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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

Everly (2014)

Elevator Pitch A woman who has been confined to the apartment of a yazuka boss for four years becomes a police informer, and as a result is discarded by him, to be raped and abused by his gang. She escaped to the bathroom, recovers an automatic from the cistern and is tempted to end it … Continue reading

The Samaritan (2012)

Elevator Pitch. Foley, a former con artist who has served 25 years in prison for killing his former partner is released more or less into the hands of the murdered man’s son, who wants him to conduct a scam; in addition  he becomes friendly and then more with a young woman, with whom it appears … Continue reading

Rage (2014)

Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Jim Agnew, Sean Keller Additional Info You might have seen Pasha D. Lynchikoff in “Big Bang”, he really is a Moscow trained Russian actor, but admirably upped sticks and emigrated to America to further his career. Director Paco Cabezas Starring Nicolas Cage, … Continue reading

El Gringo (2012)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Jonathan W. Stokes Additional Info For any Brits who may look at this review, Scott Adkins, who quite looks the part, started off in East Enders and graduated to Holby City before taking off for America. Director Eduardo Rodriguez Starring Scott Adkins, … Continue reading

Term Life (2016)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A graphic novel of the same name by Andy Lieberman and Nick Thornborrow Writers/Script Andy Lieberman Additional Info The title is taken from the fact that the guy has taken out an insurance policy on his life with his daughter as benificiary. Director Peter Billingsley Starring … Continue reading

Get Carter (2000)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A 1971 British film of the same name starring Michael Caine itself derived from a novel by Ted Lewis ”Jack’s Return Home”. Writers/Script David McKenna Additional Info Originally Michael Caine was only given a cameo in this outing, but the audience response to his presence at … Continue reading

Homefront (2013)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Chuck Logan Writers/Script Sylvester Stallone Additional Info Written by Sylvester Stallone years ago and shelved because he got too old to act in it himself, until picked up, apparenty, by Jason Statham. Director Gary Fielder Starring Jason Statham, James … Continue reading

Gangs of New York (2002)

Duration 2h 47m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story Said to have been inspired by the 1927 book “The Gangs of New York” by Herbert Asbury. Writers/Script Jay Cocks, Steven Zaillian, Kenneth Lonergan Additional Info Jay Cocks was the writer of the original story twenty years before the actual production. The director had wanted it … Continue reading

The Godfather: Part III (1990)

Duration 2h 42m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The original book and the first two films, and some real events in the 1980s. Writer/s Script Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola Additional Info There is almost unlimited secondardy info about this movie, much of it about the casting of Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone. I … Continue reading

Romeo Must Die (2000)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Just a hint of Romeo and Juliet Writer/s Script Eric Bernt, John Jarrell Writer/s Story Mitchell Kapner Director Andrzej Bartkowiak Starring Jet Li, Aaliyah, Isaiah Washington, Delroy Lindo Elevator Pitch Someone is killing members of the chinese and black families involved in a complex business deal … Continue reading

Bad Country (2014)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Said to be based on real events Writer/s Script Jonathan Hirschbein Writer/s Story Tom Abernathy, Jonathan Hirschbein, Mike Barnett, Don ‘Bud’ Connor Director Jonathan Hirschbein Starring Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, Neil McDonough, Amy Smart, Tom Berenger Elevator Pitch When a contract killer working for a sophisticated … Continue reading

Payback (1999)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A novel of the same name by Donald E Westlake Writer/s Script Brian Helgeland, Terry Hayes Director Brian Helgeland Starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Bill Duke, Deborah Kara Unger, John Glover, William Devane, Lucy Liu, Kris Kristofferson, Jame Coburn Elevator Pitch After … Continue reading

Lawless (2012)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story Real events potrayed in a book, “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant (the grandson of one of the characters). Writer/s Script Nick Cave Director John Heathcoat Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Gary Oldman Elevator Pitch … Continue reading

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Other F&F outings, particularly F&F 5 Writer/s Script Chris Morgan Writer/s Story Characters: Gary Scott Walker Director Justin Lin Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Ludacris, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Gina Carano, John Ortiz Elevator … Continue reading

Be Cool (2005)

Released 2005 Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard and the previous outing – Get Shorty Writer/s Script Peter Steinfield Director F Gary Gray Starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Vince Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Andre Benjamin, Christina Milian, Harvey Keitel, Dwayne Johnson, James Woods Elevator Pitch Chilli … Continue reading

Transporter Legacy (2015)

Released 2015 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A tenuous relationship with the Transporter franchise Writer/s Script Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Luc Besson Writer/s Story Characters: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen Director Camille Delamarre Starring Ed Strein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol, Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic Elevator Pitch Frank Martin (the second) continues to transport stuff … Continue reading

Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)

Released 1991 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Don Michael Paul Director Simon Wincer Starring Mickey Rourke, Don Johnson, Chelsea Field, Daniel Baldwin, Giancarlo Esposito, Elevator Pitch When two old friends learn that the bar they grew up in is to be reposssessed they determine to rob a bank to … Continue reading

John Wick (2014)

Released 2014 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Derek Kolstad Director Chad Stahelski, David Leitch Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Willen Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, Toby Leonard Moore, Bridget Moynahan, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane Elevator Pitch A man has his house trashed, his dog killed and his car stolen … Continue reading

Crank (2006)

Released 2006 Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Director Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor Starring Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam Elevator Pitch An English hit-man in Los Angeles is injected with a poison by a rival which will kill him unless he can keep … Continue reading

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