Hell in the Pacific
Hell in the Pacific is a 1968 World War II film starring Lee Marvin and Toshirō Mifune, the only two actors in the entire film. It was directed by John Boorman and it looks at the importance of human contact and the bond which can form even between enemies if lacking other contact. There are changes as to which man dominates the other and differences are put aside to build a raft to escape the island, whilst they reach another larger island, which shows signs of having recently been a Japanese military base, it too is abandoned. Perhaps the film can be summarized by one line from Marvin on the second island, the film was entirely shot in the Rock Islands of Palau in the north Pacific Ocean, near the Philippines in the Philippine Sea. The film was released with a rather abrupt ending, one that left many dissatisfied with the outcome of the struggle these men endured. The subsequent DVD release has an ending, which while leaving the eventual destiny of the two ambiguous, was much more in line with the overall direction of the film.
Both actors served for their countries during the Pacific War. Marvin, who was in the US Marines, was wounded and received the Purple Heart during the Battle of Saipan in 1944, Mifune served in the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. The film was too close to the end of the Second World War to stem inevitable anti-Japanese sentiments from the American public. Both actors were hugely respected in their own countries at the time, however, a largely dialogue-free and action-free film was too much to ask for great audience love, and neither actor was able to show their usual potential. The film earned rentals of $1.33 million in North America, because of the high costs involved, by 1973 the movie had recorded a loss of $4,115,000, making it one of the biggest money losers in the short history of ABC films. Toshiro Mifune took on assignments, but few did him justice. It was only John Boormans Hell in the Pacific that captured something of his range and power
Charly is a 1968 American science fiction drama film and produced by Ralph Nelson, and written by Stirling Silliphant. During production, Silliphant adapted the movie from the story Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, the film received positive reviews to date, and was a massive success at the box office and home media sales. Charly Gordon, a disabled man with a strong desire to make himself smarter, has been attending night school for two years where he has been taught by Alice Kinnian to read and write. However, his spelling remains poor and he is unable to spell his own name. Alice takes Charly to the Nemur-Straus clinic run by Dr. Richard Nemur and Straus have been increasing the intelligence of laboratory mice with a new surgical procedure and are looking for a human test subject. As part of a series of tests to ascertain Charlys suitability for the procedure, he is made to race Algernon, Algernon physically runs through a maze while Charly uses a pencil to trace his way through a diagram of the same maze.
Charly is disappointed that he loses the races. Nevertheless, he is given the experimental surgery, after the surgery, Charly is initially angered that he is not immediately smarter than he was before and still loses in races against Algernon. Eventually, however, he beats Algernon in a race and his intelligence starts increasing rapidly, Alice continues to teach him, but he soon surpasses her. Charlys co-workers try to tease him by making him work on a machine that they believe he will not be able to work. When Charly shows he can work the machine, his co-workers are not pleased with the fact that he is now intelligent and they sign a petition against him and he loses his job at the bakery. Charly starts staring at Alices bottom and breasts as well as drawing and painting abstract nude figures of her and he questions whether Alice loves her fiancé. One night, Charly follows Alice back to her apartment and sexually assaults her, pulling her to the floor and kissing her forcefully until she breaks free by slapping him.
At the end of the sequence, Charly has returned home and Alice comes to visit him, a further montage sequence shows Charly and Alice running through woods and kissing under trees accompanied by a voice-over of the two of them talking about marriage. Straus and Nemur present their research to a panel of scientists, Charly is aggressive during the session and reveals that Algernon has just died, causing Charly to believe that his own increased intelligence is only temporary. After suffering visions of his intelligence fading and of his pre-operative self following him, Charly decides to work with Nemur, Charly discovers that there is nothing that can be done to prevent his own intelligence from fading. Alice visits Charly and asks him to marry her, but he refuses, in the films final scene, Alice watches Charly playing with children in a playground, having reverted to his former self. Cliff Robertson – Charly Gordon Claire Bloom – Alice Kinnian Lilia Skala – Dr. Anna Straus Leon Janney – Dr. Richard Nemur Ruth White – Mrs. S.
Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly
Mumsy, Nanny and Girly, released as Girly in North America, is a 1970 British horror-comedy film. Francis teamed with writer Brian Comport to build the movie around Oakley Court, the script was based on a two-act play by Maisie Mosco entitled Happy Family, which was adapted into a novella by screenwriter Brian Comport as Mumsy, Nanny and Girly. Though the film fared poorly in British cinemas, it enjoyed a brief, four individuals live in a secluded manor house in the English countryside, where they engage in an elaborate role-playing fantasy called The Game. The Game is built around a set of strictly enforced yet ill-defined rules, as a part of The Game, the teenaged Sonny and Girly regularly venture to more populated areas, where the pair use Girly to lure men back to the manor house. Once there, the men are dressed like schoolboys and forcibly indoctrinated into The Game, one night and Sonny stake out a swinging London party, where they encounter a male prostitute and his latest client. An instant attraction develops between Girly and the man, who convinces his client to accompany the siblings for a night of carousing and Sonny take the couple to a playground, where they murder the woman by throwing her from a large slide.
The next morning and Girly convince the man that he murdered the woman after a night of heavy drinking. After Mumsy makes sexual overtures to New Friend one evening, he gets the idea to turn the family against itself, New Friends plot succeeds, as he creates sexual jealousy between the women after first sleeping with Mumsy and Girly. Sonny, left out of the politics, petitions to have New Friend sent to the angels, in a moment of panic. Girly, realising that Nanny has set her sights on New Friend, hacks Nanny to death with an axe and cooks her head for use in baked goods. Rather than turn on one another and Girly declare a truce, the two women agree, though ponder what will happen should either of them ever become bored with New Friend, with Girly declaring it as an inevitability. Overhearing the womens conversation, New Friend retrieves—and hides—Nannys acid tipped needles before settling into Mumsys room, the film began as a dream project for Freddie Francis, a renowned cinematographer who had made the transition to directing at the beginning of the 1960s.
Having never written a film himself, Francis hired writer Brian Comport to craft a screenplay, with the only condition being that the story had to be built around Oakley Court. Trying to come up with ideas and Comport attended the production of an off west end play entitled The Happy Family, written by Maisie Mosco, a radio playwright for the BBC. Little of the storyline would survive into Comports script, beyond the names of the principal characters. The zookeeper whom Sonny and Girly harass in the opening sequence was played by Michael Ripper. Howard Trevor, who played Sonny, had only a single screen credit, on an episode of the anthology series ITV Playhouse. Girly was produced amidst a backlash against indecency in the British media, brought about in part by the production of more overtly sexual films targeted towards the mods and Swinging London
Ring of Bright Water (film)
Ring of Bright Water is a 1969 British-American feature film starring Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna. It is a story about a Londoner and his pet otter living on the Scottish coast, the story is fictional, but is adapted from the 1960 autobiographical book of the same name by Gavin Maxwell. It featured the stars of Born Free, another movie about a relationship between humans and a wild animal. The film has released to VHS and to DVD. Graham Merrill passes a pet shop on his daily walks about London and takes an interest in an otter in the window, the otter wreaks havoc in his small apartment and together they leave London for a rustic cottage overlooking the sea on the west coast of Scotland. There they live as beachcombers and make the acquaintance of Dr. Mary from the nearby village and Johnny play in the water and bound across the fields together. Mijs inquisitive and adventurous nature leads him some distance from the cottage to an otter with whom he spends the day. Ignorant of danger, he is caught in a net and nearly killed, the humans find him and help him recover.
Graham spends a significant amount of time drawing Mij but realises that to show the true agility of the otter he must draw it underwater and he builds a large tank out of old windows so that he can do this. Not long after, Merrill goes to London to look after some affairs, while being exercised afield, Mij is killed by a ditchdigger, who did not realize he was a pet. Merrill returns and is crushed to discover the death of his beloved otter, some time later and Mary are surprised by a trio of otter youngsters, accompanied by their mother otter, approaching the cottage. He happily realizes they are Mijs mate and their children who have come to play in their fathers swimming pool, the film earned rentals of USD$1 million in North America and USD$1.4 million in other countries. After all costs were deducted it recorded a loss of USD$615,000. The National Board of Review placed Ring of Bright Water on its list of the Top Ten Films for 1969, in 2005, The Daily Telegraph called it one of the best-loved British films of all time.
