|Butley 1974 R, 127 min.|
Director: Harold Pinter
Cast: Alan Bates, Jessica Tandy, Richard O'Callaghan, Susan Engel, Georgina Hale, Michael Byrne, Simon Rouse, John Savident, Oliver Maguire, Patti Love, Susan Wooldridge, Darien Angadi, Colin Haigh, Lindsay Ingram
Alan Bates reprises his Broadway role of English Literature Professor Ben Butley who returns to London University after a vacation weekend. On his first day back, Butley learns that his estranged wife Anne (Susan Engel) wants a divorce and plans to remarry. Then, his male lover Joey (Richard O'Callaghan) announces that he has a new boyfriend. The bad news continues with Edna (Jessica Tandy) complaining that Butley has stolen one of her tutorial students, and it goes on and on–making for one VERY BAD day.
|Hidden Agenda 1990 R, 108 min.|
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling, Bernard Bloch, Des McAleer, Jim Norton, Patrick Kavanagh, Bernard Archard, Maurice Roeves, Maureen Bell, Michelle Fairley, Kim Dyson, Oliver Maguire, Ian McElhinney
Set in the war-like environment of Northern Ireland in the early 1980s, this thriller follows British investigator Kerrigan (Brian Cox) and international amnesty group activist Ingrid Jessner (Frances McDormand). They investigate possible cover-ups at Britain's highest level that have also resulted in murder. Good performances make this worth a look.
|The Old Curiosity Shop 1995 TV, 195 min.|
Director: Kevin Connor
Cast: Peter Ustinov, Tom Courtenay, Sally Walsh, William Mannering, James Fox, Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy, Frank Thornton, Timothy Watson, Ricci Harnett, Brian McGrath, Julia McKenzie, Alan Shearman, Christopher Ettridge, Doreen Keogh, Oliver Maguire
Young Nell (Sally Walsh) is cared for by her guardian grandfather Fred Trent (Peter Ustinov) at his curiosity shop. On the surface all appears good, but Fred has an obsession with gambling, which causes him to lose his business. As a result, Fred and Nell leave London and travel in the countryside where they meet many interesting characters.
|1. Butley (1974)|
2. Hidden Agenda (1990)
3. The Old Curiosity Shop (1995)
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