THE MAKING OF ‘SPARTACUS’ (1960).

THE MAKING OF ‘SPARTACUS’ (1960).

March 24, 2019 Alan Royle 7

  There were three Servile Wars in B.C. Italy; the one involving escaped slave/gladiator Spartacus being the last of them. It ended with a final battle in 71 BC. Stanley Kubrick replaced Anthony Mann as director of Spartacus (1960), after Mann and the star, Kirk Douglas, repeatedly clashed. Douglas and […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT6.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT6.

February 26, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  MIDWAY (1976) World War Two – A blow by blow account of the crucial Battle of Midway in June 1942, between carrier-forces of the USA and the Empire of Japan. Historically, this is an accurate account of the most important naval confrontation of World War Two. It features an […]

MEMORABLE SCREEN PAIRINGS – PT2

MEMORABLE SCREEN PAIRINGS – (PT2)

January 23, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  HOW TO STEAL A MILLION (1966)   Peter O’Toole & Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million (1966) A most unusual screen pairing was that of Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million, just four years after O’Toole had taken the world by storm with […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT31.

July 9, 2018 Alan Royle 10

In the novel on which the 1982 movie First Blood is based, Rambo kills eighteen people, among them Deputy Sargent Galt, whose stomach he slices open with a razor! Even though most critics found the film to be ‘too violent’, it is interesting to note that Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) does […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 15.

May 26, 2018 Alan Royle 2

       Paul Thomas (L) Little known actor Paul Thomas was cast as Saint Peter in the 1973 screen version of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was one of his very few mainstream performances. In the porn film industry, however, he was legendary, having starred in hundreds of sex films and […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 12.

May 20, 2018 Alan Royle 0

       Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher The budget for the first Star Wars (1977) was limited and George Lucas felt it would flop, so he decided that all the American cast and crew (including himself) would fly ‘coach’ to Britain instead of first class to save on air fares. […]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT2.

April 14, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Prior to making The Hustler (1961), Paul Newman had a pool table installed in his home to practice upon because he had never played the game in his life until then. Jackie Gleason, on the other hand, was a very accomplished pool player and executed most of his own shots […]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT1.

March 13, 2018 Alan Royle 2

The Moon is Blue (1953) is a pretty tame picture, yet it was the first post-Hayes mainstream Hollywood movie to use the words ‘virgin’, ‘seduce’ and ‘mistress’ (in the sexual partner sense). The mere utterance of these three words was enough to get the picture banned from theatres in Boston, […]