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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

The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay – there is a book by Paul Hoffman, but it was published in 2000 so a follow-up to the film. Director Po-Chih Leong Writers/Script Paul Hoffman Starring Jude Law, Elina Löwensohn, Timothy Spall, Jack Davenport, Kerry Fox, Elevator Pitch: A young professional (he … Continue reading

For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) X Source of story An original screenplay using at least one character from A Fistful of Dollars, or at least his poncho. Director Sergio Leone Writers/Script Luciano Vincenzoni, Sergio Leone (story by Sergio Donati, Enzo Dell’Aquila, Fernando Di Leo) Starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volantè, Klaus Kinski … Continue reading

The Firm (1993)

Duration 2h 34m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by John Grisham Director Sydney Pollack Writers/Script David Rabe, Robert Towne, David Rayfiel Starring Tom Cruise, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Wilford Brimley, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, Tobin Bell, Dean Norris Elevator Pitch: A bright … Continue reading

The Fifth Element (1997)

Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay developed by Luc Besson over 20 years. Director Luc Besson Writers/Script Luc Besson, Mark Kamen Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Homn, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Brion James, Lee Evans, Elevator Pitch: The world is protected from an intergalactic evil, which … Continue reading

Maverick (1994)

Duration 2h 7m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original 1950/60s TV series Director Richard Donner Writers/Script William Goldman (Roy Huggins – TV series) Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Denver Pyle, Waylon Jennings, Doug McClure, Henry Darrow, Danny Glover, Margot Kidder Elevator Pitch: Bret Maverick, a gambler and … Continue reading

Waterworld (1995)

Duration 2h 15m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story An original screenplay Director Kevin Reynolds Writers/Script Peter Rader, David Twohy Starring Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper, Jack Black, Elevator Pitch: In the far future, after the land on earth has been submerged by the melting icecaps, a community lives on a floating fortified atoll, … Continue reading

Last Man Standing (1996)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A Japanese film, apparently, Yojimbo, by Akira Kurosawa Director Walter Hill Writers/Script Walter Hill Starring Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern, Christopher Walken, Karina Lombard, Michael Imperioli, Leslie Mann, Elevator Pitch: in 1932 a man drives into the dusty border town of Jericho, where he is attacked by … Continue reading

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Duration 2h 19m Rating (UK) U Source of story A novel of the same name by Edith Wharton, written in 1920. Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen, Miriam Margolyes, Siân Phillips, Michael Gough, Jonathan Pryce, Claire Bloom Elevator Pitch: In the … Continue reading

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