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Edge of Sanity (1989)
Anthony Perkins giving a decent acting as the psychopatic , perverted Mr Hyde
An overdone Jekyll and Mr Hyde rendition based very freely on the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. As Doctor Jekyll : Anthony Perkins living in London is happily married to Glynis Barber . While Dr Jekyll is working in his laboratory , testing cocaine for use as an anaesthetic happens an unfortunate accident. When a lab monkey knocks liquid into the coke and he fumes cause the doc turns into Jack Hyde, a prototype for Jack Ripper .
Grim and scary film with chills , thrills , sleaziness , ugly scenes and lots of nudism . Perkins gives a psychotic acting , as he knows the schizoid territory thanks to other usual performances . The production design is acceptable and decent interpretations , but the film is not for neither squamish people , nor for the easily queazy . There is also an available in 90 minute , unrated version. The motion picture was regularly directed by Gerard Kikoine .
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)
Werner Herzog's well and competently directed version and with a terrific acting by Klaus Kinski
Herzog's homage to fellow countryman's F W Murnau's 1922 silent adaptation with unforgettable acting by Max Schreck . It deals with Jonathan Harker : Bruno Ganz who goes to Dracula's castle who hired him to buy a house . Later on , rodent-like Count Dracula from Transylvania on board a ship with plenty of rats to Wismar , Harker's country . There Dracula spreads the Black Plague and meets Harker's wife : Isabelle Adjani , being sucked , and then things go wrong .
This is a thrilling mystery masterpiece and a chilling psycho-drama of blood-lust . This German movie is a captivating and eerie experience with scary frames , imaginative sets , and exciting set pieces. The story brilliantly conveys the loneliness , despair and sadness of the characters .Although it copies some scenes from previous version , Herzog knew as to add just the right touches to make this the second best retelling .The slow , somewhat exaggerated reactions of the roles brilliantly echo the interpretation given by the silent film , paying a real tribute to it . It remains one of the most atmospheric , scariest and creepiest versions and being along with 1922 silent first retelling by Murnau , two of the best vampire movies ever made , both of them are interpretation more than faithful adaptation based on Bram Stoker's Dracula story . It features the great Klaus Kinski as as the disgustingly terrible count , he played for Werner Herzog various films such as : Fitzcarraldo, Woyzeck , Cobra Verde , Aguirre Wrath of God . And with Bruno Ganz as the unfortute Jonathan Harker , Isabelle Adjnani as the beautiful object of the Count's lust, as well as Roland Topor as Renfield and brief appearance by Dan Van Husen as warden.
The motion picture was compellingly directed by Werner Herzog , this prestigious filmmaker has directed notorious movies such as : "Invincible , Where the Green Ants Dream , Stroszek , Heart of Glass , Signs of Life" , among others. Rating : 7/10 . Better than average . The flick will appeal to Klaus Kinski fans . Worthwhile watching .
Better than average Richard Attenborough's movie with an awesome acting from Anthony Hopkins
Spine-chilling psycho-drama with a lesser than credible premise about a possessed entretainer and terrific performances . Nice story about a ventriloquist : Anthony Hopkins taken over by his dummy, an all-too-human counterpart . As Hopkins conjures intelligently and sweats mightily , while he becomes involved with an impressionable and beautiful woman : Anne Margret , his high school sweetheart by attempting to renew a past love story . Abracadabra , I sit on his knee . Presto chango, and now he is me. Hocus Pocus , we take her to bed . Magic is fun , we're dead.
Above average terrifying love story in chilly proceedings with a tour-de-force acting from Anthony Hopkins , here he is possesed by his dummy , in "Dead of Night" style. An intriguing and twisted movie that aims to be a classy chiller . Interesting and attractive screenplay from Wiliam Goldman based on his own novel. Main cast and secondary cast are frankly fabulous , Hopkins gives his best acting of his long career , while Anne Margret is very charming and delivering radiating warmth as his love interest , she provides one of his greatest interpretations . They are well assisted by a good support cast of prestigious secondaries , such as : Burguess Meredith , Ed Lauter , David Odgen Stiers , Jerry Houser .
It packs a suspenseful and thrilling musical score by the great Jerry Goldsmith . As well as atmospheric and adequate cinematography by Victor Kemper. The motion picture was competently directed by Richard Attenborough . This prestigious actor and filmmaker directed some decent pictures such as : "Young Winston" , "A Bridge Too Far" , "Gandhi" , "A Chorus Line" , "Cry Freedom", "Chaplin" , "Shadowlands" , "In Love and War" , "Grey Owl" and this Magic . Rating : 7/10. Notable . The flick will appeal to Anthony Hopkins and Ann Margret fans . Essential and indispensable watching .
Very rare and boring film about a strange man who is inexplicably kidnapped and put in a zulo
A plot plain and simple shot in a shoestring budget about a weird man : Jaume García Ávila is kidnapped and put in a hole by two nasty abductors : Isak Ferriz , Enric López . As he holds a deadly interior fight for his survival. As he is under control of the two cutthroats submitted to a chief who eventually appears.
A boring and non-sense plot about a man is abducted and imprisoned in a well for no apparent reason .This disturbing and frightening motion picture with an unknown cast relies heavily on the interpretation , as only one role is the main subject of the flick , while other two kidnappers characters are support actors and mostly hooded. It is an allegoric movie because of thought-provoking conclusion final and we don't know the true causes his kidnap .
It contains adequate cinematography by Jose Luis Bernal, as well as atmospheric musical score by Paul Vallve, adding attractive songs. This claustrophobic and dull film was written/produced/directed in very low budget by G Martin Ferrera and results to be slow and tiring . Ferrera has made a few and without success movies, such as : La Jauria, Año de Plaga, Suspicious Minds. And this Zulo 2oo5 won some Awards and Nominations, such as : Fantasporto 2006 Winner International Film Award to Best Actor Jaume García Ávila. Festival Abycine : Best Film C. Martin Ferrera . Sitges Catalonian Internatoonal Film Festival Prize of the International Jury C. Martin Ferrera . And various nominations as Valladolid International Film Festival nominee Best director , Toulouse Cineespaña Best First film , San Sebastián International Film Festival nominee Best Film , Providence Latin American Festival nominee Oustanding Film Award , among others .
Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
Sleaze and sadistic movie with a lot of gory scenes , grisly killing and loathing frames
Dyanne Thorne show as a villain Nazi Warden at a death camp mistreating inmates and undergoing creepy medical experiments . She is the most dreaded Nazi of them all and she will stop at nothing to get her purports and even the SS feared her .
Disagreeable movie stars Dyanne Thorne as the evil Nazi warden enjoying the male prisoners and torturing women by experimenting they can withstand more suffering than men . The motion picture was lousily directed by Don Edmonds , providing a boring flick in low budget with plenty of shotfalls , failures , flaws and gaps . It was followed by 3 sequels : Isa Harem Keeper of the Oíl Sheik 1976 with Thorne , Max Thayer . Ilsa the tigresa of Siberia 1977 with Thorne , Michael Morin . Wanda , The Wicked Warden 1977 by Jess Frank with Thorne , Lina Romay , Tania Busselier .
Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
Hirsute Irish Dennis Hooper is wrongfully imprisoned and then he seeks justice and vengeance
A period piece Set in Australia 19th century , it dramatizes the life of a notorious outlaw , beginning when a prospector , hirsute Irish outlaw : Dennis Hooper is attacked by violent assailants . After a robbing and eventual capture he is imprisoned at a tenebrous jail where he is mistreated , hitten and raped . Shortly after , he finds it's impossibie for an Irishman in Queen Victoria's colony to walk the straight and narrow . Later on , there happens a manhunt proceeded by law enforcers : Jack Thompson , Michael Pate , Frank Thring , attempting to capture him , it results in deaths , violence and mayhem . Along the way , he is helped by an Australian aborigen , David Gulpilil , again representing the unknowable forgotten option like some fine Injun .
A peculiar and disjointed film about an outlaw roaming outlands of 19th-century Outback , resulting in a violent and offbeat G'day man . Concerning a victim of barbarities inflicted at the behest of nasty authoriries , and subsequent revenge and retribution . An acceptable early example of the Australia revival of the Seventies , with the same sort of critical kinship to its US models and in the wake of Backroads . Based on a true story in similar style to Ned Kelly 1970 by Tony Richardson with Mick Jagger ,dealing with the Australia's most notorious bandit . Dennis Hooper delivers a nice acting a quirky and outlandish outlaw . While support cast mostly formed by Australian secondaries giving engaging performances , such as : Frank Thring as a bald , bullish policeman , Jack Thompson , Michael Pate , John Hargreaves , Bruce Spence , among others .
Special mention for the colorful cinematography by Mike Molley , showing splendidly the wonderful Outback landscapes . The motion picture being basically a Western in all but locale was regularly directed by Philippe Mora , containing some shortfalls , flaws and gaps . Director Philippe Mora seems to have lacked an empathy for the material , given his lethargic filmmaking , though provides some thrilling scenes . Mora is an Australian craftsman who has made a lot of films in all kinds of genres , getting successes anf flops . Usually directing in low budgets, his uneven career with highs and lows is formed by the following films : "Scream of a winter night , The Beast within , Return of Captain Invincible , A Breed Apart , Howling 2 your sister is a werewolf , Holing 3 The Marsupials , Death of a Soldier , Communion , Precious Find , Back in Business , Pterodactyl Woman of Beverly Hills" and several others .
A Distant Trumpet (1964)
Colorful and spectacular Cavalry Western in the wake of John Ford movies
A majestically simple Cavalry Western concerning the savage and stirring story of the last of the Great Indian Wars . Dealing with West Point graduate Lt. Hazard : Troy Donahue taking on lax discipline , a loving triangle : Suzanne Pleshette , Diane McBain , and eventually fighting brave Indians in impressive battles . Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Hogan's epic novel of Indians and Indian-fighters !
Raoul Walsh's last movie saddled with a regular storyline but with vivid pacing and action enough . Decent Western emerging as a sweeeping and spectacular cavalry story with noisy action , thrills , emotion and breathtaking battles . It displays astounding massacres before introducing the ordinary liberal message of the Sixties . An enjoyable cavalry and Indians film in which Raoul Walsh letting them to speak their own language , by using subtitles on screen . A little reminiscent of John Ford trilogy : "Fort Apache , She wore yellow ribbon, Río Grande" , in mood and manner. Although , the film relies heavily on the romantic complicaciones among three protagonists . Main and support cast are acceptable. Troy Donahue gives a colourless acting as the stiff-uper-lip officer , while Suzanne Pleshette and Diane McLean play well as his beautiful lovers . Along with the familiar secondaries as William Reynolds , Claude Akins , Kent Smith , Larry Ward , Russell Johnson and especial mention for James Gregory as the proud Maj. General Alexander Quaint .
It is brilliantly and colorfull photographed by William Clothier . Rousing and moving musical score by the classic Max Steiner , including attractive leitmotif . The motion picture was competently directed by Raoul Walsh. The laconic mastery here denies the aacusations of decline levelled at Walsh , even if many of his later movies were disappointing . Raoul Walsh was a prolific filmmaker who made a lot of films in all kinds of genres with penchant for adventures, Noir Film and Western , outstanding the following ones : " The Thief of Bagdag , Big Trail , The Roaring Twenties , They Drive By Night, Dark Command , They Died With boots On , Strawberry Blonde , High Sierra , Gentleman Jim, Desperate Journey, Northern Pursuit, , Background to Dager , Uncertain Glory , Objetivo Burma, Pursued, Silver River , The Enforcer, Distant Drums , White Heat , Along the Great Divide , The World in his Arms , The Lawless Bread , Blackbeard , Sea Devils , A Lion in the Streets , Gun Fury, Band of Angels The Tall Men The Naked and the Dead , Esther and the King" and many others .
El Zorro de Monterrey (1971)
Standard Latino Zorro co-produced by Spain/Italy and professionally directed by Jose Luis Merino
Run-of-the-mill Zorro with adventures , noisy action , fencing and spectacular scenes . It is a routine action adventure starred by Charles Quiney as the masked adventurer , being freely based on Johnston McCulley novel . It is set in 1848 after the defeat of Mexico against Texas thanks to Sam Huston , and then California becomes in an independent state . In a little town lives poweful authorities : Mariano Vidal Molina , Luis Marin , Antonio Jiménez Escribano who plan to take the gold of the prospectors and exploit the villagers. Then , there appears a stranger called Antonio Sandoval : Charles Quiney who befriends two prospectors : Pasquale Basile , Lea Nanni . Then , Antonio's father, judge Jose Sandoval is killed , then his son seeks for justice and vengeance .
This Spaghetti/Chorizo Zorro is plenty with thrills , sword-play , go-riding , shootous , nice score from Alessandro Alessandroni and lots of action . Routine and inferior Spanish/Italian co-production stars Charles or Carlos Quiney and middling directed by the craftsman Jose Luis Merino . This is a sequel to Zorro's Latest Adventure 1969 holding similar actors , plot and production design. The synopsis sounds plain and simple enough with the tradtional confrontation between good guys and bad guys. This Zorro was regularly played by Charles Quiney , he took a chance and jumped from warlike movies : Hell Commandos , When Heroes die to play adventures as Tiger of Kyber , Robin Hood and various Zorros . As he performed three Zorros : Zorro's Last Adventure 1969 , El Zorro rider of vengeance 1971 , and Zorro of Monterrey . As he appeared almost exclusively in films directed by Jose Luis Merino , in fact Quiney was his fetish actor , and he was even known as the Spanish Errol Flynn.
Zorro character has been adapted in multiple films throughout a long cinematic history : the silent classic "Mark of Zorro" 1920 by Fred Niblo with Douglas Fairbanks , the best : "Mark of Zorro" 1940 by Robert Mamoulian with Tyrone Power , Basil Rathbone , Linda Darnell and "The Legend of Zorro" 2005 by Martin Campbell with Antonio Banderas , Catherine Zeta Jones , Rufus Sewell, Pedro Armendariz , Tony Amendola . And European Zorros as "Vendetta of Zorro" by Joaquín Romero Marchent with Frank Latimore , Paul Piaget , Robert Hundar . "Zorro versus Maciste" by Umberto Lenzi with Pierre Brice , Alan Steel , Moira Orfei . "Zorro versus three Musketeers" by Umberto Lenzi with Gordon Scott , Giacomo Rossi Stuart . "Zorro all Corte Di Spaña" by Luigi Capuano with Howard Ross . "The Zorro" by Duccio Tessari with Alain Delon , Ottavia Piccolo , Giacomo Rossi Stuart . "Son of Zorro" by Gianfranco Baldanello with Alberto Dell'Aqua Fernando Sancho , Elisa Ramírez, William Berger and many others .
