Movies – V

V.I.P.s, The (1963)

Made principally to cash in on the Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor romance - the movie raced Cleopatra into the cinemas - this is a glossy, but tedious, drama set in the VIP lounge of the then London Airport. A group of mismatched jet-setters simmer in an emotional pressure-cooker as bad weather forces an unscheduled overnight stay.(...)

Valley Girl (1983)

Valley Girl (1983)

  A sweet-natured San Fernando Valley suburbanite (Deborah Foreman) falls for an adventurous Hollywood punk from the wrong side of the tracks (Nicolas Cage). The mismatched couple face opposition from their friends over the relationship and each must decide whether to follow their head or their heart. Funny, sexy and almost impossible to dislike, Valley Girl cost(...)

Valley of the Dolls (1967)

Three young women (Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, and Sharon Tate) decide on a career in show business in this trashy film version of Jacqueline Susann's pulp novel. They are lovely to behold, but their acting is terrible, and no one else in this sorry affair does much better. Anne Wells (Parkins) leaves the snowfall of New(...)

Vampira (1974)

  The usually suave David Niven stars as Count Dracula in this horror film-with-a-difference. He opens his Transylvanian castle to tourists and takes blood samples from them in order to find the blood that will revive his mistress who died of anaemia. When he finds the right blood group he gets a surprise when Vampira(...)

Vampire Circus (1972)

A Serbian village is cut off from the rest of the world by plague. The local doctor tries to procure some medicine from the outside world, along with his son Anton. Upon his return to the village, Anton finds a circus has been set up there and shortly afterwards people in the village begin to(...)

Vampire Lovers, The (1970)

The Vampire Lovers was Hammer’s first and only co-production with Hollywood’s leading horror specialists - American International - who had been responsible for most of the Edgar Allan Poe pictures. This film tapped a new source of classic horror literature, the work of J. Sheridan Le Fanu, and injected an audacious dose of sex into(...)

Van, The (1977)

Bobby (Stuart Getz) is a Los Angeles teenager who blows all his college savings on buying a custom Dodge van - complete with waterbed, TV, minibar and mirrored ceiling - to pick up girls and spruce up his dull life, all while trying to win money racing other vans in order to pay for his(...)

Vanishing Point (1971)

Kowalski (Barry Newman) bets a friend that he will deliver a car - a supercharged white 1970 Dodge Challenger - from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours. Stopping long enough to pick up the pills he needs to keep going, he hits the road, fast. When police attempt to stop him, he goes faster(...)

Velvet Goldmine (1998)

Writer-director Todd Haynes created an original and visually stunning faux documentary charting the rise and fall of a fictional glam-rock star – using David Bowie as a role model. Starting out with a reference to the poet Oscar Wilde, Velvet Goldmine is set mostly in Britain at the height of the 1970s Glam Rock era, where Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) takes(...)

Venetian Affair, The (1966)

Former CIA man, Bill Fenner (Robert Vaughn), now a downbeat, loner journalist, is sent to Venice to investigate the shock suicide bombing by an American diplomat at a peace conference. This was the last film Boris Karloff did that was unrelated to the horror genre. Bill Fenner Robert Vaughn Sandra Fane Elke Sommer Claire Connor(...)

Vengeance of She, The (1968)

Czechoslovakian beauty Olinka Berova is taken for the reincarnation of novelist H Rider Haggard's Ayesha (as immortalised by Ursula Andress) in this mediocre sequel to She (1965). Scripted by Peter O'Donnell, the creator of Modesty Blaise, and once again starring John Richardson as King Killikrates, the lover of "She Who Must Be Obeyed", director Cliff(...)

Vertigo (1958)

When his fear of heights starts to impinge on his effectiveness as a San Francisco cop, John "Scottie" Ferguson (Stewart) is compelled to leave the force. At a loose end, a friend asks a favour; he wants John to follow his wife as she's been acting strangely. Ferguson obliges but it doesn't take long for(...)

Very Brady Sequel, A (1996)

One of the rare occasions when a sequel works better than the original, this follow-up to the 1995 big-screen adaptation of TV's The Brady Bunch not only pokes more fun at the Bradys but mocks them more savagely. Yet the movie still has great affection for the characters, who are wonderfully played by the cast, especially(...)

Vibes (1988)

    Nick Deezy (Jeff Goldblum) is a ‘psychometrist’ capable of touching an item and being able to psychically tell things about the person who handled it. Sylvia Pickel (Cyndi Lauper) is a psychic with the most fabulous hairstyle and a spirit-guide named Louise. The two are drafted by Harry Buscafusco (Peter Falk) to help(...)

Vice Academy (1989)

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