Porridge is a 1979 film based on the television series Porridge. It was released under the title Doing Time in the United States. Most of the warders and inmates from the original series appear in the film, with the notable exceptions of Lukewarm, Blanco and Harris. There is a different governor, played by Geoffrey Bayldon rather than series regular Michael Barrington; the film, set a year before the final episode of the TV series, includes one of the last appearances by Richard Beckinsale, the actor who played Godber. He died in a few weeks after its completion. Life moves by at HM Slade Prison on a day-to-day basis, with the usual antics of the various inmates becoming usual form; the newly-arrived and violent armed robber, Oakes approaches the Slade Prison's Mr. Big, Harry Grout, using a cut from his last job before being caught, asks for his escape to be arranged. Grouty sets the price begins making arrangements. Grout starts by forcing Fletcher to persuade the prison Governor to allow an inmates-versus-celebrities football match, to boost prisoner morale and'put Slade on the map'.
Fletcher gets new prison officer Mr Beale to make the suggestion to Tough officer Mr Mackay, who approaches the governor and it is accepted, although all three claim the idea was theirs alone. Fletcher becomes the prison team's manager and Grout next insists that Oakes be on the team; the celebrity team arrive in a coach. During the match, Oakes feigns an injury and is taken to the changing rooms where he meets the coach driver, revealed as an accomplice, they exchange Oakes ties the coach driver up to throw off any suspicion. Shortly afterwards, Godber is concussed on the field. Taking no chances, Oakes forces Fletcher and a dazed Godber into the coach's luggage compartment at gunpoint drives out of the prison under the guise of topping up the fuel. Oakes meets further accomplices and they drive the three inmates away in another vehicle. Meanwhile, the prison officers have discovered the escape and the police are searching for the coach, though the prison officers attempt to help isn't well met, as no-one can explain how they let three inmates drive out the front door.
Fletcher tells Oakes that they don't want to escape as he and Godber only have a short time left to serve, that they won't tell anyone about Oakes plan because it's'Them and Us'. Oakes releases them and they find a barn to catch their breath. Fletcher explains to Godber that there is no possible way that being caught outside ends well for them, as any policeman they approach will claim the find for himself. Furthermore, he realises that once the Governor and Beale start passing the idea of the match back down the line, it'll end up with Fletcher looking like the responsible one and he'll serve more time, meaning the only solution is to break back into prison. Making their way through fields and villages, they steal a sexton's bicycle, manage to sneak back into the coach just as the police let the prison officers take it back to the prison. Once inside the prison walls, both convicts slip out of the coach and smuggle themselves into the prison officers' club storeroom, where Fletcher consumes several bottles of alcohol to become inebriated enough to make their story pass: They stumbled on Oakes tying up the bus driver and he forced them down the delivery hatch, where they claim to have been since.
The story is believed by all, life seems to return to normal. As the other inmates question Fletcher on what happened, Grouty subtly tells him that he will be rewarded for his efforts and keeping his mouth shut. In their cell, Godber laments that Oakes got away, though Fletcher assures him that it won't matter: Oakes will hate being on the run. Fletcher reminds Godber that in a few months, he'll leave prison as well: the difference being he'll be free and clear. Mr Mackay visits them and tells them that, while the Governor believes they have been locked in the storeroom all day, it doesn't explain the mysterious UFO Sightings, the various happenings they created on their journey. Realising he will never be believed, he tells them that he will always be watching, that his day will come. Unlike the television episodes, the film is not a BBC production and there are no references to the corporation on the DVD release. Instead, the DVD was produced by ITV Studios; the budget for the film was £250,000 and it was backed by Lew Grade's company ITC Entertainment.
