The People That Time Forgot (film)
The People That Time Forgot is a 1977 Technicolor fantasy/adventure film based on the novel The People That Time Forgot and Out of Time's Abyss by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It was directed by Kevin Connor. Like Connor's other two Burroughs-derived films, The Land That Time Forgot and At the Earth's Core, the film was distributed in the United States by American International Pictures; the film is a direct sequel to The Land That Time Forgot, which initiated the series in 1975. The story follows a rescue expedition, led by Patrick Wayne in search of his friend, played by Doug McClure, who had vanished many years before; the expedition lands on Caprona, the same fantastic prehistoric land where dinosaurs and barbarian tribes of men coexist. Major Ben McBride organises a mission to the Antarctic wastes to search for his friend Bowen Tyler, missing in the region for several years. A British naval survey ship takes them to Caprona. McBride's party: the paleontologist Norfolk and mechanic Hogan and photographer Lady Charlotte'Charlie' Cunningham fly over the mountain wall of Caprona in an amphibious aircraft, but are attacked by a pterodactyl and forced down.
They find themselves in a world populated by primitive warriors and terrifying prehistoric creatures, all of whom they must evade in order to get back safely to their ship. They meet a cave-girl, who can speak English; when the volcano that the Nargas worship erupts, they must escape the cataclysm engulfing the land. Tyler sacrifices himself to cover their retreat. Patrick Wayne as Ben McBride Doug McClure as Bowen Tyler Sarah Douglas as Charly Dana Gillespie as Ajor Thorley Walters as Norfolk Shane Rimmer as Hogan Tony Britton as Captain Lawton John Hallam as Chung-Sha David Prowse as Executioner Milton Reid as Sabbala Kiran Shah as Bolum Richard LeParmentier as Lieutenant Whitby According to Kevin Connor, Amicus Productions wanted to follow At the Earth's Core with an adaptation of the John Carter stories but could not afford the rights so they made this sequel instead. Although the film was made by Amicus Productions, the company folded before it was released meaning AIP took sole credit.
The film makes some notable changes from the book: The lost world is a "polar continent" rather than the interior of a polar island. Bowen dies in the film and Lisa is dead during the events of the film while they both survive in the novel. In the book, the ship's crew scale the mountains to come to the rescue; the book ends with two marriages. Ceratosaurus Stegosaurus Scutosaurus Megalania Pterodactylus Time Out thought the film "A lame sequel to Connor's earlier Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation, The Land That Time Forgot, at least lively"; the reviewer however, found that "A few shots, composed around celebrated fantasy illustrations, compensate for all the film's shortcomings". The People That Time Forgot on IMDb The People That Time Forgot at the TCM Movie Database The People That Time Forgot at AllMovie The People That Time Forgot at the American Film Institute Catalog Eccentric Cinema – Review
Mistral's Daughter is a 1984 American television miniseries, adapted from Judith Krantz's 1982 novel of the same name. In 1925, Jewish artist model Maggy Lunel arrives in Paris and overcomes her shyness by posing nude for struggling artist Julien Mistral, she enrages the reigning artist model queen Kiki by bouncing her off the throne as Montmartre's newest sensation. Her paintings become an overnight success, Mistral signs a contract with art dealer Adrien Avigdor, his businesses are arranged by wealthy American heiress Kate Browning, in love with him. At an art gallery, Mistral sells a portrait of Maggy that he promised to her, prompting Maggy to leave him. Through good friend Paula Deslandes she is set up with banker Perry Kilkullen. Meanwhile, Mistral realizes he has lost his muse and moves to Provence with Kate, where he finds new inspiration. Mistral and Kate marry. Kilkullen is pressured by his lawyer to break off his affair with Maggy, because he is still married – though just on paper – to American Mary Jane.
