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Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen

Date of Birth: Mar 25, 1939

Country: UK

Biography: Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He has received a Tony Award and two Academy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is known to many for roles such as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and as Magneto in the X-Men films....(Wikipedia)

Total Credits at Criticker: 75 (Actor), 1 (Writer)

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    Hating Peter Tatchell (2021)
    The profound life story of the controversial human rights campaigner whose provocative acts of civil disobedience rocked the establishment, revolutionised attitudes to homosexuality and exposed tyrants in the fight for equality.
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    Infinitum: Subject Unknown (2021)
    A mind-bending slice of British science fiction, with cameos from Sir Ian McKellen and Conleth Hill. Jane (Tori Butler-Hart) is trapped in a parallel universe and is forced to find a way to alter her reality before it is too late.
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    The Good Liar (2019)
    Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. (imdb)
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    Cats (2019)
    A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life. (imdb)
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    All Is True (2018)
    A look at the final days in the life of renown playwright William Shakespeare. (imdb)
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    National Theatre Live: King Lear (2018)
    Two ageing fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery - and their worlds crumble. Tender, violent, moving and shocking, King Lear is considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written. This will be an explosive, charged and contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's epic masterpiece in the intimate setting of the Minerva Theatre. (imdb)
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    Beauty and the Beast (2017)
    An adaptation of the classic fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. (imdb)
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    Animal Crackers (2017)
    A family must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil uncle Horatio P. Huntington. (imdb)
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    McKellen: Playing the Part (2017)
    Feature documentary on the life and work of Sir Ian McKellen.
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    The Roof (2016)
    The Roof (2016) - Short Film
    A brief comedy about a visit from a legendary theatre maker and his legion of fans.
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    Play the Devil: Making Richard III (2016)
    Sir Ian McKellen and Richard Loncraine talking about making the film.
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    Mr. Holmes (2015)
    An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. (imdb)
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    Muslim Drag Queens (2015)
    Powerful documentary meeting members of Britain's underground Muslim drag queen community. How do gay Muslims publicly reconcile their sexuality with their cultural identity and traditions? (channel4.com)
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    The Dresser (2015)
    The Dresser (2015) - TV Movie
    One-off drama about devoted backstage hand Norman as he struggles to support Sir, the brilliant but tyrannical head of a touring Shakespearean theatre company. (bbc.co.uk)
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
    The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. (imdb)
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    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
    Bilbo and Company are forced to be engaged in a war against an array of combatants and keeping the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure. and obliterating all of Middle-Earth. (imdb)
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    Vicious (2013)
    Vicious (2013) - TV Series
    Freddie and Stuart are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly 50 years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity. (imdb)
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    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
    The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. (imdb)
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    The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013)
    The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special is coming up, and Fifth Doctor Peter Davison worries that he'll be left out. When he finds that Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy share his worries, they hatch a plan to make themselves heard... (Poster by Simon Hodges)
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    Muse of Fire (2013)
    Follows two actors, Giles Terera and Dan Poole, as they travel the world to find out everything they can about tackling the greatest writer of them all. Together they have directed and produced an inspiring film that aims to demystify and illuminate Shakespeare's work for everyone: from actors, directors and students of all disciplines, right through to the? man on the street? (museoffirefilm.co.uk)
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug. (imdb)
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    Lady Grey London (2011)
    Starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Grey, a burlesque artist with magical healing powers, the unshakable Sir Ian Mckellan as her crippled fan and Russell Tovey as the painter who is inspired by Lady Grey's grace and sensuality. (imdb)
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    The Prisoner (2009)
    The Prisoner (2009) - TV Mini-Series
    An update to the cult favorite series from the 1960s about a government agent who is kidnapped and sent to a remote island known as "the Village". (imdb)
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    King Lear (2008)
    King Lear (2008) - TV Special
