Movies – W

When the Wind Blows (1986)

In this adaptation of Raymond Briggs's chilling cartoon book, elderly British couple Jim and Hilda Bloggs build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack - with the help of government-issued 'Protect and Survive' pamphlets - unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II. When(...)

When Worlds Collide (1951)

Before there was Deep Impact (1998) and Armageddon (1998), world destruction was done up in 1950s sci-fi style. The rights to Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer's 1932 doomsday novel When Worlds Collide belonged to Cecil B. DeMille for a time and languished on the shelves. In 1950, producer George Pal got his hands on the project, and eager for a follow-up to Destination(...)

Where Eagles Dare (1969)

Chest-thumping gung-ho action as a group of commandos set out to rescue an allied officer from an impregnable Nazi fortress. A less serious and more popcorn-friendly take on WWII, Where Eagles Dare has stonking battles, heroes dangling from cable cars, huge explosions and any number of other camp clichés. Written from scratch by the thriller author Alistair(...)

Where The Boys Are (1960)

George Hamilton, Dolores Hart, Paula Prentiss and Jim Hutton star in this silly musical, about college boys and girls in search of romance during their Easter vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Against this background of youthful sun-seeking and partying, the action focuses on the contrasting relationships that develop between four girls and guys, of whom(...)

Where The Spies Are (1965)

One of the many dozens of James Bond send-ups and rip-offs, this spoofy affair is distinguished by a typically suave and disarming performance from David Niven, who in 1967 played Bond himself in Casino Royale. Niven plays country doctor Jason Love, cajoled into joining MI6 and sent to the Middle East to defend Britain's vital(...)

Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968)

Doris Day and Patrick O'Neal are husband and wife in this permissive comedy based on a stage play, with Terry-Thomas as a Hungarian stinker. A young man is passed over for promotion by the bosses stupid son so he hatches a plan to steal the companies dividends. When there is a blackout in New York(...)

Where’s Jack? (1969)

  In his first straight acting performance, old rocker Tommy Steele stars as Jack Sheppard, the notorious highwayman and jail-breaker who became a folk hero in 1720s London. Jack is working as an apprentice to a clockmaker when his brother Tom is sentenced to be hanged for theft. To save Tom, who has a wife(...)

Which Way To The Front? (1970)

A millionaire playboy rejected for active service during the Second World War decides to train his own private army of misfits to help fight the Nazis. Few things in showbusiness are sadder to see than a comedian deserted by his muse. At Paramount, Jerry Lewis delivered comedies of genius such as The Nutty Professor (1963) -(...)

Whirlpool (1970)

Swinging London fashion model, Tulia (Vivian Neves), is lured to an isolated country estate by a creepy older woman called Sara (Pia Andersson) to meet her even creepier photography-obsessed nephew, Theo (Karl Lanchbury). She doesn't seem too perturbed to learn that Rhonda (Johanna Hegger) - the previous female model that went there - has disappeared without(...)

Whistle Blower, The (1987)

Michael Caine gives a full-bodied performance as a middle-aged Briton seeking the truth about the mysterious death of his son (Nigel Havers), who worked as a Russian translator at the top-secret intelligence centre, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Caine is tremendously convincing as the Korean War veteran (which he is in real life) who now feels(...)

Whistle Down The Wind (1961)

A group of scruffy, adorable children, led by gumdrop-eyed Hayley Mills, discover injured escaped convict Arthur Blakey (Alan Bates) sleeping in their barn in Lancashire and think he's Jesus Christ. They hide him from the town in a manger, but news that Christ is living in the barn travels quickly to the other children in(...)

White Bus, The (1967)

White Bus, The (1967)

An anonymous and impassive young girl leaves her suicidal London life and returns by train to her home in Manchester (although parts of the film were filmed in Birmingham). She stands at a desolate bus stop in the middle of demolished terraces and along comes a white bus. It's a guided tour bus on it's maiden voyage. The girl rides along with the(...)

White Christmas (1954)

White Christmas (1954)

In this tinselled Technicolor spectacular, old army buddies Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) are a song-and-dance team who travel to a New England ski resort (the Columbia Inn in Vermont) to stage a mammoth Christmas benefit and save their old army boss, General Waverly (Dean Jagger,) from bankruptcy. The show is(...)

White Line Fever (1975)

Returning from a stint in the Air Force, Carrol Jo Hummer borrows money to buy a truck, hoping to make enough money hauling produce to marry Jerri Kane and set up house together. He discovers that the long-haul business is run by racketeers and decides to fight the corrupt forces that control the trucking business.(...)

Who Dares Wins (1982)

When terrorists storm the American Embassy in London, it's down to SAS captain Peter Skellen (Lewis Collins) and his elite team to save the lives of the hostages. Collins, managing to look stern-faced throughout, lives up to his tough-guy image in this British action movie that was inspired by the 1980 storming of the Iranian(...)

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