Kilkullen refuses and unsuccessfully attempts to divorce Mary Jane when he finds out that Maggy is pregnant. By 1929, Maggy has given birth to an illegitimate child. Stuck in America trying to get a divorce, Kilkullen invites Maggy and Teddy to live with him in New York City. Upon arrival, Maggy learns. Broke, she attempts to sell her jewelry to Harry Klein, who sets her up with dress designer Alberto Bianchi, she climbs her way to the top in New York's fashion industry and befriends several of the city's elite, such as socialite Lally Longbridge and publisher Jason Darcy. Meanwhile, Kate loses her entire fortune at the Wall Street Crash of 1929, relocates to New York in attempt to sell Mistral's work in a new environment; the exposition is a success, though the elite realizes that Maggy has posed nude for Mistral. Mary Jane convinces Bianchi that the scandal could badly influence his company, prompting him to fire Maggy. With the money that she earns from selling her jewelry, she starts her own modeling company.
When World War II sweeps the world, Darcy is sent overseas and offers Maggy to elope before leaving, but she rejects the idea. Kate moves into a house in Connecticut and tries to convince Mistral and Avigdor to join her, but Mistral does not see any danger and is only invested with painting. Paula joins the resistance and promises to help Avigdor cross the border, but she is caught by the Nazis before she can. Nazi officer Schmidt, who sympathizes with Mistral's work and therefore allows him to continue to work – catches portraits from Avigdor in Mistral's residence, warns him not to help Jews; when all of Avigdor's friends are shot by the Nazis, he tries to seeks refuge with Mistral, but Mistral refuses to help him in fear of being sent to a concentration camp as well. After the War, Kate gives birth to Mistral's daughter, Nadine. Back in America, now a young adult, has been kicked off boarding school for accompanying male Harvard students, expresses her desire of becoming an artist model as well.
She is set up with photographer Melvin Allen Berg, whom she used to date, they become romantically involved. She leaves him to go to France. Mistral –, unsatisfied with his private life: he does not love Kate, perceives his daughter Nadine as a mistake, flirts with other women in front of Kate, such as Nancy – becomes infatuated with Teddy and courts her; when Teddy becomes pregnant, Mistral vows to leave Kate. Their daughter, Fauve, is born as a bastard, Teddy dies in a boating accident shortly after. Maggy takes Fauve to live with her in America. Sixteen years Fauve is sent to spend the summer with her father in Provence, he tries to help her with her painting skills, but she is more involved with dating Avigdor's son Eric and reading about Jewish history and architecture. Fauve decides to remain in France to spend more time with Eric, much to Maggy's disdain. Julien decides to put her in his will to keep her close. Kate is infuriated upon finding out and takes her revenge by telling Fauve about Mistral's collaborating actions during the War.
She leaves her father and returns to America, where she decides to work at her grandmother's company. Kate, who has found out a year previous that she was terminally ill, dies of lung cancer, Mistral's health deteriorates as well. Nadine, who has felt neglected by him for most of her life, is assigned to take care of him, but she ignores her father's cry for help when he has an attack, causing him to die. Nadine is happy to get her hands on his will, is furious when she finds out that Fauve is entitled to his most important pieces of work. Fauve is introduced to Mistral's most impressive life work. Through a letter, she learns that Mistral has written a letter to the Synagoge in Cavaillon to beg for mercy, she decides to follow her true passion of painting. The miniseries ends with Maggy accepting Darcy's marriage proposal. StarringStefanie Powers as Marjorie'Maggy' Lunel Lee Remick as Katherine'Kate' Browning Stacy Keach as Julien Mistral Robert Urich as Jason Darcy Timothy Dalton as Perry Kilkullen Stéphane Audran as Paula Deslandes Ian Richardson as Adrien Av
Milton Subotsky was an American film and television writer and producer. In 1964, he founded Amicus Productions with Max J. Rosenberg. Amicus means "friendship" in Latin. Together, they produced a number of low-budget science fiction and horror films in the United Kingdom. Subotsky was born to a family of Jewish immigrants. During World War II, he served in the Signal Corps, in which he wrote and edited technical training films. After the war, he began a career as a writer and producer during the 1950s "Golden Age" of television. In 1954, he produced the TV series Junior Science, he graduated to film producing Rock, Rock, for which he composed nine songs. Subotsky moved to England, he was a regular juror on Juke Box Jury on BBC Television in the early 1960s. In 1964, with fellow expatriate producer Max J. Rosenberg, Subotsky formed the company Amicus Productions. Based at Shepperton Studios, they produced such films as Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Dr. Who and the Daleks, Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.