Jim il primo (1964)
Ordinary and middling Spagheti Western in which a masked gunslinger distributes justice.
Run-of-the-mill Spaghetti Western with no much interest concerning a retired gunfighter named Jim Hart : Cameron Mitchell settled at a little town . Along the way, Jim Hart befriends Guitar : Carl Mohner , a card player and drunk who often is drinking and playing the guitar . Then the town is terrorized by a nasty band led Livio Lorenzon , but Jim Hart set out to make justice by donning a scarf and Zorro-alike takes down cutthroats . As he takes on a stagecoach assailant , fights against the ordinary villain Livio Lorenzon and helps a weak sheriff against enemies.
It is a medium budget and boring , at times, Spaghetti Western dealing with customary confrontation between good guys and bad guys , displaying thrills , intrigue , go riding , crossfire, but being really a simple fodder . It is a so-so and plain Pasta Western with a few moments genuinely entertaining , but mostly dull . Stars Cameron Mitchell as a retired pistolero that due to a killer gang is back to gunslinging , Cameron was a tarnished American actor who emigrated to Italy to get fame and fortune playing some Spaghetti Westerns , Peplum , historical and Giallo movies . Co-stars the usually wooden Carl Mohner , though here he gives a passable and sympathetic acting as an alcoholic guitarist , this Austrian character actor played several British and Continental productions from the 50s , such as Peplum , Thrillers , Film Noir , Sword and Sandals and Spaghetti and was also a noted abstract painter , whose works have been exhibited internationally from 1962 . They are accompanied by some familiar faces as the usually baddie Livio Lorenzon, Ugo Fangareggi and brief appearance by Mariangela Giordano as Mary Gordon to be continued a long career in Italian B-films .
It displays an atmospheric cinematography shot on location in Rome , Lazio and Elios Studios , Rome Italy . And attractive musical score by Marcello Gigante , including some catching songs as Young Jim Hart performed by Peter Travis and Amor Mexicano performed by Rena Pilippini . The motion picture was regularly directed by Sergio Bergonzelli, packing some shortcomings , gaps , failures and flaws . This Italian artisan wrote and directed a series of films in all kinds of genres from the Sixties to end Eighties . As he made Giallo : In the Folds of the Flesh . Adventures : Surcouf , Sea Pirate , Seven in the Sun , Diamond Connection . Terror : Blood Delirium . Erotic or Softcore : Tentazione, Malicia, School of Erotic Enjoyment , Joy , Dirty World , Taxi Love . And Spaghetti or Pasta Western : A stranger in Sacramento , Colt in the Hand of the Devil, Cisco , and The Last Gun . Rating : 4.5/10 . Very average and routine Western , only for hardcore Spaghetti fans .
Robin Hood nunca muere (1975)
Average Spanish Robin Hood with thrills , duels , battles , betrayals and castle assault
Mediocre but passable lowbrow Robin Hood movie with amusement and entertainment enough . As it is starred by Robin Hood and his Merry Men and at the beginning being attacked by their enemies . As an injured Robin Hood : Charly Bravo flees and he get escaped from his heinous pursuers while his partners are hanged . Later on , Robin feigns his death by burying himself into a coffin , but, of course , he goes back to life . After that , Robin Hood joins his underlings : Fernando Rubio as Friar Tuck , Luis Induni as Giant , Joaquín Blanco as Big John , Manuel Muñoz, all of them unite forces to battle the villianous sheriff of Notthingham : Gaspar Indio González .
Amusing and entertaining Robin Hood movie with lots of adventures , brawls , feats , laughters , and a large number of fights with no much sense . There are some familiar faces as Charly Bravo , Luis Induni , Gastar Indio González , José Lifante , some of them working in Paella or Spaghetti Westerns of the Sixties and Seventies . Furthemore , look for prestigious director Agustín Villaronga and special appearance by a very young Emma Cohen . Fun but disconcerting Robin Hood movie that nothing to do with the classic Canon, neither the vintage film by Michael Curtiz with Errol Flynn . This Robin Hood Nunca Muere 1975 is a simple and plain adventure with action , assaults on a castle , fights , attacks and the ordinary arrows throwing . There are also some fight scenes in Terence Hill and Bud Spencer style that at the time achieved too much success with their peculiar films , and in Robin Hood Nunca Muere or Robin Hood never dies 1975 were usually performed by the fatty Fray Tuck/ Fernando Rubio by delivering slaps , punches and kick-ass against enemies . The flick is set during the thunderous Kingdom of John without Land , governing the nasty Normands that humiliate, exploit and mistreat the Saxon population. The pic ignores the wealthness of the actual history of Robin Hood and it turns into another adventure/action movie with no historical perspective, resulting in a cheap production with no much sense that doesn't delivers what it should .
It contains an atmospheric cinematography by Tomás Pladevell shot on location in Barcelona outdoors , Foix and river Tordesa . Special mention for the medieval soundtrack composed by professional musicians by means of medieval musical instruments. Being produced in low budget by Ricardo Muñoz Suay and J. A. Pérez Giner from Profilmes considered to be the Spanish Hammer Films . The motion picture was regularly directed by Frances Bellmunt in his film debut , though he had made shorts and documentary . Subsequently , he directed a lot of movies , getting successes and flops . Filmmaking all kinds of genres and outstanding the following ones : The Orgy , Complot of the Rings , Quinta Del Porro , Batalla Del Porro, Gracias Por Propina , Un Par de Huevos , Pan De Angel , Monturiol , Lisistrata , among others. Rating : 5/10 , regular but passable as well as acceptable , at times, Robin Hood movie and only for no very demanding people .
El padre Coplillas (1968)
Juanito Valderrama recital singing several Spanish Folk songs , along with Dolores Abril
Below average musical dramedy dealing with a priest , Don Fernando , El Padre Coplillas : Juanito Valderrama , who serves his village by helping the unfortunate villagers , teaching illiterate men at school and solving little problems . As he comforts citzens , as he forgives a girl who has robbed at church , he makes religious processions and masses , while a very young Silvia Tortosa is engaged to two suitors.
Below par movie only for Juanito Valderrama and his wife Dolores Abril fans . It is a drama with no much interest , set in a village called Cantillana , in fact the producers thanks giving to its inhabitants. The popular couple Juanito Valderrama and Dolores Abril are accompanied by a mostly unknown support cast , here there aren't familiar faces , exception for Silvia Tortosa as a beautiful young , doubtful to marry to escape poverty . This is a film for the Copla lovers , and Andalucían songs enthusiasts . As Juanito Valderrama sings the following ones : Grandeza Divina , En La Escuela , Plegaria De Paz , Ruiseñores Del Alba , Palacio De La Misa, Mira Que Eres Malo Conmigo , Corazón a Corazón . Other singers singing attractive songs are as follows : Dolores Abril sings : Ay Colon Colon , Perlita de Huelva sings : Yo Te Daré and Huelva Choquera , Beatles De Cádiz sings En La Escuela and Escolania Basilica Valle De Los Caídos sings Aleluya and Gloria .
