The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

BBBB (out of 5) A Russian submarine traversing the depths of the Atlantic off the coast of New Hampshire accidentally runs aground and strands its Soviet passengers on shore, witnessed by a little boy whose parents (Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint) don’t believe his stories about Russian spies on the beach until they break into…

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The Sand Pebbles

BBB (out of 5) Robert Wise followed his mammothly successful The Sound Of Music with this giant war epic.  Steve McQueen plays an engineer who boards a gunboat in 1920s China, rife with anger and resentment between Chinese and white sailors aboard. China itself is being torn apart by revolution, and the members of this boat…

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The Fortune Cookie

BBBB (out of 5) This was the first time that Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were teamed up on screen, and from this point on a legendary cinematic pairing was born. Lemmon plays an unhappily married business man who is persuaded by his money-grubbing brother-in-law to play up a minor injury into a major lawsuit that they…

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Morgan! A Suitable Case For Treatment

BBBB (out of 5) Vanessa Redgrave made her starring debut in this hilariously cracked British comedy. David Warner plays an oddball chap who is obsessed with communism and dressing up like a gorilla. His ex-wife (Redgrave) is happy to be away from him and anxious to marry her new love, an art dealer (Robert Stephens), but…

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Georgy Girl

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Bridget Jones fans will definitely love this influential and inspired film. It stars a fabulous Lynn Redgrave as an eternally optimistic girl with a bouncy personality and a constant sense that she’s just a few steps off rhythm from everyone else. Her life is influenced by her more callous best friend (Charlotte…

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The Shop On Main Street (Obchod Na Korze)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A lazy, itinerant Slovak villager is given what he thinks is a golden goose when his Nazi-collaborating brother-in-law assigns him as the ‘Aryan’ supervisor of an old Jewish woman’s button shop. At first thrilled at the opportunity to bring more money home, the man eventually grows a conscience as he realizes…

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Born Free

BBBBB (out of 5) The joyous tale of Elsa the lioness that has entertained all ages for decades is still just as fresh and moving now as it was in 1966. The story centres around the true-life story of Joy and George Adamson, an English couple (real-life husband and wife acting team Virginia McKenna and…

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Hawaii (1966)

BBB (out of 5) This adaptation of one part of James Michener’s mammoth novel(s) is interesting from time to time but, for the most part, is a bore. Max von Sydow plays a fundamentalist missionary who takes a wife (Julie Andrews) and moves with her to the island of Hawaii to preach the gospel to the…

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A Man And A Woman (Un Homme Et Une Femme)

BB (out of 5) What on earth did our parents find entertaining about two French people making out for hours while elevator music played in the background? Overdirected within an inch of its life, Claude Lelouch’s cinematic meditation on two lonely people has substance to the extent that it occasionally switches between black-and-white and colour…

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A Man For All Seasons

BBBB (out of 5) The Best Picture Oscar winner of 1966 is this powerful adaptation of Robert Bolt’s thought-provoking play.  It takes place in the court of King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw), who decides to challenge the Catholic Church’s opposition to divorce in order to leave Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn.  Seeking the…

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

BBBB (out of 5) Stephen Sondheim’s fun musical play reaches the big screen with energy and comedy galore. It takes place in ancient Rome, where a monumentally lazy slave (Zero Mostel) desires to find a way in which to purchase his freedom and live only for himself. He discovers that the young master of his…

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This Property Is Condemned

BBB.5 (out of 5) Handsome young Robert Redford blows into a tiny southern town and sets up at a local boarding house. He is unimpressed by the fast-talking woman who runs the place (Kate Reid) and charmed by her sweet young teenaged daughter (Mary Badham), but what really catches his eye is the young woman…

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