Movies – W

Warriors, The (1979)

Warriors, The (1979)

"Let's get down to it Boppers . . ." Hundreds of gangs from all of New York's five boroughs show up for a summit at the Bronx Zoo, where Cyrus (Roger Hill) is holding a meeting. He dreams of uniting all the gangs in a bid to take over the city - or as he(...)

Waterboy, The (1998)

Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher, an unschooled, unscrewed Louisiana mama's boy who ladles out "quality H2O" to a college football team that kicks his ass and spits in his cooler. When Coach Klein (a very welcome Henry Winkler) discovers that a demon pops out in sweet Bobby every time someone insults his mama (Oscar winner(...)

Waterloo (1970)

Dino De Laurentiis decided to make Waterloo ten years before filming began, but not even his large production company could take on the mammoth project alone. Other film companies he approached were unwilling to accept such a huge gamble until he began talks with the Russians. As a result, the Mosfilm organisation joined him in the vast(...)

Watership Down (1978)

This animated version of Richard Adams's bestselling novel about a group of rabbits searching for a new home was a box-office success, despite the difficulty of being pigeonholed as a "kids' movie" but released with a PG certificate (for several genuinely scary scenes). In fact, its faithful retelling of the story gives the movie a(...)

Waterworld (1995)

This lavish Mad Max on jet skis from director Kevin Reynolds was declared dead in the water owing to escalating costs, nightmarish production problems and clashing egos, but it finally emerged as a spectacular and thrilling sci-fi fantasy. In the far future, the polar icecaps have melted, covering the planet in water and making dirt(...)

Wattstax (1973)

Wattstax was a benefit concert put together by Stax Records to commemorate the community of Watts, Los Angeles after its 1965 Riots. The concert took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on 20 August 1972 and featured all of Stax's prominent artists at the time, including the Staple Singers, Kim Weston, The Bar-Kays, Albert King, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas(...)

Wayne’s World (1992)

Bill and Ted introduced the concept of dudes to an unwitting audience in 1989, but it was this spin-off from the TV show Saturday Night Live that brought in the megabucks and took "teen speak" to a new level. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey play Wayne and Garth, whose low-budget public access cable show is(...)

Wedding Singer, The (1998)

Adam Sandler is pitch-perfect in his role here as hopelessly romantic cabaret wedding singer Robbie Hart, who falls in love with waitress Julia (Drew Barrymore) at a nuptial function only to discover that she's engaged to someone else. The chemistry between the two stars works like a charm and director Frank Coraci has enormous fun(...)

Weekend (1967)

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)

Larry (Andrew McCarthy) and Richard (Jonathan Silverman) are two jerky insurance company trainees who are invited by their boss (the eponymous Bernie) to his house in the Hamptons for a party - although, in reality, he intends to pin the rap on them for his latest shady deal Arriving at the beach house, the boys(...)

Weird Science (1985)

Triumphant geeks have always been a common theme of writer/director John Hughes, but that triumph was never achieved as raucously as it was in 1985's Weird Science - a screenplay which took the high school movie guru just two days to write. Among geek boys Gary and Wyatt's feats: vanquishing a psycho older brother, gaining popularity and(...)

Werewolves On Wheels (1971)

A motorcycle gang, The Devil's Advocates, led by Adam (Stephen Oliver) visits a monastery and are turned on to Satanism by creepy monk Severn Darden, leading to lengthy scenes depicting various occult rituals, drug trips, and female nudity.   The motorcycle-riding werewolf only appears in the last few minutes of the film, but cult devotees(...)

West Side Story (1961)

Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer seem slightly mis-cast at times in this story about two rival gangs on New York's West Side - the Puerto Rican Sharks and the 'Anglo' Jets  - but Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and Russ Tamblyn are superb. Bernardo (Chakiris) leads the Sharks, but his sister, Maria (Wood) has fallen in love with Tony (Beymer),(...)

Westworld (1973)

Bored Chicago businessmen John Blane (James Brolin) and Peter Martin (Richard Benjamin) shell out $1000 a day for a holiday at Delos - a fully-functioning theme park containing three Disneylands of the future; Roman World, Mediaeval World and Westworld - a simulacrum of the Wild West populated by in-character androids. The consequences are, naturally, fatal. Here there are textbook illustrations(...)

What A Way To Go (1964)

A lavish, frantic comedy with Shirley MacLaine as a serial wife, marrying one of the best casts ever assembled: Dick Van Dyke's humble storekeeper turned zillionaire; Paul Newman's American artist in Paris; Robert Mitchum's Howard Hughes-type tycoon; and Gene Kelly's matinée idol. Much of the movie falls flat and it always tries too hard but(...)

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