|Age of Consent 1969 R, 103 min.|
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Director: Michael Powell
Cast: James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran, Neva Carr-Glyn, Peggy Cass, Frank Thring, Andonia Katsaros, Michael Boddy, Harold Hopkins, Frank Thring, Slim DeGrey, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Judith McGrath, Lenore Caton, Diane Strachan
This offbeat film has painter Bradley Morahan (James Mason) returning to Australia and moving onto an island on the Great Barrier Reef. He upsets the citizens when he uses a very young Cora (Helen Mirren), who also lives on the island, as his nude model. Cora's grandmother (Neva Carr-Glyn) steals the money Cora earned while posing nude, and, when Cora chases her up a cliff, the grandmother falls to her death. After police detectives rule the death accidental, Bradley and Cora settle into a cabin together.
|Ben-Hur 1959 N/R, 211 min.|
Genre: Action / Adventure / Romance
Director: William Wyler
Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Sam Jaffe, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Finlay Currie, Frank Thring, Terence Longdon, George Relph, Andre Morell, Ferdy Mayne, Tutte Lemkow
Remember the famous Chariot Race where one of the extras forgot to take off his watch? That seems to be the only flaw in this epic film that won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. Charlton Heston also won for Best Actor as the Jewish Prince Judah Ben-Hur whose life story is told in tandem with the life of Jesus. Other Oscars included Best Director and Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith).
|El Cid 1961 N/R, 185 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Drama / Romance
Director: Anthony Mann
Cast: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, John Fraser, Genevieve Page, Gary Raymond, Herbert Lom, Massimo Serato, Douglas Wilmer, Frank Thring, Hurd Hatfield, Michael Hordern, Andrew Cruickshank, Ralph Truman, Tullio Carminati
This is the story of the 11th-century Spanish hero, El Cid (Charlton Heston), and his fight to force the Moors out of his homeland. El Cid is estranged from his wife Chimene (Sophia Loren) after he kills her father Count Gormaz (Andrew Cruickshank) in a duel, and she enters a convent. King Ferdinand (Ralph Truman) dies, and Spain is divided between the Moors and the Christians. King Alphonso (John Fraser) exiles El Cid, and, now, Chimene reconciles with him. El Cid becomes an honored warrior fighting to drive the Moors from Spain–which, ultimately, will be a fight to the death.
|Howling III: The Marsupials 1987 PG-13, 94 min.|
Genre: Horror / Comedy / Thriller
Director: Philippe Mora
Cast: Barry Otto, Imogen Annesley, Dagmar Blahova, Max Fairchild, Frank Thring, Michael Pate, Barry Humphries, Ralph Cotterill, William Yang, Leigh Biolos, Christopher Pate, Jerome Patillo, Glenda Linscott, Carole Skinner, Jenny Vuletic
Director Philippe Mora adds humor into this entry in the "Howling" series. Professor Harry Beckmeyer (Barry Otto) and his sidekick Professor Sharp (Ralph Cotterill) bring an Australian werewolf/marsupial Jerboa (Imogen Annesley) to Sydney where she appears in a horror film. But problems lie ahead when members of her tribe try to rescue her.
|King of Kings 1961 N/R, 168 min.|
Director: Nicholas Ray
Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan, Hurd Hatfield, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, Viveca Lindfors, Rita Gam, Royal Dano, George Coulouris, Orson Welles, Ron Randell, Carmen Sevilla, Brigid Bazlen, Frank Thring
Jeffrey Hunter plays the role of Jesus of Nazareth in this excellent and beautifully filmed story that is narrated by Orson Welles. Mary (Siobhan McKenna), Pontius Pilate (Hurd Hatfield), Judas (Rip Torn), and John the Baptist (Robert Ryan) are all there in this re-telling of Bible stories. One of the highlights is the Sermon on the Mount.
|Mad Dog Morgan 1976 R, 102 min.|
Genre: Western / Action / Drama
Director: Philippe Mora
Cast: Dennis Hopper, Michael Pate, Jack Thompson, Frank Thring, David Gulpilil, Bill Hunter, John Hargreaves, Wallas Eaton, Martin Harris, Robin Ramsay, Graeme Blundell, Elaine Baillie, Liza Lee-Atkinson, Don Barkham, Gregory Apps
In this true story about a 19th-century Australian bush outlaw, Dennis Hopper takes on the title role of an Irish immigrant who goes to Australia to find gold. Once in Australia, Morgan resorts to criminal activity, is caught, and put in jail for six years. After his release, Morgan teams up with an Aborigine, Billy (David Gulpilil), and, as Morgan tries to exact revenge on those who had wronged him, they gain fame as outlaws in New South Wales.
|Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 PG-13, 117 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Action / Adventure
Director: George Miller, George Ogilvie
Cast: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn, Frank Thring, Angelo Rossitto, Paul Larsson, Angry Anderson, Robert Grubb, George Spartels, Edwin Hodgeman, Bob Hornery, Andrew Oh, Lee Rice, Ollie Hall
Mad Max (Mel Gibson) has been roaming the Australian desert when he arrives in Bartertown, which is ruled by Aunt Entity (Tina Turner). Aunt Entity wants to get rid of her competing overlord Master (Angelo Rossitto) who rides on the back of Blaster (Paul Larsson). Aunt Entity forces Max to fight Blaster in the Thunderdome arena, and, when Max refuses to kill Blaster, he is banished into a sand storm. A band of tribal teens and children rescues Max, and he agrees to help them find their Tomorrow Morrow Land–a feat that will require saving them from the desert and from Aunt Entity. Lots of adventures lie in wait.
|Ned Kelly 1970 PG, 100 min.|
Genre: Western / Action / Adventure / Drama
aka: Ned Kelly, Outlaw
Director: Tony Richardson
Cast: Mick Jagger, Allen Bickford, Geoff Gilmour, Serge Lazareff, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Mark McManus, Frank Thring, Peter Sumner, Diane Craig, Susan Lloyd, James Elliott, Ken Goodlet, Bruce Barry, Allen Bickford, Robert Bruning
By age 20, Ned Kelly (Mick Jagger) had joined his brothers and stepfather as members of a gang of horse thieves. The original crime escalates to murder and the suicides of Ned's brothers. This film is based on the life of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.
|The Vikings 1958 N/R, 114 min.|
Director: Richard Fleischer
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, Maxine Audley, Frank Thring, James Donald, Alexander Knox, Edric Connor, Dandy Nichols
Ernest Borgnine is great in this epic film about the mighty Vikings and their exploits. Good photography and very entertaining.
|1. Age of Consent (1969)|
2. Ben-Hur (1959)
3. El Cid (1961)
4. Howling III: The Marsupials (1987)
5. King of Kings (1961)
6. Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
7. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
8. Ned Kelly (1970)
aka: Ned Kelly, Outlaw
9. The Vikings (1958)
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