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Take three trips back to the Old West alongside James Arness as he reprises his unforgettable role of Marshall Matt Dillion in these TV movies based on the classic show.
Diana Scott (Julie Christie in an Oscar winning performance) is an ambitious model determined to make it to the top. Using her sexuality, she manipulates powerful men, but in so doing becomes a prisoner of the jet-setting lifestyle she once yearned for. Dirk Bogarde co-stars as Diana's long-suffering boyfriend. The film also won Oscars for Best Original Story and Screenplay, and Costume.
Pen Tennyson directs this early Ealing Studios drama set in a Welsh coal mining valley. Paul Robeson stars as David Goliath, a charismatic African-American seaman who washes up in a small mining village in Wales. There, he finds work alongside the miners down the pit, and his magnificent singing voice attracts the attention of local choir director Dick Parry (Simon Lack), who has ambitions of winning the national choir contest on the strength of Goliath's talent. However, a mining disaster puts both of these occupations on hold, and Goliath rouses a group of activists to march to London in the hope of reopening the mine in time to serve the nation's wartime needs.
Romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Sabrina Fairchild (Hepburn) is the impressionable daughter of the chauffeur to the wealthy Larabee family. Her childhood crush on David Larabee (William Holden), the playboy younger brother, goes unnoticed until she returns a woman from finishing school in Paris. When David's dalliance with Sabrina places a lucrative business deal at risk, hard-headed elder brother Linus (Bogart) steps in and decides to woo her himself.
Historical romantic drama about two men, French nobleman Marquis de Corbal (Hugh Sinclair) and anarchist Varennes (Nils Asther), fighting for the affections of Cleonie (Hazel Terry).
Adrift in the Depression-era Southwest, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker embark on a life of crime. They mean no harm. They crave adventure - and each other. Soon we start to love them †too. †
But nothing in film history has prepared us for the cascading violence to follow.
Bonnie and Clyde turns brutal. We learn they can be hurt - and dread they can be killed.
Bonnie and Clyde balances itself on a knife-edge of†laughter and terror, thanks to vivid title-role performances by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway and superb support from Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons.
In 1943 a group of mismatched Allied soldiers are sent to sabotage two powerful Nazi guns situated on a Greek island. If their mission fails, the guns will wipe out the 2,000 British soldiers who are attempting to evacuate civilians further down the coast. The mission is led by the dispassionate Captain Mallory (Gregory Peck), whose clinical approach does not find favour with explosives expert Corporal Miller (David Niven). Meanwhile, the group's Greek patriot guide Andrea Stavros (Anthony Quinn) is nursing a grudge against Mallory for an old injustice. A belated sequel, 'Force 10 from Navarone', followed in 1978.
Lancashire bootmaker Henry Horatio Hobson (Charles Laughton) keeps a tight rein on his three daughters, until his eldest, Maggie (Brenda De Banzie), marries his assistant Willie Mossop (John Mills) and sets him up in his own bootmaking firm. To Hobson's consternation, Willie has soon become his father-in-law's main business rival.
David Lean directed this tale based on the novel by H.G. Wells in which a woman (Ann Todd) meets and marries an older man (Claude Rains) but then bumps into her former lover (Trevor Howard) and finds her passions re-ignited.
In this collection, stage and screen legends including Judi Dench, lan Holm, Deborah Kerr, Paul Scofield, Hugh Laurie, Penelope Keith, Joan Collins and more bring to life some of the most entertaining and inventive plays and stories ever written.
Noel Coward is the definitive playwright of the early 20th century, contributing a robust repertoire of brilliant material. Playwright, actor, composer, and irrepressible socialite. Coward charmed high society in both London and New York during his heyday, and his work continues to charm audiences today with its urbane wit, sly humor and distinctive style.
The exceptional productions in this set include many of Coward's best-known works such as Hay Fever, Private Lives and Design for Living, and the bonus features offer historic interviews with Coward plus archive audio recordings of an additional six plays produced for radio.
Put together, this collection is a quintessential part of any theatre lover's library.