It was shot on location at Chelmsford Prison, unoccupied at the time because it was being refurbished after a fire in one of the wings. The escape sequence was filmed in Buckinghamshire, Boxley, Kent. There is a brief shot of the gates of Maidstone Prison. Sets were constructed for some kitchen scenes. Most of the filming took place in freezing conditions in January 1979; the resulting delays to the filming schedule meant that the part written for Tony Osoba had to be reduced because he had a commitment to appear in Charles Endell Esquire and his lines were given to other actors. The opening credits of the film feature the hit "Without You" by Nilsson and "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads; the closing credits contain a more upbeat song by Joe Brown, entitled "Free Inside". List of films based on British sitcoms Porridge at AllMovie / Porridge at British Comedy Guide Porridge on IMDb Porridge at Rotten Tomatoes
Bulldog Drummond (1929 film)
Bulldog Drummond is a 1929 American pre-Code crime film in which Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond helps a beautiful young woman in distress. The film stars Ronald Colman as the title character, Claud Allister, Lawrence Grant, Montagu Love, Wilson Benge, Joan Bennett, Lilyan Tashman. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by F. Richard Jones, the movie was adapted by Sidney Howard from the play by H. C. McNeile. Colman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, William Cameron Menzies for Best Art Direction. Two previous Bulldog Drummond films had been produced: Bulldog Drummond and Bulldog Drummond's Third Round; the 1929 film was the first Bulldog Drummond movie with sound, was Ronald Colman's first talkie. A series of Drummond movies followed, beginning with Temple Tower made in the UK in 1930. Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond, a demobilised British captain bored with civilian life, places a personal advertisement in The Times offering his services for "any excitement". One of the many replies intrigues him: Phyllis Benton claims she is in great danger.
He sets out for the Green Bay Inn, where she has reserved some rooms for him. Unable to persuade him to give up this mad adventure, his friend Algy Longworth follows after, dragging Drummond's valet, along. Phyllis turns out to be all Drummond had hoped for: beautiful and in need of help, her wealthy uncle, John Travers, is being treated in a hospital by a Dr. Lakington for a nervous breakdown, but she is sure there is something wrong about the hospital and Dr. Lakington, that she is being watched constantly, she runs away. She is caught and taken to Dr. Lakington's Nursing Home by Carl Peterson and the doctor; when Drummond follows, he witnesses Travers' unsuccessful attempt to escape. Drummond returns stealthily and rescues Phyllis. Sending her off with Algy and Danny, he sneaks back once more and overhears Irma convince the others to stay and try to get Travers' signature on a document transferring securities and jewels to them. Drummond manages to save Travers. However, he makes a serious error.
The villains soon arrive there. Drummond manages to disguise himself as Travers; when they realise they have the wrong man they threaten to torture Phyllis. Drummond tells. While Peterson and Irma go to check, Drummond is freed by Phyllis, he strangles the doctor. Drummond disarms Peterson when he returns. Phyllis persuades Drummond to let them go, telling him she loves him. Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times called the film "the happiest and most enjoyable entertainment of its kind that has so far reached the screen", recommended it to those who had harsh words to the burgeoning phenomenon of motion pictures with sound. Hall lauded the film for going beyond a mere filmed version of the stage show, the "artistry" with which director F. Richard Jones fashioned his scenes with an eye toward humor and thrills. Hall praised the technical achievement of the sound quality, the performances of Ronald Colman, Montagu Love and Lilyan Tashman. List of films in the public domain in the United States Bulldog Drummond Bulldog Drummond Bulldog Drummond on IMDb Bulldog Drummond at SilentEra
A film called a movie, motion picture, moving picture, or photoplay, is a series of still images that, when shown on a screen, create the illusion of moving images. This optical illusion causes the audience to perceive continuous motion between separate objects viewed in rapid succession; the process of filmmaking is both an industry. A film is created by photographing actual scenes with a motion-picture camera, by photographing drawings or miniature models using traditional animation techniques, by means of CGI and computer animation, or by a combination of some or all of these techniques, other visual effects; the word "cinema", short for cinematography, is used to refer to filmmaking and the film industry, to the art of filmmaking itself. The contemporary definition of cinema is the art of simulating experiences to communicate ideas, perceptions, beauty or atmosphere by the means of recorded or programmed moving images along with other sensory stimulations. Films were recorded onto plastic film through a photochemical process and shown through a movie projector onto a large screen.
Contemporary films are now fully digital through the entire process of production and exhibition, while films recorded in a photochemical form traditionally included an analogous optical soundtrack. Films are cultural artifacts created by specific cultures, they reflect those cultures. Film is considered to be an important art form, a source of popular entertainment, a powerful medium for educating—or indoctrinating—citizens; the visual basis of film gives it a universal power of communication. Some films have become popular worldwide attractions through the use of dubbing or subtitles to translate the dialog into other languages; the individual images that make up a film are called frames. In the projection of traditional celluloid films, a rotating shutter causes intervals of darkness as each frame, in turn, is moved into position to be projected, but the viewer does not notice the interruptions because of an effect known as persistence of vision, whereby the eye retains a visual image for a fraction of a second after its source disappears.
