|Aristocrats 1999 TV, 295 min.|
Director: David Caffrey
Cast: Serena Gordon, Alun Armstrong, Geraldine Somerville, Ben Daniels, Julian Fellowes, Diane Fletcher, Anne-Marie Duff, Tom Mullion, Jodhi May, Andrew Havill, George Anton, John Light, Clive Swift, Sian Phillips
This BBC miniseries tells the story of the Lennox sisters–Caroline (Serena Gordon), Emily (Geraldine Somerville), Louisa (Anne-Marie Duff), and Sarah (Jodhi May)–who are great granddaughters of King Charles and his French mistress. In Part 1, Emily, Louisa, and Caroline make their decisions regarding marriage, and Caroline's choice tears the family asunder. Part 2 involves the scandals of Sarah, and Part 3 revolves around the family drama spanning two generations.
|The Barchester Chronicles 1982 TV, 375 min.|
Director: David Giles
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Alan Rickman, Geraldine McEwan, Nigel Hawthorne, Clive Swift, Susan Hampshire, David Gwillim, Janet Maw, Angela Pleasence, Joseph O'Conor, Cyril Luckham, Barbara Flynn, William Redgrave, Christopher Maynard, Peter Blythe
This BBC miniseries focuses on events within the Church of England in Barchester during the 18th century and how lives change in the course of church reform over the use of church funds.
|Death Line 1973 R, 88 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
aka: Raw Meat
Director: Gary Sherman
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney, Hugh Armstrong, June Turner, Clive Swift, James Cossins, Heather Stoney, Hugh Dickson, Ron Pember, Christopher Lee, Jack Woolgar, Colin McCormack, Gary Winkler
A man is found unconscious in the London Underground and Inspector Calhoun (Donald Pleasence) is put in charge of the case. But when he arrives at the scene, the man in gone. It turns out that the stranger is the descendant of a worker who was trapped in the tunnel during a cave-in in the early 1900s. He, along with his mate, feed on people who use the Underground. The problems for the good inspector are just beginning.
|Frenzy 1972 R, 116 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Drama / Thriller
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey, Alec McCowen, Vivien Merchant, Billie Whitelaw, Jean Marsh, Michael Bates, Bernard Cribbins, Clive Swift, Madge Ryan, Elsie Randolph, Gerald Sim, John Boxer
Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) is the prime suspect in the necktie murders of his wife (Barbara Leigh-Hunt) and girlfriend (Anna Massey). Scotland Yard inspector Oxford (Alec McCowen) solves the case. Another great Alfred Hitchcock film.
|Man at the Top 1973 N/R, 87 min.|
Director: Mike Vardy
Cast: Kenneth Haigh, Nanette Newman, Harry Andrews, William Lucas, Clive Swift, Paul Williamson, John Collin, John Quentin, Danny Sewell, Charlie Williams, Anne Cunningham, Angela Bruce, Margaret Heald, Norma West, Mary Maude
First there was the great film "Room at the Top," followed by "Life at the Top." These films inspired the British TV series "Man at the Top," which, in turn, inspired this film. Business executive Joe Lampton (Kenneth Haigh) has a problem: whether or not to blow the whistle on an untested drug put out by his company. Joe knows that his boss, who is also his father-in-law Lord Ackerman (Harry Andrews), will not be happy if he does. Meanwhile, Joe's marriage falls apart, and Joe enters into a love affair with Lord's wife Alex (Nanette Newman). And Joe's problems continue.
|A Midsummer Night's Dream 1968 N/R, 124 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Fantasy / Romance
Director: Peter Hall
Cast: Derek Godfrey, Barbara Jefford, Nicholas Selby, Hugh Sullivan, David Warner, Diana Rigg, Helen Mirren, Ian Richardson, Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Michael Jayston, Paul Rogers, Sebastian Shaw, Bill Travers, Clive Swift
Several well-known stars–David Warner, Diana Rigg, Helen Mirren, and Judi Dench, for example–join the cast of England's Royal Shakespeare Company to provide a good rendition of Shakespeare's fantasy.
|Pack of Lies 1987 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Anthony Page
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Teri Garr, Alan Bates, Daniel Benzali, Sammi Davis, Ronald Hines, Clive Swift, Peter Schofield, David Corti, Margot Leicester, Bruce Morrison, Jackie Downey
This "Hallmark Hall of Fame" TV presentation, dealing with the activities of two London couples who live across the street from each other, is based on a true story. When Barbara Jackson (Ellen Burstyn) allows a British government agent (Alan Bates) into her home to spy on her neighbors, Helen and Peter Schaefer (Teri Garr and Daniel Benzali), the couples' relationship is threatened.
|A Passage to India 1984 PG, 163 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Drama
Director: David Lean
Cast: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers, Richard Wilson, Antonia Pemberton, Saeed Jaffrey, Art Malik, Michael Culver, Clive Swift, Roshan Seth, Ann Firbank
David Lean succeeds again in this story that takes place in 1928 when a young Englishwoman (Judy Davis) leaves for India, where she is to marry. During a visit to the Marabar caves, she is apparently raped, an event which ends in a court trial. Academy Awards were received for Best Supporting Actress (Peggy Ashcroft) and Musical Score. There were also nine other nominations, including Best Picture, Actress, and Director.
|1. Aristocrats (1999)|
2. The Barchester Chronicles (1982)
3. Death Line (1973)
aka: Raw Meat
4. Frenzy (1972)
5. Man at the Top (1973)
6. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
7. Pack of Lies (1987)
8. A Passage to India (1984)
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