Cause Celebre (1987)
- TV Movie
Summary: When the ailing husband of an adulterous wife is discovered bludgeoned to death and suspicions fall on the older woman's young lover, the newly widowed woman claims that it was she who was solely responsible for the death despite evidence that points to the contrary in this dramatic account of true-life 1935 trial that shocked all of England. (allmovie.com)
Summary: A drunken playboy stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn't like.
Summary: From wikipedia: Herostratus is a 1967 film made in London by the Australian director Don Levy, about a young man who wants to commit suicide in public by jumping off a tall building. The title comes from the name of the Ancient Greek man Herostratus, who sought to immortalize his name by setting fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus.
Press for Time (1966)
Summary: Norman is quite happy selling newspapers outside Westminster station but his Grandfather (the Prime Minister) wants to get him "a more responsible job". A few favors are called in and Norman becomes the newest reporter at the seaside town of Tinmouth. After causing chaos at a local council meeting and causing the demolition of a new house he tries to organize a beauty pageant. A slapstick tale of corruption in high and low places. (imdb)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
Summary: British director Peter Hall's 1968 filmization of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, starring the Royal Shakespeare Company, is faithful to the text and to the main plot, which involves the "bewitching" of several groups of mortals by a covey of mischievous invisible fairies. So why did critics complain? Hall's handling of Shakespeare's prose and iambic pentameter didn't bother the purists as much as the director's visual choices. (allrovi.com)
Painted Lady (1997)
- TV Movie
Summary: Maggie Sheridan lost decades of her life to drinking and hard-living. After a failed suicide attempt, she was taken in by Sir Charles Stafford and his son Sebastian. She has lived quietly on their Irish estate for ten years. But one summer evening, her peaceful life is shattered when Sir Charles is brutally murdered, and a valuable sixteenth century painting is stolen. Maggie is convinced that the stolen painting holds the key to Sir Charles' death and decides to track it down. (alibris.com)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1981)
- TV Movie
Summary: This play gets its title from the name of a British holiday called Midsummer Day, the feast of John the Baptist, celebrated on June 24 with merrymaking. On Midsummer Night, witches, goblins, and fairies materialized to hold a festival of their own. Shakespeare's play capitalizes on the magic of the occasion. Set in Athens, it begins when Duke Theseus orders gala ceremonies for his coming marriage to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. (allrovi.com)
The Hawk (1993)
Summary: Housewife Annie Marsh suspects her husband might be The Hawk, a brutal serial killer. Complicating matters is the fact that she once was incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital. When she discovers she does not have the happy marriage she always believed and begins to piece together the times and dates of her husband's frequent absences, her fears begin to take hold, and her sanity deteriorates. (imdb)
Pascali's Island (1988)
Summary: 1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems. (imdb)
Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991)
Summary: After a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a handsome but poor Tuscan dentist and dies in childbirth, her English in-laws try to gain custody of the baby. An adaptation of novel by E.M. Forster (imdb)
The Tempest (2010)
Summary: The Tempest is American comedy/drama film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film is directed by Julie Taymor and stars an ensemble cast. The Tempest premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2010. (wikipedia.org)
The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)
- TV Movie
Summary: The novelist Ayn Rand engaged in an affair with a psychologist 25 years her junior by the name of Nathaniel Branden. Branden built up an institute to spread Rand's ideas, but the two eventually had a falling out. This is the story of the affair, based on the book by Branden's wife, Barbara. (Martin Lewison)
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness (2003)
- TV Series
Summary: Jane Tennison's investigation of the murder of a Bosnian refugee leads her to one, or possibly two, Serbian war criminals determined to silence the last witness to a massacre a decade before.
Prime Suspect: Scent of Darkness (1995)
- TV Movie
Summary: A series of brutal sex murders disturbingly similar to the pattern of Jane Tennison's first major case leads to the awful suggestion that she may have caught the wrong man the first time.
Love Ranch (2010)
Summary: A drama centered around a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada.
Summary: Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the IRA.
