|Madeline 1998 PG, 89 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy
Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Cast: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones, Ben Daniels, Stephane Audran, Arturo Venegas, Chantal Neuwirth, Kristian de la Osa, Clare Thomas, Bianca Strohmann, Katia Caballero, Christina Mangani, Rachel Dennis, Pilar Garrard, Jessica Mason
Set in mid-1950s Paris, this film is based on Ludwig Bemelman's popular children's books about the young girls residing at a girls' school run by Miss Clavel (Frances McDormand). The redheaded Madeline (Hatty Jones) is usually in the middle of problems encountered, and this time is no exception as Miss Clavel deals with the possible forced closing of her school.
|Quicksand 2003 R, 90 min.|
Genre: Drama / Thriller
Director: John Mackenzie
Cast: Michael Caine, Michael Keaton, William Beck, Judith Godreche, Rade Serbedzija, Xander Berkeley, Kathleen Wilhoite, Jake Broder, Ivan Marevich, Serge Soric, Elina Lowensohn, Clare Thomas, Hermione Norris, Jean-Yves Berteloot, Jean-Pierre Castaldi
In this direct-to-video/DVD offering, bank investigator Martin Raikes (Michael Keaton) heads to Monaco to investigate suspicious bank transactions. He meets a washed-up actor, Jake Mellows (Michael Caine), who is involved with a crime ring, and the investigation heats up.
|The Railway Children 2000 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Catherine Morshead
Cast: Jenny Agutter, Michael Kitchen, Jack Blumenau, Clare Thomas, Jemima Rooper, Valerie Minifie, Melanie Clark Pullen, Gregor Fisher, Clive Russell, Richard Attenborough, Georgie Glen, Amanda Walker, David Bamber, Jane Wood, Ian Gain
This made-for-TV remake of the popular 1970 version is every bit as good as the former film, with Jenny Agutter–the "leader" of the three children in the first film–as the mother. After the father is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, the family, now poor, must move to cheaper surroundings in the country. The children become enamored with trains and with the characters of the area and, with the help of their new-found friends, set out to prove their father's innocence.
|1. Madeline (1998)|
2. Quicksand (2003)
3. The Railway Children (2000)
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