Movies – U

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,(...)

Upstairs and Downstairs (1959)

It must have been very frustrating for the cast of accomplished British comedy performers, let alone for international stars Claudia Cardinale and Mylène Demongeot, to have watched all their efforts here being frittered away by such dull leads as Michael Craig and Anne Heywood. As the newlyweds searching for the perfect servant, they are the(...)

Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

Steve Jackson (Sidney Poitier) and Wardell Franklin (Bill Cosby) are customers in a nightclub that is held up by thieves. They enlist the aid of a fumbling investigator, a politician and a preacher to track down the thieves when Steve realises his $50,000 winning lottery ticket was in his stolen wallet. Steve Jackson Sidney Poitier Wardell(...)

Urban Cowboy (1980)

Cowboys were all the rage in the US in 1980, thanks to that summer's smash hit at the box office, Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. Travolta re-established himself as a most charismatic screen presence in the role of Buford "Bud" Davis, an ignorant hillbilly from Spur, Texas, who hits Houston like a confused(...)

Usual Suspects, The (1995)

A superb thriller about the activities of a gang of criminals in New York and Los Angeles. Events leading up to a shipboard inferno and the subsequent investigation are told in flashes backwards and forwards as the gang pulls off a heist of $3 million in emeralds from a smuggler - which also happens to(...)

Utu (1983)

Owing something to Fred Schepisi's Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), this is a powerful period drama which plays like a New Zealand Western film. A Maori serving with the colonial British Army finds his family massacred by some of its rogue elements and vows "utu", Maori for "retribution". He then raises a rebel army and goes(...)

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