Movies – P

People Versus Larry Flynt, The (1996)

"If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, then it'll protect all of you . . . 'cause I'm the worst", declares Hustler publisher Larry Flynt in the midst of one of his many court cases. America's most notorious and successful pornographer is played with red-blooded bawdiness by Woody Harrelson in this airbrushed version(...)

Percy (1971)

Percy (1971)

The world waits with bated breath as surgeon Emmanuel Whitbread performs a pioneering transplant operation - on a rather delicate part of Edwin Anthony's body. Edwin (Hywel Bennett) nicknames his new acquisition "Percy" and becomes determined to find out the identity of the donor. Denholm Elliott revels in the opportunity to perform the world's first penis transplant, but(...)

Percy’s Progress (1974)

When a US Air Force plane crashes into the sea with a load of chemicals and contaminates the world's water supply, it is discovered that all the males in the world have become impotent, with the exception of Percy. This sorry sequel to the dire sex comedy, Percy (1971), was surely the career low of all(...)

Perfect Friday (1970)

This little-known swinging 60s caper film sees Stanley Baker in fine form as an uptight deputy bank manager who recruits a glamorous socialite (Ursula Andress) and her dissolute, cash-strapped English lord husband (David Warner) to help rob his employer. Director Peter Hall’s non-linear narrative makes the story confusing at times but this is more than(...)

Performance (1970)

Chas (James Fox) is a psychotic East London gangster who hides out in a Notting Hill house with Turner - a decadent and reclusive rock star portrayed, in a real acting stretch, by Mick Jagger. The two personalities begin to merge, the macho gangster experimenting with drugs and perversity and the singer discovering violence and cruelty. Turner's(...)

Permissive (1972)

The groupie phenomenon is captured with stark realism in this bleakly evocative film in which teen runaway Suzy (Maggie Stride) falls in with drab prog rock no-hopers Forever More and sleeps her way around Britain's least glamorous nightspots. Prog bands Comus and Titus Groan also star and nobody has any fun whatsoever. In one scene, a(...)

Personal Best (1982)

Hurdler Chris Cahill (Mariel Hemingway) and Pentathlete Tory Skinner (Patrice Donnelly) meet at the Olympic trials. They become lovers but then must compete against each other for a place in the United States team. When Leni Riefenstahl celebrated the power and beauty of the human body in Olympiad, she was denounced as a fascist. Similarly,(...)

Personal Services (1987)

A working class single mother struggling to make ends meet opens her own brothel with the aid of an experienced prostitute and a transvestite RAF officer. This is a gently witty, if curiously coy, attempt by director Terry Jones to re-create the odd career of  real-life "luncheon voucher madam" Cynthia Payne. Julie Walters is a(...)

Pet Sematary (1989)

In this morbid but compulsive horror, adapted by Stephen King from his own novel, the Creed family move to a new home in rural Maine that borders an ancient native American burial ground and discover that corpses buried in the pet cemetery there come back to life. For much of its length, the story, which(...)

Peter Pan (1953)

Sir James M. Barrie's book Peter Pan was a long-time favourite of Walt Disney's, and the pioneering animator worked for years to bring it to Technicolor life. The oft-performed play had already been brought to the big screen once before, but Disney's version was a lively new vision. In turn-of-the-century London lives a well-to-do family called the(...)

Petersen (1974)

Tony 'Jock' Petersen (Jack Thompson), an electrician and ex-Australian Rules footballer, decides in his 30's to go to university to study English. Married to Susie (Jackie Weaver) and the father of two young children, Petersen begins having an affair with tutor Patricia 'Trish’ Kent (Wendy Hughes), the wife of Professor Charles Kent (Arthur Dignam), Petersen’s(...)

Petticoat Pirates (1961)

TV comic Charlie Drake again finds himself up a well-known creek without a script in his third tilt at movie stardom. This time, however, he's only got himself to blame, as he co-wrote this woeful comedy, in which he plays a timid stoker who disguises himself as a WREN in order to recover a battleship hijacked(...)

Petulia (1968)

The slow-moving story of a divorced doctor's relationship with a younger woman in San Francisco. Petulia (Julie Christie), a frustrated woman begins a love affair soon after her marriage to a rich young playboy. The affair, however, does not last as her lover will not commit himself to the consequences which a separation from her(...)

Phantasm (1978)

This low-budget independent horror comedy concerns a teenager who disobeys his brother's orders not to attend the funeral of a friend. Mike (Michael Baldwin) hides in the bushes during the service and later, after everyone has left, sees a man removing the body. Phantasm combined DIY horror with a berserk plot involving homicidal space midgets,(...)

Phantom Of The Paradise (1974)

Phantom Of The Paradise (1974)

Paul Williams (who also wrote the score), plays Swan, the ever-youthful head of Death Records, pledged to contract new souls for his satanic master. Swan's own earthly instincts are to pirate a new rock cantata written by Winslow Leach (The Phantom) and use it to open his 24-hour rock palace, The Paradise. A vengeful Leach(...)

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