The perception of motion is due to a psychological effect called the phi phenomenon. The name "film" originates from the fact that photographic film has been the medium for recording and displaying motion pictures. Many other terms exist for an individual motion-picture, including picture, picture show, moving picture and flick; the most common term in the United States is movie. Common terms for the field in general include the big screen, the silver screen, the movies, cinema. In early years, the word sheet was sometimes used instead of screen. Preceding film in origin by thousands of years, early plays and dances had elements common to film: scripts, costumes, direction, audiences and scores. Much terminology used in film theory and criticism apply, such as mise en scène. Owing to the lack of any technology for doing so, the moving images and sounds could not be recorded for replaying as with film; the magic lantern created by Christiaan Huygens in the 1650s, could be used to project animation, achieved by various types of mechanical slides.
Two glass slides, one with the stationary part of the picture and the other with the part, to move, would be placed one on top of the other and projected together the moving slide would be hand-operated, either directly or by means of a lever or other mechanism. Chromotrope slides, which produced eye-dazzling displays of continuously cycling abstract geometrical patterns and colors, were operated by means of a small crank and pulley wheel that rotated a glass disc. In the mid-19th century, inventions such as Joseph Plateau's phenakistoscope and the zoetrope demonstrated that a designed sequence of drawings, showing phases of the changing appearance of objects in motion, would appear to show the objects moving if they were displayed one after the other at a sufficiently rapid rate; these devices relied on the phenomenon of persistence of vision to make the display appear continuous though the observer's view was blocked as each drawing rotated into the location where its predecessor had just been glimpsed.
Each sequence was limited to a small number of drawings twelve, so it could only show endlessly repeating cyclical motions. By the late 1880s, the last major device of this type, the praxinoscope, had been elaborated into a form that employed a long coiled band containing hundreds of images painted on glass and used the elements of a magic lantern to project them onto a screen; the use of sequences of photographs in such devices was limited to a few experiments with subjects photographed in a series of poses because the available emulsions were not sensitive enough to allow the short exposures needed to photograph subjects that were moving. The sensitivity was improved and in the late 1870s, Eadweard Muybridge created the first animated image sequences photographed in real-time. A row of cameras was used, each, in turn, capturing one image on a photographic glass plate, so the total number of images in each sequence was limited by the number of cameras, about two dozen at most. Muybridge used his system to analyze the movements of a wi
Goal! is a 2005 sports drama film directed by Danny Cannon and starring Kuno Becker as Santiago Munez, a young man with a rough background, offered the chance to trial with one of England's top association football clubs. The film was produced by Mike Jefferies, Matt Barrelle, Mark Huffam from a script written by Adrian Butchart, Mike Jefferies, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures, a subsidiary label of Disney, it was made with full co-operation from FIFA, one of the reasons why actual teams and players are used throughout the film. The $50m deal, struck between the producers and Adidas was, at the time the biggest between a corporate brand and a film production. Santiago Muñez is a skilled footballer; the son of a gardener who lives in a barrio section of Los Angeles, Santiago works as a busboy in a Chinese restaurant and helps with his father's gardening business. His ultimate dream is to play football professionally. Due to his poverty and the fact that he plays for a club made up of Hispanics from a local car wash, he feels his chances are slim.
Santiago is noticed by Glen Foy, a former Newcastle United player who works as a car mechanic but still has ties to his old team. Glen arranges to get Santiago a trial with Newcastle United, who signed talented new player Gavin Harris. Needing to get to England, Santiago begins to save his money in an old shoe, but his father finds the stash and takes it to buy a truck to allow them to work for themselves, believing that Santiago's dreams are hopeless, his dream is not lost though, as his grandmother sells off her jewellery to buy him a ticket to England. Glen warmly takes him to the tryout. Unfamiliar with the English style, he performs poorly. Glen convinces the team's manager. Santiago does not tell Roz Harmison, that he has asthma. After a month, a jealous teammate crushes Santiago's inhaler before a reserve game. An asthma flare-up prevents him from being able to run hard, his coach lets him go. While on his way to the airport Santiago meets Gavin Harris, late to arrive to the team. Harris finds out what makes Santiago explain it to the manager.