Dell Comics published a book adaptation of the film drawn by Jack Sparling in October 1969. The 1995 documentary film Echoes of Camusfearna contains previously unseen footage of Gavin Maxwell with the otters and is introduced and narrated by Virginia McKenna and it was released to DVD in 2007. The film was released as a region 2 DVD in 2002 and it had been released as a VHS tape in 1981 and 1991. Ring of Bright Water at the Internet Movie Database Ring of Bright Water at Rotten Tomatoes
Song of Norway (film)
Song of Norway is a 1970 film adaptation of the successful operetta of the same name, directed by Andrew L. Stone. Like the play from which it derived, the tells of the early struggles of composer Edvard Grieg. Filmed in Super Panavision 70 by Davis Boulton and presented in single-camera Cinerama in some countries, similar box-office disasters included Darling Lili, Paint Your Wagon, and Lost Horizon. However the film was popular in some territories, in Britain it was the most popular reserved ticket film of 1971. It earned rentals of $4.4 million in North America and $3.5 million in other countries, critics were virtually unanimously negative on its release, noting especially the aping of The Sound of Music and its generally poor production quality despite obvious expense. Pauline Kael said, The movie is of an unbelievable badness, to criticize this movie is like tripping a dwarf. Critics views were echoed by cast members, harry Secombe was to note that it was the kind of film you could take the kids to see. and leave them there.
List of American films of 1970 Song of Norway at the Internet Movie Database Song of Norway at the TCM Movie Database
The Touch (1971 film)
The Touch is a 1971 drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Elliott Gould, and Sheila Reid. The film tells the story of an affair between a woman and an impetuous foreigner. The film contains references to the Virgin Mary and Nazi concentration camps and distributed by ABC Motion Pictures, it was Bergmans first English language film, but shot on the island of Gotland in Sweden. It received mixed to negative reviews and was a box office bomb, in a village, Karin Vergerus, married to a man named Andreas with children, visits a hospital where her mother has died. She reacts with sorrow, and is seen by a man named David Kovac, David visits the couple, and tells them about his work, including the discovery of a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary. The fact that the statue was brought to the remote village and he tells Karin that he fell in love with her the day he saw her at the hospital. Karin visits David in his home, and after drinking sherry and she tells him this is her first affair and that she is uncertain if she is in love with him, but it is significant for her.
As the affair continues, David becomes overbearing and angry, when she shows up to his home under the influence of alcohol, and having failed to quit smoking as they agreed, he slaps her. He shares his family history with her, telling her many of his relatives were murdered in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, Andreas visits David, revealing he has been receiving anonymous poison pen letters telling him David is having an affair with Karin. David dismisses the visit as absurd, and denies Andreas claim that David attempted suicide, David leaves for London, and Karin tells Andreas she feels she must go to find out why he left her. Andreas angrily tells her if she leaves, she cannot return to their marriage. In London, Karin meets a woman named Sara and is surprised to hear Sara say she is Davids sister, Sara guesses Karin is pregnant, though Karin refuses to say if the fetus is Andreas or Davids. Sara declares she and David will never separate, Karin leaves, saying she does not think she will return.
Later and Karin meet in a greenhouse, David tells her he has found life without her intolerable, and that their relationship has changed him, and that he now cares about what happens to him. He says he has accepted a position at a university and asks Karin to come with him, Karin rejects the offer, citing her duty to remain. He accuses her of lying and cowardice as they separate, paul Scherer at Indiana University South Bend argued the film contains fairly explicit reference to the Garden of Eden and such related themes as Satan and the fall. Scherer noted critic James Gay argued anti-Semitism was vaguely a theme in the film, the statue of Mary features in the films themes. The statue has a smile, and resembles Karins mother
Lovers and Other Strangers
Lovers and Other Strangers is a 1970 comedy film based on the play by Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna. The cast includes Richard S. Sylvester Stallone was an extra in this movie, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, and was one of the top box office performers of 1970. It established Richard S. Castellano as a star and he, the song For All We Know was composed by Fred Karlin with lyrics by Robb Royer and Jimmy Griffin. Lovers and Other Strangers was released by ABC Pictures and it was released on VHS in 1980 by Magnetic Video, but soon went out of print. The Magnetic Video release was an item for many years. It is now available on DVD by MGM Home Entertainment, upon seeing this film, Richard Carpenter set about recording the song played during the wedding scene, For All We Know, with his sister Karen. Karen and I were in Toronto to open the show for Engelbert Humperdinck and we had one night off before opening and our manager Sherwin Bash suggested we see the film Lovers and Other Strangers.
