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Deliverance (1972)

Duration 1h 49m Ratings UK: X, USA: R, Banned in Italy. Source of story A book of the same name by James Dickey Director John Boorman Writers/Script James Dickey (with unattributed changes by the director) Starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Bill McKinney, Herbert ‘Cowboy’ Coward Ratings IMDb: 7.7 by 97,192 people. … Continue reading

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They (1969)

Duration 2h 9m Ratings UK: AA, USA: M, Spain 18,  Source of story A novel of the same name by Horace McCoy, published in 1935 Director Sydney Pollack Writers/Script James Poe, Robert E. Thompson, Sydney Pollack Starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia, Bruce Dern, Al Lewis, Madge Kennedy,  … Continue reading

Easy Rider (1969)

Duration 1h 35m Ratings UK: X, USA: R, France and Netherlands : 12. Source of story An original screenplay, apparently related to “The Wild Angels” and “The Trip”. Director Dennis Hopper Writers/Script Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Terry Southern Starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Phil Spector, Jack Nicholson, Toni Basil, Karen Black, Bridget Fonda, Carrie Snodgrass … Continue reading

Mercury Plains (2016)

Duration 1h 42m Ratings UK: 15, USA R (why?) Source of story An original screenplay Director Charles Burmeister Writers/Script Charles Burmeister Starring Scott Eastwood, Nick Chinlund, Angela Sarafyan IMDb Rating 4.3 by 1200 people Elevator Pitch: A young man, Mitch, in South Texas goes across the border into Mexico with a friend for a night … Continue reading

War Dogs (2016)

War Dogs (2016)   Duration 1h 54m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson “Arms and the Dudes”. Director Todd Phillips Writers/Script Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic Starring Miles Teller, David Packouz, Jonah Hill, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper, JB Blanc Elevator Pitch: David Packouz is embroiled in … Continue reading

Any Given Sunday (1999)

Duration 2h 42m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Said to be “partly based on” a novel “On Any Given Sunday” written in 1984 by Pat Toomay (A NFL player) Director Oliver Stone Writers/Script John Logan, Oliver Stone (story Daniel Pyne, John Logan and others) Starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, Jamie … Continue reading

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay – which won that award at the 1991 Oscars Director Ridley Scott Writers/Script Callie Khouri Starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brad Pitt, Lucinda Jenney Elevator Pitch: Two friends, Louise, who works at a waitress in … Continue reading

Late Night (2019)

Duration 1h 42m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Nisha Ganatra Writers/Script Mindy Kaling Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Paul Walter Hauser, Amy Ryan, Denis O’Hare Elevator Pitch: An English talk show host, Katherine Newbury is likely to be replaced due to the fact that … Continue reading

Queen & Slim (2020 in Spain)

Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay, although linked by critics to Bonney and Clyde and Thelma and Louise (I favour the latter) Director First time director Melina Matsoukas Writers/Script Lena Waithe (story Lena Waithe, James Frey) Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeen Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Elevator Pitch: An uptight … Continue reading

Bombshell (2020 in Spain)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Based on real events in Fox News over the duration of its existence. Director Jay Roach Writers/Script Charles Randolph Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Malcolm McDowell, Kate McKinnon, Elevator Pitch: Roger Ailes, the CEO of Fox News, generally known for … Continue reading

Death Proof (2007)

Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Director Quenton Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Tracie Thoms, Rose McGowan, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, Elevator Pitch: A group of young women meet in a bar where they become acquainted with Stuntman Mike unaware … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Duration 2h 41m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A riff on events in Hollywood in 1969, in an alterative reality. Director Quentin Tarantino Writers/Script Quentin Tarantino Starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Al Pacino, Rafal Zawierucha, Lorenza Izzo, Kurt Russell, … Continue reading

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2019 in Spain)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book of the same name by Emily M. Danforth Director Desiree Akhavan Writers/Script Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Quinn Shephard, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr, Emily Skeggs, Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle Elevator Pitch: Having been discovered having sex with a friend, Cameron … Continue reading

Top Gun (1986)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A magazine article by Ehud Yonay Director Tony Scott Writers/Script Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr Starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan Elevator Pitch: A reckless but talented Navy pilot with issues is sent to the Miramar elite … Continue reading

Green Book (2019 in Spain)

Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Said to have been “inspired” by real events, supported by the fact that the main writer of the story is Nick Vallelonga, Tony’s son. Director Peter Farrelly Writers/Script Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Dimiter D. Marinov, Mike Hatton … Continue reading

Falling Down (1993)

Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Ebbe Roe Smith Additional Info Someone posted the scene where the Michael Douglas character asks for “Breakfast” in a burger joint but they had stopped serving it three minutes earlier. It has been watched over 3 milion times. I Want Breakfast Director Joel … Continue reading

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Duration 2h 22m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”. Writers/Script Frank Darabont Additional Info The Director of Photography was Roger Deakins. He has done some stuff – most recently Blade Runner 2049. Director Frank Darabont Starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore … Continue reading

I, Tonya (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 0m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Real events – believe it or not Writers/Script Steven Rogers Additional Info Allison Janney, often seen on our TV screens in the sitcom “Mom”, won Best Supporting Actress at the 2018 Oscars, Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. Director Craig Gillespie Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison … Continue reading

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Duration 3h (or 2h 40m) Rating (UK) 18 Source of story A book by Jordan Belfort Writers/Script Terence Winter Additional Info Terence Winter scripted many episodes of The Sopranos. I saw this first at a matinee in Madrid. Every seat in the screen was taken. The producers Red Granite Pictures have recently been required to … Continue reading

MOLLY’S GAME (2018 in Spain)

Duration 2h 20m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A book: Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker by Molly Bloom Writers/Script Aaron Sorkin Additional Info Apparently real poker players were used in the film as extras and were paid $90 per … Continue reading

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