Tag: Drama

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...

Tunes of Glory | 1960 | Alec Guinness, John Mills

Stirring drama set in a Highland regiment where two officers – the easy-going, hard-drinking Jock Sinclair (Alec Guinness) and his replacement, the by-the-book CO Basil Barrow (John Mills), a stickler for protocol and details – are at...

Half a Sixpence | 1967 | Tommy Steele Julia Foster

This shallow musical was based on an H G Wells story and stars Steele, once touted as Britain’s answer to Elvis only to turn family-entertainment man. He plays the witless Arthur Kipps, an orphan working for a cruel boss, who tries to crash...

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...

Luther | 1974 | Stacy Keach, Hugh Griffith

A biopic of religious figurehead Martin Luther, the man who caused uproar in the 16th Century by renouncing Catholicism and founding the Reformation movement. Based on John Osborne’s play, Stacy Keach plays Luther with skill and conviction...

Champions | 1984 | John Hurt, Jan Francis

John Hurt is Bob Champion, the real-life jockey who, inspirationally, managed to overcome cancer to win the Grand National. Thankfully Hurt seems as interested in portraying the great man’s character flaws as in just providing a performance...

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