For the soundtrack alone this one will have to go to our desert island - but what a film and what a cast. Of its kind, one of the best descriptions of part of the second world war.
Battle Of Britain
(1969) Starring:Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Robert Shaw Director:Guy Hamilton Certificate:
Guy Hamilton's classic war film looks at how England defended itself from the German aerial onslaught of the summer of 1940. Laurence Olivier plays Sir Hugh Dowding, the air chief marshal whose fleet outmanouevre the Luftwaffe, despite a numerical disadvantage; and those few to whom so many owed so ..read more »
Don't like foreign films? Try this one. A delight and a half when a gay man has to "go straight" in order to fool his daughter's suitor.
La Cage aux Folles
(1979) Starring:Michel Galabru, Ugo Tognazzi, Remi Laurent Director:Edouard Molinaro Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
An international comedy sensation based on a successful French stage play, La Cage aux Folles depicts the farcical chaos that results when a gay man attempts to pose as straight for the benefit of his son's future in-laws. Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) owns a popular nightclub and is the long-time lover of ..read more »
The first of the three is still the one that makes you stop and watch wherever you are! Features a young Harrison Ford, and perhaps the best John Williams soundtrack of all time. We saw this on a Sunday morning press showing in central London before release and were stunned! Although dated in the special effects department, its still a joy to watch.
With a cast of unkowns or "what his name?"s when this was first released, this delightful film has nearly disappeared from the film viewers' radar. Blue collar family has a son who aspires to joining a professional bike racing team. Listening to opera and shaving his legs stuns his french-frys loving father!
(1979) Starring:Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern Director:Peter Yates Certificate:
Oscar-winning coming-of-age drama directed by Peter Yates. When 19-year-old small-town misfit Dave Stoller (Dennis Christopher) graduates from high school, he dreams of becoming a world-class cycling champion like the members of the Italian team that he idolises. His passion for cycling reaches new ..read more »
The part Tom Hulse was born to play. Bio-pic of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a soundtrack to die for. Beautiful locations, costumes, music, and a handpicked cast. Give yourself 5 minutes to get over Tom Hulse's American accent and then - enjoy!
(1984) Starring:Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, Simon Callow Director:Milos Forman Certificate:
For this film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman returned to the city of Prague that he'd left behind during the Czech political crises of 1968, bringing along his usual cinematographer and fellow Czech expatriate, Miroslav Ondricek. Amadeus is an expansion of a ..read more »
Black and White and all the better for it. Soulmates who meet at the wrong time of their lives. Social manners have moved so far since this film was made that most of us cannot imagine the pain caused by wanting each other without hurting anyone else.
(1945) Starring:Marjorie Mars, Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson Director:David Lean Certificate:
A respectable, happily married doctor (Trevor Howard) comes to the aid of an equally upstanding housewife (Celia Johnson) when a passing train blows cinder into her eye. Thus begins a tentative romance, conducted in the tearooms and railway cafe of a small English town. David Lean's classic study ..read more »
Not surprised if every reader of this list says "what?"...but if you like animation, search this one out. It came, it went - very quickly, but fortunately we got a video of it....beautiful animation, can watch with or without kids around, and we do recommend it/
(1988) Starring:nigel hawthorne (narr.), Nigel Hawthorne Director:Tony Collingwood Certificate:
Rargians live in a dreamland called Rarg. These people discover that they only exist in the dream world of Edwin Barnes and as soon as he wakes up they'll disappear. Their fight for survival begins.
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It's A Wonderful Life
Just because its a wonderful life! Smalzy? we know. Black and white? we know. But its a must have. If you have never seen it - try it. Some wonderful performances.