|Black Beauty 1971 G, 90 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: James Hill
Cast: Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Peter Lee Lawrence, Uschi Glas, Patrick Mower, John Nettleton, Maria Rohm, Eddie Golden, Clive Geraghty, John Hoey, Patrick Gardiner, Brian McGrath, Ronan Smith, Margaret Lacey, John Franklyn
The exceptional horse is the highlight of this adaptation of Anna Sewell's novel. Black Beauty grows up with young Joe Evans (Mark Lester), but then is taken away and passes through several people–including gypsies, a Spanish circus owner, and a soldier fighting the war in India. Finally, Black Beauty is rescued and, once again, Joe regains the regal horse.
|Kidnapped 1995 TV, 185 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Action / Drama
Director: Ivan Passer
Cast: Armand Assante, Brian McCardie, Patrick Malahide, Gerry O'Brien, Michael Kitchen, Brian Blessed, Adam Blackwood, Brian McGrath, Des Braiden, Antoine Byrne, Catherine Byrne, Alan Stanford, Michael James Ford, Dave Duffy, Luke Hayden
This is an excellent rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of the adventures of David Balfour (Brian McCardie) and his friend Alan Breck (Armand Assante). David tries to regain his Scottish nobleman birthright in late 18th-century England.
|A Love Divided 1999 N/R, 98 min.|
Director: Sydney Macartney
Cast: Orla Brady, Liam Cunningham, Sarah Bolger, Nicole Bohan, Brian McGrath, Ali White, Peter Caffrey, Tony Doyle, Jim Norton, Joe Gallagher
Catholic Sean Cloney (Liam Cunningham) and Protestant Sheila Kelly (Orla Brady) meet, fall in love, and marry in 1950s' Ireland. All goes well until it comes time for their oldest daughter to enter school, and Sheila finds major problems in what the social structure of Catholics in town expect of her.
|The Old Curiosity Shop 1995 TV, 195 min.|
Director: Kevin Connor
Cast: Peter Ustinov, Tom Courtenay, Sally Walsh, William Mannering, James Fox, Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy, Frank Thornton, Timothy Watson, Ricci Harnett, Brian McGrath, Julia McKenzie, Alan Shearman, Christopher Ettridge, Doreen Keogh, Oliver Maguire
Young Nell (Sally Walsh) is cared for by her guardian grandfather Fred Trent (Peter Ustinov) at his curiosity shop. On the surface all appears good, but Fred has an obsession with gambling, which causes him to lose his business. As a result, Fred and Nell leave London and travel in the countryside where they meet many interesting characters.
|P.S. I Love You 2007 PG-13, 126 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Cast: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters, Kathy Bates, Harry Connick Jr., Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dean Winters, Anne Kent, Brian McGrath, Sherie Rene Scott, Susan Blackwell, Michael Countryman
Holly (Hilary Swank) and her Irish husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) love each other but spend much of their time embroiled in arguments. Gerry dies suddenly, and Holly is left alone and miserable holed up in her apartment. Then comes Holly's 30th birthday, and her friends throw her a surprise birthday party, during which a cake with a mysterious message from Gerry arrives on the scene. Before he died, Gerry had written messages to Holly showing her the way to get back in life. Although Holly's mother (Kathy Bates) and her best friends (Lisa Kudrow and Gina Gershon) worry about the notes, those notes–signed "P.S. I love you."–are the very things that bring Holly out of her doldrums.
|1. Black Beauty (1971)|
2. Kidnapped (1995)
3. A Love Divided (1999)
4. The Old Curiosity Shop (1995)
5. P.S. I Love You (2007)
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