D. Torture Garden and Scream Again, The House That Dripped Blood, Tales from The Crypt, From Beyond the Grave and The Land That Time Forgot. Amicus was disestablished in 1975, but Subotsky continued producing. Around this time he formed "Sorcery Productions, Ltd." with Frank Duggan. At some point Andrew Donally joined the company. Numerous well-publicised projects did not go into production; these include adaptations of Lin Carter's "Thongor" stories, a live-action version of Stan Lee's The Incredible Hulk, film adaptations of stories that appeared in James Warren's comic magazines Creepy and Eerie, a co-production with former James Bond film producer Harry Saltzman on Saltzman's troubled "shrunken man" epic The Micronauts. Unable to purchase film rights to Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories, Subotsky instead bought the rights to Carter's "Thongor" stories in 1976. Subotsky himself adapted Carter's 1965 novel The Wizard of Lemuria. United Artists agreed to bankroll the project – now called Thongor in the Valley of Demons – in 1978, but subsequently withdrew for unspecified reasons.
Sword & Sorcery's first film project to get off the ground was Dominique. In 1980, they co-produced the TV series The Martian Chronicles, adapted from the short story collection by Ray Bradbury. During the making of this miniseries and Donally parted ways. Subotsky co-produced several adaptations of Stephen King novels, including Maximum Overdrive, Sometimes They Come Back. and Lawnmower Man Director's Cut was dedicated to his memory. Subotsky died of heart disease in 1991, at the age of 69, his widow, Dr Fiona Subotsky, is a prominent London psychiatrist, an historian of psychiatry. Milton Subotsky on IMDb
North and South (miniseries)
North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, 1994. Set before and after the American Civil War, they are based on the 1980s trilogy of novels North and South by John Jakes; the 1985 first installment and South, remains the seventh-highest rated miniseries in TV history. North and South: Book II was met with similar success, while 1994's Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III was poorly received by both critics and audiences; the saga tells the story of the enduring friendship between Orry Main of South Carolina and George Hazard of Pennsylvania, who become best friends while attending the United States Military Academy at West Point but find themselves and their families on opposite sides of the war. The slave-owning Mains are rural planters, while the Hazards, who resided in a small Northern mill town, profit from ownership of manufacturing and industry capital, their differences reflecting the divisions between North and South that led to the Civil War.
The initial 1985 miniseries cast Patrick Swayze as Orry Main and James Read as George Hazard with Lesley-Anne Down as Orry's love interest Madeline and Wendy Kilbourne as George's future wife Constance. Kirstie Alley played George's outspoken abolitionist sister Virgilia, with Genie Francis as Orry's "good" sister Brett and Terri Garber as his selfish and wicked sister Ashton, as well as Philip Casnoff as Elkanah Bent and Orry's nemesis. All of these actors returned for the 1986 sequel, joined by Parker Stevenson as Billy Hazard, George's brother and Brett's husband. North and South featured many well-known actors as guest stars, including Elizabeth Taylor as bordello proprietor Madam Conti, David Carradine as the sadistic Justin LaMotte, Hal Holbrook as Abraham Lincoln, Gene Kelly as Bent's father Senator Charles Edwards, Robert Mitchum as Colonel Patrick Flynn, M. D. Johnny Cash as abolitionist John Brown, Jean Simmons as Orry's mother Clarissa Main, Mitchell Ryan as Orry's father Tillet Main, John Anderson as George's father William Hazard, Jonathan Frakes as George's older brother Stanley Hazard, Inga Swenson as George's mother Maude Hazard, Robert Guillaume as abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Morgan Fairchild as Burdetta Halloran, David Ogden Stiers as Congressman Sam Greene, Olivia Cole as Madeline's devoted but doomed servant Maum Sally.
