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ALMOST MUST SEE

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The Fifth Element (1997)

Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay developed by Luc Besson over 20 years. Director Luc Besson Writers/Script Luc Besson, Mark Kamen Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Homn, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker, Luke Perry, Brion James, Lee Evans, Elevator Pitch: The world is protected from an intergalactic evil, which … Continue reading

The Full Monty (1997)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Peter Cattaneo Writers/Script Simon Beaufoy Starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer Elevator Pitch: A group of out of work steelworkers in Sheffield get the idea of putting on a show as male strippers, … Continue reading

Mad Max 4: Fury Road (2015)

Duration 2h 0m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A slightly different environment from the original films, but still involving Max. Director George Miller Writers/Script George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keay-Byrne, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Elevator Pitch: In the desert a pitiless ruler doles out water … Continue reading

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

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Elevator Pitch Ten years after Sarah Connor survived the first Terminator attack, the machines send back a more advanced model the T-1000 which is intended to eliminate the 10 year old John Connor. The humans send back a reprogrammed T-800, with instructions to keep John alive, and it, together with Sarah who has been incarcerated … Continue reading

Jurassic Park (1993)

Elevator Pitch A billionaire has created an island environment with real dinosaurs created from the blood in a mosquito perserved in amber, and prior to its opening day he invites four adults and his two grandchildren to the facility to give it a test run. However, while they are out in the park a traiterous … Continue reading

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Duration 1h 51m Rating (UK) X Source of story Actual events in the the real life of these two people – slightly more than “inspired by real events”. Writers/Script David Newman, Robert Benton (and Robert Towne uncredited) Additional Info The production costs are estimated at $2,500,00 and the film grossed more than $50,000,000, a result … Continue reading

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The Arthurian Legend, principally relating to the knights of the Round Table (sort of). Writers/Script Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Additional Info One of the best known tropes in this outing is that the knights pretend to be on … Continue reading

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Duration 2h 24m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A 1999 book of the same name by Mark Bowden which followed a series of articles in the Philadelphia Enquirer. These in turn described the real events which took place in 1993 in Mogadishu. Writers/Script Ken Nolan Additional Info Although the UN forces in the area … 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

Three Days of the Condor (1975)

Duration 1h 57m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel “Six Days of the Condor” by James Grady Writers/Script Lorenzo Semple Jr, David Rayfiel Additional Info This might be the first American “Conspiracy” film made prompted by the Watergate affair. Director Sydney Pollack Starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, John … Continue reading

Dunkirk (2017)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Based on real events Writer/s Script Christopher Nolan Director Christopher Nolan Starring Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles Elevator Pitch In the summer of 1940 the British expeditionary force is boxed in on the beach at Dunkirk by a superior … Continue reading

Back to the Future (1985)

Released 1985 Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale Director Robert Zemeckis Starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover, Thomas F wilson, Claudia Wells Elevator Pitch Marty a 17 year old skateboarder is accidentally sent back to 1955 in his friend Doc’s DeLorean time … Continue reading

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Released 2009 Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s script James Cameron Director James Cameron Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore Elevator Pitch Pandora is a moon orbiting a gaseous planet inhabited by a three metre high blue people, the Na’vi, and … Continue reading

The Matrix

Released 1999 Rating 15 in UK Director The Wachowskis Writer/s The Wachowskis Starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano Source of story An original screenplay, but in my view following a legacy of SF stories over many years. Elevator Pitch Far in the future machines have taken over the world, and … Continue reading

The Italian Job

Released 1969 Rating U in UK Director Peter Collinson Writer/s Troy Kennedy-Martin Starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Rossana Brazzi, John le Measurer Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch A group of London criminals set up a caper to steal a shipment of gold in Italy, by creating a traffic jam in Turin, and … Continue reading

Toy Story 2

Released 1999 Rating U in UK Director John Lasseter, Ash Brannon Writer/s Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlin, Chris Webb Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer. Source of story John Lasseter, Pete Docter for the original Toy Story Elevator Pitch Woody is stolen by a toy collector resulting in him meeting with … Continue reading

Kelly’s Heroes

Released 1970 Rating PG in UK Director Brian G Hutton Writer/s Troy Kennedy- Martin Starring Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Harry Dean Stanton, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor Source of story Original screenplay Elevator Pitch In WWII Europe a group of American soldiers make their way behind German lines in order to steal a cache … Continue reading

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