LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES

February 5, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  DIE HARD (1988)                                          For sheer non-stop action it is hard to go past the Bruce Willis 1988 film Die Hard. Few expected the wise-cracking star of the hit TV […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT14.

December 4, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    RICHARD HARRIS:                                                ‘No-one trusts me anymore. I spent half the movie [Maigret (1988)] arguing with people and I was accused of causing big on-set rows…I […]

WAR MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT10.

April 14, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  THE TRAIN (1964) – World War Two Paul Scofield & Burt Lancaster in The Train (1964) Like many WW2 movies, The Train is loosely based on an actual event. A few weeks before the liberation of Paris in 1944, the Germans decided to freight five boxcars of art treasures stolen from […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT83

November 28, 2018 Alan Royle 3

Sandra Bullock & her Oscar for The Blind Side (2009) Sandra Bullock enjoys a reputation for being kind and attentive, highly professional and a pleasure to work with. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she does not permit her ego to interfere with her sense of humour either. In 2009, she readily turned […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT2

November 10, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot Michael Caine and Sean Connery were the fifth intended pairing for Rudyard Kipling’s terrific The Man Who Would be King to be transferred to the screen. In the fifties it was to […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT78.

November 4, 2018 Alan Royle 4

Irving ‘Swifty’ Lazar Irving ‘Swifty’ Lazar has been described by many, and with good cause, as one of the greatest agents of all time. Standing just over five feet tall, this pocket dynamo acquired his famous nickname when, in accordance with a bet they had, he successfully completed three deals […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT77.

November 2, 2018 Alan Royle 6

Ali MacGraw & Robert Evans Robert Evans bought the rights to the novel The Great Gatsby in 1971, his intention being to have his wife Ali MacGraw play Daisy. A shooting script was not quite ready yet, so Ali went off to star in The Getaway (1972) opposite Steve McQueen […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT76.

October 31, 2018 Alan Royle 11

Higgins as Benji (1974) The dog that played the title role in the 1974 family film Benji was a mongrel named Higgins, a mix of cocker spaniel, poodle and schnauzer. Animal trainer and breeder Frank Inn adopted him in 1960 from the Burbank Animal Shelter in Burbank, California. For seven seasons Higgins […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT55.

September 13, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Per Oscarsson as the priest in The Last Valley I have never fully comprehended why The Last Valley (1971) bombed at the box office and suffered at the hands of the critics. Perhaps, its negative approach to religion (both Catholic and Protestant) and its pointed abhorrence of every aspect of war […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 19.

June 5, 2018 Alan Royle 3

    Linda Darnell as Amber                                 Peggy Cummins as Amber Forever Amber cost $5 million to make in 1947 and became the highest grossing picture of the year, despite being initially condemned by the Catholic […]