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The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)

Duration 2h 04m Ratings UK: AA, USA: R, Spain: 13  Source of story A book of the same name by John Fowles. Director Karel Reisz Writers/Script Harold Pinter Starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Lynsey Baxter, Peter Vaughan, Colin Jeavons, Liz Smith, Leo McKern, Arabella Weir, Richard Griffiths, David Warner, Alun Armstrong, Penelope Wilton,  Ratings IMDb: … Continue reading

Passengers (2008)

Duration 1h 33m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG-13, Spain: 13  Source of story An original screenplay Director Rodrigo Garcia Writers/Script Ronnie Christensen Starring Anne Hathaway, Patrick Wilson, David Morse,  Ratings IMDb: 5.8/10 by 36,857 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 19% by 31 reviewers. Review2view: 3/10. Elevator Pitch: After a major plane crash on American soil Claire Summers has … Continue reading

The Exception (2016)

R2V Summary I loved the idea of the dilema but the execution was poor. Duration 1h 47m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 12  Source of story Based on the 2003 novel by Alan Judd, “The Kaiser’s Last Kiss”. Director David Leveaux Writers/Script Simon Burke Starring Jai Courtney, Anton Lesser, Janet McTeer, Lily James, Christopher … Continue reading

Coyote Ugly (2000)

Duration 1h 40m Ratings UK: 12, USA: PG-13, Italy: 7  Source of story The film was based on an article by Elizabeth Gilbert “The Muse of the Coyote Ugly saloon. Director David McNally Writers/Script Gina Wendkos with unacknowledged contributions from Kevin Smith, Carrie Fisher and others. Starring Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, John Goodman, Maria Bello,  Izabella … Continue reading

To Have and Have Not (1945)

Duration 1h 40m Ratings UK: A, USA: Approved, South Korea: 12,   Source of story Loosely based on the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name. Director Howard Hawkes,  Writers/Script Jules Furthman, William Faulkner Starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael,  Ratings IMDb: 7.8 by 30,721 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 97% by 36 … Continue reading

Siberia (2018)

Duration 1h 44m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 16 Source of story An original screenplay  Director Matthew Ross Writers/Script Scott B. Smith (story Stephen Hamel, Scott B. Smith) Starring Keanu Reeves, Paha D. Lychnikoff, Ana Ulana, Molly Ringwald,  Ratings IMDb: 4.3 by 12,302 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 12% by 49 reviewers. Elevator Pitch: Lucas Hill … Continue reading

Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Duration 1h 58m Ratings UK: 15, USA:  Source of story A play “Frankie and Johnny in Claire de Lune” by Terrence McNally Director Garry Marshall Writers/Script Terrence McNally Starring Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo, Nathan Lane, Kate Nelligan, Jane Morris, Greg Lewis,  Ratings IMDb: 6.8 by 28,527 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 66% by 29 reviewers. … Continue reading

When Sparks Fly (2014)

Duration 1h 26m Ratings This is a TV movie, so innocuous that any rating would be laughable. Source of story An original screenplay Director Gary Yates Writers/Script Carol Starr Schneider Starring Meghan Markle, Lochlyn Munro, Christopher Jacot, Kristina Pesic,  Ratings IMDb: 5.2 by 1110 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: No reviews Elevator Pitch: Amy Peterson is a reporter … Continue reading

Me Before You (2016)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book of the same name by Jojo Moyes Director Thea Sharrock Writers/Script Jojop Moyes Starring Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke, Brandan Coyle, Jenna Coleman, Janet McTeer, Charles Dance, Joanna Lumley, Elevator Pitch: Louisa Clark, a slightly off the wall young woman, gets the job of being … 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

The Quiet American (2002)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A 1955 novel of the same name by Graham Greene Director Phillip Noyce Writers/Script Christopher Hampton, Robert Schenkkan Starring Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Thi Hai Yen Do, Robert Stanton, Pham Thi Mai Hoa Elevator Pitch: It is 1952 in Vietnam, the French are fighting the Viet … Continue reading

