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Platoon (1986)

Duration 1h 25m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Loosely based on the director’s own experience as a soldier in the Vietnam war. Director Oliver Stone Writers/Script Oliver Stone Starring Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Elevator Pitch: Chris, a volunteer soldier is assigned to a temporary encampment close to the … Continue reading

Friday the 13th (1980)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) X Source of story An original screenplay Director Sean S. Cunningham Writers/Script Victor Miller Starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon Elevator Pitch: A group of young counsellors are preparing to reopen Camp Crystal Lake after it has been closed for years, and is reputed to be cursed. They make … Continue reading

Hellraiser (1987)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A screenplay developed from a novella by Barker “The Hellbound Heart”. Director Clive Barker Writers/Script Clive Barker Starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman Elevator Pitch: Larry and his wife move into the old family home which has been let go, but squatted in … Continue reading

Children of the Corn (1984)

Duration 1h 32m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A short story b Stephen King Director Fritz Kiersch Writers/Script George Goldsmith Starring Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong Elevator Pitch: A young couple, Burt and Vicky,  are en route to Seattle and are driving between fields of maise in Nebraska when they run down a … Continue reading

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Richard Donner Writers/Script Shane Black Starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Elevator Pitch: A suicidal ex special forces detective, Martin Riggs, is teamed up with a police lieutenant, Roger Murtaugh, appearing to be a meeting of opposites. … Continue reading

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel “The Short Timers” by Gustav Hasford Director Stanley Kubrick Writers/Script Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford Starring Matthew Modine, Adan Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Ermey, Papillon Soo, Ngoc Le, Arliss Howard Elevator Pitch: A bunch of young men are put through grindingly unpleasant eight … Continue reading

Top Gun (1986)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A magazine article by Ehud Yonay Director Tony Scott Writers/Script Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan Elevator Pitch: A reckless but talented Navy pilot with issues is sent to the Miramar elite … Continue reading

First Blood (1982)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by David Morrell Director Ted Kotcheff Writers/Script Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim, Sylvester Stallone Starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso, Bruce Greenwood, Elevator Pitch: John Rambo, a Vietnam vet, living on the road arrives at a small town … Continue reading

The War of the Roses (1989)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Warren Adler Director Danny DeVito Writers/Script Michael Leeson Starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, G.D. Spradlin Elevator Pitch: The Roses meet at an auction, fall in love and go on to marry. He becomes a successful lawyer and … Continue reading

Scarface (1983)

Duration 2h 50m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story Inspired by a 1932 Howard Hawks film of the same name but set in Chicago, itself derived from a novel by Armitage Trail. Director Brian De Palma Writers/Script Oliver Stone Starring Al Pacino, Steven Bauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia, F. Murray Abraham, Harris … Continue reading

Pale Rider (1985)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Clint Eastwood Writers/Script Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack Starring Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Chris Penn, Richard Dysart, Sydney Penny, Richard Kiel Elevator Pitch: When a gold prospector’s camp in the hills of California is attacked by vigilantes working for a banker, … Continue reading

Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Duration 2h 11m Rating (UK) U Source of story An almost direct continuation of the previous film, originally Star Wars II, which became Star Wars V. Director Richard Marquand Writers/Script Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas (story by George Lucas) Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, James … Continue reading

Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) U Source of story The characters and events seen in Star Wars IV (Originally the first film) Director Irvin Kershner Writers/Script Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan (Story by George Lucas) Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Julian Glover, James Earl Jones, … Continue reading

Bond 12: For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Elevator Pitch. When a British spy ship, with a control system for Polaris submarines is accidentlly sunk a number of clandestine organisations are searching  for it, in order to capture the control system and sell it to the eager Russians. In order to frustrate the searchers, Bond is required to infiltrate their organisations then find … Continue reading

The Name of the Rose (1986)

Elevator Pitch William de Baskerville and his young acolyte Adso are visiting a Benedictine abbey in 1327 to take part in a conference when a mysterious death of one of the monks occurs. William is asked to investigate and while doing so further deaths occur resulting in a visit from a reprentative of the inquisition.  … Continue reading

48 Hrs (1982)

  Elevator Pitch The 48 Hours of the title is the length of time during which renegade San Francisco cop Jack Cates can rely on the assistance of bank robber Reggie Hammond who he has had released from prison so that the two can go on the track of Reggie’s former associates who are attempting … Continue reading

Predator (1987)

Elevator Pitch A bunch of ex-special forces mercenaries are hired to go into the Central American jungle, together with a CIA spook in order to rescue a couple of hostages from some bandits. As they make their way through the jungle they become aware that everything is not quite as it should be and their … Continue reading

Die Hard (1988)

Elevator Pitch When terrorists take over the Nakatomi building in downtown Los Angeles they have a meticulous plan which will enable them to fulfil their wishes, despite the intervention of the LA police and then the FBI. There are twelve of them, all heavily armed, but they have not reckoned with the presence of New … Continue reading

TeenWolf (1985)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Jeph Loeb, Matthew Weisman Additional Info Apparently the studio wanted a film which could be made very cheaply, so the objective was achieved. It only took 21 days to film, at a cost of about $1,000,000 and made about $80,000,000 worldwide. Director … Continue reading

Ghostbusters (1984)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis Additional Info This had been in development for a while and was intended to star John Belushi. When he died things were temporarily chaotic before others were cast. Director Ivan Reitman Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, … Continue reading

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