Brighton Rock (2010)
Summary: Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie, a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish. (imdb)
Summary: After trading in his professional past as a black-ops CIA agent for a new identity, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is basking in normalcy. But he's forced to return to old habits when a shadowy assassin puts a target on his back and goes after the woman (Mary-Louise Parker) he loves. Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich co-star as former members of Moses's team who reluctantly reassemble to save his life.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)
Summary: Kathryn Lasky's popular children's books are the inspiration for this captivating animated feature about Soren, a barn owl kidnapped from his peaceful forest home. His abductors bring him to an orphanage, where he must train to become a soldier. Despite the toil and hardships, Soren makes friends, and together the young birds attempt to escape.
The Door (2012)
Summary: This is a story of a special relationship between two women, a writer and her maid. (imdb)
Summary: A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959. (imdb)
Summary: The successful career of Hollywood screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, comes to an end when he is blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist. (imdb)
Documentary Now! (2015)
- TV Series
Summary: Documentary Now parodies the current obsession with documentaries. Season one features six different stories and stylistic approaches paying tribute to the doc format. (imdb)
The Twilight Zone (1985)
- TV Series
Summary: A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist. (imdb)
Summary: One of the most controversial, original and loved figures of Italian cinema. The most censored director of all time. An anarchist of the film, a gifted experimenter, an inventor of dreams. A truly great artist. (imdb)
Summary: Eccentric firearm heiress believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle. (imdb)
The Leisure Seeker (2017)
Summary: The film stars Academy Award-winner® Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner® Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, traveling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end. (imdb)
Collateral Beauty (2016)
Summary: An advertising executive encounters three mysterious figures who encourage him to move on from the past.
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)
Summary: At a time when most other shows for children were either low-budget productions or product-inspired cartoons that were little more than half-hour commercials, this program set out to produce high-quality classic entertainment that children would enjoy. Shelley Duvall hosts this program featuring some of the best-known in Hollywood performing adaptations of traditional stories.
Woman in Gold (2015)
Summary: Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. (imdb)
Caesar and Claretta (1975)
- TV Movie
Summary: Benito Mussolini and his lover, Claretta Petacci, last night together locked in a small peasant cottagen dramatised.
Claretta was the only woman with him when they and a group of supporters were captured by Communist partisans during an escape attempt. On April 28, 1945, Mussolini and Petacci were shot by their captors. Even though Claretta was offered her freedom, she refused to leave her lover.
Phil Spector (2013)
- TV Movie
Summary: A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson. (imdb)
Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)
Summary: Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune, 1890-1939, (Donald Sutherland) journeys 1500 miles into China to reach Mao Zedong's eighth route army in the Wu Tai mountains where he will build hospitals, provide care, and train medics. (imdb)
Monsters University (2013)
Summary: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. (imdb)
Heavenly Pursuits (1986)
Summary: Vic Mathews teaches a remedial class at the Blessed Edith Semple School in Scotland. Some at the school are trying to discover the two more miracles that would promote the late Edith Semple to sainthood; Mathews, a non-believer, wishes the school would concentrate on teaching the children. He becomes confused, however, when he is involved in possibly miraculous events himself! (imdb)
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Summary: A story centered on an Indian family who moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory. (imdb)
Losing Chase (1996)
- TV Movie
Summary: Following a nervous breakdown and upon returning home following treatment, Chase Phillips (Helen Mirren) is hired a helper, Elizabeth (Kyra Sedgwick) by her husband, Richard (Beau Bridges). Chase is opposed to being given a helper and treats both her husband and Elizabeth with contempt. (en.wikipedia.org)
Red 2 (2013)
Summary: Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. (imdb)
Prime Suspect: Inner Circles (1995)
- TV Movie
Summary: A seemingly straightforward sex murder investigation by Superintendent Jane Tennison leads to a hidden political scandal.
Prime Suspect: The Lost Child (1995)
- TV Movie
Summary: Tennison orchestrates a search for an abducted baby, but events take a turn for the worst when personal emotions cause complications.
