Movies – W

Wackiest Ship In The Army, The (1960)

A naval officer during WWII is given the command of an old sailing ship to undertake a very important mission - to transport an Australian agent into enemy waters so he can spy on the Japanese. However, he finds the ship is falling apart at the seams and is manned by a crew that does(...)

Wag The Dog (1997)

Just before an election, the US President is accused of molesting a teenage girl in the Oval Office. Keen to divert interest away from the scandal, he orders his spin doctors to come up with something quickly. In consultation with a Hollywood producer, they invent a war against Albania. The movie received a new lease(...)

Wait Until Dark (1967)

A cleverly crafted thriller with the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn as a blind New York City housewife who finds herself terrorised by three dangerous criminals after her husband is given a doll that, unknown to him, contains heroin. The one-set first half is very talky (and betrays the movie's Broadway roots), but the final showdown between Hepburn and(...)

Wake In Fright (1971)

John Grant (Gary Bond) is the bored teacher at a one-room school in Tiboonda, a tiny railway junction on the far western plains of New South Wales. On his way to Sydney for Christmas, he stops overnight in Bundanyabba (affectionately nicknamed 'the Yabba' by its inhabitants), a frontier mining town. The local policeman, Jock Crawford(...)

Walkabout (1970)

"In Australia when an Aborigine man-child reaches sixteen, he is sent out into the land. For months he must live from it. Sleep on it. Eat of its fruit and flesh. Stay alive. Even if it means killing his fellow creatures. The Aborigines call it the Walkabout. This is the story of a Walkabout". While(...)

Wall Street (1987)

Oliver Stone's souped-up, morality melodrama hammers away with ferocity at corporate raiders, insider trading, stock manipulation and other questionable practices involving big business in the 80s "Greed is Good" decade. Michael Douglas marshals his ultimate acting skills as the slippery, corrupt, company takeover pirate, Gordon Gekko, who manipulates a novice stockbroker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen),(...)

Wall, The (1982)

Wall, The (1982)

Directed by Alan Parker and starring Bob Geldof from The Boomtown Rats, this movie version of the 1979 Pink Floyd album was described by one critic as "the longest-ever rock video, and certainly the most depressing". The central character is a young man by the name of Pink (natch) - a successful rock star facing the break-up of(...)

Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)

An English general finds himself with a hypochondriac for a wife, a French mistress and a penchant for buxom chambermaids. In one of his most impressive performances, Peter Sellers plays retired General Leo Fitzjohn, unhappily married to Emily (Margaret Leighton) and given a second chance at fulfilment with old flame Ghislaine (Dany Robin). French playwright(...)

Wanderers, The (1979)

Two rival teenage gangs fight for supremacy in 1960s New York, but the leader of one group faces moving into the adult world of organised crime, under his mobster father. An early film from Philip Kaufman who went on to direct the likes of The Right Stuff (1983) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988). Though less(...)

War and Peace (1956)

Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and shot on location in Italy at a cost of $6 million, War and Peace weighs in at 208 minutes. The money was certainly well spent on the battle scenes - notably Napoleon's retreat from Moscow - which are epic, authentic and visually spectacular, but the film's sprawling narrative fails to gel.(...)

War of the Planets (1965)

An informal prequel to The Wild, Wild Planet, and shot back-to-back with it using virtually the same cast, director Antonio Margheriti's alien invasion saga isn't in the same entertaining league despite some smart flourishes and cool visual delights. Martians - named the Diaphanois and composed mainly of light - attack Earth through its satellite defence system by(...)

War Of The Roses, The (1988)

War Of The Roses, The (1988)

The War of the Roses is a ferocious black comedy about divorce, both funny and cynical. Barbara (Kathleen Turner) and Oliver (Michael Douglas) Rose are the perfect mates whose marriage turns to manure, and Gavin D'Amato (Danny DeVito) is the lawyer who watches while their dream house in Washington DC turns into a series of battle(...)

War Of The Worlds (1953)

Loosely adapted from H.G. Wells' classic novel of the same name, this 1953 doomsday sci-fi was billed as a "mighty panorama of Earth-shaking fury as an army from Mars invades". Relocating the action of the book from Victorian England to 1950s southern California, and recycling stock World War II footage to depict scenes of mass(...)

WarGames (1983)

"Shall we play a game?" With the advent of computing systems like Apple and Commodore, home computers became a major fad in the early 1980's. Home computers shortly began popping up as a plot device in films like For Your Eyes Only and Superman III. However, the film that best captured the cinematic possibilities of a story about(...)

Warlords of Atlantis (1978)

It may be small change compared with today's CGI monster movies, but this is still a decent romp from director Kevin Connor, and it's far better paced than The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Doug McClure plays the clean-cut Hollywood hero (who's about as Victorian as skateboards) who discovers the fabled city of Atlantis (ruled, would(...)

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