The motion picture was middlingly written and directed by Ramon Comas. This unknown director was a craftsman who worked as a writer , production manager , producer and finally filmmaker . As he wrore some international co-productions such as : "Rififi in Amsterdam" , "Operacion Mogador" , "La Ley Del Colt" and directed four films as "Chinos y minifaldas" , "Nuevas Amistades", "Historias de Madrid" and this "Padre Coplillas" . Rating : 3.5/10. Under par production and below average flick .
A fun but silly Robin Hood spoof co-produced by Italy/Spain with entertainment and amusement enough
Mediocre and diverting comedy about Robin Hood and his nutty Merry Men. Robin Hood : Alan Steel or Sergio Ciani stays in the woods when he and his hoodmen save a damsel in distress , Lady Anne : Victoria Abril , from Baron of Nothingham's : Eduardo Fajardo, and his underlings . However , they kidnap her brother Allan : Charly Bravo. Then , she takes refuge at a convent , but Robin Hood takes her to his forest headquarter , and all of them attempt to free her brother Allan imprisoned at the castle of the nasty Baron.
Amusing but disconcerting Robin Hood lowbrow parody following the style of the famous Terence Hill and Bud Spencer films that at the time achieved lots of hits with their peculiar movies . This funny picture contains thrills , laughters , slapstick-style action , slapdash, several fights with no sense and decently choreographed and a large number of ironical sketches . The flick is set during the turbulent kingdom of John with no Land , but ignores the wealth of the authentic history or Robin Hood canon and it becomes yet another action/adventure in a cheap production that doesn't delivers what it should . The main novelty and actual curiosity results to be the introduction of a Chinese friar : Yoshioka who was a real-life Kung Fu legend and he had a short stint as a support actor by using his Karate skills to take down villain enemies . However , this issue about botcher karate men in past times , to capitalize on the Martial Arts craze in the Seventies , was already treated in Spaghetti Westerns as: " My Name is Shanghai Joe" , " The Return of Shanghai Joe" , "Karate, colt and Impostor" and especially "Robin Hood, Arrows , Beans and Karate" 1973 also directed by Tonino Ricci and starred by Yoshioka, Cris Huerta , Dean Reed , in fact this one turns out to be the successful precedent to failed "Storia di Arcieri, Pugni E Occhi Neri" 1976 . Stars Sergio Ciani or Alan Steel for his successful appearances as a bouncing hero in a number of Peplum or Sword and Sandal movies he played in the former decade of the Sixties . Being a Spanish/Italian coproduction , here shows up Spaniard actors , such as : Eduardo Fajardo , Victoria Abril , Tito García , Cris Huerta as Friar Tuck , Rafael Albaicin , Manolo Cal, Fabián Conde , some of them performed as support cast in the usual genres in the 60s , such as Spaghetti Western , Eurospy movie , adventures and thrillers .
It displays a commercial and anticlimatic musical score by usual Guido and Maurizio de Angelis , in their ordinary style and composed by means of synthesizer . As well as atmospheric cinematography by Leopoldo Villaseñor and shot on location in Madrid surroundings , and Manzanares El Real , including its impressive castle . This mindless motion picture was regularly directed by Tonino Ricci , packing several shortcomings , gaps and flaws . The recently deceased Ricci was an uneven and below par filmmaker getting hits and flops , he began his career as second unit director and assistant director and writer , providing ordinary cheesy entertainment value , being his first movie a wartime : The Liberators following a series of pictures in all kinds of genres, such as Terror : Panic . Giallo : Cross Current . Western : The Great Treasure Hunt , Bad Kids in the West . Adventures : Buck , Buck and the magic bracelet , White Fang to the Rescue , Arrows Beans and Karate , Robin Hood , Thor Il Conquistatore , Raiders of the Magic Ivory , Bermudas the cave of Sharks . Action : Rage , Rush , Day of Sharks , Days of Hell . Sci-Fi : Encounters in the Deep . Mafia film : The Big Family , among others .
Il crollo di Roma (1963)
Standard and run-of-the-mill Peplum packing emotion, chases, battles and Gladiator combats in the arena
After dying Emperor Constantine , new rulers and Roman population pursue the Christians, accusing them to set fire the city of Rome . Being a known Christian, Centurion Marcus : Carl Mohner, is detained and imprisoned at the dungeons, but helped by some friendly legionnaries, he escapes along with his wife Svelta : Evelyn Stewart or Ida Galli. Along the way, they getway throughout the mountains where the Barbarian tribes govern, being commanded by Rako : Andrea Aureli and Licia : Loredana Nusciak of Django movie .
So-so Sword and Sandals movie with usual ingredients as spectacular battles, duels, pursuits , treason and violent combats among gladiators in the Roman Coliseum. Set just after death Emperor Constantine, this great ruler began a revolutionary rule by establising the religious freedom thanks to an Edict of Milan in 313, permitting Christianism, prohibiting gladiator combats and founding first council of Nicea in 325. Being his successors Constantine II and Constante, sons of his wife Fausta. There are also some spectacular scenes of gladiator combats in the arena, pursuits, martyrdom, including floods , firing and earthquake causing chaos and buildings destruction. These maquettes, miniatures and scale models were made by Antonio Margheritte himself, in fact he was an expert on optical special effects and a model-making craftsman. Stars Carl Mohner as the brave Centurion, but he provides a wooden acting. Being accompanied by three beautiful Eurotrash Goddeses, Loredana Nusciak, Maria Gracia Buzzella and Evelyn Stewart or Ida Galli.
The motion picture was professionally directed by Antonio Margheritti or Anthony M. Dawson, though it has some shortcomings, faults and flaws . This prolific filmmaker Anthony Dawson shot all kinds of genres with success enough, such as : Spaghetti Western : And God said to Cain, Take a hard ride, Dakota Joe , Karate colt and the impostor. Horror : Cannibal Apocalypse or Virus, The Long hair of Death, Castle of Horror. Warfare : Commando Leopard, Commando Wild Geese, Tornado, The Last Hunter. Science Fiction : Treasure Island in the outer Space, Wild Wild Wild Planet, Assignment in outer Space. Adventures : Ark of God Sun, Jungle Raiders, Yor the hunter of future. Thrillers : The Squeeze, Return of Chris Gretcho, Car Crash , Death Rage , Killer Fish, Rip-off. And Peplum or Sword and Sandals : Ursus the terror of the Kirghises, Giant of Rome, Soraya Queen of Desert, and this The Fall of Rome. Rating 5.5/10. Passable and acceptable but routine Peplum.
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
A spectacular and stirring sequel to The Rob with emotion , thrills and spiffing gladiatorial fights.
