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Drama – Crime

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Ransom (1996)

Duration 2h 1m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 18, France: 12 Source of story Derived from a 1954 TV movie, which was repeated in 1955 and was followed by a film “Ransom!” starring Glen Ford in 1956. Director Ron Howard Writers/Script Richard Price, Alexander Ignon (story Cyril Hume, Richard Maibaum) Starring Mel Gibson, Rene … Continue reading

No Good Deed (2014)

Duration 1h 24m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG-13, South Korea: 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Sam Miller Writers/Script Aimee Lagos Starring Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb, Henry Simmons, Kate del Castillo,  Ratings IMDb:  5.6 by 17,869, Rotten Tomatoes: 11% by 53 reviewers Elevator Pitch: Colin is a manipulative convict, jailed for … Continue reading

Red Eye (2005)

Duration 1h 25m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Wes Craven Writers/Script Carl Elisworth, story Dan Foos Starring Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Jayma Mays,  Ratings IMDb:  6.4 by 111,357 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 79% by 193 critics Elevator Pitch: Lisa Reisert, a Miami hotel manager, finds herself … Continue reading

Hummingbird (2013)

 Duration 1h 40m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 16 Source of story An original screenplay Director Steven Knight Writers/Script Steven Knight Starring Jason Statham, Agata Buzek, Vicky McClure, Benedict Wong IMDb Rating 6.2 by 64,727 people Elevator Pitch: Joey is a man on the run from court martial for criminal activty in Afghanistan and … Continue reading

Life of Crime (2013)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book “The Switch” by Elmore Leonard. Director Daniel Schechter Writers/Script Daniel Schechter Starring Jennifer Aniston, Yaslin Bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, Elevator Pitch: In 1978 Detroit a couple of petty criminals, Ordell and Louis, kidnap Mickey, the socialite … Continue reading

Trapped (2002)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by Greg Iles Director Luis Mandoki Writers/Script Greg Iles Starring Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning, Elevator Pitch: A rich family, Will, Karen and their asthmatic daughter Abby have a luxury home in Portland. Will goes … Continue reading

The Assignment (2016)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Walter Hill Writers/Script Walter Hill, Denis Hamill Starring Michelle Rodriguez, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, Caitlin Gerard, Sigourney Weaver, Elevator Pitch: When assassin for hire, Frank Kitchen, kills the brother of a mad but brilliant plastic surgeon, she has him kidnapped and in … Continue reading

Cobra (1986)

Duration 1h 27m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A book by “Fair Game” by Paula Gosling Director George P. Cosmatos Writers/Script Sylvester Stallone Starring Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Brian Thompson, Lee Garlington, Elevator Pitch: A killer in Los Angeles, known as the “Night Slasher” leaves the mutilated bodies of young women for … Continue reading

A Crooked House (2017)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A book of the same name written in 1949 by Agatha Christie Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner Writers/Script Julian Fellows, Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Tim Rose Price, Starring Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Glenn Close, Honor Kneafsey, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp, Julian Sands, Gillian Anderson, Elevator Pitch: A bunch of toffs … Continue reading

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) X Source of story A Life Magazine article “The Boys in the Bank” by P.F. Kluge, about a real bank robbery which took place in 1972. Director Sidney Lumet Writers/Script Frank Pierson Starring John Cazale, Al Pacino, Charles Durning, Lance Henriksen, Dominic Chianese, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, Elevator Pitch: Three … Continue reading

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Guy Richie Writers/Script Guy Richie Starring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones, P.H.Moriarty, Sting, Rob Brydon, Danny John-Jules, Matthew Vaughn Elevator Pitch: A bunch of young geezers in the East End elect one of their number to engage … Continue reading

You Were Never really Here (2017)

Duration 1h 29m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novella of the same name by Jonathan Ames Director Lynne Ramsay Writers/Script Lynne Ramsay Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov Elevator Pitch: Joe, played by Phoenix, is a veteran and possible ex-FBI man whose job is to recover children and young people sold into … Continue reading

The Mule (2018)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A New York Times magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick Director Clint Eastwood Writers/Script Nick Schenk Starring Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Dianne Wiest, Taissa Farmiga, Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia, Elevator Pitch: An elderly flower farmer, Earl … Continue reading

Deadfall (2012)

Duration 1h 25m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Director Stefan Ruzowitzky Writers/Script Zach Dean Starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Charlie Hunnam, Kris Kristofferson, Sissy Spacek, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Elevator Pitch: Lisa, a young woman in a mini-dress is freezing to death in a snowstorm on the road to Canada when … Continue reading

Hustlers (2019)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A magazine article about real events by Jessica Pressler Director Lorene Scafaria Writers/Script Lorene Scafaria Starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Mercedes Ruehl and a number of people who do not have real names. Elevator Pitch: A group of women who dance and provide other … Continue reading

Joker (2019)

Duration 2h 2m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Claimed to be a back story of the Joker of the Batman universe. Director Todd Phillips Writers/Script Todd Phillips, Scott Silver (And the creators of the Gotham character are credited) Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Frances Conroy Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

The Getaway (1972)

Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) X Source of story A book of the same name by Jim Thompson who was employed initially to develop the screenplay Director Sam Peckinpah Writers/Script Walter Hill Starring Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers, Ben Johnson, Al Lettieri, Slim Pickens, Richard Bright, Dub Taylor Elevator Pitch: Doc McCoy, is a … Continue reading

Blackhat (2015)

Duration 2h 13m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Apparently the director followed a news story about the disabling of parts of Iran’s nuclear research by malware. Director Michael Mann Writers/Script Morgan Davis Foehl Starring Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wein Tang, Leehom Wang Elevator Pitch: When an explosion occurs in a Chinese nuclear power plant … Continue reading

Striking Distance (1993)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Rowdy Herrington Writers/Script Rowdy Herrington, Marty Kaplan Starring Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore, John Mahoney Elevator Pttch: Someone in Pittsburgh is assassinating young women and dumping the bodies in the river. When detective Tom Hardy suggests that the … Continue reading

Focus (2015)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Writers/Script Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez,  Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong Elevator Pitch: Nicky Spurgeon, the leader of a group of con men, meets and becomes involved with a female swindler, … Continue reading

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