Box set featuring six Shakespeare adaptations starring legendary actor Laurence Olivier. In 'King Lear' (1983), the ageing King Lear (Olivier) decides to split his kingdom between three daughters - Regan, Cordelia and Goneril - with each receiving a share appropriate to the amount of love they feel for him. However, when the faithful Cordelia refuses to protest her devotion, an enraged Lear foolishly cedes complete control to the devious remaining siblings - with terrible results. In 'Henry V' (1944), the young king (Olivier) puts his rakish past behind him and rallies his men to invade France, winning against the enemy's superior numbers. The film was shot in Ireland to avoid the constant bombardment of the Blitz and Olivier was discharged from the Navy to make the film. In 'Hamlet' (1948), Hamlet (Olivier), Prince of Denmark, is still mourning over the death of his father and his mother Gertrude's (Eileen Herlie) subsequent remarriage to Hamlet's despised uncle, Claudius (Basil Sydney), who is now King. When his father's ghost appears to Hamlet and reveals that it was Claudius who murdered him, the young prince vows revenge. However, a fatal flaw in his character - hesitation - mars his efforts, resulting in murder, madness and treachery. In 'The Merchant of Venice' (1974), Jewish moneylender Shylock (Olivier) provides young Antonio (Anthony Nichols) with a loan, stating that if it is not repaid he will claim a pound of flesh. When Antonio's bond defaults, Shylock attempts to claim his grisly compensation in a court of law, but Portia (Joan Plowright) pleads Antonio's case. In 'Richard III' (1955), Olivier stars as the cold and calculating king, a treacherous and untrustworthy fellow who makes plans to kill anyone who threatens his position. Henry Stafford (Ralph Richardson), the Duke of Clarence (John Gielgud) and Lady Anne Neville (Claire Bloom) are just some of those moving in his orbit. 'As You Like It' (1936) was filmed in England in 1936 when Olivier was still considered a promising young actor rather than one of the finest thespians ever, as he would later become, this is his first filmed Shakespeare performance and thus a milestone in film history.
During the immediate post-war years, the Huggetts were undoubtedly Britain's favourite film family. Unashamedly working-class the family epitomised the spirit of a united nation relishing simple pleasures with a cheery, down-to-earth smile. In 'Holiday Camp' (1947), the Huggett family's off on a spot of hols, led by dad Joe (Jack Warner). They arrive at one of Britain's largest holiday camps and soon find their lives intertwined with those of fellow holidaymakers Jimmy Gardner (Jimmy Hanley), a 21-year-old sailor jilted at the altar, spinster Esther Harman (Flora Robson) and flashy 'Binkie' Hardwicke (Dennis Price). In 'Here Come the Huggetts' (1948), the Huggett family returns in a home grown adventure as the family is about to have the telephone installed. In 'The Huggetts Abroad' (1949), the Huggett family is down on its luck, as father Joe is unemployed. Son-in-law Jimmy has a job waiting for him in South Africa, but no transport, so the whole clan sets off for the far continent.in the car. Along the way they have to cope with a breakdown, a broken compass in the Sahara, diamond smugglers and a spell in prison. In 'Vote for Huggett' (1948), Joe decides to enter the world of politics, causing uproar in his own household and the local community.
This brand new edition of Rodgers & Hammerstein's much-loved klahoma! gives you the opportunity to watch the whole film or just your favourite songs, with or without Sing-along subtitles.
This joyous celebration of frontier life combines tender romance and violent passion in the Oklahoma Territory of the 1900's, with a timeless score filled with unforgettable songs, such as "Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin", "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top", "People Will Say We're In Love" and "Oklahoma!"
Psychological melodrama about a vicious gangster on the run, who takes refuge with a former pop star.
Four films based on the literary works of Graham Greene. In 'The Third Man' (1949), writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in war-torn Vienna to take up a job with his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles). He is informed that Lime died a week previously in a car accident, but upon investigating further discovers that the circumstances of Lime's death are shrouded in confusion. Martins begins to wonder just how well he knew his old friend after the head of local military police, Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), convinces him that Lime was in fact a black market drug racketeer responsible for many deaths. In 'Brighton Rock' (1947), 16-year-old gangster Pinkie Brown (Richard Attenborough) uses young waitress Rose Brown (Carol Marsh) as an alibi after commiting a murder at the race track. Worried that she will give him away, Pinkie marries Rose. However, his subsequent attempts to drive her to the point of suicide do not go according to plan. 'The Heart of the Matter' (1953) stars Trevor Howard as Scobie, an assistant police commissioner posted in Sierra Leone in World War 2. Exploring familiar Greene themes such as religion and work politics, the film co-stars Elizabeth Allan and Maria Schell as the wronged wife and the hard-done-by mistress. 'The Fallen Idol' (1948) is an award-winning adaptation of Greene's short story 'The Basement Room', and is told primarily from a child's perspective. Philippe (Bobby Henrey) is the young son of a diplomat who idolises Baines (Ralph Richardson), his father's butler. When Baines' wife is found murdered and Baines is implicated, Philippe does everything he can to point the investigation away from the butler. In doing so he makes matters worse - and also discovers that his hero is not the man he thought he was.
