Movies – R

Rabid (1977)

Badly injured in a motorcycle crash, Rose (Marilyn Chambers) is taken to the nearby plastic surgery clinic of Dr Keloid (Howard Ryshpan). After extensive operations, she recovers but is left with an overpowering appetite for blood. Another formative exercise in fear and loathing of the human body from director David Cronenberg, which takes up the(...)

Rage (1966)

Glenn Ford is the resident medico at a construction site in the wilds of Mexico. One day he's bitten by his pet dog which turns out to have rabies, so Ford has two days in which to get to a proper hospital and have the serum pumped into him before he starts foaming at the(...)

Raging Bull (1980)

Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull is based on a book by fighter Jake LaMotta, who also acted as technical adviser - which is odd, because that must mean that LaMotta approves of this sad, sleazy, humourless depiction of his cretinous life. The story Scorsese tells in this interminable assault on the senses is not a story worth telling(...)

Ragman’s Daughter, The (1971)

Married with two kids, living in a council flat, and recently dismissed for pilfering from his job in a Nottingham cheese warehouse, Tony Bradmore (Simon Rouse) reflects on his youth when he led a carefree life as a petty thief. Meeting Doris (Victoria Tennant), the pampered daughter of a scrap metal merchant ("the ragman's daughter"),(...)

Raid on Rommel (1971)

Captain Foster (Richard Burton) plans on raiding German-occupied Tobruk with hand-picked commandos, but a mix-up leaves him with a medical unit containing a Quaker conscientious objector. Against all odds, they succeed with their mission and on the way they pick up (and drug) the mistress of an Italian general, blow up the entire fuel supply(...)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

When George Lucas first pitched the idea of an old-fashioned action adventure to Steven Spielberg, he couldn't possibly have predicted that in resurrecting such Saturday morning B-movie fare Spielberg would be setting the standard for summer blockbuster movies for the next couple of decades. Only the Midas touch of Spielberg and Lucas could create a(...)

Railway Children, The (1970)

London, Christmas Day 1904. Two men call on Charles Waterbury (who works for the Foreign Office) and lead him away after a terse discussion. When he fails to return in the next few weeks, his wife announces that she and the children - Roberta ("Bobbie"), Phyllis and Peter - will be moving to Oakworth Yorkshire(...)

Rain Man (1988)

Two top stars at the top of their form illuminate Rain Man with dazzling tour de force performances. Tom Cruise is Charlie Babbitt, a vain, scheming Hollywood hustler whose father dies and leaves $3 million to his autistic older brother Raymond - who he knew nothing about, and who happens to be an institutionalised idiot savant. Outraged,(...)

Raintree County (1957)

An American Civil War drama revolving around the lives, loves, frustrations, desires and accomplishments of three young people in Raintree County, Indiana. Montgomery Clift had his car crash midway through the filming of this $6 million production. John Wickliff Shawnessy Montgomery Clift Susanna Drake Shawnessy Elizabeth Taylor Nell Gaither Eva Marie Saint Professor Jerusalem Webster(...)

Raising Arizona (1987)

Raising Arizona is a wacky, offbeat action comedy by Ethan and Joel Coen, two brothers who popped out of nowhere with the low-budget murder mystery Blood Simple (1984) and later turned out the gangster epic Miller's Crossing (1990). Hi McDunnough and Ed meet in the Arizona state prison. Hi (Nicolas Cage) is a no-good antisocial crook who is in and out(...)

Raising the Wind (1961)

A line-up of stars from the Carry On fraternity get together for this vintage comedy about a group of music students who try to limit their expenses by sharing living costs and part-time work. Leslie Phillips stars in this laboured but likeable Gerald Thomas comedy as a penniless music student whose talent for writing pop(...)

Rambo III (1988)

Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is tracked down to a Buddhist monastery by his friend Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna), who wants help fighting Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Rambo declines, but when Trautman is captured by the Soviets, the one-man army goes into action. In probably the worst film in the Rambo series, Stallone transforms(...)

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Rambo extends the mindless slaughter and retching carnage of First Blood (1982) with equally unnerving results. It begins with an explosion so loud it shakes the floor and threatens to dislodge the kidneys. This is to get your attention. The rest of the movie follows John Rambo, the persecuted Green Beret, from the prison where he's serving time for(...)

Ran (1985)

Lord Hidetora (Nakadai) is an ageing Japanese warlord who intends to divide his kingdom between his three sons. The elder two are satisfied while the youngest believes his father has gone mad and predicts conflict between his older brothers. Made when director Akira Kurosawa was 75, Ran (meaning 'chaos') was the venerable director's version of Shakespeare's King Lear,(...)

Rapture, The (1991)

The Book of Revelation is rich fare for those with a taste for weird visions of catastrophe and many films have referenced it. But none have taken it quite so literally as Michael Tolkin’s The Rapture, which concludes with scenes which come straight from the pages of the Bible. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(...)

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