    A film version of the Royal Shakespeare Company's stage production. King Lear decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters, with disastrous results.
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    The Golden Compass (2007)
    The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure, set in an alternative world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals, talking bears fight wars, and Gyptians and witches coexist. At the center of the story is Lyra, a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who's been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers--and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well. (New Line Cinema)
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    Stardust (2007)
    The enchanting tale of a fallen star who crashes into a magical kingdom and turns out to be no ordinary meteorite at all, but a beautiful, imperiled woman chased after by an incredible array of seekers who want or need her secret powers. From wicked witches to power-mad princes, from flying pirates to dueling goblins, each person who encounters the star has his or her own agenda, but they all desire just one thing: her heart. (Paramount Pictures)
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    Doogal (2006)
    Legend tells of three magic diamonds that, if in the wrong hands, can be united to create a force powerful enough to freeze the sun. When the evil sorcerer Zeebad (Stewart) escapes from his ancient prison, he vows to exact revenge by deep-freezing the earth forever. Determined to save the world, a fellowship of four unlikely heroes band together to foil Zeebad's villainous plot. Led by the candy-loving mutt Doogal (Tay), friends Dylan (Fallon), Brian (Macy) and Ermintrude (Goldberg) all embark on an epic adventure to save the world. (Weinstein Company)
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    Flushed Away (2006)
    From the teams behind "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," comes this madcap computer animated comedy set on and beneath the streets of London in the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis. (DreamWorks)
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    Saint of 9/11 (2006)
    In an enduring photograph of September 11, a team of rescue workers carry a Franciscan priest's body from the World Trade Center. The world came to know Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain, FDNY, in death as a symbol of courage and sacrifice. Saint of 9/11 presents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal Judge. (IFC Films)
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    The Da Vinci Code (2006)
    Based on Dan Brown's popular and controversial novel, The Da Vinci Code begins with a spectacular murder in the Louvre Museum. All clues point to a covert religious organization that will stop at nothing to protect a secret that threatens to overturn 2,000 years of accepted dogma. (Sony)
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    X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
    In the climax of the X-Men trilogy, a "cure" for mutancy threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers and become human. (20th Century Fox)
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    Neverwas (2005)
    A well-educated psychiatrist (Eckhart) leaves an academic career to work at an institution where his father (Nolte), a novelist, lived before writing a renowned children's book. Acclimating to his position, he encounters a schizophrenic (McKellen) who helps him to discover the book's secrets and his place in the story. (imdb)
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    Asylum (2005)
    Set in 1950's England, this tale of erotic obsession tells the story of Stella Raphael (Richardson), a restless, beautiful woman who desperately desires to find in romantic love the one thing that will change everything. (Paramount Classics)
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    The Magic Roundabout (2005)
    A shaggy, candy-loving puppy named Dougal, along with a group of friends, embarks on a dangerous journey in an effort to imprison their oppressor, the evil ice sorcerer ZeeBad, who wants to turn the world to ice. Dougal and his friends must recover three diamonds that are needed to stop him. (imdb)
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    X2: X-Men United (2003)
    Mutants continue to struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an as yet undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities. With the fates of mankind - and mutantkind - in their hands, the X-Men Face their most dangerous mission ever. (20th Century Fox)
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    Emile (2003)
    Emile (McKellen) travels from England to Canada, the country of his birth, to receive an honorary degree. His trip triggers a remarkable journey into the consciousness of a man in his twilight years, melding past and present and asking the question: can past injustices be remedied? (Castle Hill Productions)
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    Sauron's forces have laid siege to Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor, in their efforts to eliminate the race of men. The once-great kingdom, watched over by a fading steward, has never been in more desperate need of its king. But can Aragorn (Mortensen) answer the call of his heritage and become what he was born to be? In no small measure, the fate of Middle-earth rests on his broad shoulders. (New Line Cinema)
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    Lord of the Piercing (2002)
    A short parody of the Council of Elrond scene in The Fellowship of the Ring.
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    In the second chapter in J.R.R Tolkien's epic trilogy, the Fellowship faces unimaginable armies and deception while also witnessing ancient wonders and the untapped strength of their people. (New Line Productions)
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    An epic adventure of good against evil, a story of the power of friendship and individual courage, and the heroic quest to pave the way for the emergence of mankind, J.R.R. Tolkien's master work brought to cinematic life. (New Line Cinema)
