Movies – Y

Yakuza, The (1975)

Retired detective and ex-serviceman Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum) is called on to help an old army friend whose daughter is being held hostage by yakuza gangsters. Turning to a Japanese assassin who owes him a debt of honour, the cop exploits the hitman's gangland connections to infiltrate Tokyo's underworld. Writers Robert Towne (of Chinatown fame)(...)

Yanks (1979)

While stationed in a small Lancashire town as they await D-Day, three American soldiers become involved in romances with local women. Some interesting performances from the principle players - including Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane and Rachel Roberts - and an old-fashioned (1940s) romantic air help the film along nicely, despite a series of events which are quite(...)

Year My Voice Broke, The (1987)

An intelligent, downbeat coming-of-age film set in Australia in 1962. The 15-year-old protagonist Danny (Noah Taylor) suffers heartbreak when the girl he loves - the beautiful and free-spirited Freya (Loene Carmen) - becomes pregnant by older boy Trevor (Ben Mendelsohn), and then leaves town. The young actors in the lovesick triangle - Taylor, Carmen, and(...)

Year of Living Dangerously, The (1982)

This thriller/romance is set in Indonesia (though filmed in the Philippines) in 1965, just before the fall of the Sukarno regime. Civil war is breaking out everywhere, and there is endless talk about Communist guerrillas, military coups, and the death of colonialism. Mel Gibson is an ambitious but naive Australian radio correspondent who has an(...)

Yellow Balloon, The (1953)

Yellow Balloon, The (1953)

A young boy dies while playing in the ruins of a London neighbourhood destroyed during the blitz. His friend, who was with him at the time and blames himself, is blackmailed by a murderer on the run and is forced to steal from his parents to fund the fugitive's escape or be accused of causing his(...)

Yellow Submarine (1968)

The Beatles come to the rescue when the evil Blue Meanies try to drive all the music and fun from Pepperland in the third feature film featuring the acclaimed and influential rock band. This marvellous Pop Art animated classic features songs from Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper , so the Blue Meanies don't stand a chance! As the film(...)

Yellowbeard (1983)

Yellowbeard was the realisation of Graham Chapman's long-standing desire to film a comic pirate romp in the style of Robert Newton’s celebrated Long John Silver. The movie tells the story of the infamous pirate Yellowbeard, whose 15 years in prison have done little to dampen his appetite for larceny, lechery and lunacy. No one knows(...)

Yentl (1984)

Barbra Streisand spent fifteen years of her life trying to get Yentl on the screen. Every cynic in the film industry told her it could not be done. In the end she co-wrote the film, produced it (with a great deal of her own personal financing) and directed it herself. Set in Eastern Europe in 1904, this(...)

Yogi’s Ark Lark (1973)

You Can’t See ’round Corners (1969)

The story of a man who has a chip on his shoulder and is against the world at large. Frankie McCoy (Ken Shorter) is young, stylish and tough, an illegal 'SP’ bookmaker in the working-class Sydney suburb of Newtown. Conscripted to fight in Vietnam, he enters basic training at Kapooka camp, but neither the food nor(...)

You Must Be Joking! (1965)

If you've ever wondered how Monty Python's "Upper-Class Twit of the Year" sketch would fare at feature length, this scattershot comedy from Michael Winner will give you a pretty good idea. The premise - five soldiers set loose on swinging England in an initiative test to collect a selection of esoteric items and perform various(...)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

The fifth in the Bond series sees James Bond and the Japanese secret service ninja force taking on arch-nemesis Blofeld, who has been capturing US and Soviet spacecraft in an attempt to start World War III leaving SPECTRE as the only superpower left to dominate the world. While in Japan, Bond joins forces with the(...)

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

You've Got Mail stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks as rivals - she owns a small bookshop, he runs a greedy chain - who fall in love on the Internet. It's pretty, predictable and was destined to be a hit though director and co-writer Nora Ephron and her star duo struck wittier, more resonant notes in Sleepless In(...)

Young Einstein (1988)

A chap called Yahoo Serious wrote, produced, directed and starred in this Australian spoof biography of Albert Einstein - a Naive Tasmanian scientist who invents rock 'n' roll and successfully splits the beer atom, and is then sent to the Australian mainland to make his family's fortune from the breakthrough. As he develops a series of bizarre inventions, he(...)

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, Frederick von Frankenstein, reluctantly decides to follow in his ancestor's footprints in Mel Brooks' affectionate parody of horror films. Frederick would like to forget his heritage, insisting that his university students pronounce his last name "Fronkensteen" but when news arrives that Frederick has inherited his grandfather's Transylvanian estate, the young Frankenstein travels(...)

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