The manager allows Santiago to stay, provided. Santiago moves in with Gavin, he gets onto the first team as a substitute in a match against Fulham. There he wins a penalty for Newcastle, taken by Gavin winning them the match. Unknown to anyone else in his family, his father watches the match on TV in the USA, after watching his son play, he leaves a proud father. Despite the victory, the manager informs Santiago that his weakness is that he does not pass the ball off; that night, he and Gavin go out partying. A picture of the two winds up in the tabloid The Sun, causing anger from the manager. At the same time, Santiago's friend, suffers a career-ending injury that only causes him additional grief. Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, Santiago's father dies of a heart attack. Devastated, Santiago plans to return home. While in the airport waiting for his flight back to Los Angeles, he decides not to return and reports back to training. Believing he may not make it to the playing eleven, he goes to St James' Park and practices till late in the evening, is informed by the manager that he has been selected to play against Liverpool F.
C.. On match day, Gavin puts Newcastle into the lead. Before half-time, Liverpool makes a comeback with two goals, from Igor Bišćan and Milan Baroš. In the final minutes of injury time, Santiago assists Gavin in scoring the equaliser by passing the ball to him, to make it 2–2. However, a draw will not be enough to earn Newcastle a place in next season's UEFA Champions League. Mere minutes before the end of the game, Gavin is tripped and Newcastle gain a wide free kick, which Gavin gives to Santiago. Santiago, with the hopes and prayers of the whole city of Newcastle resting on his shoulders and Newcastle win 3–2. Glen reveals to Santiago, she mentions that his father did watch his first match against Fulham, after learning this from a fellow supporter. Santiago shouts to Glen that his father saw him was proud of him before he died. Glen replies: "He's watching you right now." The film ends with Santiago shedding tears of joy while embracing his dream. Kuno Becker as Santiago Muñez Alessandro Nivola as Gavin Harris Stephen Dillane as Glen Foy Marcel Iures as Erik Dornhelm Anna Friel as Roz Harmison Tony Plana as Santiago's father Kieran O'Brien as Hughie McGowan Kevin Knapman as Jamie Drew Sean Pertwee as Barry Rankin Míriam Colón as Mercedes Muñez Cassandra Bell as Christina Alejandro Tapi as Júlio Kate Tomlinson as Val Arvy Ngeyitlala as Tom Zachary Johnson as Rory Jorge Cervera as Cesar AC/DC singer Brian Johnson as a Newcastle United fan in a Los Angeles sports bar The musical score for Goal! was composed by Graeme Revell, who collaborated with director Danny Cannon on Phoenix.
A soundtrack album was released on Oasis' Big Brother Recordings label and contains three Oasis songs unavailable elsewhere, including the exclusive Noel Gallagher song "Who Put the Weight of the World on My Shoulders?". The soundtrack contains a re-recorded version of Oasis' "Cast No Shadow" with Noel Gallagher on vocals and produced by Unkle. Dave Sardy, a producer of two Oasis albums contributed a hard-edged remix of their song "Morning Glory" for inclusion on the soundtrack. The
Billy is a musical based on the novel and play Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall. The book was written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the music is by John Barry, the lyrics are by Don Black. Billy opened at the Palace Theatre in Manchester before moving to the West End at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on 1 May 1974 where it ran for 904 performances; the cast starred Michael Crawford in the title role, with Bryan Pringle, Avis Bunnage, Christopher Hancock, Billy Boyle, Diana Quick, Gay Soper, Elaine Paige. The production was directed by Patrick Garland with choreography by Onna White, set by Ralph Kotai, costumes by Annena Stubbs, lighting by Jules Fisher. Roy Castle replaced Crawford late in the run; the first revival and reimagining of Billy was staged at the Union Theatre in London in June 2013. The production received rave 5 star reviews under the staging and direction of Michael Strassen, who won Best Director at the Off West End Awards 2014; the Independent, awarding it five stars, wrote, "Michael Strassen’s feisty, sensationally well lit production...
The first act is extraordinary and the second, like Gypsy’s, tapers off into mere brilliance." Billy Fisher is an undertaker's assistant who lies about his life. He wants to leave his dull, middle-class home in Yorkshire and his dreams become reality for him. In one dream, he is in the mythical land of "Ambrosia", where he is its President and Captain of its football team. In other dreams he becomes both famous dancers Fred Astaire. "Ambrosia" — Chorus "And" — Alice, Gran, Billy "Some of Us Belong to the Stars" — Billy "Happy to Be Themselves" — Billy, Company "The Witch's Song" — Barbara, Billy "Lies " — Barbara, Billy "It Were All Green Hills" — Councillor Duxbury "Aren't You Billy Fisher?" — Billy, Company "My Heart Is Ready When You Are" — Liz, Billy "Is This Where I Wake Up" — Billy "Billy" — Billy, Barbara, Rita "Remembering" — Alice, Geoffrey "Any Minute Now" — Rita, Barbara "The Lady from L. A." — Billy, Company "I Can Make A Difference" — Liz, Billy "Why Can't I Feel Something?" — Instrumental "I Missed the Last Rainbow" — Billy "Finale, Some of Us Belong To The Star", "Ambrosia""My Heart Is Ready When You Are", "I Can Make A Difference", "Why Can't I Feel Something?" were not part of the 1970s production.
