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The Exorcist (1973)

Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) X Source of story A real exorcism in Ameica on which the novel by Peter Blatty of the same name is based. Director William Friedkin Writers/Script William Peter Blatty Starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge Elevator Pitch: An actress is filming in Washington … Continue reading

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

The Godfather: Part II

Released 1974 Rating X (over 18s) in UK Director Francis Ford Coppola Writer/s Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola Starring Al Pacino, Robert De Nero, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton Source of story A development from The Godfather Elevator Pitch We move between the early life of Vito Corleone from his youth in Sicilly to his early … Continue reading

The Sting

Released 1973 Rating A Director George Roy Hill Writer/s David S Ward Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw Source of story Book, The Big Con by David W Maurer Elevator Pitch For their own reasons a couple of con men decide to swindle a gang boss out of a large sum of money by … Continue reading

A Clockwork Orange

Released 1971 Rating X in UK Director Stanley Kubrick Writer/s Stanley Kubrick Starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Warren Clarke, Michael Bates, Miriam Karlin, Margaret Tyzack, Steven Berkoff Source of story Book of the same name by Anthony Burgess Elevator Pitch A gang of violent delinquents terrorise the urban area they inhabit until their leader is … Continue reading

The Godfather

Released 1972 Rating 15 in UK Director Francis Ford Coppola Writer/s Coppola, Mario Puzo Starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, Richard Conti, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Source of story Novel by Mario Puzo Elevator Pitch Rival families battle for control of neighbourhoods in 1940s New York. When the Godfather is … Continue reading

Bond 8: Live and Let Die

Released 1973 Rating A in UK Director Guy Hamilton Writer/s Tom Mankiewicz Starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James, Geoffrey Holder, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Source of story A story in the 007 franchise – named after but not necessarily based on an Ian Fleming book. Elevator Pitch Bond is sent to New … Continue reading

The Man Who Would Be King

Released 1975 Rating PG in UK Director John Huston Writer/s John Huston, Gladys King Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey, Shakira Caine, Source of story A Rudyard Kipling short story Elevator Pitch Two British warrant officers from the Indian Army hike over the Himalayas to countries where they can use their military … Continue reading

Alien

Released 1979 Rating 15 in UK Director Ridley Scott Writer/s Dan O’Bannon, Ronald Shusett Starring Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt,  Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto Source of story Original screenplay Elevator Pitch After a visit to an apparently uninhabited planet, the crew of the space tug Nostromo become aware that, inadvertently, they … Continue reading

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