Perfect Friday

Perfect Friday

Perfect Friday

The deputy manager of a London bank has worked out a way to rob the branch of £300,000.

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Genre: Comedy, Crime
Rating: AA
Directed By: Peter Hall
Written By: Anthony Greville-Bell (screenplay), Scott Forbes (screenplay)
Released: 1970
Runtime: 94 minutes

Cast

Stanley Baker as Mr. Graham
Ursula Andress as Lady Britt Dorset
David Warner as Lord Nicholas “Nick” Dorset
Patience Collier as Nanny
T. P. McKenna as Smith

Plot

The story revolves around three people — Lord Nicholas Dorset and his wife Britt, for whom luxury is a necessity, and their bank manager Mr. Graham. Over the years, Mr. Graham has devised a plan to rob his own bank. His clients’ desperate financial straits make them ideal accomplices in his eyes, but to ensure their loyalty he makes love to Britt after sending her husband away, then bribes Nick with a retainer.

The robbery scheme is dependent on timing and must be carried out on a Friday — the perfect Friday. With careful planning, the simple, neat crime is eventually accomplished. But each mistrusts the other, and with £300,000 at stake, the three robbers have a lot to lose.

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The Naked Face

The Naked Face

The Naked Face

A Chicago psycho-analyst’s patient and secretary are murdered and he becomes the police’s prime suspect despite.

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Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 18
Directed By: Bryan Forbes
Written By: Bryan Forbes, Sidney Sheldon (novel) 
Released: 1984
Runtime: 104 minutes

Cast

Roger Moore as Dr Judd Stevens
Rod Steiger as Lieutenant McGreavy
Art Carney as Morgens
Anne Archer as Ann Blake
David Hedison as Dr Peter Hadley
Deanna Dunagan as Mrs Hadley

Plot

A patient of Chicago psychoanalyst Dr. Judd Stevens (Moore) is murdered after a session, stabbed while wearing a raincoat belonging to the doctor. Police detectives McGreavy (Steiger) and Angeli (Gould) investigate. McGreavy bitterly resents the doctor from a previous case in which Stevens’ testimony led to a cop killer being institutionalized rather than sent to prison.

The patient’s personal problems are in question until Stevens’ secretary is also found brutally murdered. Stevens realizes he is the murderer’s target, while the detectives treat him as their prime suspect.

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Murphy’s War

Murphy’s War

Murphy’s War

A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water.

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Genre: Drama, War
Rating: 12
Directed By: Peter Yates
Written By: Max Catto (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) 
Released: 1971
Runtime: 107 minutes

Cast

Peter O’Toole as Murphy
Siân Phillips as Dr. Hayden
Philippe Noiret as Louis Brezon
Horst Janson as Commander Lauchs, German Submarine Captain
John Hallam as Lieutenant Ellis, Seaplane Pilot from RNMS Mount Kyle
Ingo Mogendorf as Lieutenant Voght, Submarine Executive Officer

Plot

In the closing days of World War II, Irishman Murphy (Peter O’Toole) is the sole survivor of the crew of a merchant ship, Mount Kyle, which has been sunk by a German U-boat, which then machine-gunned the survivors in the water. Murphy makes it ashore (to a missionary settlement on the Orinoco in Venezuela) where he is treated by a pacifist Quaker doctor, Dr Hayden (Siân Phillips).

When he discovers the U-boat is hiding further up river, under the cover of the jungle, he sets about obsessively plotting his revenge to sink it by any means, including using a surviving Grumman J2F Duck floatplane from the Mount Kyle. The floatplane had been recovered, the wounded pilot later being shot dead in his hospital bed by the U-boat captain, in order to preserve the secret of the sub’s location and, presumably, its action in shooting survivors in the water.

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The McMasters

The McMasters

The McMasters

When a black Civil War veteran becomes co-owner of the southern McMasters ranch, the incensed local Confederate veterans come gunning for him and his Indian wife.

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Genre: Drama, Western
Rating: X
Directed By: Alf Kjellin
Written By: Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay)
Released: 1970
Runtime: 90 minutes

Cast

Burl Ives as McMasters
Brocke Peters as Benjie
David Carradine as White Feather
Nancy Kwan as Robin
Jack Palance as Kolby
John Carradine as Preacher

Plot

When Benjie, a black man who fought in the Civil War, returns to the southern town of Ironside, his return is not exactly a welcome one.

The citizens are already uptight about the color of his skin…but the fact that he fought for the Union Army and still wears his uniform is all that is needed for hatred and violence to be fanned by an ex-Confederate soldier named Colby.

Benjie’s one true friend turns out to be Neal McMasters, the rancher who raised Benjie and is now offering him a half-share in the McMasters land. As Benjie tries to make his new home, he helps some starving Indians and finds himself the owner of an Indian woman who eventually becomes his wife. He also uses Indians to help with the round-up.

But things come to a violent turn when Kolby’s hatred launches a reign of anger that brings about an unusual white-black-red triangle in the phenomenon of prejudice.

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The Legend of Frenchie King

The Legend of Frenchie King

The Legend of Frenchie King

Outlaw sisters in the old West inherit a ranch and try to settle down and develop relationships with neighbouring family.

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Genre: Comedy, Western
Rating: A
Directed By: Christian-Jaque, Guy Casaril
Written By: Marie-Ange Aniès (screenplay), Jean Nemours (screenplay), Guy Casaril (adaptation), Clement Biddle Wood (adaptation), Daniel Boulanger (adaptation & dialogue)
Released: 1971
Runtime: 94 minutes

Cast

Claudia Cardinale as Marie Sarrazin
Brigitte Bardot as Louise a.k.a. Frenchie King
Michael J. Pollard as Sheriff
Patty Shepard as Petite Pluie
Emma Cohen as Virginie
Térèsa Cimpera as Caroline

Plot

In Bougival Junction, New Mexico in 1880 the Francophone town is led by Marie Sarrazin.

A new family arrives, calling themselves the Millers, but in fact they are the daughters of the hanged outlaw Frenchie King and his eldest daughter Louise seeks to keep her father’s name alive by donning men’s clothing and continuing his criminal ways.

Louise and Maria fight but when they are both jailed they team up to take revenge on the town’s men.

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