Tag: Action

A High Wind in Jamaica | 1965 | Anthony Quinn James Coburn

Richard Hughes’s masterly novel, transferred vividly to the screen by Alexander Mackendrick, is a darker work than sometimes suggested. A hurricane devastates the island, so children are dispatched to England and safety. On the journey their...

The Honorary Consul | 1983 | Richard Gere, Michael Caine

John MacKenzie and Christopher Hampton have turned Graham Greene’s novel into a straight-up thriller about sex and politics, barely nodding at the book’s socio-religious subtext. Richard Gere plays an English doctor in Argentina who gets...

The Big Sleep | 1978 | Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles

It’s heresy to suggest that a Michael Winner remake of a film starring Bogart and Bacall could be at least as good as the original but this is such a movie. Robert Mitchum is Raymond Chandler’s private eye Marlowe investigating the...

A Night to Remember | 1958 | Kenneth More, Ronald Allen

A pretty accurate re-creation of the big ship Titanic’s sinking, with Kenneth More and Robert Ayres among those trying to remain stiff-upper-lipped as the vessel goes down and the rescue is apparently bungled, with no lifeboats returned and...

Our Man in Havana | 1959 | Alec Guinness, Burl Ives,

Having found so much success with his adaptations of Graham Greene novels The Fallen Idol (1948) and The Third Man (1949), Carol Reed revisited the author’s oeuvre with this fabulous satirical spy story. Ex-pat vacuum salesman Jim Wormold...

Robin and Marian | 1976 | Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn

This romantic and magical version of the Robin Hood legend departs radically from the traditional myth. Instead we meet an ageing Robin (Sean Connery), past his peak as a swashbuckling wealth re-distributor. After several decades fighting the...

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