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Drama – Survival

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Cast Away (2000)

Duration 2h 23m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story An original screenplay, said to be from an idea by Tom Hanks Director Robert Zemeckis Writers/Script William Broyles Jr Starring Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt Elevator Pitch: Chuck Noland, a Fedex troubleshooter, is the only survivor of a catastrophic plane crash, and is washed up on a … Continue reading

Room (2015)

Duration 1h 58m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Emma Donoghue Director Lenny Abrahamson Writers/Script Emma Donoghue Starring Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy Elevator Pitch: A five year old boy has only experienced the inside of a small room where he lives with his … Continue reading

First Blood (1982)

Duration 1h 33m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by David Morrell Director Ted Kotcheff Writers/Script Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim, Sylvester Stallone Starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso, Bruce Greenwood, Elevator Pitch: John Rambo, a Vietnam vet, living on the road arrives at a small town … Continue reading

Kursk (2018)

Elevator Pitch When a HP (Hydrogen Peroxide)  torpedo explodes in the forward compartment of the Kursk, Russia’s premier nulcear submarine, all but 23 of the vessel’s 118 man crew are killed. The remainder survive in the aftermost compartment and await rescue. On shore the wives wait for news and are told lies by the assembled … Continue reading

The Life of Pi (2012)

Duration 2h 7m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A book of the same name by Yann Martel Writers/Script David Magee (and previous efforts by almost too many scriptwriters to mention). Additional Info The writer of the book knows a lot about animals but nothing about being on a ship, nor did the scriptwriter or … Continue reading

Beyond the Reach (2014)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book from 1972 Deathwatch by Robb White, who was sufficiently well known in America to be on “This is Your Life” in 1959. He died in 1990. Writers/Script Stephen Susco Additional Info The star of the show is probably the Mercedes G65 6X6 a very … Continue reading

Absolute Zero (2006)

Duration 1h 26m Rating (UK) None Source of story A not very original screenplay Writers/Script Sarah Watson Additional Info This TV movie seems to have been seen only in Australia and Singapore – and now Spain Director Robert Lee Starring Jeff Fahey and others we probably won’t hear of again. Elevator Pitch A change in … Continue reading

War of the Worlds (2005)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The novel of the same name by H G Wells Writers/Script Josh Friedman, David Koepp Additional Info I am developing an interest in unusual cars which are featured but not mentioned in movies. In this one a 1966 Ford Mustang worth a couple of hundred thousand … Continue reading

The Condemned

Released 2007 Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s script Scott Wiper, Rob Hedden Writer/s story Rob Hedden, Andy Hedden, Scott Wiper Director Scott Wiper Starring Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones, Robert Mammone, Tory Mussett and a load of wrestlers Elevator Pitch An unscruplous media billionaire sets up an internet event where a … Continue reading

Flight of the Phoenix

Released 2004 Rating 12A in UK Director John Moore Writer/s Scott Frank, Edward Burns Starring Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Giovanni Ribisi, Hugh Laurie Source of story A 1965 film, screenplay by Lukas Heller Elevator Pitch A plane carrying a bunch of oil workers and their boss, back to base after failing to find oil, crashes … Continue reading

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Released 2016 Rating 12A Director Dan Trachtenberg Writer/s Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken Starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr Source of story A script called The Cellar which apparently has been knocking around for years. Elevator Pitch After a car crash a young woman wakes in an underground bunker with two men and … Continue reading

The Revenant (2015)

Released 2015 Rating 15 in UK Director Alejandro G Iñárritu Writer/s Alejandro G Iñárritu, Mark L Smith Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Paul Anderson, Source of story Basically an American legend, turned into a novel by Michael Punke, and used in part as a source Elevator Pitch An American woodsman leading … Continue reading

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