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Rain Man (1988)

Duration 2h 13m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Said to be developed from the actual experience of the writer Barry Morrow, who had kidnapped someone to save them from being incarcerated. Director Barry Levinson Writers/Script Ronald Bass, Barry Morrow Starring Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Elevator Pitch: Sharp car dealer Charlie Babbitt is … Continue reading

Time Bandits (1981)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Director Terry Gilliam Writers/Script Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam Starring John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Ralph Richardson, Peter Vaughn, David Warner, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Jim Broadbent, Elevator Pitch: Kevin’s wardrobe turns out to contain a time portal and, … Continue reading

Dirty Harry 4: Sudden Impact (1983)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay using the characters from the other Dirty Harry outings Director Clint Eastwood Writers/Script Joseph Stinson, Dean Riesner (Story Earl E. Smith, Charles B. Pierce) Starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Albert Popwell, Elevator Pitch: Harry Callahan is sent to beachfront … Continue reading

The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Duration 1h 22m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Director Woody Allen Writers/Script Woody Allen Starring Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello, Zoe Caldwell, Milo O’Shea Elevator Pitch: It is New Jersey 1935. Cecilia is a waitress and abused wife who retreats into the alternative reality provided in her local movie theatre; … Continue reading

Withnail & I (1987)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An (unpublished) book of the same name by Bruce Robinson Director Bruce Robinson Writers/Script Bruce Robinson Starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Michael Elphick Elevator Pitch: In 1969 two out of work actors live in a shabby flat in Camden Town, spending most of … Continue reading

Bond 14: A View to a Kill (1985)

Duration 2h 11m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Apparently only part of the title of an Ian Fleming short story was used. Director John Glen Writers/Script Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson Starring Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, David Yip, Fiona Fullerton, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, Walter Gotell, Geoffrey Keen, … Continue reading

Bond 13: Octopussy (1983)

Duration 2h 11m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The title from an Ian Fleming short story – the content more or less original. Director John Glen Writers/Script George MacDonald Fraser, Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson Starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Steven Berkoff, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown, Lois Maxwell, Walter Gotell, … Continue reading

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

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