|The Blackheath Poisonings 1992 TV, 200 min.|
Director: Stuart Orme
Cast: Christine Kavanagh, Ian McNeice, Zoe Wanamaker, Judy Parfitt, Patrick Malahide, James Faulkner, Christien Anholt, Julia St. John, Ian Bartholomew, George Anton, Nicholas Woodeson, Donald Sumpter, Ronald Fraser, Kenneth Haigh, Dafydd Hywel
Set in 19th century Britain, this made-for-TV miniseries chronicles the events surrounding a series of mysterious deaths following a poisoning in an upper-class family. Many suspects exist in this tale.
|Esther Kahn 2000 N/R, 163 min.|
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Cast: Summer Phoenix, Ian Holm, Fabrice Desplechin, Frances Barber, Ian Bartholomew, Emmanuelle Devos, Akbar Kurtha, Anton Lesser, Kika Markham, Paul Regan, Laszlo Szabo
This is an interesting portrait of a late 19th-century actress, Esther Kahn (Summer Phoenix), who was born into a large Jewish immigrant family and raised on the streets of London. Her one interest was the theater, where she could escape life's realities. A good depiction of the acting profession.
|Max and Helen 1990 TV, 100 min.|
Director: Philip Saville
Cast: Treat Williams, Alice Krige, Martin Landau, Jonathan Phillips, Adam Kotz, Jodhi May, Nicholas Woodeson, Lulee Fisher, Ian Bartholomew, Zoltan Gera
Martin Landau turns in a fine performance as Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal who tells the story (from Wiesenthal's book) of a couple who were separated for 20 years after being in a concentration camp.
|A Prayer for the Dying 1987 R, 108 min.|
Director: Mike Hodges
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis, Liam Neeson, Alison Doody, Christopher Fulford, Leonard Termo, Camille Coduri, Maurice O'Connell, Ian Bartholomew, Cliff Burnett, Anthony Head, Peggy Aitchison, Karl Johnson
Martin Fallon (Mickey Rourke) is an assassin who accidentally kills some school kids during an assassination attempt. He feels so much remorse that he tries to escape from his criminal world, an act that is filled with suspense. Alan Bates' performance as the racketeer/mortician, Jack Meehan, enhances the film.
|1. The Blackheath Poisonings (1992)|
2. Esther Kahn (2000)
3. Max and Helen (1990)
4. A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
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