I’m All Right, Jack (1959)

JOHN BOULTING Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 United Kingdom, 1959. Charter Film Productions, Boulting Brothers. Screenplay by Frank Harvey, John Boulting, with Alan Hackney, based on his novel. Cinematography by Mutz Greenbaum. Produced by Ray Boulting. Music by Ken Hare. Production Design by William C. Andrews. Costume Design by John McCorry. Film Editing by…

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Only Two Can Play (1962)

SIDNEY GILLIAT Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom, 1962. Vale Film Productions. Screenplay by Bryan Forbes, based on the novel by That Uncertain Feeling by Kingsley Amis. Cinematography by John Wilcox. Produced by Leslie Gilliat. Music by Richard Rodney Bennett.  Production Design by Albert Witherick. Costume Design by Muriel Dickson. Film Editing by…

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Cry Freedom (1987)

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  United Kingdom, 1987.  Universal Pictures, Marble Arch Productions.  Screenplay by John Briley, based on the books Biko and Asking For Trouble by Donald Woods.  Cinematography by Ronnie Taylor.  Produced by Richard Attenborough.  Music by George Fenton, Jonas Gwangwa.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by John Mollo.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker.  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe…

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The League Of Gentlemen (1960)

BASIL DEARDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  United Kingdom, 1960.  Allied Film Makers.  Screenplay by Bryan Forbes, based on the novel by John Boland.  Cinematography by Arthur Ibbetson.  Produced by Michael Relph.  Music by Philip Green.  Production Design by Peter Proud.  Costume Design by Joan Ellacott.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge. Seven different men receive an anonymous package in the mail, which…

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All Night Long (1962)

BASIL DEARDEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1962.  The Rank Organisation.  Screenplay by Nel King, Paul Jarrico, based on the play Othello by William Shakespeare.  Cinematography by Edward Scaife.  Produced by Michael Relph, Bob Roberts.  Music by Philip Green.  Production Design by Ray Simm.  Costume Design by Julie Harris.  Film Editing by John D. Guthridge. Shakespeare’s Othello is loosely updated to an anniversary…

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The Great Escape (1963)

JOHN STURGES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1963.  The Mirisch Company.  Screenplay by James Clavell, W.R. Burnett, based on the book by Paul Brickhill.  Cinematography by Daniel L. Fapp.  Produced by John Sturges.  Music by Elmer Bernstein.  Production Design by Fernando Carrere.  Film Editing by Ferris Webster.  Academy Awards 1963.  Golden Globe Awards 1963.  National Board of Review Awards 1963.   A huge…

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The Sand Pebbles (1966)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. USA, 1966.  Robert Wise Productions, Solar Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Robert Anderson, based on the novel by Richard McKenna.  Cinematography by Joseph MacDonald.  Produced by Robert Wise.  Music by Jerry Goldsmith.  Production Design by Boris Leven.  Costume Design by Renie.  Film Editing by William Reynolds.  Academy Awards 1966.  Golden Globe Awards 1966. Robert Wise followed his…

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Charlie: The Life and Art Of Charles Chaplin (2003)

RICHARD SCHICKEL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2003.  Lorac Productions.  Screenplay by Richard Schickel.  Cinematography by Thomas Albrecht, Kris Denton, Simon Fanthorpe, Rob Goldie, John Halliday, Ross Keith, Graham Smith.  Produced by Bryan McKenzie, Richard Schickel.  Film Editing by Bryan McKenzie.  Cannes Film Festival 2003.   Those disappointed in Richard Attenborough’s film Chaplin should definitely take a look at this excellent documentary,…

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A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)

MICHAEL POWELL, EMERIC PRESSBURGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Alternate title:  Stairway To Heaven United Kingdom, 1946.  The Archers.  Screenplay by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Cinematography by Jack Cardiff.  Produced by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.  Music by Allan Gray.  Production Design by Alfred Junge.  Costume Design by Hein Heckroth.  Film Editing by Reginald Mills. Gorgeously photographed, full-colour romantic fantasy set during World War II,…

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Miracle On 34th Street (1994)

LES MAYFIELD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1994.  Twentieth Century Fox, Hughes Entertainment.  Screenplay by George Seaton, John Hughes, based on the 1947 screenplay by George Seaton, from a story by Valentine Davies.  Cinematography by Julio Macat.  Produced by John Hughes.  Music by Bruce Broughton.  Production Design by Doug Kraner.  Costume Design by Kathy O’Rear.  Film Editing by Raja Gosnell.   Marvelous update…

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Jurassic Park (1993)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.   USA, 1993.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by Michael Crichton, David Koepp, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Dean Cundey.  Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Gerald R. Molen.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Eric H. Sandberg, Sue Moore.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1993. Sam Neill and…

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

STEVEN SPIELBERG Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.   USA, 1997.  Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Digital Image Associates.  Screenplay by David Koepp, based on the novel by Michael Crichton.  Cinematography by Janusz Kaminski.  Produced by Gerald R. Molen, Colin Wilson.  Music by John Williams.  Production Design by Rick Carter.  Costume Design by Sue Moore.  Film Editing by Michael Kahn.  Academy Awards 1997. Inferior sequel to 1993’s blockbuster hit Jurassic…

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