Movies – P

Pit and the Pendulum, The (1961)

Vincent Price is on the rampage again - this time in 16th century Spain - in this marvellous horror tale based on Edgar Allen Poe's story. He plays a mentally tormented nobleman who believes himself to be his late father who was one of the most vicious torturers of all time. The necessary ingredients are(...)

Plague of the Zombies, The (1966)

A doctor comes to a Cornish village after a request from his old student and uncovers a plot by the squire to turn all the men of the village into zombies to work in his mine. Sir James Forbes André Morell Sylvia Forbes Diane Clare Squire Clive Hamilton John Carson Denver Alexander Davion Alice Tompson(...)

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Often referred to as The Worst Film Ever Made, Plan 9 From Outer Space is also an enduring cult favourite. A superior alien culture is concerned that humankind is advancing to such a degree as to threaten the stability of the universe (a concept which may yet prove to have been prophetic!). The aliens arrive on Earth(...)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Steve Martin plays Neal Page, a put-upon businessman determined to make it home for Thanksgiving, but hampered at every turn by a combination of vile weather, broken-down trains, cancelled planes, disappearing hire cars and most of all, by Candy's cheerful dork, Del Griffith, a kind of saloon bar prophet whose prophecies invariably turn out to(...)

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

Long before Star Wars (1977) this was the ultimate sci-fi movie. A world turned upside down where apes ruled the roost and humans were used for medical experiments. The movie spawned four sequels, a TV series, a cartoon and hundreds of comics, magazines, toys and action figures. As his spaceship enters the year 2673AD, Commander George Taylor sits at the control(...)

Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Italian shockmeister Mario Bava directed this predecessor to Alien in which the crew of a spaceship lands on a "demon planet" (one of the movie's many alternate titles), happens upon the wreckage and remains of an earlier visitor, and gets killed off one by one. Bava's style-is-all approach extends even to the slick black leather spacesuits(...)

Plank, The (1967)

A joyously inventive British "silent" comedy from writer/director Eric Sykes about the misadventures of two builders trying to transport a wooden plank through a suburb of London to a building site. Sykes himself is "Smaller workman" to Tommy Cooper's "Larger workman", and, although not all the jokes are completely fresh, the fun is in the(...)

Platoon (1986)

Establishing Oliver Stone's reputation as a truly outstanding filmmaker, the Oscar-winning (but inflammatory) Platoon gives absolute credence to the adage 'war is hell'. Sheen's middle-class boy, Chris  volunteers for Vietnam to fulfil his patriotic duty. Once there, however, he finds the stark brutality of the war stripping away his values and his humanity. As time goes by, Chris begins(...)

Play It Again, Sam (1971)

Film critic Allan Felix (Woody Allen, who wrote both the screenplay and the 1969 play on which he based it) has been left by his wife Nancy (Susan Anspach), whose grounds for separation were Allan's passionate love affair with the cinema. This sends the forlorn neurotic critic into the deepest realms of depression, until -(...)

Play It Cool! (1962)

A young heiress on a whirlwind tour of London's nightclubs with a rock & roll band learns the truth about the disreputable pop singer she is infatuated with. This pre-Beatles pop musical provided British teens with a precious glimpse of that happenin’ new dance craze, The Twist. In a Soho nightclub, packed with teenagers, circa(...)

Play Misty For Me (1971)

California radio DJ Dave Garver (Clint Eastwood) gains a persistent fan (Jessica Walter) who repeatedly calls him up to play the song Misty. After they spend the night together, she begins to behave more and more strangely, and Garver discovers that she's determined to keep him whatever the cost (and all this 16 years before(...)

Playbirds, The (1978)

The Playbirds was one of a series of films produced by David Sullivan, and its story takes place within a porn empire managed by an apparent Sullivan surrogate (Alan Lake). The title sequence is an extraordinary document of London's Soho at the height of its domination by commercial sex, and history has since bestowed a semi-documentary(...)

Player, The (1992)

This is the most irreverent, polished, cynical, tongue-in-jaw dossier on the insanity of the motion picture industry since Vincente Minnelli's The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). They are all here: the producers, agents, writers, executives and movie stars who turn ideas into finished products on the screen, no matter who they have to maim, trample, or kill(...)

Pleasantville (1998)

This delightful comic fable begins in full colour in 1998, when an introverted, TV-watching teen, David (Tobey Maguire), and his sister Jennifer (Reece Witherspoon) are magically transported into reruns of a 1950s black-and-white sitcom called Pleasantville. Everything seems picture perfect in this cookie-cutter small town, where family values rule, nothing ruffles the primped surface, and(...)

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960)

An overworked theatre critic decides to quit the rat race and takes his wife and family to live in the country - a move fraught with problems. This brash, colourful and fast-moving MGM comedy is based on Jean Kerr's episodic reminiscences about life with hubby, ace Broadway drama critic Walter Kerr. The couple are delightfully played(...)

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