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Summary: An eccentric and dogmatic inventor sells his house and takes his family to Central America to build an ice factory in the middle of the jungle... (imdb)
Some Mother's Son (1996)
Summary: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war (imdb)
The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
Summary: An English couple holiday in Venice to sort out their relationship. There is some friction and distance between them... (imdb)
Royal Deceit (1994)
Summary: This re-telling of Hamlet goes back to the original Danish source material. The opening scenario remains the same: Hamlet's father murdered by his brother who then weds the widowed mother. (imdb)
White Nights (1985)
Summary: An expatriate Russian dancer is on a plane forced to land on Soviet territory. He is taken to an apartment in which a black American who has married a Russian woman lives with her. He is to become a dancer for the Bolshoi again, but he wishes to escape, but can he trust the American? (imdb)
O Lucky Man! (1973)
Summary: This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. (imdb)
Summary: Shadowboxer is an emotionally-charged, full-throttle noir, which delves deep into the harsh underworld of organized crime and uncovers the complex lives of trained assassins, Mikey (Gooding Jr.) and Rose (Mirren). (Teton Films)
The Long Good Friday (1980)
Summary: Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are. (imdb)
Summary: Another retelling of the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
Summary: All her life Leigh Ann Watson (Holmes) has done the right thing. Her only ticket out of town is the one scholarship that goes to her school's top student. All she needs is an "A" in history. There's just one problem: Mrs. Tingle, the history teacher who for 20 years has terrorized the students of Grandsboro High. (Dimension Films)
Last Orders (2001)
Summary: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final request, 'Last Orders', that his ashes be scattered in the sea at Margate. The movie follows his mates, Ray, Lenny and Vic and his foster son Vince as they journey to the sea with the ashes. Along the way, the threads of their lives, their loves and their disappointments are woven together in their memories of Jack and his wife Amy (imdb)
Summary: The beauty and delicacy of a flower seem a sharp contrast to the rough exterior of a prison inmate. Yet these two images are exactly what writer/director Joel Hershman brings together in Greenfingers, a story of redemption that not only tickles the funny bone, but touches the soul. (IDP Productions)
Gosford Park (2001)
Summary: Set in the 1930's the story takes place in an old fashioned English country house where a family has invited many of their friends up for a weekend shooting party. The story centers around the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Getting on in years William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on and secrets are revealed, it seems everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it...? (imdb)
The Clearing (2004)
Summary: The story of a parallel emotional struggle between the victim of a kidnapping and the family that is left behind. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Long Night's Journey Into Day (2000)
Summary: Long Night's Journey Into Day reveals a South Africa trying to forge a lasting peace after 40 years of government by the most notorious system of racial segregation since Nazi Germany. The documentary studies South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), set up by the post-apartheid, democratic government to consider amnesty for perpetrators of crimes committed under apartheid's reign.
No Such Thing (2001)
Summary: Writer-Director Hal Hartley takes a humorous and satirical look at a society concerned only with instant gratification and voyeuristic sensationalism. (MGM)
Raising Helen (2004)
Summary: Helen Harris's carefree lifestyle comes to a screeching halt when she learns that she is now responsible for her sister's three children. She comes to realize that the choice she has to make is between the life she's always loved and the new loves of her life. (Touchstone Pictures)
The Prince of Egypt (1998)
Summary: Experience the extraordinary tale of two brothers, one born of royal blood, one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth ultimately sets them at odds, as one becomes the ruler of the most powerful empire on earth and the other, the chosen leader of his people. Their final confrontation changes their lives - and the world - forever. (DreamWorks LLC)
The Pledge (2001)
Summary: Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson stars as Jerry Black, a Nevada homicide detective who volunteers for one final investigation on the eve of his retirement. He offers his expertise at a compromised crime scene and ends up making a promise to the young victim's mother that will change his life forever. (Warner Brothers)
Door to Door (2002)
- TV Movie
Summary: A man with cerebral palsy is determined to become a salesman. (imdb)
The Queen (2006)
Summary: The Queen takes audiences behind the scenes of one of the most shocking public events of recent times -- providing an illuminating, deeply affecting and dramatic glimpse into what happens in the corridors of power when a tragedy strikes. (Miramax)
The Last Station (2009)
Summary: Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.
