Movies by Decade

633 Squadron (1964)

Erik Bergman (George Chakiris), a Norwegian Resistance fighter, tells British Air Intelligence that the Germans are about to loose an all-out rocket blitz against England. The rocket fuel is being processed at a factory hidden in a rock-walled fjord. Roy Grant (Cliff Robertson) has seventeen days to train Mosquito Squadron 633, while Erik organises an underground attempt(…)

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons. Emmy-winner Tony Randall (from TV ‘s The Odd Couple) plays eight different characters in the movie, with the help of Academy Award-winning special visual effects and make-up that earned make-up artist William Tuttle a special Honorary(…)

7 Women (1966)

The two masterpieces that define John Ford’s later period – The Searchers (1956) and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) – are pictures concerned with the futility of violence, with the pair serving as weary ripostes to the classical western aesthetic epitomised by American exceptionalism. In 7 Women – the director’s final film – the frontier(…)

7th Voyage of Sinbad, The (1958)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad brought the legendary sailor into combat with a variety of creatures, all brought to life by the stop-motion magic of special effects guru Ray Harryhausen. In this 1958 screen adventure, Sinbad and his men sail to the island of Colossa and find trouble with a man-eating Cyclops. Facing certain death, the(…)

8½ (1963)

Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning account of Guido Anslemi, an overworked movie director (Marcello Mastroianni) crossing the line between reality and fantasy. Guido (pictured) is spiritually paralysed by a midlife crisis and loses himself in fantasy and reminiscences as he is besieged by sycophants and collaborators while struggling to get started on an unwieldy science-fiction epic. His introspections revolve(…)

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

84 Charing Cross Road is a true story in which Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins give distinguished performances as two strangers on opposite sides of the Atlantic whose lives are linked through a series of letters spanning more than twenty years. She’s Helene Hanff – A salty, opinionated New York spinster with a passion for rare(…)

9½ Weeks (1986)

9½ Weeks (1986)

The title is a reference to the duration of the relationship between self-absorbed yuppie Wall Street shark John (Mickey Rourke) and smart, divorced Soho art gallery owner Elizabeth (Kim Basinger). Elizabeth is looking for true love, while John is searching for . . . well, for something involving blindfolds, ice cubes, chocolate syrup, and rolling(…)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

It seems as if an entire regiment of movie notables appears in this $26 million epic based on Cornelius Ryan’s bestseller about a disastrous Allied offensive during World War II. Operation Market Garden was the codename of this allied operation towards the end of the war that all went horribly wrong, with bad weather conditions(…)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Ludwig Van (Beethoven). Horrorshow fun for all the family, oh my brothers! The one unmissable (but unseeable in the UK – the director withdrew the film in 1974 and refused permission to screen the film in Britain until his death) and(…)

A Few Good Men (1992)

Tom Cruise is a brilliant but lazy Navy lawyer assigned to defend two young Marines accused of murdering a member of their own platoon on a military base in Cuba. Only a year out of law school, Cruise is cocky, arrogant, and so afraid of being compared with his father – who was himself a(…)

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

From the Monty Python stable, an English caper-comedy with a complex plot involving a gang of hopeless misfits who pull off a successful diamond robbery in London. The female member of the gang is an American gun moll named Wanda (Curtis). Her jewel-thief boyfriend Otto (Kline) is ex-CIA and a psychopath. The duo are assisted(…)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Beatles first feature film was a surprisingly sensational comedy, which revolved around a fictional 36 hours in their hectic schedule during a trip to London. The mop tops demonstrated that they could excel at clowning (like reincarnated Marx Brothers) as well as singing, and the madcap affair came off with enormous energy and good humour.(…)

A Kind Of Loving (1962)

Set in an industrial Lancashire town, A Kind Of Loving tells the bittersweet tale of Vic Brown, a young draughtsman who falls for the typist working in the same factory, gets her pregnant and is trapped into marriage and forced to live with her mother. The film is sharply observed in documentary style and with plenty of(…)

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

King Henry VIII was used to getting his own way and, on those rare occasions that he didn’t, he merely used a little persuasive pressure to bring those opposing him into line. The issue of marriage was no exception and, on discovering that his wife couldn’t conceive, he wanted to remarry in order to produce(…)

A Patch of Blue (1965)

Selina D’Arcy (Elizabeth Hartman in her film debut) is accidentally blinded by her prostitute mother, Rose-Ann D’Arcy (Shelley Winters), at the age of five. She then lives a life of servitude with her mother and alcoholic grandfather (Wallace Ford) – until the day she goes to the park to string beads for extra cash. There(…)

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