Alan Bates

Alan Bates

Date of Birth: 17 Feb 1934

Country: UK

Total Credits at Criticker: 57 (Actor)

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    The Cherry Orchard
    Madame Ranevskaya is a spoiled aging aristocratic lady, who returns from a trip to Paris to face the loss of her magnificent Cherry Orchard estate after a default on the mortgage. In denial, she continues living in the past, deluding herself and her family, while the beautiful cherry trees are being axed down by the re-possessor Lopakhin, her former serf, who has his own agenda.
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    Evelyn
    This story of an Irish man's fight to keep his family intact is an uplifting testament to a father's love and the power of the human spirit. (MGM)
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    The Mothman Prophecies
    A suspense-filled thriller about a man (Gere) driven to extremes to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife's death -- and how they might be connected to the strange phenomena in a town four hundred miles away. (Screen Gems)
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    The Statement
    At the end of World War II, many of those involved were prosecuted for war crimes. Some got away. Until now. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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    The Sum of All Fears
    When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight and advice on the situation. Then the unthinkable happens: a nuclear bomb explodes in a U.S. city, and America is quick to blame the Russians. (imdb)
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    King of Hearts
    During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town... (imdb)
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    Women in Love
    This is an exploration of the relationships, personalities, and philosophies of two men and two women in the high society of the early 1900s... (imdb)
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    An Unmarried Woman
    Erica seemingly has the perfect life until her husband informs her he's leaving her for another woman... (imdb)
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    The Go-Between
    A boy on the cusp of his 13th birthday finds himself acting as a go-between in a forbidden love affair while visiting a friend's upper class estate.
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    Butley
    An English professor finds his life crumbling around him. (imdb)
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    Britannia Hospital
    Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell) is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. (imdb)
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    The Rose
    The story of the tragic life of a self destructive female rock star, modeled after Janis Joplin. (imdb)
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    Nijinsky
    Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant but headstrong premier danseur and aspiring choreographer of the Ballets Russes... (imdb)
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    Georgy Girl
    A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer while striving to capture some of the glamourous life of her swinging London roommate. (imdb)
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    Hamlet
    Zefferelli does yet another Shakespeare, with less success than he had with Taming of the Shrew or Romeo and Juliet. Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies. His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet's uncle Claudius, the new King... (imdb)
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    The Fixer
    In Czarist Russia, unjustly jailed Jewish handyman tries to get out. (IMDB)
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    Royal Flash
    Ne'er-do-well Harry Flashman is coerced by Otto von Bismark into impersonating a prince. (imdb)
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    The Shout
    A traveller by the name of Crossley, forces himself upon a musician and his wife in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host. (imdb)
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    A Prayer for the Dying
    Martin Fallon is an IRA bomber who tries to blow up a troop truck but instead kills a bus load of school children. He loses heart and quits the movement and goes to London trying to leave the U.K. and start a new life... (imdb)
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    Zorba the Greek
    An aimless Englishman finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view on life changing. (imdb)
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    The Entertainer
    Archie Rice, a pathetic music hall comic, plagued by debts, manipulates those around him in a defiant and selfish attempt to survive against improbable odds. He drinks, makes crude philosophical jokes about sex and politics and humiliates his lamenting, gin-soaked wife. Archie lures his father, Billy Rice, out of retirement for a benefit performance which will ultimately bring financial aid to Archie and his impractical investments. (imdb)
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    The Wicked Lady
    Caroline is to be wed to Sir Ralph and invites her sister Barbara to be her bridesmaid. Barbara seduces Ralph, however, and she becomes the new Lady, but despite her new wealthy situation, she gets bored and turns to highway robbery for thrills. While on the road she meets a famous highwayman, and they continue as a team, but some people begin suspecting her identity, and she risks death if she continues her nefarious activities. (imdb)
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    A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
    A couple uses extremely black comedy to survive taking care of a daughter who is nearly completely brain dead. They take turns doing the daughter's voice and stare into the eyes of death and emotional trauma with a humor that hides their pain. (imdb)
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    The Running Man
