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The Graduate (1967)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) X Source of story A book of the same name by Charles Webb Director Mike Nichols Writers/Script Calder Willingham, Buck Henry Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Buck Henry, Richard Dreyfuss, Elevator Pitch: Bejamin graduates from college and is feted by his parents at a homecoming party, but feels … Continue reading

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Duration 3h 36m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Real WWI events and the words of T.E.Lawrence Director David Lean Writers/Script Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson Starring Peter O’Tool, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Wolfit, Elevator Pitch: A young British intelligence officer, based in … Continue reading

Bond 4: Thunderball (1965)

Elevator Pitch. When SPECRE steals two atomic bombs, by hijacking a Vulcan bomber, and holds the civilised world to ransom Bond is dispatched to the Bahamas to infiltrate the organisation and to firstly find out what is going on, and secondly to locate the bombs. But the clock is ticking so can he convince the … Continue reading

Bond 1: Dr No (1962)

Elevator Pitch When the MI6 agent in Jamaica disappears and his secretary is found dead,  Bond is sent out to find out what has happened. On the trail Bond is waylaid by a couple of young women, one on his side and one against him, but finally he determines that he must go to Crab … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Elevator Pitch In the wilds of Arizona (or Utah) a mail order bride arrives to find the the man she is married to has been killed, leaving her an isolated farmstead which is to be inportant in the development of the approaching railroad. The killer, the railroad boss’s enforcer, implicates a local gang leader, but … Continue reading

Spartacus (1960)

Elevator Pitch In 73 BC Spartacus, a slave in gladiator school, rebels against his masters and, with his fellow trainees, defeats their guards and forms an army which picks up recruits from the countryside eventually making up a formidable force which threatens the security of Rome. The senate makes the error of sending out small … Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Elevator Pitch. A couple of gunmen, running a scam involving getting reward money for one and then preventing him being hanged, hear that there is a fortune in gold hidden in a grave in a cemetery and so must travel across the country during the US Civil War, forced to remain together because one knows … Continue reading

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Duration 1h 51m Rating (UK) X Source of story Actual events in the the real life of these two people – slightly more than “inspired by real events”. Writers/Script David Newman, Robert Benton (and Robert Towne uncredited) Additional Info The production costs are estimated at $2,500,00 and the film grossed more than $50,000,000, a result … Continue reading

55 Days in Peking (1963)

Duration 2h 34m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A book about real events, the siege of the foreign legation compound in Peking in 1900 during the Boxer rebellion, by Noel Gerson. Writers/Script Robert Hamer, Phillip Yordan, Bernard Gordon, Ben Barzman Additional Info The set of the foreign compounds was built outside Madrid at a … Continue reading

Khartoum

Released 1966 Rating U Director Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon Writer/s Robert Ardrey Starring Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson Source of story Based on real events Elevator Pitch In 1884 General “Chinese” Gordon is sent to Khartoum to arrange for the evacuation of the city, which is threatened by the Mahdi, an extreme religious leader … Continue reading

Bond 2: From Russia With Love

Released 1963 Rating PG in UK Director Terence Young Writer/s Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood Starring Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Bernard Lee, Walter Gotell, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn Source of story Book of the same name by Ian Fleming Elevator Pitch Bond is sent to Istanbul to recover a Russian … Continue reading

The Magnificent Seven

Released 1960 Rating U in UK Director John Sturges Writer/s William Roberts Starring Yul Brynner, Steven McQueen, Eli Wallach, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn Source of story A Hollywood remake of “The Seven Samurai” Elevator Pitch A group of American gunslingers are hired to protect a Mexican village against a gang of bandits. Content … Continue reading

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