|The Blind Terror 1971 PG, 88 min.|
Genre: Drama / Horror / Thriller
aka: See No Evil
Director: Richard Fleischer
Cast: Mia Farrow, Dorothy Alison, Robin Bailey, Diane Grayson, Brian Rawlinson, Norman Eshley, Paul Nicholas, Christopher Matthews, Lila Kaye, Barrie Houghton, Michael Elphick, Donald Bisset, Max Faulkner, Scott Fredericks, Reg Harding
Recently blinded Sarah (Mia Farrow) has moved into her uncle's (Robin Bailey) mansion to recuperate. While she was visiting her boyfriend, all of her uncle's family and staff were murdered by a psychopath. Upon her return, she must face the killer alone–not knowing that he has killed the others.
|Cry of the Banshee 1970 PG, 86 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Gordon Hessler
Cast: Vincent Price, Elisabeth Bergner, Essy Persson, Hugh Griffith, Patrick Mower, Hilary Heath, Sally Geeson, Michael Elphick, Robert Hutton, Stephen Chase, Carl Rigg, Marshall Jones, Andrew McCulloch, Pamela Fairbrother, Quinn O'Hara
Lord Edward Whitman (Vincent Price) leads a witch-hunt and massacres many witches. Their leader, Oona (Elisabeth Bergner), then puts a curse on Whitman and his entire family. Using her occult powers, Oona summons a demon that takes the form of Roderick (Patrick Mower) who then takes the job of stable boy working for the Whitman family. Roderick falls in love with Whitman's daughter Maureen (Hilary Heath), which sets off tragic events involving both the witches and the Whitman family, and Oona gets her revenge.
|David Copperfield 1999 TV, 186 min.|
Director: Simon Curtis
Cast: Emilia Fox, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Trevor Eve, Bob Hoskins, Ciaran McMenamin, Michael Elphick, James Thornton, Alun Armstrong, Imelda Staunton, Zoe Wanamaker, Ian McKellen
This BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale relates the trials and tribulations of young David (Daniel Radcliffe) who grows up poor but builds a better life for himself in London. Ciaran McMenamin takes on the role of the adult David.
|The Elephant Man 1980 PG, 125 min.|
Director: David Lynch
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, Helen Ryan, John Standing, Dexter Fletcher, Lesley Dunlop, Pat Gorman, Phoebe Nicholls, Claire Davenport
In the 1800s, John Merrick "The Elephant Man" (John Hurt) suffered from neurofibromatosis, a terribly disfiguring disease and has spent most of his life as a carnival freak. He is befriended by Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) who sees more in Merrick than his outward appearance. Treves brings Merrick to the hospital where he works, and, for a short time, Merrick gains human dignity. But, Treves begins to question his own motivations after the press learns about Merrick's hospital stay and exploits him. The film received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Actor (John Hurt), and Director.
|The First Great Train Robbery 1979 PG, 110 min.|
Genre: Drama / Action / Adventure
aka: The Great Train Robbery
Director: Michael Crichton
Cast: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb, Malcolm Terris, Robert Lang, Michael Elphick, James Cossins, Andre Morell, Brian Glover, Wayne Sleep, Pamela Salem, Gabrielle Lloyd, John Bett, Peter Benson
This is a very entertaining film–based on Michael Crichton's popular novel about Edward Pierce (Sean Connery) and Agar (Donald Sutherland) who pulled off Victorian England's first train robbery in 1855.
|Fraulein Doktor 1969 N/R, 104 min.|
Director: Alberto Lattuada
Cast: Suzy Kendall, Kenneth More, Capucine, James Booth, Alexander Knox, Nigel Green, Giancarlo Giannini, Michael Elphick, Colin Tapley, Walter Williams, Maggie Rennie, James Mishler, Silvia Monti, Malcolm Ingram, Gerard Herter
Based on true-life adventures of World War I German spy Anna Maria Lessler (Suzy Kendall), this is an impressive film with an anti-war theme. The story was produced in 1934 as "Stamboul Quest" with Myrna Loy in the title role.
|Gorky Park 1983 R, 127 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Director: Michael Apted
Cast: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Joanna Pacula, Ian Bannen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Elphick, Richard Griffiths, Alexander Knox, Ian McDiarmid, Rikki Fulton, Alexei Sayle, Patrick Field, Niall O'Brien, Henry Woolf, Tusse Silberg
Three brutal murders have taken place in Moscow's Gorky Park, and Police Inspector Renko (William Hurt) has been assigned to the case. Renko uncovers a plot involving KGB agents, the government, and a cynical American businessman, Jack Osborne (Lee Marvin). The trail leads to New York where Renko gets help from American cop William Kirwill (Brian Dennehy) in finding the reasons behind the killings.
