Movies – P

PT-109 (1963)

PT-109 tells the story of President John F Kennedy's wartime experience as a PT boat skipper in the South Pacific, with Cliff Robertson portraying the young Kennedy. Ty Hardin plays Ensign Leonard Thom, Kennedy's executive officer and right-hand man while James Gregory adds conviction to the film as Commander C W Ritchie, Kennedy's commanding officer. The(...)

Puberty Blues (1981)

Australian Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant) directed this poignant, humorous examination of adolescence. Set in a Sydney beachside suburb (Cronulla), the film focuses on two high school girls, Debbie and Sue (Nell Schofield and Jad Capelja,) who fret about popularity, fall in with some callous surfer boys, experiment with sex and drugs and, finally, wise up.(...)

Pufnstuf (1970)

H.R. Pufnstuf was the first of a long string of Saturday morning hits from Sid and Marty Krofft, the legendary team who also brought us The Bugaloos, Lidsville, Land of the Lost and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. In this story of "a boy and his magic golden flute," the Kroffts transported young viewers to Living Island, a psychedelic realm of(...)

Pulp (1972)

An author becomes embroiled in murder and intrigue in the Mediterranean while ghostwriting the autobiography of an ageing actor with a murky past. One of the more interesting teams in the British post-New Wave period was that of the three Michaels - star Caine, writer/director Hodges, producer Klinger - who failed to hit their former(...)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Downtown Los Angeles: lovebirds Honey Bunny and Pumpkin plan to hold up a diner. Hitmen Vincent and Jules are asked to recover some stolen property. Washed-up boxer Butch is paid to throw his last fight, but has other ideas. The Wolf has to get Vincent and Jules out of a sticky situation. And Vincent is(...)

Punch and Judy Man, The (1963)

For Wally (the Punch and Judy Man in a small seaside town) and his wife Delia, the approaching end of the summer season also seems to be bringing to an end their unsuccessful marriage. Wally is an artist of sorts, with his own kind of integrity, but he faces opposition from both the town's Mayor(...)

Punishment Park (1971)

Punishment Park (1971)

In the near future, America has descended into chaos and the US government has responded by imposing the Internal Security Act of 1950 - more commonly known as 'the McCarran Act' - which suspends many civil liberties and gives militant prisoners (hippies, draft dodgers, folk singers and anti-establishment types) the choice between a long jail term(...)

Pure Hell of St Trinian’s, The (1960)

The fourth form monsters' latest trick is their best ever - they've burned down St Trinian's! As the school stands trial for arson the police breathe a sigh of relief. But miraculously, the judge's infatuation with Rosalie - the beautiful blonde of the sixth form - means the school is freed. And with them go(...)

Purple Rain (1984)

In July 1984, the movie Purple Rain opened in the US and Britain. Its soundtrack album sold a million copies in the first week of release and it topped the US charts for 24 weeks. Spawning three hit singles (two of them chart toppers) including one of the biggest selling singles of 1984, the album then went(...)

Purple Rose of Cairo, The (1985)

The title of Woody Allen's 1985 film The Purple Rose of Cairo refers to the movie-within-the-movie, a sleek and sophisticated black and white romance, made to divert audiences during the Depression. The story focuses on Celia (Mia Farrow), a battered wife and overworked waitress who spends most of her free time at the movies. One day as(...)

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