John Jakes' wife Rachel made an appearance in Episode 6 as Lincoln's wife Mary. North and South: Book II saw the return of Carradine as LaMotte, Holbrook as Lincoln, Stiers as Congressman Greene, as well as new guests Lloyd Bridges as Jefferson Davis, Anthony Zerbe as Ulysses S. Grant, Nancy Marchand as Dorothea Dix, James Stewart as Miles Colbert, Wayne Newton as Captain Thomas Turner, William Schallert as Robert E. Lee, with Linda Evans as Rose Sinclair and Olivia de Havilland as Mrs. Neal. 1994's Heaven and Hell featured Peter O'Toole as "louche actor" Sam Trump and Billy Dee Williams as Francis Cardozo. Filming of the miniseries resulted in four marriages among the crew. Read and Kilbourne, who played opposite each other, married in 1988 and now have two children. Frakes and Francis, who had played opposite each other on the failed NBC soap Bare Essence married in 1988. Lesley-Anne Down married assistant cameraman Don E. FauntLeRoy in 1986, they met during filming of Book I when both were married to other people, obtained divorces.
Garber married screenwriter Chris Hager, whom she met in 1985 when he worked as a grip on the set of North and South: Book II. They had a daughter, Molly, in 1986, divorced. North and South was directed by Richard T. Heffron, from a script adaptation by Patricia Green, Douglas Heyes, Paul F. Edwards, Kathleen A. Shelley, it was produced by David L. Wolper, Paul Freeman, Rob Harland, Chuck McLain, with music by Bill Conti and Stevan Larner as cinematographer. Wolper produced 1986's North and South: Book II with his son Mark Wolper, as well as Stephanie Austin and Robert Papazian. Conti returned as composer, with Kevin Connor directing, Jacques R. Marquette as cinematographer, a script by Heyes and Richard Fielder. Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III was directed by Larry Peerce from a script by Suzanne Clauser. Hal Galli produced the miniseries, with music by David Bell and Don E. FauntLeRoy as cinematographer. Episode 1 – Young Southerner Orry Main, the firstborn son of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, decides to go to West Point.
On his way to the train station, he rescues and falls in love with the beautiful French-Creole southern belle from New Orleans, Madeline Fabray. In New York City, Orry meets Northerner George Hazard, the second son of a wealthy Pennsylvania steel-factory owner, on his way to West Point, they become close friends. At the Academy, they meet classmates George Pickett, George McClellan, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and a senior student named Ulysses Grant, they meet the amoral egomaniac Elkanah Bent, a fellow cadet from Georgia. Bent is a handsome, smooth-talking man who hides his evil, twisted nature beneath his charm and good looks, he takes an instant dislike to Orry and George and uses his status as their drillmaster to harass them. Orry writes letters to Madeline, although it seems that she has not been responding to him. After two years of training, the men return home for a summer leave. George's sister, Virgilia, is a passionate abolitionist and takes a dislike to Orry when she finds out that his family keeps slaves.
While at home, Orry is devastated to learn that Madeline is getting married to his cruel neighbor, plantation owner Justin LaMotte
A Boyfriend for Christmas
A Boyfriend for Christmas is a 2004 American made-for-television romantic Christmas film starring Patrick Muldoon and Kelli Williams. Directed by Kevin Connor and written by Roger Schroeder, it aired November 27, 2004 on the Hallmark Channel. After helping a boy take his little sister to see Santa, 13-year-old Holly Grant tells a shopping mall Santa Claus that she would like to have a boyfriend for Christmas. Twenty years Holly is a romantic skeptic and is more focused on her career as a social worker. At the time, she is in court helping a mother get her children back from foster care; when the mother's lawyer, Ryan Hughes, does not show up in court, Holly is angry and sends Hughes a letter via her secretary. On Christmas Day, she opens her door to a man carrying a bow on his chest, he hands her a note that says, "As promised, one boyfriend for Christmas," and introduces himself as "Douglas Firwood". She assumes he is a gag present from her friend Diane, invites him into her home; that day she takes him with her to her parents' house for Christmas dinner.
