Evil Under The Sun (1982)

GUY HAMILTON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom, 1982. EMI Films, Titan Productions, Mersham Productions Ltd.. Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer, based on the novel by Agatha Christie. Cinematography by Christopher Challis. Produced by John Brabourne, Richard Goodwin. Music by John Lanchbery. Production Design by Elliot Scott. Costume Design by Anthony Powell. Film Editing…

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The Driver (1978)

WALTER HILL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 1978.  EMI Films, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Walter Hill.  Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop.  Produced by Lawrence Gordon.  Music by Michael Small.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Jack Bear, Robert Cornwall, Jennifer L. Parsons.  Film Editing by Tina Hirsch, Robert K. Lambert….

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Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

SETH HOLT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   United Kingdom, 1971. EMI Films, Hammer Films. Screenplay by Christopher Wicking, based on the novel The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker. Cinematography by Arthur Grant. Produced by Howard Brandy. Music by Tristram Cary. Production Design by Scott MacGregor. Costume Design by Rosemary Burrows. Film Editing…

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Britannia Hospital (1982)

LINDSAY ANDERSON Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. United Kingdom, 1982.  British Lion Film Corporation, EMI Films, Film and General Productions, National Film Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by David Sherwin.  Cinematography by Mike Fash.  Produced by Davina Belling, Clive Parsons.  Music by Alan Price.  Production Design by Norris Spencer.  Costume Design by Ian Hickinbotham.  Film Editing by Michael Ellis.   Lindsay Anderson makes the…

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The Jazz Singer (1980)

RICHARD FLEISCHER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  USA, 1980.  EMI Films.  Screenplay by Herbert Baker, adaptation by Stephen H. Foreman, based on the play by Samson Raphaelson.  Cinematography by Isidore Mankofsky.  Produced by Jerry Leider.  Music by Leonard Rosenman.  Production Design by Harry Horner.  Costume Design by Albert Wolsky.  Film Editing by Maury Winetrobe.   Neil Diamond makes an ill-advised acting debut in…

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The Deep (1977)

PETER YATES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/United Kingdom, 1977.  Casablanca Filmworks, EMI Films.  Screenplay by Peter Benchley, Tracy Keenan Wynn, based on the novel by Peter Benchley.  Cinematography by Christopher Challis.  Produced by Peter Guber.  Music by John Barry.  Production Design by Anthony Masters.  Costume Design by Ron Talsky.  Film Editing by David Berlatsky.   The success of Jaws meant that Peter Benchley’s follow-up…

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Family Life (1971)

KEN LOACH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 1971.  EMI Films, Kestrel Films.  Screenplay by David Mercer, based on his play.  Cinematography by Charles Stewart.  Produced by Tony Garnett.  Music by Marc Wilkinson.  Production Design by William McCrow.  Costume Design by Daphne Dare.  Film Editing by Roy Watts. Ken Loach can turn even manipulative melodrama into compelling interactions that have a documentary…

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The Go-Between (1971)

JOSEPH LOSEY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1971.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer British Studios, EMI Films, World Film Services.  Screenplay by Harold Pinter, based on the novel by L.P. Hartley.  Cinematography by Gerry Fisher.  Produced by John Heyman, Norman Priggen.  Music by Michel Legrand.  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by John Furniss.  Film Editing by Reginald Beck.   The aristocratic gentry play host…

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Can’t Stop The Music (1980)

NANCY WALKER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.5.  USA, 1980.  EMI Films.  Screenplay by Bronte Woodard, Allan Carr.  Cinematography by Bill Butler.  Produced by Henri Belolo, Allan Carr, Jacques Morali.  Music by Jacques Morali. Production Design by Linda Conaway-Parsloe, Harold Michelson.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge, Jane Greenwood.  Film Editing by John F. Burnett.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies. It truly is as bonkers as…

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Bad Boys (1983)

RICK ROSENTHAL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   USA, 1983.  EMI Films, Solofilm.  Screenplay by Richard Di Lello.  Cinematography by Bruce Surtees, Donald E. Thorin.  Produced by Robert H. Solo.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by J. Michael Riva.  Costume Design by Mickey Antonetti, Jay Hurley.  Film Editing by Antony Gibbs.   What at first seems like just another early eighties excuse for hyperglamourized juvenile…

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The Cheap Detective (1978)

ROBERT MOORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1978.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, EMI Films, Rastar Pictures.  Screenplay by Neil Simon. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo.  Produced by Ray Stark.  Music by Patrick Williams.   Production Design by Robert Luthardt.  Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge.  Film Editing by Sidney Levin, Michael A. Stevenson.   Neil Simon wrote two hilarious spoofs of traditional murder…

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A Passage To India (1984)

DAVID LEAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom/USA, 1984.  EMI Films, Home Box Office, Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment, New Gold Entertainment.  Screenplay by David Lean, based on the novel by E.M. Forster and the play by Santha Rama Rau.  Cinematography by Ernest Day.  Produced by John Brabourne, Richard B. Goodwin.  Music by Maurice Jarre.  Production Design by John Box, Herbert Westbrook.  Costume Design…

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