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Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy (1955)

When Abbott and Costello go hunting for lost Egyptian treasures, they get involved with live crooks and a mummy returned from the dead. The comic duo team up with a life-like mummy to search for the jewels from Princess Ara’s tomb. But they find themselves heading for trouble when the mummy turns on them. Abbott(…)

Abductors, The (1972)

Abductors, The (1972)

Ginger Cheri Caffaro Ken Stanton Richard Smedley Carter Winston Jennifer Brooks Jason Varone William Grannell Jablon Patrick Wright Abductors Anthony Barone Rudy Hornish Mary Lou Gerie Bronson Mr. Aronson Stan Franklin Mr. Stuart Eli Levine Jane Jeramie Rain Director Don Schain

Abigail’s Party (1977)

Abigail’s Party (1977)

The best British television comedy of 1977 was not exactly written. Abigail’s Party was the BBC’s first full-length play where much of the dialogue was improvised. The Mike Leigh production, screened as part of Play For Today, starred Leigh’s then-wife Alison Steadman as Beverly, nouveau riche Queen Bee in a ghastly orange dress alternately stinging and sweetening her neighbours while(…)

Abominable Dr Phibes, The (1971)

Abominable Dr Phibes, The (1971)

The Abominable Dr Phibes stars Vincent Price as a living corpse, seeking revenge on the nine medics who were in attendance when his wife (Caroline Munro) died during routine surgery. He concocts his revenge based on the ten biblical plagues of ancient Egypt, from the Old Testament. So we see a nurse having her head covered in(…)

Abominable Snowman, The (1957)

  This Hammer production was released in the US as The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas and featured ‘token’ American actor Forrest Tucker, whose value to the film proved minimal. Peter Cushing, on the other hand, comes across splendidly as the sensitive botanist, Dr John Rollason. The doctor agrees to join an expedition led by Tom Friend(…)

About Last Night (1986)

“It’s about men, women, choices, sex, ambition, moving in, no sex, risk, underwear, friendship, career moves, strategy, commitment, love, fun, breaking up, making up, bedtime, last night…” This adaptation of David Mamet’s 1974 play Sexual Perversity in Chicago suffers from a colourless performance from Rob Lowe and too little human chemistry. The result is a(…)

Absence of Malice (1981)

Sally Field plays Megan Carter – a Miami reporter who has been working for the city’s leading newspaper for three years. She needs a scoop and nothing much is happening, so she decides to check into the latest developments on a case involving the mysterious disappearance of a local union boss. Overhearing some gossip about(…)

Absent Minded Professor, The (1961)

Ned Brainard (Fred MacMurray) is an eccentric Medfield College professor who is so engrossed in conducting experiments in his garage/lab, he misses his own wedding – three times. Tiring of this, Ned’s lovely fiancée Betsy starts seeing nerdy Professor Ashton, and to make matters worse, local tycoon Alonzo Hawk threatens to turn beloved Medfield into(…)

Absolute Beginners (1986)

This highly stylised musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes’ novel celebrates the rise teen culture in late 50s London with a mish-mash of pop fashions and political and racial overtones. There are ample energetic song and dance numbers, at times reminiscent of West Side Story (1961). There are also violent confrontations, and all in all, it’s a dazzling(…)

Absolution (1981)

Father Goddard (Richard Burton), an austere schoolmaster-priest at a Roman Catholic boarding school, considers Benjie Stanfield (Dominic Guard) to be an ideal candidate for the priesthood. But Stanfield’s friendship with a local hippy (Billy Connolly) leads to murder. His confessions to Burton drive the priest insane, and he goes into the woods to dig up(…)

Abyss, The (1989)

This underwater epic features spectacular deep-sea special effects and elaborate high-tech hardware. But the story is bewildering and shallow. The plot, which mainly involves a plucky oil-rig crew, lurches from one crisis to another – A doomed submarine, a nuclear warhead, a deranged naval officer, submersible craft chases and an alien creature all become part(…)

Accident (1967)

“Like a punch in the chest. Put together breath by breath, look by look, lust by lust, lie by lie. A compelling film”. The complex relationships of an Oxford professor, one of his students, and the young woman who captivates both of them is the subject of this difficult but rewarding drama. Director Joseph Losey(…)

Accidental Tourist, The (1988)

The Accidental Tourist is a quirky movie which manages to be intelligent, funny and deeply moving. Lawrence Kasdan’s faithful rendering of the Anne Tyler novel is for viewers who demand a bit more from a movie than special effects and noise. The offbeat hero is a glum travel writer who wanders the globe without feeling any(…)

Accused, The (1988)

Jodie Foster won her first Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for her performance as rape victim Sarah Tobias in The Accused. It’s easy to see why. Considered brutal and shocking in its day, it was a triumph for ex-Fox president turned independent producer Sherry Lansing, who had been told repeatedly that no-one would(…)

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994)

The main purpose of this movie is to showcase the antics of its star, Jim Carrey. He plays a modern day Doctor Dolittle-style gumshoe who searches for Snowflake – the kidnapped mascot of the Miami Dolphins football team. There are lots of clever sight gags which would be easier to take if Carrey didn’t work(…)

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