They were added for a revival in the'90s. According to theatre critic Ken Mandelbaum, "Billy was a brassy, Broadway-style musical, it took advantage of the services of top-notch American choreographer Onna White, but its trump card was its star, Michael Crawford." Mandelbaum quoted the reviews: "The Daily Mail wrote,'There is no magic quite like being right there when a star is born,' and, typical of the raves Crawford received. But his vehicle was acclaimed: The Daily Express called Billy'the most successful British musical since Oliver!,' while The Sunday People called it'the brightest British musical for years…it's going to hoist brilliant Michael Crawford into the ranks of the superstars.' " The Original Cast recording was released by CBS on May 1, 1974. Billy synopsis and songs at guidetomusicaltheatre.com Billy on Floormic.com
Flushed Away is a 2006 computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell, produced by Cecil Kramer, David Sproxton, Peter Lord, written by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Chris Lloyd, Joe Keenan and William Davies. It is the third and final film to be co-produced by Aardman Animations and DreamWorks Animation following Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, was Aardman's first computer-animated feature as opposed to their usual stop motion standard; the film stars the voice talents of Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy, Ian McKellen, Shane Richie and Jean Reno. In Flushed Away, a pet rat named Roddy St. James is flushed down the toilet by a sewer rat, befriends a scavenger named Rita in order to return home while evading a toad and his rat henchmen; the film was released in the United States by Paramount Pictures on November 3, 2006, in the United Kingdom on 1 December 2006.1 Despite receiving positive reviews from critics, Flushed Away underperformed at the box office, prompting DreamWorks to end their partnership with Aardman.
Roddy St. James is an upper class pet rat. While his owners are away on holiday, a common sewer rat named Sid comes spewing out of the sink and decides to stay as England is playing against Germany in the World Cup Final. Roddy schemes to get rid of Sid by luring him into the toilet, but Sid is not fooled, instead throwing Roddy in and flushing him away into the sewer. Roddy discovers a city resembling London, made out of various bits of junk, meets Rita Malone, an enterprising scavenger rat who works the drains in her faithful boat, the Jammy Dodger. Rita is irritated by Roddy but ends up taking him along, her archenemy The Toad sends his rat henchmen and Whitey, after her for stealing back her father's prized ruby. The Toad loathes all rodents, plans to have Roddy and Rita frozen with liquid nitrogen inside an icemaker; the pair escape, Rita takes a unique electrical cable, required to control Ratropolis' floodgates. Roddy breaks it in front of Rita, enraging her. Roddy offers her a real ruby if she takes him back to Kensington, to which she agrees, the pair first stop to visit her family before setting off.
During Roddy's stay, he overhears a conversation that causes him to think that Rita is selling him to The Toad, so he steals the Jammy Dodger. When Rita catches up to him, she is able to clear up the misunderstanding; the pair evade a pursuit from Spike and their accomplices, incensed at his minions' repeated failures, The Toad sends for his French cousin, known as Le Frog. It is revealed that The Toad was once Prince Charles' pet, but was replaced by a pet rat and flushed down a toilet, resulting in his hatred of rodents. Le Frog and his subordinates intercept Roddy and Rita and retrieve the cable, sinking the Jammy Dodger in the process, but the duo use a plastic bag to lift themselves out of the sewer and back to Roddy's home. Roddy pays Rita the promised ruby and an emerald shows her around his house, she at first realizes he is a pet. Rita tries to persuade Roddy to come with her, she is soon captured by The Toad. Talking to Sid about half-time, Roddy pieces together The Toad's plan: to open the gates during halftime of the World Cup, when all the humans will most be using their toilets.