Hoping to keep her matchmaking family her manipulative sister-in-law Carol, off her back, she tells everyone that Douglas is her long-term boyfriend, Douglas plays along. On New Year's Eve, Holly learns from her scheming ex-boyfriend Ted that Douglas is Ryan Hughes, sent to her by Santa Claus, she tells him to leave. After persuasion by Santa Claus and refusing Ted's marriage proposal, she follows Ryan, they meet up at a park, where they remember where they first met - at age 13 when she helped him take his little sister to see Santa - and they watch the New Year's fireworks together. Kelli Williams as Holly Grant Patrick Muldoon as Ryan Hughes/Douglas Firwood Charles Durning as Santa Claus Bruce Thomas as Ted Shannon Wilcox as Joanna Grant Martin Mull as Martin Grant Bridget White as Carol Grant David Starzyk as Ian Jordan Orr as Noah Grant Shane Baumel as Neal Grant Erica Gimpel as Beth Maeve Quinlan as Diane John Dybdahl as Stu Kenneth Danziger as Harrison Lane Rodger Bumpass as Russell Parker Laura Kirk as Sheila Denning Kelli King as young Holly Grant Brent Toney as Philip A Boyfriend for Christmas was a made-for-TV production, which aired on the Hallmark Channel November 27, 2004.
It earned a 2.7 Nielsen Media Research household rating, placing it as the number two broadcast for its time period for ad-supported cable networks, the number one broadcast for adults aged 25–54 and women aged 25–54. A review in TV Guide says of the film "like fruitcake, is sweet but full of empty calories."In The New York Times, A Boyfriend for Christmas is identified as bland, yet pleasant and harmless." The DVD was released on November 8, 2005. List of Christmas films A Boyfriend for Christmas at AllMovie A Boyfriend for Christmas on IMDb A Boyfriend for Christmas at Hallmark Channel A Boyfriend for Christmas at Rotten Tomatoes A Boyfriend for Christmas at the TCM Movie Database
At the Earth's Core (film)
At the Earth's Core is a 1976 British-American fantasy-science fiction film produced by Britain's Amicus Productions. The film starred Doug McClure, Peter Cushing and Caroline Munro, it was filmed in Technicolor, based on the fantasy novel At the Earth's Core, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first book of his Pellucidar series, in token of which the film is known as Edgar Rice Burroughs' At the Earth's Core. The original music score was composed by Mike Vickers. Dr. Abner Perry, a British Victorian scientist, his US financier David Innes make a test run of their Iron Mole drilling machine in a Welsh mountain, but end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic flying reptiles, the Mahars, full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen, they are captured by the Mahars. David falls for the beautiful slave girl Princess Dia but when she is chosen as a sacrificial victim in the Mahar city and Perry must rally the surviving human slaves to rebel and not only save her but win their freedom.
The film was made following the success of The Land That Time Forgot. Kevin Connor recalled, "we tried to get the beasts bigger so as to interact better with the actors – more one on one. We had a somewhat bigger budget thanks to the success of ‘Land.’ The beasts were specially designed so that small stunt guys could work inside the suits in a crouched position and on all-fours. Needless to say it was cramped and the stunt guys had to take frequent breathers; some worked better than others – but we were experimenting and trying something different." The movie was popular, becoming the 18th most profitable British film of 1976. Amongst contemporary critics however, The New York Times wasn't impressed: "All the money used to make "At the Earth's Core" seems to have been spent on building monsters with parrotlike beaks that open and emit a steady squawling as if someone were vacuuming next door. Close up, the monsters look like sections of rough concrete wall, the decision to film them in close up is only one example of the total lack of talent or effort with which the picture is made...the movie is a kind of no-talent competition in which the acting, the script, the direction and the camera-work vie for last place".
The People That Time Forgot Journey to the Center of the Earth Journey to the Center of the Earth – A direct-to-DVD American film sharing similarities with this film MGM – Official Site At the Earth's Core on IMDb At the Earth's Core at the TCM Movie Database At the Earth's Core at AllMovie At the Earth's Core at the American Film Institute Catalog At the Earth's Core at BFI Screenonline
Oh! What a Lovely War
Oh! What a Lovely War is a 1969 British comedy musical film directed by Richard Attenborough, with an ensemble cast including Maggie Smith, Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, John Mills, Kenneth More, Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm, Paul Shelley, Malcolm McFee, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Nanette Newman, Edward Fox, Susannah York, John Clements, Phyllis Calvert and Maurice Roëves; the film is based on the stage musical Oh, What a Lovely War!, originated by Charles Chilton as a radio play, The Long Long Trail in December 1961, transferred to stage by Gerry Raffles in partnership with Joan Littlewood and her Theatre Workshop in 1963. The title is derived from the music hall song "Oh! It's a Lovely War", one of the major numbers in the film. Oh! What a Lovely War summarises and comments on the events of the First World War using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, using allegorical settings such as Brighton's West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.