We enjoyed the film and noticed the song For All We Know which we recorded upon our return home and Bologna followed up with their second screenplay the following year, Made for Each Other in which they starred. Lovers and Other Strangers revolves around the wedding of Mike and Susan, intercutting their story with those of other couples among their families and friends. As the movie opens, Mike wants to call off the wedding, arguing that it would be hypocritical for them to get married when theyve already been living together for a year and a half. He only relents when Susans father Hal tells him that Susan went to her first Halloween party dressed as a bride, over the course of the movie, we meet, Susans WASP-ish parents and Bernice. Hal has been having an affair with Bernices sister Kathy. Susans sister Wilma and her husband Johnny, mikes brother Richie and his wife Joan, who have grown incompatible and are considering divorce. Bridesmaid Brenda and usher Jerry, whom Mike and Susan fix up for the wedding, nebbishy self-imagined playboy Jerry spends most of the weekend trying to score with Brenda.
Mikes Italian-American parents and Bea, who are trying to dissuade Richie. These plotlines all play out through the rehearsal, and it recorded an overall profit of $790,000
Candy (1968 film)
Candy is a 1968 sex farce film directed by Christian Marquand based on the 1958 novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, from a screenplay by Buck Henry. The film satirizes pornographic stories through the adventures of its heroine, Candy. It stars Marlon Brando, Ewa Aulin, Richard Burton, James Coburn, Walter Matthau, Ringo Starr, John Huston, John Astin, Charles Aznavour, Elsa Martinelli and Enrico Maria Salerno. Popular figures such as Sugar Ray Robinson, Anita Pallenberg, Florinda Bolkan, Marilù Tolo, Nicoletta Machiavelli, high school student Candy seemingly descends to Earth from space. In the relatively simple plot, she endures a escalating series of situations in which her oblivious allure triggers satirical porn-film-like encounters. In school, her father is her teacher, at a poetry recital, eccentric poet McPhisto offers Candy a ride home in his limousine. At her home, McPhisto drunkenly waxes boisterously poetic, arousing Candy, as the film ends, she meets a wise guru in an Indian temple, revisits some of the characters she met in the film, wanders off into the desert before returning to outer space.
Ewa Aulin - Candy Charles Aznavour - The Hunchback Marlon Brando - Grindl Richard Burton - McPhisto James Coburn - Dr. Krankheit John Huston - Dr. and Magical Mystery Tour. Starr continued appearing in movie roles through the 1960s, 1970s, Candy was one of many psychedelic movies that appeared as the 60s ended, along with Yellow Submarine, The Trip, Psych-Out, and Head. The film opened to mixed box office, but became a classic from the psychedelic years of film. It was the 18th highest grossing film of 1968, according to Variety the film earned North American rentals of $7.3 million, but because of costs, recorded an overall loss of $25,000. It was the 12th most popular movie at the UK box office in 1969, reviews were generally positive with a few misgivings, the film rates 80% at the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator. In a review representative of most professional reviewers at the time, Roger Ebert found it a lot better than you expect but missed the anarchy. Renata Adler decried its relentless, bloody lack of talent, the films soundtrack included Rock Me, an original song from Steppenwolf which became a Top 10 hit for the band in the winter of 1969.
Candy was released to DVD by Starz/Anchor Bay on April 10,2001 as a Region 1 widescreen DVD, list of American films of 1968 Candy Candy at the Internet Movie Database Candy at AllMovie Synopsis and Screen Shots at Badmoview. org
Willard (1971 film)
Willard is a 1971 American horror film directed by Daniel Mann and starring Bruce Davison and Ernest Borgnine. Based on the novel Ratmans Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert, the film was nominated for an Edgar Award for best picture, the supporting cast included Elsa Lanchester in one of her last performances, and Sondra Locke in one of her first. The film was a hit in 1971, opening to good reviews. It inspired other films with wild animals as predators, such as the hit films Jaws, as well as psychological thrillers with social outcasts as the protagonists. Willard is a social misfit who develops a strange affinity for rats. He lives in a large Victorian home, with only his cranky, on his 27th birthday, he is humiliated to come home to a birthday party thrown by his mother, where all of the attendees are her own aging friends. After having left the party in embarrassment, he notices a rat in his backyard, his mother gets upset with him for leaving the party and she scolds him while discussing how badly the house is falling apart.