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Duration 2h 00m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan Director Jon M. Chu Writers/Script Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Sonoya Mizuno,  Jing Lusi, Elevator Pitch: Rachel Chu is a Chinese American academic, going out … Continue reading

Night of the Iguana (1964)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) X Source of story A play of the same name by Tennessee Williams Director John Huston Writers/Script Anthony Veiller, John Huston Starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, Grayson Hall, Elevator Pitch: It is the 1940s. A discredited priest, Lawrence Shannon, is acting as a tour guide on … 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

Suite Française (2014)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Irène Némirovsky Director Saul Dibb Writers/Script Saul Dibb, Matt Charman Starring Michelle Williams, Kristen Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Ruth Wilson, Sam Riley, Lambert Wilson, Harriet Walter, Matthias Schoenaerts Elevator Pitch: It is 1941 and France has surrendered to the … Continue reading

The Words (2012)

Elevator Pitch A successful writer is giving a reading from his work to an important audience, which seems to be a story about a struggling author who finds a complete manuscript in an old briefcase. Unable to resist it, he retypes the story and submits it as his own, becoming succesful himself, but later, meeting … Continue reading

Her (2013)

Elevator Pitch A lonely writer of letters for the literally challenged, who is going through a divorce, forms a relationship with his computer operating system  which, it is claimed by the suppliers, will learn as it goes along, and when he chooses a female voice and the system chooses a name ‘Samantha’, the scene is … Continue reading

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

Elevator Pitch Shortly after WWII a successful author enters into a correspondence with a member of “The Guernsey Literary and PPP Society”, which results in her visiting the island and feeling the need to record the experiences of the group during the occupation of the Channel Islands by the Germans during the war. She encounters … Continue reading

Madame (2017)

Elevator Pitch. Bob and Anne are a rich American couple at least temporarily living in a luxury residence in Paris. Anne is Bob’s second wife, but their marriage seems to have hit a rocky patch and both are looking round for excitement. In addition Bob is selling a valuable painting to overcome a temporary financial … Continue reading

Australia (2008)

Elevator Pitch. A young aristocrat Lady Sarah Ashley, travels to the Northern Territory of Australia, to take over the cattle ranch developed by her husband who has been murdered, and on arrival finds that her cattle are being stolen and attempts made to take over her property, so she must gain the assistance of a … Continue reading

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director David Lowery Writers/Script David Lowery Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine Elevator Pitch When a couple are chased down by the police after taking part in a robbery in Texas, the female shoots and wounds a policeman for which … Continue reading

Disobedience (2018 in Spain)

Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman Writers/Script Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz Additional Info No-one is saying what sort of a Jewish community this is, but more than 20,000 Haradi Jews live in an enclosed community in Stamford Hill, London. Director Sebastián Lelio Starring … Continue reading

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Peter Turner Writers/Script Matt Greenhalgh Additional Info The book was first optioned many years ago and is only the third non-Bond film made by Eon Productions. It bombed at the box office, but I expect they can afford it. … Continue reading

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)

Duration 1h 47m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book of the same name by Paul Torday. Writers/Script Simon Beaufoy Additional Info The book is presented by means of emails, press releases, reports and diary entries. This is quirky and clever, and may have been the reason for its brief celebrity, but it is … Continue reading

Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The book of the same name by Thomas Hardy Writers/Script David Nicholls Additional Info Apparently the book was intended to shock Victoria readers with veiled sexual references – not really evident in the version, which is the fourth to be brought to the screen. Director Thomas … Continue reading

At Middleton (2013)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (USA) R Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Glenn German, Adam Rodgers Additional Info Taissa Farmiga, who plays Edith’s daughter, is actually her much younger sister. Andy Garcia’s daughter, Daniella, is also in it. Nothing like a bit of nepotism – but they are fine. Director Adam Rodgers Starring Andy … Continue reading

Serena (2014)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Ron Rash Writers/Script Christopher Kyle Additional Info This movie spent a long time in post production. Because they needed to redo some dialogue, due to aircraft noise, they tried to buy Lawrence out of Hunger Games for one day. … Continue reading

