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Chaplin (1992)

Duration 2h 23m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story The life of and the autobiography of Charlie Chaplin plus a book by David Robinson Director Richard Atenborough Writers/Script William Boyd, Bryan Forbes,  William Goldman Starring Robert Downey Jr, Geraldine Chaplin, John Thaw, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Marisa Tomaei, Kevin Klyne, Maria Pitillo, Milla … Continue reading

Goodfellas (1990)

Duration 2h 26m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A book, Wiseguy, itself based on real events by Nicholas Pileggi Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese Starring Robert De Nero, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sovino, Tony Darrow, Frank Vincent, Debi Mazar, Michael Imperioli, Samuel L. Jackson, Elevator Pitch: A young … Continue reading

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Duration 2h 8m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story Yes really! The book by Bram Stoker Director Francis Ford Coppola Writers/Script James V. Hart Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Sadie Frost, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci, Michaela Bercu, Florina Kendrick, Elevator Pitch: A young lawyer, Jonathan Harker … Continue reading

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Duration 2h 50m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by James Jones, based on his experiences in WWII Director Terrence Malick Writers/Script Terrence Malick Starring Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson,  Jared Leto, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, John C. Reilly, John Travolta, Elevator … Continue reading

Highway to Hell (1991)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay inspired only by the name of the song and maybe Orpheus in the Underworld. Director Ate de Jong Writers/Script Brian Helgeland Starring Patrick Bergin, Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Ben Stiller and the rest of his family. Elevator Pitch: While eloping to Las Vegas … Continue reading

Casino (1995)

Duration 2h 58m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi, chronicling the real mafioso involvement in Las Vegas Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese Starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles, L.Q. Jones, Frank Vincent, Frankie Avalon, Elevator Pitch: Sam … Continue reading

Species (1995)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A more or less original screenplay Director Roger Donaldson Writers/Script Dennis Feldman Starring Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge, Michelle Williams, Elevator Pitch: A scientist gets a group of specialists together whose job will be to track down and kill … Continue reading

Trainspotting (1996)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh Director Danny Boyle Writers/Script John Hodge Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald, James Cosmo, Shirley Henderson, Elevator Pitch: A group of friends, Renton, Spud, Sick Boy, Tommy and Begbie … Continue reading

Species II (1998)

Duration 1h 29m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story Loosely based on the first film of the franchise Director Peter Medak Writers/Script Chris Brancato (characters by Dennis Feldman) Starring Michael Madsen, Natasha Henstridge, Marg Helgenberger, James Cromwell, Nancy La Scala, Raquel Gardner Elevator Pitch: A Mars mission results in the crew of three being infected … Continue reading

The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A book of the same name by Jacquelyn Mitchard Director Ulu Grosbard Writers/Script Stephen Schiff Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Treat Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, John Kapelos Elevator Pitch: Beth Cappadora goes to a college reunion in a large hotel, briefly leaving her eldest son Vincent with his younger … Continue reading

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Sam Raimi Writers/Script Simon Moore. Josh Whedon Starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobin Bell, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle, Woody Strode, Elevator Pitch: A female gunslinger rides into the town of Redemption to take part in gunfighting competition … Continue reading

Die Hard 2 (1990)

Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A novel “58 Minutes” by Walter Wager Director Renny Harlin Writers/Script Steven E. de Souza, Doug Richardson Starring Bruce Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Wiliam Atherton, Regineld VelJohnson, Franco Nero, William Sadler, John Amos, Dennis Franz, Robert Patrick, John Leguizamo, Colm Meaney Elevator Ptch: At snowy Washington Airport … Continue reading

Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story The  characters and environment of the first film Director Jay Roach Writers/Script Mike Myers, Michael McCullers Starring Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Rob Lowe, Seth Green, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Elizabeth Hurley, Jennifer Coolidge, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Kristen … Continue reading

Addams Family Values (1993)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original Addams family were the subject of a series of cartoons in the New Yorker between 1938 and 1988 by Charles Addams. They spawned multiple presentation as films, TV shows and animated series. Director Barry Sonnenfeld Writers/Script Paul Rudnick Starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher … Continue reading

Bad Lieutenant (1992)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 18 (NC-17 in USA) Source of story An original screenplay Director Abel Ferrara Writers/Script Zoë Lund, Abel Ferrara Starring Harvey Keitel, Frankie Thorn, Paul Hipp, Zoë Lund, Eddie Daniels (I have named the relatively unknown actors who I thought contributed most). Elevator Pitch: A police lieutenant (un-named) is gambling heavily … Continue reading

Hot Shots! (1991)

Duration 1h 24m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A parody of Top Gun Director Jim Abrahams Writers/Script Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft Starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Brdiges, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ryan Styles, Elevator Pitch: This is Top Gun as a comedy. Topper Harley is a fighter pilot who has issues to … Continue reading

The Mask (1994)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An idea possibly developed from a comic book of the same name, but which had a different theme. Director Chuck Russell Writers/Script Mike Werb (story Michael Fallon, Mark Verheiden) Starring Jim Carrey, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Cameron Diaz, Max (the dog) Elevator Pitch: A put upon … Continue reading

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Duration 1h 58m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The characters deveoped by Shane Black Director Richard Donner Writers/Script Jeffrey Boan, Robert Mark Kamen, Jeffrey Boam Starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russon, Stuart Wilson, Delores Hall Elevator Pitch: Roger Murtaugh is due to retire, and so is being looked after by Riggs, … Continue reading

Batman and Robin (1997)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original Batman comics, the TV series and particularly the previous film, Batman Forever. Director Joel Schumacher Writers/Script Akiva Goldsman Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Elle Macpherson Elevator Pitch: Batman and Robin are established crime fighters … Continue reading

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Robert Rodriguez Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino (Story Robert Kurtzman) Starring George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, John Saxon, Kelly Preston, Elevator Pitch: Bank robber Seth Gecko and his psychopathic brother Richard … Continue reading

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