A follow-up to 20th Century Fox's first big CinemaScope success , the religious mammoth epic titled The Robe from bestselling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas , that begins where the former one left off and resulting to be better than the original . Stars Victor Mature again as the title role , Demetrius , the Greek who is given charge of the rob of Jesus Christ at the Crucifixion. In fact , there's a brief introduction about legionnaire Marcellus : Richard Burton , as he was in charge of the group that was assigned to crucify Christ and from his official duties he won Jesus' homespun robe in a dice-game . Meanwhile , Christ's garment is now the object of quest of Emperor Caligula and he will stop at nothing to get it and at whatever means . As the holy-robe-carrying slave is enlisted as one of Caligula's gladiators and along the way he mixes with the sex-hungry Messalina . The religious and pieties from previous film have partially gone , to be replaced by the tortuous court machinations of nasty Caligula : repeating role Jay Robinson, his astute uncle Claudius : Barry Jones and cunning Messalina : Susan Hayward .
This is an overwhelming Colossal turning out to be the continuation of the Robe, packing breathtaking combats among furious gladiators , a sensitive love story between Victor Mature/Debra Paget , an adequate cast of thousands , religious remarks mainly starred by apostle Saint Peter : Michael Wilding and reaching an exciting peak at the end . There are some moving battles in the arena and an impressive fight between Victor Mature and various hungry tigers. There are also some historical characters as the extremely baddie and sadistic Caligula giving him a hammy overacting by Jay Robinson , the allegedly silly but really intelligent Claudius finely played by Barry Jones and the tempter , seducer Messalina nicely performed by the trampy Susan Hayward . While the main star Victor Mature provides a wooden interpretation , as usual . They are competently performed by an attractive support cas , such as : Ernest Borgnine playing a gladiator trainer, Richard Egan as a brave hunk gladiator , William Marshall as Glycon , Anne Bancroft , Charles Evans and uncredited as gladiators : Michael Conrad , Russell Johnson , Jeff York and Ed Fury , the latter to be continued an Italian career as a Peplum or Sword and Sandal heroe , in addition , appearing as uncredited dancer girl , Julie Newmar .
It contains a rousing as well as lyric musical score by great composer Franz Waxman . As well as colorful and brilliant cinematography by Milton R. Krasner in glimmer Technicolor . The motion picture was well directed by Delmer Daves (The Red House , Broken Arrow , Cowboy , Jubal, The Last Wagon, Destination Tokyo, An Affair to Remember) and showing much more ease in the CinemaScope format than The Robe by Henry Koster . Rating : 6.6/10 . Decent Colossal that will appeal to star-studded fans and Roman time lovers .
Robowar - Robot da guerra (1988)
Very average rip-off set in Philippines jungles with lots of noisy action , shootouts and explosion
Standard and mediocre cash-in on known American films taking parts here and there , dealing with a platoon : Massimo Vani, Romano Puppo, Mel Davison , Max Laurel, Gaines led by Major Murphy : Reb Brown assigned to a dangerous mission in the lush jungle . Along the way they meet and save a prisoner woman : Catherine Hickland, who at the time married David Hasselhoff, and all of them take on a lethal cyborg with fateful results .
This Robowar 1988 contains thrills , chills , gory scenes, jungle landscapes from Philippines , crossfire, violent deaths and lots of blown-up. It results to be an exploitative clone , rip-off of boxoffice successes , mixing scenes from expensive Rambo by George Pan Cosmatos with Stallone , Missing in action by Joseph Zito with Norris , Robocop by Paul Verhoveen with Weller and especially Predator by John McTiernan with Arnold . Played by an international cast and starring the hunk Reb Brown as one army man , giving a lousy performance and overacting, at times , as he's usually shouting and shooting . His best movie was Uncommon Valor , following several similar roles as brave heroes who frequent eliminate villain people such as : "Yor the Hunter from the future" , "Captain America" , "Captain America 2 death too soon" , "Death of a Soldier" , "Strike Commando" , "The Cage" , "The Firing Line" , "Street Hunter ," Last Fight to Hell", "Mercenary Fighters" , "The Cage 2 Arena of Death", and "Space Mutiny" . Support cast is formed by regular secondaries of the Italian B-movies, such as : Massimo Vanni , Romano Puppo , Luciano Pigozzi or Allan Collins , though the scenes of the latter were eventually deleted . And screenwriter Clyde Anderson or Claudio Fragasso himself who often used to play as cameos and brief interventions , in fact here performing the deadly Cyborg and he fainted at times , due to the real warm. All actors lost a lot of pounds when she worked on the film due to the sweaty , hot conditions of the Philippines jungles and extremely heat.
It displays an atmospheric cinematography by Riccardo Grassetti , shot on exotic location in Pasanjan, Laguna , Philippines Islands. Catching and thrilling electronic musical score from Al Festa , composed by means of synthesizer . The motion picture was regularly directed by Bruno Mattei , assisted by his habitual collaborator Claudio Fragasso who also wrote the screenplay along with his wife Rosella Drudi . Bruno Mattei was a hack professional who directed a lot of cheap films in all kind of genres, such as : "Cage Women" , "Hell of the Living Dead" , "Seven Magnificent Gladiators" , "Rats" , "Strike Commando I", its sequel "Strike Commando II" and several others . Rating : 5/10 , a regular and disconcerting production that will appeal to Reb Brown fans .
Woman of Straw (1964)
Suspenseful and intriguing drama with a fistful of twists and turns
A tyrannical , ailing tycoon : Ralph Richardson marries his Italian nurse, Gina Lollobrigida La Lollo , though eventually things go wrong . Meanwhile, his nephew : Sean Connery , and allegedly heir, is reluctant to this conveniece marriage and he is plotting ways to gain control of his uncle's inheritance . As the question of inheritated fortune is greedily anticipated when a tragedy complicates matters. It's so easy to set fire to A Woman of Straw !
Good and decently made psychological thriller drama that provided a respite from James Bond 007 for Sean Connery . It contains thrills , electrifying suspense , plot twists and nice performance that keeps things going smoothly. Dealing with a marriage of convenience and finally the fateful consequences happening , it is interesting enough , though only the unexpected final is weak and silly . Fine interpretations from starring trio , as the film does well on the strength of their acting , portraying members of a family no one would want to see at a reunion . Sean Connery is pretty well, as always, performing Anthony , the cunning nephew of a dying tycoon and Gina Lollobrigida as the beautiful nurse who in turn falls in love for Anthony. While Ralph Richardson is top-notch as the ruthless wheelchair-bound millionaire who is a really lover of the classic music , particularly composer Ludwing Van Bethoven. Accompanying them there are brief interventions of notorious secondaries such as Alexander Knox , Johnny Sekka , Peter Madden , Laurence Hardy, Michael Goodliffe , Robert Bruce, Andre Morell , among others .
It contains a colorful and brilliant cinematography in Technicolor by Otto Heller , mostly filmed in the wonderful outdoors from Majorca , Balearic Islands, Spain . The motion picture was competently directed by Basil Dearden who sometimes shows a tendency to pull horror tricks to enlive the twisted intrigue. Dearden was a good British filmmaker , directing all kinds of genres with success enough, such as : "Dead of night , Captive heart , Train of events , The Blue Lamp, Who Done it ? ! , The Smallest Show on Earth , Frieda , Sapphire , The league of Gentlemen , Victim , Karthoum , The Assassination Bureau , The Man Who Haunted Himself" and several others . Rating : 6.5/10 , notable . The flick will appeal to Sean Connery and Gina Lollobrigida , La Lollo , fans . Worthwhile watching .
