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S.O.B. (1981)

You don't expect this sort of ill-conceived vitriol from Blake Edwards, creator of the amiable, if idiotic, Inspector Clouseau, especially when Edwards's wife Julie Andrews - the wholesome Mary Poppins herself - is the star. Yet...

Sabata (1969)

This spaghetti Western is Italian moviemakers at their nonsensical niftiest and Lee Van Cleef at his bulletproof best. A mysterious black-clad stranger called Sabata (Van Cleef) rides into a Texas town just after the bank was...

Sadist, The (1963)

Three teachers - Ed (Richard Alden), Doris (Helen Hovey) and Carl (Don Russell) - are driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game when they have car trouble and pull off into a secluded wrecking...

Safe Place, A (1971)

Tuesday Weld plays a vulnerable woman who escapes the pressures of New York life into a dream world, courtesy of a magician (Orson Welles). There's a low-budget feel to this, director Henry Jaglom's first release, and...

Sailor Beware (1956)

Battle-axe Emma Hornett (Peggy Mount) dominates her hen-pecked husband Henry (Cyril Smith), their daughter Shirley (Shirley Eaton) and Henry's meek spinster sister Edie (Esma Cannon). Shirley is to marry young sailor Albert Tufnell (Ronald Lewis) who...

Salem’s Lot (1979)

Ben Mears (David Soul of Starsky & Hutch fame) is a writer who has returned to his hometown of Jerusalem's Lot in New England (abbreviated by locals to "Salem's Lot") to write a book. Mysterious antiques man...

Salò (120 Days of Sodom) (1975)

Relocating the Marquis de Sade's notorious novel, 120 Days of Sodom, to wartime Italy - specifically the short-lived Republic of Salò where Mussolini made a last stand at the end of World War II - this film...

Salon Kitty (1976)

Kitty Kellermann (Ingrid Thulin) runs a brothel in Nazi Germany - the Salon Kitty - where the soldiers of the Third Reich come to relax. Recording devices have been installed in each room by scheming power-hungry...

Salt and Pepper (1968)

After discovering the body of murdered female Chinese agent Mai Ling (Jeanne Roland) in their trendy Soho (London) nightclub, groovy owners Charles Salt (Sammy Davis Jr) and Christopher Pepper (Peter Lawford) partake in a fumbling...

Salute Of The Jugger, The (1988)

A brutally violent sport (combining rugby, basketball and gratuitous violence) becomes popular in a post-apocalyptic America, both in the luxurious underground cities and the poor settlements struggling to survive on the surface. Rutger Hauer stars as...

Salvador (1986)

Fact-based drama about cynical, drug-taking, burnt-out foreign correspondent Richard Boyle (James Woods) who visits El Salvador in the early 1980s to escape his personal problems - only to find himself in the middle of the bloody...

Same Time Next Year (1978)

In 1951, at the Sea Shadows Inn on the Mendocino County coast, Doris (Ellen Burstyn), a 24-year-old housewife from Oakland, meets George (Alan Alda), a neurotic 27-year-old accountant from New Jersey at dinner. They have a sexual...

Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

This biting social/sexual satire was from the same team responsible for My Beautiful Laundrette (1986). Sammy (Ayub Khan-Din) and Rosie (Frances Barber) are a hip and unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst...

Sand Pebbles, The (1966)

Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) arrives aboard the river patrol gunboat USS San Pablo (nicknamed the 'Sand Pebble' with its sailors dubbed 'sand pebbles') which has been assigned to patrol a tributary...

Sands of the Desert (1960)

Diminutive and timid travel agent Charlie Sands (Charlie Drake) is sent by his boss, Mr Bossom (Raymond Huntley) to supervise the opening of "Bossom's Bedouin Holiday Camp" in the middle eastern desert - despite Charlie's...

Sandwich Man, The (1966)

Mild-mannered widower Horace Quilby (Michael Bentine) is a 'Sandwich Man' who carries a sandwich-board on behalf of Finklebaum and O'Casey - dealers in 'misfit clothing' - and is a resplendent sight in his top hat...

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964)

The people of Mars kidnap Santa Claus and two children in an effort to capture the Christmas spirit for their listless children who have seen how happy Earth children are via television stations they have...

Sapphire (1959)

A pregnant woman is found stabbed to death on Hampstead Heath and the subsequent police investigation initially follows her fiancé David Harris (Paul Massie) and tight-knit family. Things change when the murdered girl - "Sapphire"...

Saragossa Manuscript, The (1965)

Based on the 1813 novel by Jan Potocki, this is a complex and exhilarating film that ranks among the most remarkable achievements of 1960s European cinema. Beginning in the Peninsular War, the action shifts, via the...

Satan Bug, The (1965)

Adapted from an Alistair MacLean novel of the same name, The Satan Bug concerns Station 3, a top-secret research facility in the California desert where the US government engineers designer germs. The lab's former chief of...

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10 Rillington Place (1971)

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101 Dalmatians (1961)

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