The diplomatic manoeuvrings and events involving those in authority are set in a fantasy location inside the pierhead pavilion, far from the trenches. In the opening scene various foreign ministers and heads of state walk over a huge map of Europe, reciting actual words spoken by these figures at the time. An unnamed photographer takes a picture of Europe's rulers – after handing two red poppies to the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg, he takes their picture,'assassinating' them as the flash goes off. Many of the heads of state enjoy good personal relations and are reluctant to go to war: a tearful Emperor Franz Josef declares war on Serbia after being deceived by his Foreign Minister, whilst Czar Nicholas II and Kaiser Wilhelm II are shown as unable to overrule their countries' military mobilisation schedules; the German invasion of Belgium leaves Sir Edward Grey little choice. Italy reneges on its alliance with the Central Powers but Turkey joins them instead; the start of the war in 1914 is shown as a parade of optimism.
The protagonists are an archetypal British family of the time, the Smiths, who are shown entering Brighton's West Pier, with General Haig selling tickets – the film follows the young Smith men through their experiences in the trenches. A military band rouses holidaymakers from the beach to rally round and follow – some literally boarding a bandwagon; the first Battle of Mons is cheerfully depicted yet more realistic in portrayal. Both scenes are flooded in pleasant sunshine; when the casualties start to mount, a theatre audience is rallied by singing "Are We Downhearted? No!" A chorus line dressed in frilled yellow dresses, recruits a volunteer army with "We don't want to lose you, but we think you ought to go". A music hall star enters a lone spotlight, lures the still doubtful young men in the audience into "taking the King's Shilling" by singing about how every day she'walks out' with different men in uniform, that "On Saturday I'm willing, if you'll only take the shilling, to make a man of any one of you."
The young men take to the stage and are moved offstage and into military life, the alluring music hall singer is depicted on close-up as a coarse, over-made-up harridan. The red poppy crops up again as a symbol of impending death being handed to a soldier about to be sent to die; these scenes are juxtaposed with the pavilion, now housing the top military brass. There is a scoreboard showing the loss of life and'yards gained'. Outside, Sylvia Pankhurst is shown addressing a hostile crowd on the futility of war, upbraiding them for believing everything they read in the newspapers, she jeered off her podium. 1915 is depicted as darkly contrasting in tone. Many shots of a parade of wounded men illustrate an endless stream of hopeless faces. Black humour among these soldiers has now replaced the enthusiasm of the early days. "There's a Long, Long Trail a-Winding" captures the new mood of despair, depicting soldiers filing along in torrential rain in miserable conditions. Red poppies provide the only bright colour in these scenes.
In a scene of British soldiers drinking in an estaminet, a chanteuse leads them in a jolly chorus of "The Moon Shines Bright on Charlie Chaplin", a reworking of an American song shifts the mood back to darker tone by singing a soft and sombre version of "Adieu la vie". At the end of the year, amidst more manoeuvres in the pavilion, General Douglas Haig replaces Field Marshal Sir John French as Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces. Haig is mocked by Australian troops who see him inspecting British soldiers. An interfaith religious service is held in a ruined abbey. A priest tells the gathered soldiers that each religion has endorsed the war by way of allowing soldiers to eat pork if Jewish, meat on Fridays if Catholic, work through the sabbath if in service of the war for all religions, he says the Dalai Lama has blessed the war effort. 1916 passes and the film's tone darkens again. The songs contain contrasting tones of wistfulness and resignation; the wounded are laid out in ranks at the field station, a stark contrast to the healthy rows of young men who entered the war.
The camera lingers on Harry Smith's silently suffering face. The Americans arrive, but are shown only