|Hamlet 1969 G, 119 min.|
Director: Tony Richardson
Cast: Nicol Williamson, Gordon Jackson, Anthony Hopkins, Judy Parfitt, Mark Dignam, Marianne Faithfull, Roger Livesey, Anjelica Huston, Michael Elphick, Ben Aris, Michael Pennington, Gordon Jackson, Clive Graham, Peter Gale, John J. Carney
Filmed as a play, this is another version of Shakespeare's play about the Danish prince, Hamlet (Nicol Williamson), whose father was killed. Soon after the king's murder, his widow Gertrude (Judy Parfitt) marries Claudius (Anthony Hopkins) who was the king's brother. The ghost of the king talks to Hamlet and tells him to be kind to Gertrude but to murder Claudius. To accomplish the goal and avoid suspicion, Hamlet fakes madness. His "madness" sets off a string of deaths–including those of Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet's chief counsel Polonius (Mark Dignam), and Polonius' daughter Ophelia (Marianne Faithfull) who had loved Hamlet, and Hamlet as well.
|Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil 1985 TV, 150 min.|
Director: Jim Goddard
Cast: John Shea, Bill Nighy, Tony Randall, Jose Ferrer, Carroll Baker, Lucy Gutteridge, David Warner, Warren Clarke, Michael Elphick, Stratford Johns, Robert Urquhart, Colin Jeavons
In 1933, two young Germans come of age. Helmut (Bill Nighy) joins Hitler's SS, while his brother, Karl (John Shea), joins the SA. After the SS wins out over the SA, Karl is imprisoned at Dachau but is released because of Helmut's influence and sent to the Russian Front The story follows Helmut and Karl throughout World War II and shows how Nazi influences changed them.
|Let Him Have It 1991 R, 115 min.|
Director: Peter Medak
Cast: Christopher Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Tom Bell, Eileen Atkins, Clare Holman, Michael Elphick, Mark McGann, Tom Courtenay, Michael Gough, Ronald Fraser
As a teenager in 1950, Derek (Christopher Eccleston) finds he can make easy money by joining a group of London's street toughs. However, when petty crimes turn into murder, Derek is faced with a death sentence for a crime he did not commit. Well-made film from the UK.
|Little Dorrit 1988 G, 360 min.|
Director: Christine Edzard
Cast: Derek Jacobi, Sarah Pickering, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Cyril Cusack, Amelda Brown, Paul Rhys, Miriam Margolyes, Robert Morley, Michael Elphick, Max Wall, Patricia Hayes, Luke Duckett, Daniel Chatto, Bill Fraser
Charles Dickens' novel is told in two parts revealing perspectives of both cold businessman Arthur Clennam (Derek Jacobi) and the innocent Amy Dorrit (Sarah Pickering). Part I is told through the eyes of Clennam who returns home to London after a 20-year absence and becomes interested in William Dorrit (Alec Guinness) who is serving time in debtor's prison. Dorrit's daughter Amy is a seamstress working for Clennam's mother (Joan Greenwood), and Clennam sets out to help the Dorrits reclaim a fortune. In Part II, Amy's side of the story is told as her life crosses that of Clennam. This six-hour film is a well-acted adaptation of Dickens' tale and received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Guinness) and Best Writing.
|Privates on Parade 1982 R, 96 min.|
Director: Michael Blakemore
Cast: John Cleese, Denis Quilley, Michael Elphick, Nicola Pagett, Bruce Payne, Joe Melia, David Bamber, Simon Jones, Patrick Pearson, Neil Pearson
An army entertainment group (Song and Dance Unit South East Asia) dodges bullets and unwanted lovers as its members entertain the troops.
|Quadrophenia 1979 R, 120 min.|
Genre: Drama / Musical
Director: Franc Roddam
Cast: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick, Garry Cooper, Gary Shail, Toyah Willcox, Trevor Laird, Kate Williams, Kim Neve, Benjamin Whitrow, Daniel Peacock
This is Sting's acting debut and is the story of teen conflict between two gangs, British Mods and Rockers. The story is good and provides a poignant drama.
|Withnail and I 1987 R, 108 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
aka: Withnail & I
Director: Bruce Robinson
Cast: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick, Daragh O'Malley, Michael Wardle, Una Brandon-Jones, Noel Johnson, Irene Sutcliffe, Llewellyn Rees, Robert Oates, Anthony Wise, Eddie Tagoe, Bruce Robinson
Two unemployed actors, Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and Marwood (Paul McGann), like their booze and also need to get away from their dirty, messy flat in London. Withnail talks his rich, eccentric Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths) into letting them use his cottage, which requires more roughing-it than they want, so they proceed to the nearest pub to drink and meet some of the weird locals. Monty shows up at the cottage and turns out to be pretty strange himself. Set in 1969, this has become somewhat of a cult favorite.
|1. The Blind Terror (1971)|
aka: See No Evil
2. Cry of the Banshee (1970)
3. David Copperfield (1999)
4. The Elephant Man (1980)
5. The First Great Train Robbery (1979)
aka: The Great Train Robbery
6. Fraulein Doktor (1969)
7. Gorky Park (1983)
8. Hamlet (1969)
9. Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil (1985)
10. Let Him Have It (1991)
11. Little Dorrit (1988)
12. Privates on Parade (1982)
13. Quadrophenia (1979)
14. Withnail and I (1987)
aka: Withnail & I
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