Movies – Q

Quadrophenia (1979)

Director Franc Roddam conceived Quadrophenia as "a film about young people who had some freedom but no responsibilities". He need only have added "drugs, parkas and scooters" to paint it into England and the decade of peace, love and Harold Wilson. It was, however, strangely out of time - An 80s film of Pete Townshend's 70s rock(...)

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

  This is the most popular of the movies taken from Nigel Kneale's acclaimed BBC TV serial. During work on an extension to the London Underground system at Hobbs End, a strange object is unearthed. At first experts believe it is an unexploded Second World War bomb, but closer investigation reveals that it is something(...)

Quatermass II (1957)

  Hammer’s version of Nigel Kneale’s television series Quatermass II is a potent, low-budget rollercoaster ride through government conspiracies and alien invasions, set against the chilling backdrop of postwar new town paranoia. When scientist Professor Bernard Quatermass (Brian Donlevy) hears about a shower of strange meteor-like objects that has landed in a local community, his investigations lead(...)

Quatermass Xperiment, The (1955)

Quatermass Xperiment, The (1955)

This Hammer version of the 1953 television show features a hunt in London for the survivor of a rocket ship who is being transmuted from a human being into a monster capable of reproducing itself at such a rate that in a short time the whole nation could be destroyed.   Professor Bernard Quatermass Brian(...)

Queen Kong (1976)

A female film crew journeys to the jungle Island of Lazanga ("where they do the konga") where a giant ape, Queen Kong, falls in love with the crew's male star. Robin Askwith stars as wimpy hippy leading man Ray Fay (you see what they did there?) while Rula Lenska's character (the feminist film director) is(...)

Quiet Earth, The (1985)

Scientist Zac Hobson awakes one morning only to realise he may be the only person left alive on Earth after an experiment goes wrong. At first, he can’t process what’s happened, slipping between bursts of madness and self-pitying despair, but he gradually develops a way of life. Bruno Lawrence gives a beguiling central performance as(...)

Quiet Man, The (1952)

In America, Sean Thornton (John Wayne) was a boxer, but he retired from this career after accidentally killing a man in the ring. Now he has returned to his Irish home town of Innisfree - a place, he hopes, where he can finally be at peace. Sean's first move is to buy the cottage in(...)

Quiller Memorandum, The (1966)

When two British agents are killed by a ruthless group of neo-Nazis in Berlin, Quiller, the department's top agent, is sent to investigate. His mission is to locate the fascists' secret base. A deadly contest ensues between Quiller and Oktober, the Nazi leader. The menace of Harold Pinter's script is marvellously sustained by director Michael(...)

Quiz Show (1994)

Robert Redford's Quiz Show unveils the insidious corruption at the heart of Twenty One, America's favourite TV show in the 1950s, capturing the look and atmosphere of the time. MC Jack Barry (Christopher McDonald) is the Svengali to competing "contestants", brash Jewish Herbie Stempel (John Turturro) and WASP intellectual Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes). Rob Morrow is the(...)

Quo Vadis (1951)

After six months of filming in Rome, and at a cost of nearly $7 million, the biggest budget Hollywood movie since Gone With The Wind, the171-minute Technicolor MGM spectacle Quo Vadis was released in 1951. The highlights of the picture were the legionnaires return to the capital, the burning of Rome, and the killing of the Christians in(...)