone had invented the(…)

Cool World (1992)

Las Vegas 1945: returning war hero Frank Harris (Brad Pitt) crashes his motorcycle and enters the Cool World – a nightmarish animated hell populated by cartoon characters or “doodles” like blonde seductress Holli Would (voiced by Kim Basinger). It’s a world where sex between doodles and “noids” (humans) is banned, as cartoonist and ex-convict Jack(…)