Prime Suspect: The Final Act (2006)
- TV Movie
Summary: Approaching retirement, Jane Tennison investigates the murder of a missing girl. But the cracks soon begin to show as Jane struggles with an alcohol problem and the death of her father. (imdb)
State of Play (2009)
Summary: Based on the BBC mini-series of the same title, a team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress.
The Collection (1976)
- TV Episode
Summary: Interesting Pinter teleplay with terrific Olivier, Bates and Mirren. Is she or he lying? What is the truth? Can the truth be known? Is truth/reality objective or subjective? (imdb)
S.O.S. Titanic (1979)
- TV Movie
Summary: The Titanic disaster is depicted, primarily as seen through the eyes of one couple in each of the three classes on board. (imdb)
Summary: Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) plays a hooker whose heart of gold is somewhat tarnished in this drama set in the bowels of London. With a young son to support, Beaty (Mirren) supplements her job as a hostess and prostitute in a swanky club of ill repute by taking up with a mysterious American (John Shea). But is her new beau the ticket to a better life -- or just bad news? (netflix.com)
Prime Suspect 3 (1993)
- TV Series
Summary: Assigned to a Vice squad, Detective Jane Tennison investigates a child murder and discovers a sinister link to the police.
Prime Suspect 2 (1992)
- TV Series
Summary: Jane Tennison's investigation of a murder is complicated with the unexpected participation of her secret lover in her detective unit.
Prime Suspect (1991)
- TV Mini-Series
Summary: A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.
The Debt (2010)
Summary: In 1965, three young Israeli Mossad agents on a secret mission capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal. Now, thirty years later, a man claiming to be the Nazi has surfaced in Ukraine and one of the former agents must go back undercover to seek out the truth.
Critical Care (1997)
Summary: Werner Ernst is a young hospital resident who becomes embroiled in a legal battle between two half-sisters (imdb)
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)
Summary: Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, starting with the Star of Leningrad diamond, nabbed from a Soviet exhibition in Washington... (imdb)
The Madness of King George (1994)
Summary: A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III [now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder]. As he loses his senses, he becomes both more alive and more politically marginalized; neither effect desirable to his lieutenants, who jimmy the rules to avoid a challenge to regal authority, raising the question of who is really in charge. (imdb)
As You Like It (1978)
- TV Movie
Summary: Orlando, a younger brother, is forced to work like a servant for his brother Oliver, so he goes to win his fortune in a wrestling contest, where he meets a lady of the court, Rosalind... (imdb)
Elizabeth I (2005)
- TV Mini-Series
Summary: Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I. (imdb)
Age of Consent (1969)
Summary: An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an offshore island to try once more. On the island he re-discovers his muse in the form of a young girl. (imdb)
Summary: Mo has the special talent to bring characters out of books. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart, a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings. Capricorn and Basta, two villains, and Dustfinger, a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Meggie discovers the truth and it's up to her to escape Capricorn's evil grasp. (imdb)
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2003)
- TV Movie
Summary: A failing star (Helen Mirren) is faced with a life-style change when her rich husband (Brian Dennehey) suddenly dies while they are enroute to Italy. She then sets off in a series of flings with gigolos found for her by an aging countessa (Anne Bancroft). Each contact spirals further out of control until she becomes obsessed with one young man (Olivier Martinez), who initially treats her well, but then with disdain. (imdb)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
Summary: When a missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth surfaces, Ben's great-great grandfather is suddenly implicated as a key conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's death. Determined to prove his ancestor's innocence, Ben follows an international chain of clues that takes him on a chase from Paris to London and ultimately back to America. This journey leads Ben and his crew not only to surprising revelations, but also to the trail of the world's most treasured secrets. (Walt Disney Pictures)
Calendar Girls (2003)
Summary: Calendar Girls is about the women of the Rylstone Women's Institute in North Yorkshire. This Women's Group produces a calendar each year based around scenes of the Yorkshire dales. In 1999, one of the ladies husbands became ill with leukemia. He would say that if the ladies planted Sunflowers, he'd make sure he'd get better so he could see them... (imdb)