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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

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