Spanish drama about a group of actresses at a stage company arrive in a village resulting in fateful consecuences
A team of vedettes of a Spanish Revue arrives in a Castillian village to play the Revista titled : "El Carroussel Del Amor" with plenty of picaresque songs and erotic dances , but they are limited by the strict standards of the repressed society , suffering a real isolation from the judgement submitted by the ultra-conservatory women , even impeding them to stay at hotel or boarding house . Finally , things go wrong when there happens an unfortunate tragedy .
A dramatic and choral film regarding the vicissitudes about a group of Spanish Revista, concerning social habits , and deep repression of the Spanish society of the Sixties submitted to rigid moral criteria of the Catholic rules . As the beautiful girls are badly received , as the women villagers treating them lousily with envy , contempt and eventually agressiveness . Although here the priest well played by Adolfo Marsillach understands the girls , deeming they come only to work . The film displays a star-studded cast with plenty of familiar faces and great secondaries , such as : Adolfo Marsillach as an understanding priest , Trini Alonso as an obstinate entrepreneur , Luis Marin as a jealous boyfriend , Valentín Tornos "Don Cicuta" as the stubborn entrepreneur , the good-tempered Jesús Guzman who is still working at his ninety , Candida Losada, Jose Sepulveda , Fabián Conde , Jose Carabias and a lot of actresses playing the vedettes -some of them actually Revista girls- such as : Rosanna Yanni , Maria Silva , Elena Maria Tejeiro , Carmen de Lirio , Vicky Lagos , Nuria Torray, Charo Soriano and the incombustible Marisa Paredes , Almodovar's regular .
It displays an atmospheric cinematography by cameraman Francisco Fraile , shot on location in Navalcarnero . As well as a lively and evocative musical score by Carmelo Bernaola , including some songs as "Sola" performed by Nuria Torray , "Tra ca tra" , and the amusing "Novia de Tutankamen" , in which the chorus girls dance and sing and Rosanna Yanni as main chorist . The picture was professionally directed by Antoni Ribas at his film debut . Antonio was a Spanish writer/producer/filmmaker known for directing some movies about Catalunya history , such as : "Victoria La gran aventura de un pueblo", "Victoria 2 La Disbaixa" , "Victoria 3 Seny and Rauxa" , "Catalans Universal" , "Tierra De Cañones" and his best movie : "La Ciuda Cremada". Rating : 6/10 . Passable and acceptable . The flick will appeal to Spanish cinema fans .
Strike Commando (1986)
A silly and noisy Vietnam movie set in Philippines with Reb Brown as one army man.
This is an exploitative rip-off of the big budgeted and succesful mega-action thriller Rambo . Here Reb Brown stars as Michael Ransom a hunk soldier who takes on enemies to rescue prisoners or other trapped platoons . At a risked mission he meets a besieged group of local natives led by a French : Allan Collins . When things go wrong , Ransom seeks vengeance against a nasty Russian officer : Alex Vitale who is supporting the Nam guerrilla .
Cheap and exploitative movie taking parts here and there of classics as the expensive "Rambo" by George Pan Cosmatos with Sylvester Stallone and "Missing in action" by Joseph Zito with Chuck Norris . This Strike Commando 1986 packs thrills , chills , grisly tortures , shootouts , jungle outdoors filmed in Philippines Islands , lots of explosion and catching musical score composed by means of synthesizer by Luigi Ceccarelli . In the movie shows up some secondaries, ordinary in B-Italian fims , and most of them playing in Bruno Mattei films, such as : the prolific Luciano Pigozzi or Allan Collins nicknamed the Italian Peter Lorre , Christopher Connelli , Mike Monty , Massimo Vanni , uncredited William Berger , and Clyde Anderson or Claudio Fragasso himself who often appeared as cameos and brief interventions. Special mention for the extremely baddie Russian played by Alex Vitale giving a very sadistic acting following the wake of oriental villain hoodlums as Harold Sakata of Goldfinger and Professor Tanaka of Missing in Action. Followed by a sequel in similar style titled "Trappola Diabolica or Strike Commando II" 1988 with Brent Huff as Michael Ransom , Mary Stavin and a miscast Richard Harris himself .
The motion picture in medium budget was regular but professionally directed by Bruno Mattei , assisted by his usual collaborator Claudio Fragasso who also wrote the script along with his wife Rossella Drudi . Deceased Bruno Mattei often used Vincent Dawn pseudonym , he made a large number of films in all kinds of genres as Vietnam wartime, terror , erotic , nunexploitation , Sword and Sandals , Spaghetti Western, Documentary , Mondo Cinema, Women in Prison or WIP , and some of them shot in Philippines as "Robowar" , "Strike Commando I" , "Strike Commando II" , "Double Target" and "Born to Fight" . Rating : 5/10, passable and acceptable , though very cheesy . The film will appeal to Italian Vietnam sub-genre aficionados.
Wonderful sophisticated comedy with great actors giving a delightful fun movie
Delightful classic romantic comedy dealing with a young man named Johnny : Gary Grant in a love for a girl : Doris Nolan of a wealthy family, but when he is invited to the mansion , things go wrong .This lower-class man is a prototype dropout who has a peculiar personaly and rare skills , as he nothing to do with his girlfriend's friend . Arriving engages to the conventionally snobbish younger daughter , stirring up resentments and latent doubts . However , Johnny : Grant gets on with his eldest sister : Katharine Hepburn and her unhappy and usually alcoholic brother : Lew Ayres .
Excellent comedy with great dialogue, nice interpretations and a real fun. A classy comedy with towering big main stars and competent secondaries concerning amusing messes , screwball, antics confusion and funny events . It is based on a story by Philip Barry who also wrote The Philadelphia Story equally directed by Cukor , belonging to same genre : The Sophisticated Comedy, ordinarily set in luxurious scenarios from upper classes . Main actors as Gary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Doris Nolan are marvellous . While the superb support cast are frankly magnificent , such as: Lew Ayres, Jean Dixon , Edward Evertt Horton, Henry Daniell, Henry Kolker, Binnie Barnes , among others .
The motion picture was compellingly directed by George Cukor and it is still a masterpiece of its kind .Cukor was one of the best Hollywood filmmakers shooting a large number of successful and vintage movies with penchant for comedy , drama and musical , such as : David Copperfield , Margarita Gautier , Little Women, Adam's rib, Born Yesterday, Philadelphia Story , The Women , Corn is Green , Dinner at Eight , Les Girls , Gaslight , A Star is Born, My Fair Lady , Heller in Pink Tights , I Should Happen to You , Double Life , Woman's Face and Rich and Famous . Rating : 7/10 above average . Well worth watching . The movie will appeal to Gary Grant and Katharine Hepburn fans.
