Movies – L

Lion in Winter, The (1968)

It is 1183, and Court intrigues develop around which of Henry II’s four sons will succeed him. Henry favours his youngest son (Nigel Terry), while his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn), has other plans for the oldest, Richard the Lionheart (Anthony Hopkins). The action in The Lion In Winter is less violent than verbal, a matter(…)

Lion King, The (1994)

This majestic experience from the Disney animators stars a great beloved lion who speaks with the authority of James Earl Jones, and teaches the legacies of love, honour and fair play to his young cub prince, Simba, the cutest thing since Bambi. Singing, dancing crocodiles, baboons, giraffes and happy hippos fill the jungle with songs(…)

Lionheart (1987)

A young knight sets out to join King Richard’s crusaders. Along the way, he encounters The Black Prince who captures children and sells them as slaves to the Muslims. It is Robert Nerra’s sworn duty to protect the children and lead them to safety. The plot is paper thin and often seems to disappear entirely,(…)

Lipstick (1976)

Composer and music teacher Gordon Stuart (Chris Sarandon) brutally rapes the big sister of one of his students – top fashion model Chris McCormick (Margaux Hemingway), notable for a popular lipstick campaign (hence the movie’s title) – while she is tied with scarves to her bed. The case goes to trial but, despite a sterling effort(…)

Liquid Sky (1983)

An alien spacecraft lands on a Manhattan skyscraper and its inhabitants quickly get hooked on the powdered and sexual thrills indulged in by everyone populating the sordid landscape. Punk rocker Anne Carlisle, playing both male and female leads (don’t ask, it’s art), then uses the aliens to vaporise her enemies at the height of their(…)

Liquidator, The (1966)

A reluctant secret agent assigned to dispose of known enemy agents prefers conquest in the bedroom to violent action in this carbon-copy of Our Man Flint starring Australian actor Rod Taylor. Shirley Bassey sang the title theme. Boysie Oakes Rod Taylor Colonel Mostyn Trevor Howard Iris Mackintosh Jill St. John Chief Wilfrid Hyde White Quadrant David Tomlinson(…)

Lisa And The Devil (1973)

Tourist Lisa Reiner (Elke Sommer) loses herself in an old Spanish town and takes refuge in a mysterious house owned by an old lady (Alida Valli) and her weird son, Max (Alessio Orano). She discovers she is the double of Max’s former wife and that a ritual of revenge and murder is to be replayed.(…)

Lisztomania (1975)

With The Devils (1971) and Tommy (1975) Ken Russell created a very powerful style that intimidated producers and divided the critics. However, he came a cropper with this ugly, migraine-inducing and mind-numbing bore. Franz Liszt is here portrayed as a rock star, 1840-style, by Roger Daltrey of The Who. The shaggy-maned idol rips into his songs and the audience screams(…)

Little Big Man (1970)

Dustin Hoffman plays Jack Crabb, a 121-year-old survivor of Custer’s Last Stand, who narrates his long and eventful life. The plot follows Crabb from the time when, as a 10-year-old white orphan, he is found and adopted by the Cheyenne, and is later made a brave. We see the Cheyenne through his eyes, and it(…)

Little Darlings (1980)

Primarily concerning a contest between two girl campers (Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNicholl) to see which girl would lose her virginity first. The other girls at camp all placed bets on who would win. Both girls ultimately lied – the one who did it said she didn’t, and the one who didn’t said she did!(…)

Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, The (1976)

Rynn Jacobs (Jodie Foster) is a pretty thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a secluded house that she and her poet father have rented in a quiet Quebec seaside community. But Mr Jacobs has not been seen for months and whenever anybody from the town tries to satisfy their curiosity, it seems the girl is all(…)

Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs (1974)

Delusional revolutionary Malcolm Scrawdyke (John Hurt) leads his Party of Dynamic Erection in an enraged battle against an unseen nemesis in this chilling dark comedy. Scrawdyke is an impotent ranter, a plotter of outrages that never come to fruition but whose sense of injustice feeds a series of increasingly alarming acts. The story is laden(…)

Little Mermaid, The (1989)

Plucky mermaid Ariel, daughter of King Triton, is unhappy with her life beneath the waves and makes a deal with devious sea witch Ursula to help her go on land and meet her prince in this animated musical adventure based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. What a splash this film made on its(…)

Little Murders (1971)

In New York City, eccentric photographer Alfred Chamberlain (Elliott Gould, who also co-produced) encounters idealistic interior decorator Patsy Newquist (Marcia Rodd) when they are both mugged outside her apartment. Despite his lack of interest in her ordeal, Patsy is attracted to Alfred and begins to transform him into a suitable husband. Alfred specialises in taking(…)

Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)

This exuberant 1986 sci-fi musical film version of Little Shop Of Horrors came from an off-Broadway stage hit based, in turn, on Roger Corman’s 1960 film. Poor orphaned, nerdy Seymour (Rick Moranis) works in the flower shop belonging to old Mr Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia) on the Lower East Side of New York City – as does Audrey (Ellen Greene,(…)

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