Movies – P

Party Party (1983)

"It's New Year's Eve. Larry's parents are at the vicarage dance, leaving Larry in charge of the house. Big mistake. Because Larry's a party animal and tonight he's going to go wild - with a little help from his friends!" " Top on, Top off, Top on, Top off . . . 'ere, you talkin'(...)

Party, The (1968)

Party’s Over, The (1963)

Enigmatic young Melina (Louise Sorel) is the runaway daughter of an American magnate who has fallen in with a group of Chelsea beatniks called The Pack. She catches the attention of the gang’s defiant leader, Moise (Oliver Reed), but invites scorn and jealousy from the group’s other members, including Moise’s lover Libby. But their wild(...)

Passage To India, A (1984)

Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, this film takes a simple story and transforms it into a priceless work of vision, beauty, and substance. It takes place in colonial India during the reign of the British Raj. Mrs Moore, a wise, courtly dowager, and her young, impressionable travelling companion, Miss Quested, book passage on(...)

Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (1973)

New Mexico, 1881. The days of the Wild West are numbered. Although Billy The Kid (Kris Kristofferson) is still living the life of an outlaw, his one-time trusted partner in crime Pat Garrett (James Coburn) has changed sides and has been elected Sheriff of Lincoln County. Now the cattle barons want Billy out of their(...)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Based on an actual incident in World War I that was hushed up by the French authorities at the time, Paths of Glory is set at the front, in France, in 1916. A French general (Macready) orders Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas, pictured at right) to fire on his own troops because some of them refused to go(...)

Patrick (1978)

"He's In A Coma . . . Yet He Can Kill" promised the tagline for the 1978 Australian film Patrick, helpfully establishing both the film's irresistible hook and its inherent limitations. A psychological thriller whose bogeyman remained comatose, Patrick was loosely inspired by a true story and starred Susan Penhaligon as nurse Kathy Jacquard who recently separated(...)

Patton (1970)

Franklin J Schaffner's complex study of the "red-blooded" American General was co-written by Francis Coppola and managed at once to be intimate (the opening speech with Scott posed against a gigantic American flag) and epic (in the battle sequences). A critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight 1970 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Patton is(...)

Pawnbroker, The (1965)

Concentration camp survivor Sol Nazerman (Rod Steiger) tries to make a fresh start in New York but is plagued by flashbacks of his experiences during the Holocaust, depriving him of any faith in humanity and causing him to withdraw from life into the small fortress of the Harlem pawn shop where he works. Steeped in cynicism,(...)

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Although a spin-off from the children's TV series, this big screen adventure is inventive enough to paste together its slim narrative with great charm. Pee-Wee Herman, all rubbery limbs and made-up face, loses his precious red bicycle - the keenest bike in the world - and chases it all the way to Hollywood. He encounters(...)

Peeping Tom (1960)

Peeping Tom (1960)

In the year that Hitchcock made Psycho, director Michael Powell created another deviant killer. But this one lived in London, and as well as trashing our cheery wartime image of a nation united, Peeping Tom implicated the audience in its voyeurism, which didn't go down too well. At least killer Carl Boehm (real name Karlheinz Böhm) is German,(...)

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Peggy Sue is an all-American girl going haywire. She's a wife, a mother of two, and a businesswoman, facing a divorce and middle age with alarm. She's also facing her 25th high school reunion with dread. Urged on by her daughter, she dresses up "like a blast from the past" and reluctantly attends, groaning, "If(...)

Pelican Brief, The (1994)

When this was made, John Grisham's stock in Hollywood was so high that one of his shopping lists could probably have spawned a blockbuster movie. If it had done, it would undoubtedly have followed the formula consolidated by this, the second of the big-screen Grisham dramatisations: dense plotting, lots of legalese, two charismatic leads and(...)

Pennies From Heaven (1981)

Dennis Potter's TV serial is given the Hollywood treatment here with Steve Martin playing troubled sheet music salesman Arthur Parker. It's set in Chicago during the Depression, where Martin's frustrated marriage spurs him into a dangerous dalliance with feisty schoolteacher Bernadette Peters. The drama is offset and enriched by their happy-go-lucky musical numbers - by(...)

Penthouse, The (1967)

Married estate agent Bruce Victor (Terence Morgan) and his mistress Barbara (Suzy Kendall) are having an affair in a borrowed penthouse when they are disturbed in their love nest by intruders Tom and Dick (Tony Beckley and Norman Rodway), a knife-wielding pair of villains - Harry (Martine Beswick) turns up later. They tie up the estate(...)

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