Alfie is not really a bad sort. It's just that he has†this overwhelming desire for the opposite sex. You might say that "birds" are irresistible to him, sort of second nature.
With Michael Caine in the title role, Alfie is a ribald and wild comedy, filled with sex and sin. For those who want to be entertained, Alfie is charming, delightful and quick-moving.
For those who want more, there is, beneath the surface, a lingering tragedy, simply and poignantly told about the taker and the taken.
Billy Wilder's classic drama starring Ray Milland as a writer and inveterate alcoholic who evades his brother to embark on a binge around New York. Don Birnam (Milland)'s struggles with alcohol have become clear to those close to him. However, having satisfied himself that Don hasn't had a drink for ten days, his brother, Wick (Philip Terry), agrees to escort Don's girlfriend, Helen (Jane Wynam), to a show while the writer prepares himself for their planned trip to the country. Instead, Don uses the absence of the pair to search his apartment for the booze Wick has hidden and sets off for the city's watering holes when he can't find any. Over the days that follow, Helen and the increasingly exasperated Wick attempt to track down the absent Don, but can anyone help the wayward writer get back on the wagon?
Double bill of cult British films from the 1970s. 'Duffer' (1971) follows the title character, played by Kit Gleave, a kind but obsessive teenager who is struggling to choose between his relationship with an older man and the comfort he gets from a female prostitute. 'Moon Over the Alley' (1976), a musical with a score by Galt MacDermot, examines the issues faced by the tenants of a multicultural boarding house in Notting Hill.
Classic Ealing comedy about a group of villagers who, angered by British Rail's decision to close down their local branch line, make a bid to run the service themselves, making use of an antique locomotive liberated from a local museum.
Captain January (1936)
The Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
Our Little Girl (1935)
Upon leaving jail, petty criminal Charlie Croker (Michael Caine) inherits a carefully planned $4,000,000 gold robbery in Italy. With the original mastermind of the plan murdered, Croker needs financial backing and finds it in Mr Bridger (Noel Coward in his last screen role), a quintessential English crime boss still incarcerated by Her Majesty's Prison Service. Bridger supplies Charlie with his own gang of bank robbers, getaway drivers and computer whizz-kids, and helps him plan the heist (during the practice runs Caine utters the infamous phrase 'you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off'), which results in the world's biggest traffic jam. The gang's getaway in red, white and blue minis is accompanied by the tune 'Getta Bloomin Move On' (aka 'Self Preservation Society') written by Quincy Jones and George Martin.
One night over Europe, a crippled Lancaster Bomber struggles home across the English Channel, all crew dead except for the young pilot (David Niven) desperately scanning the radio for signs of life. A young radio operator picks up his signal, and in the final moments of the young flyer's life, a special bond is formed. The next morning, washed up on an English beach, the pilot is alive and somehow he survived. It's a miracle...or is it?
1900 is an epic film of massive scope, power and controversy.
It is both a vast history of the 20th Century Italy and an intimate portrait of two friends, both born on January 1, 1900, one the son of a peasant farmer and the other the son of a fascist landowner. The two young men pass through the upheavals of the modern world, as their personal conflicts become an allegory of the political turmoil of twentieth century Italy.
1900 features and award-winning international cast that includes Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Burt Lancaster, Donald Sutherland, Sterling Hayden, Dominique Sanda, Alida Valli and Stefania Sandrelli. Photographed by legendary cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro with a beautiful and haunting score by Ennio Morricone.
Presented in its original two-part, five-hour version, this magnificent 3-disc edition also features Bernardo Bertolucci: Reflections on Cinema, a 2002 documentary spanning the career of the master director.
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