Movies – M

M*A*S*H (1970)

M*A*S*H (1970)

During the Korean War, anarchic surgeons Hawkeye (Donald Sutherland) and Trapper John (Elliott Gould) raise havoc at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M*A*S*H) in Robert Altman's Oscar-winning satire. Though highly skilled and deeply dedicated, they adopt a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies of their M*A*S*H, and in the process infuriate Army(...)

Mac and Me (1988)

Basically a 95-minute advertisement for McDonalds and Coca-Cola with a plot stolen from E.T. (1982), Mac and Me concerns wheelchair-bound adolescent Michael (Jonathan Ward) who moves to a new city and finds himself meeting up with a strange puppet, sorry . . . alien, named 'Mac' (as in "Big" one would assume), who waddles around like E.T.(...)

MacArthur (1977)

A solid biography of the controversial World War II general, which suffered from sins of omission rather than commission. Dealing with MacArthur's career from his departure from Corregidor in 1942 before the Philippines fell, his stay in Australia, his return via New Guinea to the Philippines, his term as Japan's supreme commander and, ultimately, his(...)

Mack, The (1973)

One of the most popular of all the blaxploitation movies, this followed in the bloody wake of Shaft (1971) and, if anything, is even more violent. Goldie (Max Julien) is a black pimp operating out of Oakland who comes up against white cops and an evil drugs lord. The morals are as sleazy as the(...)

Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

Australia in the 1850s. Irishman Daniel Morgan (Dennis Hopper), like hundreds of other ex-patriots from the British Isles, has come to seek his fortune (There is a gold rush going on, and Morgan wants to strike it rich). As fate would have it, Morgan soon finds himself on the other side of the law, broke(...)

Mad Max (1979)

Max Rockatansky is an Australian policeman of the not too distant future who drives the last of the V8 Interceptors, wears a leather jacket, totes a sawn-off shotgun and is a very hard bastard. He needs to be, to do battle with the roving motorcycle gangs who terrorise Australia. From the opening energy of the insane(...)

Mad Max 2 (1981)

A thundering juggernaut of a movie and one of the few correct answers to the question, "name a sequel that surpasses the original". After the low-budget nihilism of the original movie, director George Miller moved up a gear and the result was this violent, slick and exhilarating action thriller that accelerated star Mel Gibson's progress to(...)

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Another reason why Mel Gibson should quit while he’s ahead, franchise-wise. This is a poor follow-up to the previous two classics and a sadly unconvincing end to Gibson's Mad Max celluloid career. Civilisation is burned out, and so is Max. Looking like a long-haired beggar in a Cecil B. DeMille Biblical epic, he wanders into Bartertown looking(...)

Made In Britain (1982)

From a fact-based screenplay by David Leland (Wish You Were Here) and directed by Alan Clarke (Scum), Made In Britain is a hard-hitting drama that received huge acclaim when it was first screened. Trevor (Tim Roth in an unforgettable screen debut) is a teenage skinhead. Caught smashing the windows of a Pakistani-owned shop he is sent to(...)

Made In Heaven (1987)

"12,000 babies will be born in the United States today. Two will already have fallen in love". In Made in Heaven, Timothy Hutton plays a young guy in 1946 who's just been dumped by his girl and decides to go to California. On his way, he rescues a family from a car that's driven into a(...)

Madness of King George, The (1994)

After almost 30 years as king, George III has become increasingly eccentric, and is unpopular with his subjects, causing concern about his fitness to rule. Nigel Hawthorne gives an inspired, funny and deeply moving performance in the title role of this celebrated, Oscar-winning film of Alan Bennett's play The Madness of George III. The king(...)

Magic Christian, The (1969)

Eccentric millionaire, Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) knows that most folk will do anything for money and sets out to prove it with the help of adopted hobo son, Youngman Grand (Ringo Starr), in this riotously funny satire written by Terry Southern and director McGrath, from Southern's novel. Sir Guy and his adoptive son proceed to(...)

Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart, The (1970)

For a time in the 1960s, Hollywood studios thought that all they had to do to tempt kids from the TV was to pack movies with "shocking" sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But the moguls learned that even the undiscerning youth market would not accept films without substance. A youthful Don Johnson plays disaffected(...)

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

This hour-long made-for-television film starring The Beatles first aired on BBC1 on 26 December 1967. Upon its initial showing, the public and critics attacked the movie the very next day, which kept it from being screened on American television (although it later appeared in selected cinemas in the US). It was conceived and executed in haste,(...)

Magnificent Seven, The (1960)

The inhabitants of a small Mexican village hire seven gunmen to protect them from a group of hardened bandits who are ruining their lives. Director John Sturges (The Great Escape) was extremely fortunate in securing a near-perfect cast for this enduringly popular western reworking of Japanese classic Seven Samurai (1954). Not content with forging a new(...)

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