|Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 G, 150 min.|
Genre: Musical / Drama / Romance
Director: Herbert Ross
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark, Michael Redgrave, George Baker, Sian Phillips, Michael Bryant, Alison Leggatt, Jeremy Lloyd, Clive Morton, Jack Hedley, Leo Britt, Patricia Hayes, Elspeth March, Jack May, Jenny Runacre
Arthur Chipping "Mr. Chips" (Peter O'Toole) is a professor at Brookfield Academy for Boys in England. He falls in love with music-hall singer Katherine Bridges (Petula Clark) and marries her. As Mrs. Chips, Katherine overcomes her past and warms the hearts of students. Later, she dies, but Mr. Chips continues his teaching career and becomes an icon. Peter O'Toole received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and the film received a nomination for Best Musical Score.
|King Lear 1998 TV, 150 min.|
Director: Richard Eyre
Cast: Ian Holm, Barbara Flynn, Amanda Redman, Michael Bryant, David Lyon, Michael Simkins, Adrian Irvine, Paul Rhys, Timothy West, Finbar Lynch, David Burke, Martin Chamberlain, Victoria Hamilton, Nicholas R. Bailey, William Osborne
This made-for-TV film stars Ian Holm in the title role of King Lear, and Barbara Flynn, Amanda Redman, and Victoria Hamilton play his daughters Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. When Lear decides to leave his kingdom to the daughter who proves that she loves him most, tragedy lies in wait. Meanwhile, Gloucester (Timothy West) and his sons Edmund and Edgar (Finbar Lynch and Paul Rhys) have their own family problems to deal with. Tragedies lie ahead for both families. This is one of the better productions of Shakespeare's tragedy.
|The Mind Benders 1963 N/R, 99 min.|
Director: Basil Dearden
Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Mary Ure, John Clements, Michael Bryant, Wendy Craig, Harold Goldblatt, Geoffrey Keen, Terry Palmer, Norman Bird, Roger Delgado
After a scientist commits suicide, his friend and colleague, Henry (Dirk Bogarde), tries to convince authorities that the man had been brainwashed by a new technique intended to extract secret information. In order to convince doubters, Henry agrees to undergo the revolutionary brainwashing, which has bad consequences. Eerie, but interesting.
|The Ruling Class 1972 PG, 154 min.|
Director: Peter Medak
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Nigel Green, William Mervyn, Michael Bryant, James Villiers, Kay Walsh, Carolyn Seymour, Hugh Burden, Graham Crowden, Patsy Byrne, Joan Cooper
There are lots of wild happenings in this black comedy as the crazy son Jack Gurney (Peter O'Toole)–who thinks he is Jesus Christ– inherits an estate from his nobleman father. Thus begins the mayhem as family members try to retrieve the estate from our "hero." Peter O'Toole was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor.
|Torture Garden 1967 N/R, 92 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Freddie Francis
Cast: Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith, Beverly Adams, Peter Cushing, Barbara Ewing, Michael Bryant, Maurice Denham, John Standing, Robert Hutton, John Phillips, Michael Ripper, Bernard Kay, Catherine Finn, Niall MacGinnis, Ursula Howells
During his circus sideshow performance, Dr. Diablo (Burgess Meredith) proclaims, "I've promised you horror...and I intend to keep that promise!" Four separate horror episodes ensue. In "Enoch," a greedy playboy (Michael Bryant) makes sure he gets his inheritance by obeying a talking cat, Balthaza. The second story, "Terror over Hollywood," involves an actress (Beverly Adams) falling in love with a leading man (Robert Hutton) only to learn that he has been turned into a robot, and the same fate lies in store for her. In "Mr. Steinway," a journalist (Barbara Ewing) interviews a concert pianist (John Standing) whose piano is possessed. Finally, in "The Man Who Collected Poe," a collector (Jack Palance) visits a fellow collector (Peter Cushing) and learns that he has brought Edgar Allan Poe back to life, and he is writing stories in the basement.
|1. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)|
2. King Lear (1998)
3. The Mind Benders (1963)
4. The Ruling Class (1972)
5. Torture Garden (1967)
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