Movies – S

Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989)

Writer/director Steven Soderbergh - now best known for Erin Brockovich (2000) and the Oscar-winning Traffic (2000) - made a striking debut with this drama that went on to win the Palme D'Or and Best Actor awards at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. Sex, Lies and Videotape was written in just eight days and filmed on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Soderbergh's(...)

Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

With a score consisting of 29 compositions by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band must have sounded like a great idea at the time. Box Office Gold. . . The inspiration was embellished by top casting Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees, and surrounding them with a bunch of featured(...)

Shadowlands (1994)

After the sweeping, noble scale of Gandhi (1982) and Cry Freedom (1987), Richard Attenborough directed this more intimate drama which remains one of his best pictures to date.   Based on William Nicholson's play, it charts the tragic love affair between the author CS Lewis, creator of the Narnia Chronicles, and Joy Gresham, an American poet. Anthony(...)

Shadows (1959)

John Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City. Ben  Ben Carruthers Lelia Lelia Goldoni Hugh Hugh Hurd Tony Russell Anthony Ray Dennis Dennis Sallas Tom Tom Reese David David Pokitillow Rupert Rupert Crosse Davey Davey Jones Sam Pir Marini Vickie Victoria Vargas Jacki Jacqueline Walcott Director John(...)

Shaft (1971)

The flood of Blaxploitation pictures continued in 1971 with Shaft, in which Richard Roundtree played the eponymous black private eye hired to find Marcy, the kidnapped daughter of big-time Harlem mobster, Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn). John Shaft would not knuckle under to anyone - white cops or black drug gangsters included. Aided by his friend Ben Buford(...)

Shaft In Africa (1973)

  Richard Roundtree returned once more as the super-cool black private eye in this second sequel to the Blaxploitation classic Shaft (1971). With a screenplay by Stirling Silliphant - who also scripted In the Heat of the Night  (1967) - this third film about the exciting exploits of the Harlem detective has John Shaft lured out of his home turf and going under cover(...)

Shaft’s Big Score (1972)

Richard Roundtree and Moses Gunn returned in the sequel to the huge blockbuster Shaft (1971), which kicked off the early 1970s blaxploitation craze and inspired the Quentin Tarantino release Jackie Brown (1997). Private eye John Shaft is in pursuit of the gang members who murdered his undertaker friend Cal Asby, who has hidden $250,000 of underworld money.(...)

Shag (1989)

This coming-of-age comedy set in South Carolina in 1963 has a seductive charm that sneaks up on you. The slender plot pivots on a weekend fling at the beach planned by three Southern belles (Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish and Page Hannah) for their friend, bride-to-be Phoebe Cates. Cates has her best screen role to date(...)

Shaggy Dog, The (1959)

Walt Disney saw his studio's future in 1959, and the future was goofy (with a lower-case 'g'). Disney had been working in live action since 1941's The Reluctant Dragon, but The Shaggy Dog started a trend that has become a Disney live-action staple: the zany sitcom fantasy. When troubled teen Wilby Daniels visits a museum, he unknowingly brings(...)

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Boyish Will Shakespeare (Joesph Fiennes, Ralph's younger brother) pours out his troubles to a 16th-century shrink - the Bard-to-be (or not-to-be if he doesn't overcome his writer's block) can't find the muse to help him finish his new play, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. His wife is no help. She's back with the kids in(...)

Shallow Grave (1995)

Danny Boyle's impressive debut feature, the award-winning Shallow Grave, gave British cinema a lift with its uncharacteristic venture into noir territory. A journalist (Ewan McGregor), an accountant (Christopher Eccleston) and a doctor (Kerry Fox), twenty-something flat-sharing friends in Edinburgh, get into dark concealment and bloody corpse dismemberment with great style. A sharp-edged, talented black comedy with international appeal.(...)

Shampoo (1975)

Warren Beatty produced and starred in this farce set on the eve of the 1968 election that brought Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew into office. Harebrained coiffeur Beatty is shagged out trying to keep his fiancée Goldie Hawn happy while attending to all his clients' needs. He is also sick of working in Jay Robinson's(...)

Shane (1953)

Everything in Shane is iconic. The hero in the white buckskin who happens to ride into town (Alan Ladd); the conniving rancher (Emile Meyer) with his mangy, ill-mannered cowboys; the humble homesteader (Van Heflin) with his doting, dutiful, domesticating wife (Jean Arthur) and twinkle-eyed son (Brandon DeWilde); the taciturn, cautious, ageing bar-keep and owner of the general(...)

Sharkey’s Machine (1981)

Burt Reynolds directed and stars as a vice cop with a vendetta against an underworld kingpin (Vittorio Gassman) who murders the cop's hooker girlfriend (Rachel Ward). Determined to nail Gassman, Reynolds organizes his "machine" - a group of men willing to take on assignments no one else will touch. The film is distinguished by one(...)

Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)

When Andy Dufresne's wife and her lover are found murdered, having been shot in bed, her husband, Andy (Tim Robbins), is the prime suspect. This supposition swiftly becomes assumption, as it emerges that Andy had discovered the affair and the couple had a heated, alcohol-fuelled argument shortly before the murders took place. When circumstantial evidence(...)

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