Our Man Flint (1966)
Super-spy Flint is called by his old boss to take on some scientists plotting to rule the world
A group of scientists have banded together to take over the World by using eco-terrorism as a earthquake machine to impose their own conditions in order to force United Nations authorities to their own wishes . Then Intelligence Chief Cramden : Lee J Cobb reluctantly calls in super agent Derek Flint : James Coburn , in fact he is the only one to join all the necessary qualities to vanquish the powerful enemy , an organization called Galaxy led by mean scientific and their underlings Malcolm Rodney : Edward Mulhare and Gila : Gila Colan . This top secret agent is a Karate champion, Brain Surgeon, Swordsman and Nuclear Physicist . The original man of mistery ! The man who makes no mistakes ! Our Man Flint makes love in 47 languages !
Fun and entertaining spy movie in the wake of 007 series but with patently ridiculous screenplay , adding pop imagery , and hilarious and ironical touches . This psychodelic and pop delight packs thrills , noisy action , explosions , beautiful women and spectacular scenes . This one is more a spoof movie more than an ordinary Spy film . The plot moves quickly around many attractive girls , but still strains for effect . Like James Bond , Flint uses a lot of gadgets , such as a cicarrete lighter containing death-dealing devices, along with 2 man-eating dogs and accompanied by his 4 luscious , bikini-clad Playmates and his luxurious love nest . James Coburn gives a sympathetic acting as the tough agent assigned to save the world from an evil organization seeking world domination through control the weather. Being accompanied by a good cast as Edward Mulhare , Lee J Cobb , Gina Colan, Rys Williams , Benson Fong and uncredited James Brolin .
It contains a colorful cinematography very in the Sixtes wake by Daniel F. Fapp . As well as moving and thrilling musical score by Jerry Goldsmith in his usual style . This James Bond clone Derek Flint in American style was professionally directed by Daniel Mann . This one was a prestigious director who made notorious films as " Butterfileld 8" , " The Rose Tattoo" , "Come Back Little Sheba" , "A Dream of Kings" , "I'll cry Tomorrow" . Although he also directed some failed and commercial films as "Super Rocky" , "The Avengers" , "Interval" , "Journey into Fear" , among others . Rating : 6/10 . Followed by the sequel titled "In Like Flint" 1967 by Gordon Douglas with Coburn, Lee J Cobb , Andrew Duggan, Anna Lee . Acceptable and passable movie that to will appeal to James Coburn fans .
Trappola diabolica (1988)
Cheap and exploitative B-movie with noisy action , adventures , chases and shootouts
Vietnam squad leader, Major Vic Jenkins : Richard Harris is kidnapped by captors terrorists demanding ten million dollars worth of precious diamonds in return for his freedom . Michael Ransom : Brent Huff is dispatched by the CIA assigning him the risked mission to release him . Along the way , he is helped by the tough but sympathetic Rosanna Boon : Mary Stavin , who owns a jungle tavern, but not all is as appears and then things go wrong , including a final twist .
Adventure movie with ironical and hilarious moments , including noisy action , thrills , plot twists, shootouts , fights against Ninjas and lots of explosion . This is a rip-off to known movies , that's why it takes parts here and there of "Rambo" by George Pan Cosmatos , "Raiders of the Lost Ark" by Steven Siielberg , "Romancing in the Stone" by Robert Zemeckis and , of course , "Strike Commando I" , also made by Bruno Mattei/Claudio Fragasso and starred by Reb Brown as Michael Ransom , Christopher Connelly , Allan Collins . In fact , the latter was an exploitative ripoff of the expensive mega-action thriller Rambo .This 1988 sequel Trappola Diabolica or Strike Commando 2 has an overwrought script from Claudio Fragasso and director Bruno Mattei himself , sleepwalking actors and below average plot . The yarn is decently played by Brent Huff as Michael Ransom who relunctantly takes the dangerous mission , the likeable Mary Stevin who bears remarkable resemblance to Farrah Fawcett and incredible interpretation by Richard Harris in a low-budget film , giving an acceptable acting as the kidnapped Maj. Jenkins . They are accompanied by some regular secondary actors of the B or Z Italian series as Massimo Vanni, Ottaviano Dell'Aqua, the Philippino Vic Díaz and Luciano Pigozzi or Allan Collins but whose scenes were ultimately deleted.
It contains a lively and moving musical score by Stefano Mainetti who lifts some John Williams' sounds. As well as atmospheric cinematography shot on location in Philippines Islands . The motion pucture was regular but professionally directed by Bruno Mattei who often used pseudonym Vincent Dawn , being assisted by his regular collaborator Claudio Fragasso who wrote the script , though uncredited . Bruno Mattei was an Italian craftsman who made a lot of films in all kinds of genres : Terror , Peplum , Spaghetti Western, Erotic , Nunexploitation, Women in Prison or WIP , such as : " Rats" , "Cage Women" , "Seven Magnificent Gladiators" , "Hell of the Living Dead" , "Robowar" , "Scalps" , "Apache Kid" , "Cop Game" , "Terminator 2" , "Emmanuel in Prison" and several others . Rating : Average 5/10. The film will appeal to Italian adventure/action aficionados.
Final Destination (2000)
Guilty pleasure with full of scary crimes , twists , turns and following various sequels
A high school student called Browning : Devon Sawa along with schoolmates are readying a journey to Europe, when he has a terrifying vision of a plane crash. That's why he and other passengers : Ali Larter , Brendan Ferr , Ken Smith, Kristen Cloke , Chad Donella , Sean William Scott, Amanda Detmer , don't go on board , so that they are saving their lives . But seems Death feels cheated and soon seeks vengeance against survivors , and is getting ever . Along the way , two State Agents : Daniel Roebuck , Roger Smith start investigating the weird murders .
Thrilling and suspenseful film with an interesting premise about the prediction of a psychic student, saving his schoolmates , then things get interesting and a little philosophical when the survivors begin dying . It really results to be an ordinary Slasher with a high body-count , getting a series of twists and turns from the machinations of fate or whatever. The chief excitement of the movie turns out to be watching how Death carries out gruesome and twisted killings , as Death doesn't like to be cheated and the adolescents begin to die in bizarre accidents. As Death has a creepy tendency to lay convoluted , elaborate plans to bring the intented victims to their grisly disappearing. Stars Devon Sawa as the teenager who predicts a plane filled with classmates will explode, and from now to happen fateful and eerie events with fateful consequences . Acceptable cast of newcomers , and subsequently most of them to have long careers, such as : Ali Larter , Brendan Ferr , Kerr Smith , Chad Donella , Sean William Scott , Amanda Detmer, among others . And special appearance from Tony Todd who has a cameo as a morgue attendant and to be continued his intervention in other follow-ups . The motion picture was well directed by James Wong , starting a popular and successful saga .
Followed by four sequels that have the same premise as the original , these are the following ones : Final Destination 2, 2003 by David R Ellis with Ali Larter , AJ Cook , Michael Landes , Jonathan Cherry , Keegan Connor Tracy , James Kirk , Sarah Carter , Tony Todd . Final Destination 3, 2006 with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman , Gina Holden, Jesse Moss . Final Destination 4, 2009 with Nick Zano, Justin Weldon, Bobby Campo , Krista Allen . Final Destination 5, 2011 with Nicholas D'Agosto , Emma Bell , Miles Fisher , PJ Byrne . And preparing Final Destination 6, 2021 by the same producers.
