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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Duration 1h 42m Ratings UK: A, USA:  Source of story A 1901 book of the same name by L. Frank Baum Director Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mevyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor Writers/Script Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allen Woolf,  plus 15 other contributors. Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack … Continue reading

Apocalypto (2006)

Duration 2h 19m Ratings UK: 18, USA:  Source of story An original screenplay Director Mel Gibson Writers/Script Mel Gibson, Farhad Safinia Starring Rudy Youngblood, Morris Birdyellowhead, Dalia Hernandez, Raoul Max Trujillo,  Ratings IMDb: 7.8 by 291,375 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 66% by 199 critics. Elevator Pitch: A small group of men, dressed in loincloths, chase a tapir … Continue reading

The Passion of Christ (2004)

Duration 2h 07m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R. Spain 18. Source of story Said to be based on the gospels plus some other religious sources. Director Mel Gibson Writers/Script Benedict Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson Starring Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci,  Hristo Shopov, Claudia Gerini,   Ratings IMDb:  7.2 by 113,646 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 49% by 278 critics. Elevator … Continue reading

The Right Stuff (1983)

Duration 3h 13m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG, Sweden: 11, Source of story Real events chronicled by a book of the same name by Tom Wolfe Director Phillip Kaufman Writers/Script Phillip Kaufman Starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen,  Jeff Goldblum, Harry Shearer, Donald Moffat Ratings IMDb:  7.8 by … Continue reading

Secret of the Incas (1954)

Duration 1h 40m Ratings UK: U, USA: Approved. Sweden: 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Jerry Hopper Writers/Script Ranald MacDougall, Sydney Boehm Starring Charlton Heston, Robert Young, Nicole Maurey, Thomas Mitchell, Yma Sumac,  Ratings IMDb: 6.1 by 1226 people. Rotten Tomatoes: No reviews. Elevator Pitch: Out in Peru Harry Steele is an adventurer … Continue reading

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Duration 2h 3m Ratings UK: 12A, USA PG-13,  Source of story Real events apparently as recorded by historian Lady Antonia Fraser. Director Sofia Coppola Writers/Script Sofia Coppola Starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy davis, Rip Torn, Rose Byrne, Asia Argento, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Marianne Faithful, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan,  Elevator Pitch: As a means … Continue reading

El Cid (1961)

Duration 3h 2m Rating (UK) U Source of story Loosely based on the life of Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar Director Anthony Mann Writers/Script Fredric M. Frank, Phillip Yordan, Ben Barzman, Bernard Gordon Starring Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page, John Fraser, Gary Raymond, Michael Hordern, Herbert Lom, Elevator Pitch: The 11th Century Spanish … Continue reading

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book of the same name by Philippa Greory Director Justin Chadwick Writers/Script Peter Morgan Starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance, Kristen Scott Thomas, David Morrissey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anna Torrent, Eddie Redmayne, Andrew Garfield, Eric Bana Elevator Pitch: In order to promote the … Continue reading

Paths of Glory (1957)

Duration 1h 28m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A novel “Paths of Glory” by Humphrey Cobb Director Stanley Kubrick Writers/Script Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willmington, Jim Thompson Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris Elevator Pitch: Two generals meet in the luxurious surrounding of a french palace during WWI one trying … Continue reading

Silence (2017)

 Duration 2h 41m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel by Shusaku Endo Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks, Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Issei Ogata, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yosuke Kubozuka Elevator Pitch: In 1633 two Portuguese priests, Fathers Rodriguez and Garupe, whose mentor, Father Ferreira, had … Continue reading

The Lost City of Z (2016)

Duration 2h 21m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Real events which prompted a book by US journalist David Grann Director James Gray Writers/Script James Gray Starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDairmid, Elevator Pitch: in 1905 Major Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnum) is hired by the British government to … Continue reading

The Pianist (2002)

Duration 2h 30m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book written by Wladyslaw Szpilman about his experiences. Director Roman Polanski Writers/Script Ronald Harwood Starring Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay, Cyril Shaps, Thomas Kretschmann Elevator Pitch: Pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew is playing for a radio broadcast in 1939 … Continue reading

The New World (2005)

Duration 2h 25m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Real events in the life of Captain John Smith who apparently wrote a number of books. Director Terence Malick Writers/Script Terence Malick Starring Colin Farrell, Q’orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, David Thewlis, Ben Chaplin Elevator Pitch: In 1607 three ships arrive on the coast of … Continue reading

Dr Zhivago (1965)

Duration 3h 13m Rating (UK) A Source of story A book of the same name by Boris Pasternak publiched in the West in 1955. Director David Lean Writers/Script Robert Bolt Starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guiness, Tyom Courtney, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham, Klaus Kinski, Geoffrey Keen, Ingrid Pitt Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

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

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Duration 3h 58m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A bok of he same name by Margaret Mitchell Director Victor Fleming and uncredited George Cukor, Sam Wood Writers/Script Sidney Howard plus a number of studio hacks Starring Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Haviland, Clark Gable, Ward Bond, Elevator Pitch: The film follows … Continue reading

Cleopatra (1963)

Duration 3h 12m Rating (UK) A Source of story The actual relationships between Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Cleopatra and a book by C.M. Franzero. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz Writers/Script Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Ranald MacDougall Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Kenneth Haigh, Martin Landau, Roddy McDowall, Francesca Annis, Michael … Continue reading

The Happy Prince (2019 in Spain)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The possible last three yeas of the life of Oscar Wilde Director Rupert Everett Writers/Script Rupert Everett Starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Chancellor, Ronald Pickup Elevator Pitch: Oscar Wilde is released from jail and takes up residence in Paris, … Continue reading

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Duration 3h 36m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Real WWI events and the words of T.E.Lawrence Director David Lean Writers/Script Robert Bolt, Michael Wilson Starring Peter O’Tool, Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Wolfit, Elevator Pitch: A young British intelligence officer, based in … Continue reading

Hammer of the Gods (2013)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay possibly reflecting events in Britain in 871 AD, the year King Alfred ascended to the throne of Wessex. Director Farren Blackburn Writers/Script Matthew Read Starring Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo, Elliot Cowan, Glynis Barber, Alexandra Dowling Elevator Pitch: In a time of … Continue reading

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