    Hard up and with a grudge against insurance companies, Rex Black feigns his death and meets up with his wife and the money in Malaga when things seemed to have quietened down. But when the insurance investigator from the claim also turns up Rex starts a game of cat-and-mouse. (imdb)
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    The Caretaker
    Aston (Robert Shaw), a quiet, reserved man, lives alone in a top-floor cluttered room of a small abandoned house in a poor London district. He befriends and takes in Mac Davies (Donald Pleasence), an old derelict who has been fired from a menial job in a café. In time Aston offers him a job as caretaker of the house... (imdb)
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    Arabian Nights
    Long ago, the Sultan Schariar has gone mad after his traumatizing near assassination in which his wife collaborated and died at his hands as a result. Now he has a paranoid suspicion of women which he plans to express in a diabolical plan, and that is to marry a woman from the harem and then have her executed the very next morning... (imdb)
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    Mister Frost
    When the police went to the house of the mysterious Mister Frost, he told them his backyard was full of bodies. Since he was institutionalized, he hasn't spoken a word for years. But now he'll speak again, to tell the new doctor that he's the Devil.
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    Far from the Madding Crowd
    Based on Thomas Hardy's 19th century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak (Alan Bates), a sheep farmer who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood (Peter Finch), a prosperous man in his early forties and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy (Terence Stamp), a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence. (imdb)
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    Rece do góry
    It begins with a sci-fi motif: abstract images and electronic music take the viewer from ruins of Lebanon to the set of Voelker Schloendorf "The Forgery" where Skolimowski plays a lead role. Another shift takes us to London, where Skolimowski shoots a street scene. There are also shifts into the past with the old footage, featuring a score of Polish actors in a setting resembling Kantor's experimental theatre (imdb)
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    Spartacus
    Spartacus (2004) - TV Movie
    Sentenced to spend out the rest of his adult life laboring in the harsh deserts of Egypt, the Thracian slave Spartacus gets a new lease on life when he is purchased by the obese owner of a Roman gladiator school. Moved by the defiance of an Ethiopian warrior, Draba, Spartacus leads a slave uprising which threatens Rome's status quo... (imdb)
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    Whistle Down the Wind
    Little Kathy discovers a man wanted for murder hiding in her family's barn. When she askes him who he was, he says Jesus Christ just before he goes unconscious. Kathy and her siblings are convinced that he is Jesus and try to hide him from grown-ups. (imdb)
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    Quartet
    The titular quartet consists of novelist Isabelle Adjani, her Polish husband Anthony Higgins, wealthy philanderer Alan Bates and Bates' artist wife Maggie Smith. Though she's been indulgent of Higgins' past indiscretions, Smith isn't keen on her husband carrying on an affair with Adjani under their own roof. Meanwhile, Higgins sits in prison, jailed for his various petty thefts. Once Higgins is released, he learns about the Bates-Adjani-Smith contretemps. (allmovie.com)
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    The Return of the Soldier
    Kitty's husband Chris returns from the front during the First World War shell-shocked and suffering amnesia, not knowing who she is and determined for a reunion with Margaret, a working class lover from his past. Kitty employs a psychiatrist to help unscramble her husband's feelings for the women in his new disoriented life including his all-too caring cousin Jenny. (imdb)
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    Dr. M
    In the not-too-distant future Berlin is shocked by a series of spectacular suicides; a policeman's investigations lead him to a beautiful, enigmatic woman and the revelation of a sinister plot to manipulate the population through mass hypnosis. (imdb)
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    Great Performances
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    In Celebration
    Play-like movie (set in one room) concerning the memories of three brothers. At first they're all a happy bunch but as the day moves on bitter memories surface. What's interesting is how chatty the father (Owen) is but the mother is reserved. I'm sure if it were three daughters instead of sons then the mother would be the boisterous one. What's also interesting is how different the brothers are - Bates talks too much, Cox is uncomfortably silent, and Bolam appears gay. (imdb)
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    A Kind of Loving
    Northern draughtsman Vic Brown flirts with typist Ingrid Rothwell until he finally seduces her. However, he's forced to marry her when she becomes pregnant, but draws the line at living with her shrewish mother. (Empire Magazine)
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    Nothing But the Best
    In the tradition of Kind Hearts and Coronets (49), Nothing But the Best is a sparkling British "comedy of murders." Alan Bates stars as a lowly real estate clerk who wants to crash the British upper class. To that end, Bates hires down-and-out gentleman Denholm Elliott to "train" him for the noblesse. The clerk is a fast learner, and is soon wooing the daughter (Millicent Martin) of his blueblood boss. (NY Times)
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    Hollywood North
    Hollywood pokes fun at itself in this comedic look at the sometimes absurdist world of moviemaking. A fledgling screenwriter, Bobby (Matthew Modine), buys the rights to a Canadian book and attempts to turn it into his magnus opus. But as often happens, the showbiz machinery grinds the movie's progress to a halt. An actor falls apart on set, the original author is enraged at the events, and a documentary crew happens to be filming everything.