Malta Story (1953)
Attractive Warlike movie set in Malta including breathtaking battles , romance and intense drama
Enjoyable warfare film with impressive battles and love stories , it results to be a clear-eyed and sincere tale of the siege of Malta by the Germans and Italians during WWII . As it is set in the hot , rocky Island Malta , near Sicily , that was a fundamental location -along with Cyprus , Alexandria , Gibraltar- for both , Axis Army and Allied Army . That's why it was really besieged and bombed by the Luftwaffe , serving the essential island in the North African campaign as point to attack or defend Rommel's Afrika Korps that are heading for El Alamein. Against this wartime background scenario in 1942, a Royal Air Force pilot, RAF, Sir Alec Guinnes in transit to El Cairo is assigned a dangerous mission of reconnaissance . As he has to take photographs the Axis Aviation , convoys and Nazi routs . Along the way ,the British flier carries out some serendipitous discoveries of enemy vessels and he has a crush on a Maltese native : the delicately touching Muriel Pavlow , but then things get worse , as Allied convoys attempting to access the island to deliver food are heavily bombed and the local population are suffering extreme hunger and penury . Now ! Another Great Performance in the Alec Guinnes Hall of Fame !
A decent and typical warfare story along with two love tales starred by two couples : Alec Guinnes-Muriel Pavlow and Anthony Steel-Renee Asherson . It depicts the severe hardship of the terrestrial and aerial combats , including daily bombings , food shortages , starving , famine suffered by local population and anything else . The picture blends real footage like actual air raid , adding authentic Maltese faces and reenacting aviation attacks with production design enough . Alec Guinnes gives a nice acting as the flier becomes involved with the defense of Malta . Alongside the main actors delivering workmanlike service types from Jack Hawkins , Anthony Steel and the two charming women : Muriel Pavlow and Renee Asherson , all of them delivering appropriate interpretations , there are also several prestigious secondaries giving brief but attractive performances , such as : Flora Robson , Nigel Stock, Ralph Truman, Michael Craig , Maurice Denham , Gordon Jackson, Richard O'Sullivan , Reginald Tate , Stuart Burge , Lee Patterson, Rosalie Crutchley , and Geoffrey Keen as a British soldier , subsequently usual Minister of Defence in James Bond movies , among others .
. Furthermore , it displays an atmospheric and adequate cinematography in black and white by Robert Krasker . As well as an evocative musical score by classy composer William Alwyn . The motion picture was competently directed by Brian Desmond Hurst , providing a nice filmmaking that is sharper than the storyline . Desmond Hurst brings brilliantly to life the island of Malta during war time , creating such moments as kiddies at play while bombing , close-up of native people and showing peculiar native roles .
Surrealist and hilarious terror comedy with the popular duo Josema Yuste , Millan Salcedo or Martes Y Trece
This is a slightly funny movie with entertainment , amusement , lots of fun and bewildering happenings . The count of Capanegra : Josema Yuste and his chambelan : Millan Salcedo travel to a far Balcan country to take a fortune of his relative, Baron Somolskaia: Jose Martinez Blanco, who died suddenly due to a weird circumstance . They take a train and on board meet a beautiful woman, Nicole Darquier : the busty Ana Álvarez and the count falls for her and inviting her to stay at his new castle . But to get the inheritance , the count will have to suffer various distresses to obtain it .
Rightly enjoyable but average horror comedy which neatly combines humor , mirth , brief nudism and terrifying but fun events .The picture moves in fits and starts ,most of which would be desirable, with some moments frankly hilarious and others embarrassing and ridiculous . Humor is sometimes cheesy and gross-out with some naughty and picaresque situations including sex jokes and spicy scenes . Duo starring Josema Yuste and Milla Salcedo play in their usual style , giving laughters enough . They are well accompanied by a decent support cast , such as : Raul Fraire, Maria Elena Flores as a porter , Pilar Alcon , Raquel Rodrigo who was a famous star of the 40s , Cris Huerta and the famous terror icon Paul Naschy or Jacinto Molina playing his classic role as Wolfman Waldemar Daninsky .
The motion picture was regular but amusingly directed by Álvaro Saenz De Heredia. He is a expert on comedy movies, usuallly starred by known comical actors as Andrés Pajares in La Hoz Y Martinez , Emilio Aragon in Freddy El Croupier, Chiquito De La Calzada and Bigote Arroces in Aqui llega Codemor El Pecador De Pradera, Blacula , Condemor II , Papa Piquillo , R2 El Caso Cadáver Sin Cabeza with Javier Gurruchaga , Venganza de Ira Vamp with Josema Yuste ,Chiquito de La Calzada and El Robobo de la Joyoya and Aqui Huele Muerto with Martes Y Trece .
Estoy hecho un chaval (1977)
Funny and fun film with the great Paco Martinez Soria giving a sympathetic and charming acting
Juan Esteban : Paco Martinez Soria is a veteran accountant about to retirement, but he is also about to be father again . He has already four children , two female girls and two male boys , and the next to be the fifth. Needing to have money enough for his numerous family , he searches for jobs , but things go wrong.
It is and agreeable and sentimental film with emotion , laughters , entertainment and amusement . Stars the always likeable Paco Martinez Soria as a retired man who is going to be father again , searching anxiously a good job , and finally his wife well played by Queta Claver saves the day . Based on a play titled "Juan El Jubilado" by prolific playwright Alfonso Paso and screenplay by Vicente Coello and Alfonso Paso himself . A nice vehicle for the great Paco Martinez Soria providing an authentic comical recital, as usual he plays a stubborn veteran of conservative morality and pedestrian ideas , and he , nowadays, being revered and adored by public and reviewers alike . Being professionally made by Pedro Lazaga who also directed him in "Estoy Hecho Un Chaval", "El Alegre Divorciado" , "Vaya Par De Gemelos" , "El Abuelo Tiene Un Plan" , "El Padre de La Criatura" , and "La Ciudad No Es Para Mi" , the latter one of the biggest boxoffice successes and rightly so . Along with Paco Martinez Soria appears a lot of familiar faces as Rafaela Aparicio , Alfredo Mayo, Emilio Laguna , Quique San Francisco , Mary Paz Pondal, special collaboration by TV presenter Kiko Ledgard who presented the successful program "1, 2, 3 Responda Otra Vez" and Antonio Ozores . In fact the highlight of the movie is the TV contest between Paco Martinez Soria and Antonio Ozores and presented by Kiko Ledgard , being the comical-sketches really hilarious .
The motion picture was well directed by underrated filmmaker Pedro Lazaga. This one was a prolific filmmaker who realized a lot of comedies in a long career such as : "Económicamente Débiles" , "Trio de Damas" , "Muchachas de Azul", and the best of all then resulted to be : "Los Tramposos". Though also made other genres as Peplum : "Siete Espartanos" , Wartime : "Posición Avanzada", "Torrepartida" , "La Patrulla" and Dramas : "Otro Árbol de Guernica" , "Rostro del Asesino" . Rating : 6/10 . Acceptable and passable . Worthwhile seeing.