|Chariots of Fire 1981 PG, 120 min.|
Director: Hugh Hudson
Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Ian Holm, Patrick Magee, Alice Krige, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Havers, John Gielgud, Lindsay Anderson, Peter Egan, Nicholas Farrell, Cheryl Campbell, Dennis Christopher, Struan Rodger, David Yelland
This is an inspiring story based on the 1924 Olympic games. Two British runners Harold Abrahams and Sam Mussabini (Ben Cross and Ian Holm) practice their sport while working out personal concerns with anti-Semitism and Christian missionary work, respectively. The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Writing, Costume Design, and Musical Score. Nominations were received for Best Supporting Actor (Holm) and Director.
|Empire of the Sun 1987 PG, 152 min.|
Genre: Drama / Action
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano, Leslie Phillips, Burt Kwouk, Ben Stiller, Robert Stephens, Masato Ibu, Emily Richard, Rupert Frazer, Peter Gale, Takatoro Kataoka, David Neidorf
During the Japanese invasion of Shanghai in 1941, Jamie Graham (Christian Bale) was 11-years-old when he was separated from his upper-class parents, captured, and placed in a Japanese confinement camp. While in prison, Jamie overcomes illness and food shortages. He learns how to survive and shares his spirit with others in the camp.
|Farewell to the King 1989 PG-13, 114 min.|
Genre: Drama / Action / Adventure
Director: John Milius
Cast: Nick Nolte, Nigel Havers, Marius Weyers, Frank McRae, James Fox, Aki Aleong, Gerry Lopez, Marilyn Tokuda, Choy Chang Wing, William Wise, Wayne Pygram, Richard Morgan, Elan Oberon, Michael Nissman, John Bennett Perry
During World War II, when General MacArthur retreats from the Philippines, one of his soldiers, Learoyd (Nick Nolte), goes AWOL. The soldier encounters Borneo head-hunters who subsequently make him their king. Adventure abounds.
|Hold the Dream 1986 TV, 190 min.|
Director: Don Sharp
Cast: Deborah Kerr, Jenny Seagrove, Stephen Collins, John Mills, Liam Neeson, James Brolin, Claire Bloom, Suzanna Hamilton, Nigel Havers, Fiona Fullerton
This TV miniseries is a follow-up to "A Woman of Substance" as Emma Harte (Deborah Kerr), now 80 years old, turns over her lucrative business to granddaughter Paula (Jenny Seagrove). The greedy relatives are not at all happy about that decision. Not nearly as good as the original.
|A Little Princess 1987 N/R, 163 min.|
Genre: Family / Drama
Director: Carol Wiseman
Cast: Amelia Shankley, Nigel Havers, Maureen Lipman, David Yelland, Miriam Margolyes, Annette Badland, John Grillo, Andre Maranne, Meera Syal, Marianne Borgo, Natalie Abbott, Johanna Hargreaves, Alison Reynolds, Jessica Simpson, Katrina Heath
Returning from India, young Sara (Amelia Shankley) is placed in a Victorian London boarding school when her father (David Yelland) must return to the war. Sara adapts to life at school, becomes very popular, and all goes well–until her father dies. Now, as Sara works off her debts, her friends dwindle, but she does have Ermengarde (Alison Reynolds) and Lottie (Jessica Simpson) as well as the maid Becky (Natalie Abbott) for companions. However, as Sara perseveres, she becomes an inspiration for her classmates.
|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.
|The Whistle Blower 1986 PG, 100 min.|
Director: Simon Langton
Cast: Michael Caine, James Fox, Nigel Havers, John Gielgud, Felicity Dean, Barry Foster, Kenneth Colley, Gordon Jackson, Trevor Cooper, David Langton, Dinah Stabb
War veteran and patriot Frank Jones (Michael Caine) is incredulous when his son Robert (Nigel Havers), a translator for British intelligence, informs him that people in his organization have been ordered killed to prevent security leaks. When Robert is mysteriously killed, Frank investigates and begins to suspect that he was killed because he was about to blow the whistle on the agency's corruption.
|Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? 1978 PG, 112 min.|
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Cast: George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Joss Ackland, Daniel Emilfork, Nigel Havers, John Le Mesurier
Junk-food magnate Robby (George Segal) travels to Europe, determined to gain the favors of his pastry-chef ex-wife, Natasha (Jacqueline Bisset) while all around him the great chefs are being systematically murdered in the method of how their famous recipes are prepared. Some good Morley scenes in this comedy/mystery.
|Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years 1981 N/R, 390 min.|
Director: Ferdinand Fairfax
Cast: Robert Hardy, Sian Phillips, Nigel Havers, Chloe Salaman, Tamsin Murray-Leach, Katherine Levy, Tim Pigott-Smith, David(2) Swift, Sherrie Hewson, Moray Watson, Paul Freeman
Based on a biography by Sir Martin Gilbert, this good made-for-British TV miniseries covers an important 10 years (1929-1939) before the start of World War II. Winston Churchill was out of power and was a lone voice trying to warn the population and leadership of the threat posed by Hitler's re-arming of Germany. He returned to power after his warnings were proven to be valid.
|1. Chariots of Fire (1981)|
2. Empire of the Sun (1987)
3. Farewell to the King (1989)
4. Hold the Dream (1986)
5. A Little Princess (1987)
6. A Passage to India (1984)
7. The Whistle Blower (1986)
8. Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
9. Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981)
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