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The Getaway (1972)

Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) X Source of story A book of the same name by Jim Thompson who was employed initially to develop the screenplay Director Sam Peckinpah Writers/Script Walter Hill Starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Slim Pickens, Richard Bright, Dub Taylor Elevator Pitch: Doc McCoy, is a … Continue reading

Dirty Harry 3: The Enforcer (1976)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) X Source of story An original screenplay using some fo the characters from previous films of the franchise. Director James Fargo Writers/Script Stirling Silliphant, Dean Riesner (Story Gail Morgan Hickman, S.W. Schurr. Characters Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink) Starring Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Bradford Dillman, John Mitchum, Albert Popwell, … Continue reading

Duel (1971)

Duration 1h 30m Rating (UK) AA Source of story Based on a short story by Richard Matheson, originally published in Playboy Director Steven Spielberg Writers/Script Richard Matheson Starring Dennis Weaver Elevator Pitch: A commercial salesman, David Mann, in a red Plymouth is driving along Califorian desert roads when he comes up on a rusty Peterbilt … Continue reading

Life of Brian (1979)

Elevator Pitch Brian has the misfortune to be born in a stable next to that in which Jesus is born and is accidentally approached by the wise men before they realise their mistake. He grows up, and together with other Jews is oppressed by the Romans, who have done nothing for them except the roads, … Continue reading

Dirty Harry 2: Magnum Force (1973)

Elevator Pitch Harry Callahan and his partner are nominally on stake-out duty due to the perception by his boss that he is a maverick, but when villains begin to be gunned down he is recalled and given the job of arresting a mobster who might possibly be carrying out the hits. Things do not go … Continue reading

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The Arthurian Legend, principally relating to the knights of the Round Table (sort of). Writers/Script Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Additional Info One of the best known tropes in this outing is that the knights pretend to be on … Continue reading

Mad Max (1979)

Duration 1h 28m Rating (UK) X Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script James McCausland, George Miller (Story by George Miller, Byron Kennedy) Additional Info The movie was said to have cost $300,000 some of which was contributed by the director who had worked overtime in his original profesion as a doctor. Since by 1982 … Continue reading

Dirty Harry (1971)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) X Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Harry Julius Fink, Rita M. Fink, Dean Riesmer (other versions by Terrence Malick, John Milius plus a story version by Jo Heims) Additional Info This film was in development for years with Frank Sinatra being attached to it for  a while. Many … Continue reading

Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) A Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Albert Maltz Additional Info The story by Budd Boetticher – the action taking place during the French invasion of Mexico between 1862 and 1866. Director Don Siegel Starring Shirley MacLaine, Clint Eastwood – and a lot of Mexicans because they were cheap. … Continue reading

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady Writers/Script Lorenzo Semple Jr, David Rayfiel Additional Info This might be the first American “Conspiracy” film made prompted by the Watergate affair. Director Sydney Pollack Starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, John … Continue reading

Bond 10: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) A Source of story An original screenplay using the title of an Ian Fleming book only Writer/s Script Christopher Wood, Richard Maibaum Director Lewis Gilbert Starring Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curt Jurgens, Richard Kiel, Caroline Munro, Walter Gotell, Geoffrey Keen, Bernard Lee, George Baker, Shane Rimmer, Kevin McNally Elevator Pitch … Continue reading

Apocalypse Now

Released 1979 Rating X in UK (means 18) Director Francis Ford Coppola Writer/s John Milius, Francis F Coppola, Michael Herr Starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, Scott Glenn Source of story Probably “The Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad Elevator Pitch After a special forces colonel … Continue reading

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