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    Screen Two
    Screen Two (1985) - TV Series
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    Duet for One
    Stephanie, a famous violin player married to a composer becomes ill from multiple sclerosis. Her whole life goes to pieces : her career ends abruptly and her husband betrays her with another woman and her favourite pupil decides to leave for a tour in the USA. Stephanie tries to take her life... (imdb)
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    Secret Friends
    During a train ride, an anxiety attack leads middle-aged illustrator John into an identity crisis. As his marital problems merge and blur into his fantasy life with prostitutes and call girls, a long-dormant secret friend of his childhood surfaces in his delusions. Potter viewed John as "a victim of what he himself has created, a sexual fantasy that gets out of control. Fantasy should be one of the registered sexually transmitted diseases which in John's case, it is."
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    Silent Tongue
    Mad with grief after the death of his Kiowa wife, Roe awaits death under a tree with her body beside him. She begins to haunt him because he won't bury her. His father, who bought him the wife, thinks her sister might reason with Roe. (imdb)
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    An Englishman Abroad
    Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.
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    Grave Indiscretion
    Sir Hugo is more interested in reconstructing dinosaur bones than in paying attention to his wife, Lady Harriet. He's not thrilled when daughter Cleo brings home her betrothed, Sidney, who aspires to be a poet. The new butler, Fledge, provides Lady Harriet with the attention she's been missing and then seduces Sidney. Did he have a role in Sidney's disappearance as well? (imdb)
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    In the Beginning
    Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham's devotion and Joseph's betrayal. (imdb)
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    Story of a Love Story
    Harry (Alan Bates) is a married writer who has an affair with a woman (Dominique Sanda) whose husband knows that she is unfaithful. As a result of his work, Harry has trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality leaving us to wonder whether the affair is real or just a figment of Harry's imagination. (TCM.com)
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    Bertie and Elizabeth
    The duke of York, nicknamed Bertie, was born as royal 'spare heir', younger brother to the prince of Wales, and thus expected to spend a relatively private life with his Scottish wife Elisabeth Bowes-Lyon and their daughters, in the shadow of their reigning father, George V, and next that of his elder brother who succeeded to the British throne as Edward VIII. (imdb)
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    Love in a Cold Climate
    The first British TV version of Nancy Mitford's autobiographical novel Love in a Cold Climate was telecast in seven hour-long installments in 1980. This 2001 version attempted to crystallize Mitford's long and labyrinthine narrative into a mere 150 minutes, and for the most part it succeeded. (allmovie.com)
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    The Prince and the Pauper
    A poor boy and rich boy change clothes, and change lives.
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    Nicholas\
    Fact based drama about an American couple on vacation in Italy in 1994 with their two children who are attacked and shot by highway bandits. Shortly they discover that their son is brain dead. The parents are then faced with the hard decision to donate the boy's organs which ultimately led to saving the lives of seven seriously ill Italian patients. (imdb)
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    Salem Witch Trials
    1692 colonial Salem, Massachusetts. A small town, with no clear governing body, became embroiled in a scandal that forever stood as one of the darkest chapters in American history, taking the lives of 19 innocent men and women. (imdb)
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    The Story of Jacob and Joseph
    First part tells the story of Jacob fleeing his tribe when he cheats his brother out of his birthright, gets cheated himself in his exile years while learning of the need to make amends. The second part is of the story of Jacob's favorite son, Joseph. Betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers, he meets and overcomes all adversity to become the Prime Minister of Egypt, second only to the Pharoah.
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    We Think the World of You
    In post-war London an aimless young married bisexual man, Johnny, is sent to prison. He is forced to entrust his beloved Alsatian dog, Evie, to the reluctant care of his down-trodden parents and older, middle-class ex-lover and best friend, Frank. After a series of visits to Johnny's parents' home, Frank bonds with the dog whose mischievous spirit reminds him of his incarcerated friend.
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    The Mayor of Casterbridge
    In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again, he realizes what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, changes his ways. He becomes the Mayor of the town. Nearly twenty years later, his past comes back to haunt him. (imdb)
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    Mr Bates vs The Post Office: The Real Story
    Based on intimate interviews with key protagonists, clips from the drama, archive from the time and specially shot material of the actual locations to piece together the impact of these appalling events on the Subpostmasters themselves. (imdb)
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    St. Patrick: The Irish Legend
    The first feature-length film about St. Patrick, the British-born fifth-century saint who brought Christianity to Ireland.
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