|The Brothers Grimm 2005 PG-13, 118 min.|
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure / Comedy
Director: Terry Gilliam
Cast: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce, Lena Headey, Monica Bellucci, Petr Ratimec, Barbara Lukesova, Anna Rust, Jeremy Robson, Miroslav Taborsky, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Radim Kalvoda, Martin Hofmann, Harry Gilliam
The legendary Grimm brothers–Jake and Will (Heath Ledger and Matt Damon)–travel among the villages of 18th-century Germany where they con the locals into believing that they can protect them from enchanted creatures and even perform exorcisms. The scam works–until they encounter a real curse.
|Chicago Joe and the Showgirl 1990 R, 103 min.|
Director: Bernard Rose
Cast: Emily Lloyd, Kiefer Sutherland, Patsy Kensit, Keith Allen, Liz Fraser, Alexandra Pigg, Ralph Nossek, Colin Bruce, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Harry Fowler, John Lahr, Angela Morant
Based on an actual murder case in 1944 Great Britain called "The Cleft Chin Murder Case," this is the tale of U.S. Army deserter Karl (Kiefer Sutherland) and stripper Betty (Emily Lloyd) who meet and embark on a crime spree, which eventually escalates to murder.
|Gangs of New York 2002 R, 165 min.|
Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Jim Broadbent, Liam Neeson, John C. Reilly, Henry Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Gary Lewis, Eddie Marsan, Alec McCowen, David Hemmings, Larry Gilliard Jr., Stephen Graham
The story begins in New York's Five Points slum, during 1846, where crime runs rampant in Lower Manhattan as unwelcome immigrants flock to the city. Gang wars ensue, and Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day-Lewis) kills Priest Vallon (Liam Neeson). Sixteen years later, Priest's son, Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio), enters the arena with a mission: hunt down his father's killer. The film received 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor (Day-Lewis), Picture, and Director.
|Ivanhoe 1997 TV, 300 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Drama
Director: Stuart Orme
Cast: Steven Waddington, Victoria Smurfit, Ralph Brown, Rory Edwards, James Cosmo, Chris Walker, Susan Lynch, Aden Gillett, Christopher Lee, Ciaran Hinds, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Nick Brimble, Trevor Cooper, Ronald Pickup, Sian Phillips
This rousing, made-for-TV miniseries is a good retelling of Sir Walter Scott's tale of the young knight Ivanhoe (Steven Waddington) who battles the evil Prince John (Ralph Brown) and his templar cohorts in 12th-century England. After returning from the Crusades, a disguised Ivanhoe finds himself in the middle of Prince John's efforts to replace Richard (Rory Edwards) as king of England. Ivanhoe enters a tournament to win back the love of Rowena (Victoria Smurfit). He wins the tournament but is injured, and is nursed back to health by Rebecca (Susan Lynch) with whom he falls in love. More problems lie ahead when Rebecca is condemned as a witch and is sentenced to be burned at the stake. Ivanhoe rescues Rebecca, but will he be able to restore Richard to the throne?
|Princess of Thieves 2001 PG, 90 min.|
Director: Peter Hewitt
Cast: Keira Knightley, Stephen Moyer, Stuart Wilson, Crispin Letts, Malcolm McDowell, Hannah Cresswell, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Jonathan Hyde, Gaye Brown, Del Synnott
It turns out that Robin Hood (Stuart Wilson) had a daughter, Gwyn (Keira Knightley). She wants to follow in her father's footsteps, but along comes Prince Philip (Stephen Moyer), who falls in love with her, and that complicates matters. Together they can change England for the better. Typical Disney fare with rousing musical score. Aimed for 10-year-olds (plus or minus two years).
|Swept from the Sea 1997 PG-13, 115 min.|
Genre: Drama / Mystery / Romance
Director: Beeban Kidron
Cast: Vincent Perez, Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen, Joss Ackland, Kathy Bates, Tom Bell, Zoe Wanamaker, Tony Haygarth, Fiona Victory, William Scott-Masson, Eve Matheson, Dave Hill, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Matthew Scurfield, Margery Withers
At the end of the 19th century, Ukranian Yanko Gooral (Vincent Perez) survives a shipwreck and makes it to the small town of Colebrook. He falls in love with Amy (Rachel Weisz) who works for the Swaffers (Joss Ackland and Kathy Bates), and they later marry–but are not allowed to live happily ever after.
|Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 PG-13, 109 min.|
Genre: Adventure / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Director: Barry Levinson
Cast: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins, Freddie Jones, Nigel Stock, Michael Hordern, Susan Fleetwood, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Earl Rhodes, Brian Oulton, Patrick Newell, Donald Eccles, Walter Sparrow, Vivienne Chandler
This film uses the premise that Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) and Dr. John Watson (Alan Cox) met for the first time when they were young college students. Then the film explores what might have happened when those two characters first got together, updated with 1980s special effects and action, though different from the "old" Sherlock.
|1. The Brothers Grimm (2005)|
2. Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (1990)
3. Gangs of New York (2002)
4. Ivanhoe (1997)
5. Princess of Thieves (2001)
6. Swept from the Sea (1997)
7. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
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