Movies – U

Unbearable Lightness of Being, The (1988)

The problem of coming to terms with reality is the simplest explanation for this blatant, European-style art film directed by American Philip Kaufman. Lengthily elaborated from Milan Kundera's bestseller, it concerns a womanising surgeon (Daniel Day-Lewis) in Prague in 1968, who is enjoying a purely sexual relationship with like-minded painter Sabina (Lena Olin) until his free-spirited philosophy is(...)

Uncle Buck (1989)

This is the movie in which director John Hughes made a decision to leave the world of adolescence behind after films such as The Breakfast Club (1985) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and regress into childhood. Buck Russell (John Candy) is a fun-loving bachelor without a care in the world. He's also the world's greatest slob.(...)

Uncommon Valor (1983)

Like most movies about Vietnam, Uncommon Valor is more about guns and explosions than it is about people, but it's never dull and the massive battle sequences are among the best the screen has ever offered. There are still 2,500 American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. For their families, the war will never end. In Uncommon Valor Gene(...)

Under Fire (1983)

Two news reporters chronicle the last days of the shady Samoza Regime in Nicaragua and find themselves under fire from both sides. After an American news reporter is murdered in Nicaragua, two of his fellow journalists decide to actively join the revolution. But as the Somoza power collapses, they must face their own problems relating(...)

Unforgiven (1992)

Exploring the harsh realities of frontier life, Clint Eastwood depicts the West as an unforgiving place where tragedy strikes every time somebody draws a gun. It's clear from the fevered manner in which Saul Rubinek's dime novelist character gathers his Wild West stories from the last eyewitnesses that an era is about to pass into(...)

Untamed Youth (1957)

Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson star as hitchhiking chanteuses, Penny and Janey Lowe, who are arrested and brought before Judge Steele (Lurene Tuttle). They are unfairly tried and sentenced to a Californian prison farm owned by the evil Russ Tropp (John Russell), who is secretly married to the corrupt judge. However, their scantily clad(...)

Untouchables, The (1987)

One of the hits of 1987, The Untouchables took the true story of Eliot Ness, examined the facts in his autobiography, and illuminated the Prohibition Era in a style that was original and visually breathtaking. This is a violent film (It opens with a ten year-old girl blown to bits by a bomb) but the violence is(...)

Up In Smoke (1978)

Two boys (Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong) search for some marijuana to aid them in the formation of a pop group. In pursuit is a narcotics detective (Stacy Keach) and the trail leads them to LA. Cheech and Chong make their film debut in this riotous rock'n'roll comedy, bringing with them the same madness,(...)

Up Jumped A Swagman (1965)

This marvellously entertaining, tongue-in-cheek musical romp stars Frank Ifield as a talented young Australian singer who moves to London in search of his big break, tries to woo a top model – while seemingly overlooking the beautiful publican's daughter who truly loves him – and gets tangled up with a gang of thieves. Born in(...)

Up Pompeii (1971)

Frankie Howerd dons a toga here for a film version of his TV series based on the life of Roman slave Lurcio. Lurcio manages to get his hands on a scroll containing the names of the proposed assassins of the Emperor Nero - a document that causes him no end of trouble. He also has(...)

Up the Chastity Belt (1971)

In the second of the new Up . . .  series, Frankie Howerd plays Lurkalot, a humble serf born of nobility who sells chastity belts in the local market and tries to protect his master Sir Coward de Custard. He goes off to the crusades and has fun with Scheherazade and his various ladies and(...)

Up the Junction (1967)

Based on a successful novel by Nell Dunn (daughter of wealthy industrialist Sir Philip Dunn), Up the Junction was first turned into a BBC television play in 1965. The x-certificate film starred Suzy Kendall as Polly, a middle-class girl from Chelsea who becomes bored with her plush lifestyle and decides to move to Battersea, a deprived area(...)

Up Your Alley (1971)

Seymour is a nerdy virgin who works in a dead-end job in the catering industry and spends most of his waking hours dreaming about big-busted, naked women. Unfortunately, he finds himself involved in a jewel-smuggling plot when Maria persuades him to pose as Sicilian Mafia boss Don Marco in order to save her step-father who is(...)

Up! (1976)

Adolph Schwartz (Edward Schaaf), who bears a striking resemblance to another Adolf, expires in an untimely attack in his bath by a piranha fish. Enter "All American Dream Girl" Margo Winchester (Raven De La Croix), unable to thwart the voracious carnal attraction of one Leonard Box (Larry Dean), who is soon killed mid-rape by one(...)

Ups and Downs of a Handyman, The (1975)

Bob and Maggie inherit a country cottage but job opportunities in the area are scarce. Bob advertises his services as a general handyman and finds himself inundated with calls from women who have jobs requiring urgent attention. Known at various times as Confessions of a Handyman, Confessions of an Odd-Job Man and The Happy Housewives,(...)

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