The Sense of an Ending (2017)

Duration 1h 48m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Julian Barnes Writers/Script Nick Payne Additional Info Tony in the book is supposed to be an unreliable narrator, virtually impossible to achieve on screen I think. Director Ritesh Batra Starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, Emily … Continue reading

Seeking a Friend at the End of the World (2012)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Lorene Scafaria Director Lorene Scafaria Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Amy Schumer, Martin Sheen Elevator Pitch An asteroid is due to demolish earth in three weeks, but an insurance salesman still goes to the office. When he … Continue reading

The Outsider (2002)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (USA) R Source of story A book of the same name by Penelope Williamson (Known for her romantic fiction) Writer/s Script Jenny Wingfield Director Randa Haines Starring Tim Daly, Naomi Watts, Keith Carradine, David Carradine Elevator Pitch A young widow in a strict religious community, whose husband has been killed by … Continue reading

Jane Eyre (2011)

Duration 2h 0m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë Writer/s Script Moira Buffini Director Cary Fukunaga Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Simon McBurney, Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender, Imogen Poots Elevator Pitch A young woman who has been abandoned by her rich aunt finds a position … Continue reading

The Beguiled (2017)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel “A Painted Devil” by Thomas P Cullinan and possibly the 1971 film written by Albert Maltz and Irene Kamp Writer/s Script Sofia Coppola Director Sofia Coppola Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning Elevator Pitch When an injured Union soldier is given … Continue reading

The Reader (2008)

Released 2008 Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Bernhard Schlink (1995) Writer/s Script David Hare Director Stephen Daldry Starring Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Kate Winslet, Bruno Ganz Elevator Pitch A middle aged lawyer in Germany of 1995 looks back over his life, particularly at a teenage love affair … Continue reading

Sliver

Released 1993 Rating 18 in UK Director Phillip Noyce Writer/s Joe Eszterhas Starring Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger, Polly Walker, Martin Landau Source of story Novel of the same name by Ira Levin Elevator Pitch A youngish book editor moves into an apartment in the Sliver, which has previously been occupied by a woman … Continue reading

Sense and Sensibility

Released 1995 Rating U in UK Director Ang Lee Writer/s Emma Thompson Starring James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson, Harriet Walter, Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Gemma Jones, Hugh Grant, Robert Hardy, Alan Rickman, Greg Wise, Imelda Staunton, Imogen Stubbs, Hugh Laurie Source of story Book of the same name by Jane Austen Elevator Pitch When Mr Dashwood … Continue reading

Maggie’s Plan

Released 2016 Rating 15 Director Rebecca Miller Writer/s Rebecca Miller Starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore Source of story A short story by Karen Rinaldi Elevator Pitch A young woman, whose job is to bring young enterpeneurs to notice of industry, decides to become a single mother, but at the moment she is putting … Continue reading

An Officer and a Gentleman

Released 1982 Rating 15 in UK Director Taylor Hackford Writer/s Douglas Day Stewart Starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gusset Jr, David Caruso Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch A group of young men and women enrol in Navy flight school training during which some of them take up with the young women … Continue reading

Brooklyn (2015)

Released 2015 Rating 12A Director John Crowley Writer/s Nick Hornby Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleason, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Source of story Novel by Colm Toibin Elevator Pitch It is 1952. A young woman from the Irish backwoods emigrates to New York where she finds a new life and a husband, but is … Continue reading

Pitch Perfect

Released 2012 Rating 12A in UK Director Jason Moore Writer/s Kay Cannon Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks Source of story Book by Mickey Rapkin Elevator Pitch A female college a cappella group compete against a male group from the same university, gradually making their way to the New York finals. There are tensions … Continue reading

Carol (2015)

Released 2015 Rating 15 in UK Director Todd Haynes Writer/s Phyllis Nagy Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler Source of story Novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Price of Salt) Elevator Pitch In 1950s New York, a society wife forms a relationship with a young female shop assistant, who aspires to become a photographer, but … Continue reading

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