The next morning he goes out and feeds another rat while imitating their squeaks and his mother starts telling him that he needs to kill the rats that have been running around their yard, which Willard refuses to do. When Willard goes to work he is scolded by his boss Al Martin for tardiness. Later he returns home and sets about killing the rats as his mother ordered and he puts food on a center rock in a large well, placing a wooden plank to act as a bridge for the rats. When the rats have gathered on the rock, he removes the plank and he turns on the water, intending to let the well fill up and drown the animals. However, his guilt will not allow Willard to carry through the plan, when his mother asks if he killed the rats, he lies and tells her he did. That afternoon he begins playing with a rat he names Queenie and he sees a white rat and immediately takes a liking to it. The white rat becomes his best companion and he names it Socrates for his wisdom, numerous other rats quickly emerge, one of which is a bigger black specimen whom he names Ben.
At work, Mr. Martin continues to antagonize Willard, telling him he not give him a raise. Willard sneaks up to a party Mr. Martin is throwing, opens his suitcase which has rats in it, the guests begin screaming and Willard laughs behind the bushes where he is hiding. The next day Willards mother dies and he discovers that the house is heavily mortgaged. After this Willard is pressured by the banks to give up the house, Willard decides to bring Socrates and Ben to the office with him
Midas Run is a 1969 American comedy film directed by Alf Kjellin and starring Richard Crenna, Anne Heywood and, in one of his final big-screen roles, Fred Astaire. Pedley, retiring from the British Secret Service, cant understand why he hasnt yet been knighted and he devises an elaborate heist of an airplane cargo, recruiting Mike Warden, a writer from America, although his real aim is to capture the elusive General Ferranti. Warden travels to Italy to assume control of the scheme along with Pedleys accomplice Sylvia Giroux and they are arrested, but Pedley comes to their rescue just in time. - Co-Pilot Bruce Beeby - Gordon Robert Henderson - The Dean Roddy McDowall - Wister The film earned rentals of $300,000 in North America, after all costs were deducted it recorded a loss of $1,515,000. List of American films of 1969 Midas Run at the Internet Movie Database
Krakatoa, East of Java
Krakatoa, East of Java is a 1969 American disaster film starring Maximilian Schell and Brian Keith. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, during the 1970s, the film was re-released under the title Volcano. The story is based on events surrounding the 1883 eruption of the volcano on the island of Krakatoa. The characters are engaged in the recovery of a cargo of pearls from a shipwreck perilously close to the volcano. In 1883, the volcano on the island of Krakatoa in the Netherlands East Indies begins to erupt, Laura was married to an abusive man with whom she had a son named Peter. Her husband did not want the marriage but threatened to take Peter away from her if she asked for a divorce. Wanting to be with Hanson, she had asked for a divorce anyway, Hanson has organized the Batavia Queens voyage to find the wreck of the Arianna, salvage the pearls, and determine Peters fate – and to find Peter if he is still alive. Hanson plans to deliver the convicts to Madura after recovering the pearls off Krakatoa, one of the prisoners, Lester Danzig, is an acquaintance of Hansons, and Hanson allows him to make the voyage on deck instead of in the hold.
Danzig informs Connerly of Lauras time in the institution, calling into question the veracity of her story about the pearls. The Borgheses, Charley and Toshi confront Hanson about Lauras mental state, Connerly takes so much laudanum that he hallucinates one night, attacks one of the pearl divers, and assaults several crewmen coming to her aid before they can subdue him. Meanwhile and Toshi take a romantic interest in one another, the Batavia Queen arrives off Krakatoa to find the island shrouded in thick smoke. It clears when she anchors off the island, and the Borgheses ascend in their balloon while Rigby descends in his diving bell, the Borgheses quickly discover the wreck of the Arianna and guide the Batavia Queen and the submerged Rigby to it. Immediately afterwards, the motor driving the propeller that allows them to steer their balloon fails and they careen helplessly over Krakatoa and into its active crater. They jettison the useless engine and propeller into the lava lake to reduce weight.
They drift away from the island, leap into the sea, and are rescued, Danzig tells Hanson of Connerlys lung problems, and Hanson decides that he will dive on the Arianna instead of Connerly. While Connerly and Hanson argue over this, Rigbys diving bell becomes snagged on coral, upon their return, Danzig has Connerly lowered into the hold but forces Hanson to look on at gunpoint as he opens the Ariannas safe on the Batavia Queens deck. They find nothing in the safe but a pocket watch. They swim to nearby Krakatoa, never to be seen again, after Hanson frees the passengers and crew from the hold, Rigby finds another compartment in the safe which contains the Ariannas logbook