As a result, a great sewage flood will form and drown Ratropolis in sewage, allowing The Toad to use the city as a home for his tadpole offspring. Roddy has Sid flush him back to the sewers, he frees Rita, together they defeat The Toad and his henchmen and freeze the wave of sewage with his liquid nitrogen. Rita and Roddy set off in her. In a post-credits scene, Roddy's former owner Tabitha returns home with a new pet cat, which scares Sid. Hugh Jackman as Roderick "Roddy" St. James, a pampered but lonely pet rat living in a Kensington apartment with a wealthy English family, he is flushed down the toilet by Sid into the sewers. Kate Winslet as Rita Malone, a street-wise scavenger rat and the oldest child of a large family, she is the captain of The Jammy Dodger. Ian McKellen as The Toad, a haughty amphibian wanting the entire rat population to be killed off so he can make room for his hundreds of offspring. Jean Reno as Le Frog, The Toad's French cousin, he is the leader of a team of hench-frogs.
Andy Serkis as Spike, one of the Toad's two top hench-rats. He is the most aggressive of the two. Bill Nighy as Whitey, another of the Toad's two top hench-rats. Whitey is an albino rat, Spike's partner. Unlike Spike, Whitey is sympathetic and less vicious, but is ignorant and gullible. Shane Richie as Sid, an over-weight and lazy rat from the sewers, he is an acquaintance of Rita and her family, the one who flushed Roddy down the toilet into the sewers. Miriam Margolyes as Rita's grandmother. Rachel Rawlinson as Tabitha, Roddy's human owner; the idea for a film about rats which fall in love in a sewer was proposed by animator Sam Fell during the production of Aardman Animation's Chicken Run. At the time, Aardman encouraged everyone at the company to come up with ideas for features for the DreamWorks partnership. Fell, development executive Mike Cooper, producer Peter Lord developed the concept into a story before pitching it to DreamWorks. Lord described the pitch as "The African Queen with the gender roles reversed."
Comic writing duo, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais were cont
Hannibal Brooks is a 1969 British-American war comedy film directed by Michael Winner and written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement based on a story by Winner and Tom Wright. The film follows a prisoner of war's attempt to escape from Nazi Germany to Switzerland during World War II, accompanied by an Asian elephant, it stars Michael J. Pollard and Wolfgang Preiss; the title is a reference to the Carthaginian military commander Hannibal who led an army of war elephants over the Alps. Stephen "Hannibal" Brooks is a British prisoner of war Lance corporal, put to work in Munich zoo, looking after an Asian elephant called Lucy; when the zoo is bombed by the Americans, the zoo's director decides it is unsafe for the elephant to remain there. So he sends Brooks along with hostile German soldier Kurt, a friendly German soldier named Willy, Vronia, a female cook to accompany the elephant to Innsbruck Zoo via a train, they are forced to walk when Colonel von Haller, an SS officer tells Brooks that the elephant is not allowed on the train.
In Austria, Kurt threatens to shoot Lucy while Brooks accidentally kills Kurt. Brooks, Lucy and Vronia are forced to run towards the Swiss border, they are helped along the way by an American escapee named Packy who has formed a group of partisans to fight the Germans in Austria, after many run-ins with the Nazis. Half way there, Lucy gets mumps, so Brooks finds an Austrian doctor to look after her, while Vronia and Willy run to Willy's parents' house. Vronia and Willy are captured, are joined by Brooks. Brooks and Willy continue to race towards Switzerland with Lucy. Along the way Willy is shot by the Nazis while helping Brooks to escape; when Brooks gets close to the border with Lucy, he is met by von Haller, who tells him to walk to Switzerland and Vronia, who has changed sides after being captured. Von Haller proposes the three go together to Switzerland as he intends to defect due to Germany's deteriorating military position, they are joined by his partisans near a German border post. The plan is to use von Haller to bluff their way through, however, he betrays them.
Vronia is shot in the back. After another long fight with the Germans and Lucy get to Switzerland with Packy and his remaining partisans. Oliver Reed as Stephen'Hannibal' Brooks Michael J. Pollard as Packy Wolfgang Preiss as Colonel von Haller Helmuth Lohner as Willi Peter Carsten as Kurt Karin Baal as Vronia Ralf Wolter as Doctor Mendel John Alderton as Bernard Jürgen Draeger as Semi Ernst Fritz Fürbringer as Elephant keeper Kellerman Erik Jelde as Zoo director Stern James Donald as Padre Aida The Elephant as Lucy Location shooting took place in Austria in the early summer of 1968. Releasing it in advance of the film, Lancer Books published a novelization of the screenplay, by Lou Cameron, a ubiquitous and award-winning pulpsmith of the'60s through the'80s, among whose specialties was novels of men at war. Hannibal Brooks on IMDb