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    Cirque Du Soleil:  Journey of Man (2000)
    Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man is a celebration of the human spirit that combines the unique artistry and music of Cirque du Soleil with the power of large format film. Filmed on location at various natural and historical landmarks around the world, Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man follows the stages of human development from birth to maturity, with each stage introduced by a Cirque du Soleil act. sonypictures.com
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    Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! (2000)
    A documentary from Universal about the movie The Invisible Man (1933) directed by James Whale. (imdb)
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    X-Men (2000)
    Two mutants come to a private academy for mutants whose resident superhero team must oppose a powerful mutant terrorist organization. (imdb)
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    David Copperfield (1999)
    The life of David Copperfield, who is sent away from home as a child by his mean stepfather and meets many obstacles and adversaries on his way to become a man.
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    Apt Pupil (1998)
    A dark drama about a sixteen-year-old honor student who recognizes an old man living in his hometown as a hunted Nazi. Compelled to reveal the secrets of his death camp past to earn the boy's silence, the German fugitive derives a sinister scheme to implicate the teenager in a dangerous psychological game. (Sony)
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    Gods and Monsters (1998)
    Hollywood history comes to life in this tale of the last days of Frankenstein director James Whale (McKellen). Long forgotten by the studios, Whale has retired to pursue painting and a life of leisure. Gods and Monsters explores his final fascination with a handsome gardener, Clayton Boone (Fraser). (Lions Gate Films)
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    Bent (1997)
    Max is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He tries to deny he is gay and gets a yellow label (the one for Jews) instead of pink (the one for gays) (imdb)
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    Swept from the Sea (1997)
    The film tells the story of Russian emigree and the only survivor from ship crash Yanko Goorall and servant Amy Foster in the end of 19th century. When Yanko enters a farm sick and hungry after the shipwreck, everyone is afraid of him, except for Amy, who is very kind and helps him. Soon he becomes like a son for Dr. James Kennedy and romance between Yanko and Amy follows. (imdb)
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    Rasputin (1996)
    Rasputin (1996) - TV Movie
    HBO biopic about the infamous "mad monk" Rasputin from the court of Tsar Nicholas in Russia.
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    Jack & Sarah (1995)
    Jack always lands on his feet. He lands on his feet when he marries the beautiful Sarah. He lands on his feet when he buys a luxurious new home. However, when Sarah goes into labour, he takes a tumble down the stairs and lands on his head. When he comes around he discovers he is the proud father of a baby girl, but deficient in the spouse department to the tune of 1. The hires the help of a novice nanny, but at the end of the day, it's Jack who's left holding the baby. (imdb)
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    Restoration (1995)
    An aspiring young doctor, Robert Merivel found himself in the service of King Charles II and saves the life of someone close to the King... (imdb)
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    Richard III (1995)
    The classic Shakespearan play about a murderously scheming king staged in a alternative fascist England setting. (imdb)
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    Cold Comfort Farm (1995)
    In England in the early 1930's, 20 year old Flora Poste, recently orphaned and left with only 100 pounds a year... (imdb)
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    Heaven
    A twenty-something drag queen dies of AIDS, but when his adoring ghost returns to the side of his surviving lover, he finds his lover doesn't exactly miss him. (imdb)
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    The Shadow (1994)
    In 30's New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb. (imdb)
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    Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His budding relationship with attractive production assistant Cathy Breslow is made complicated, while the precocious child is overly accustomed to getting her own way. Matt eventually faces the choice of family vs career in a particularly difficult way. (imdb)
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    David Macaulay: Roman City (1994)
    An this installment of David Macaulay's World of Ancient Engineering, viewers are introduced to the marvels of the Roman city, an astonishing achievement of civil engineering. More than a dry recounting, Macaulay's tales are narratives as well, with characters facing real dilemmas. Parents in search of videos to watch with their children will find this of value. (rottentomatoes.com)
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    The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
    This is the tale of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman of the mid-19th century who is thrown out of her parents' home after being seduced by the family's portrait photographer and giving birth to an illegitimate child. Josephine quickly learns that young, female, pretty, and alone are a bad combination for life in the wild west. In her desperation to survive, Josephine disguises herself as "Jo", a young man, and struggles to make a life for herself in a dingy frontier mining town. (imdb)
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    Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
    Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, rich NYC art dealers, are called on one night by a young man, Paul, who professes to be a friend of their kids' from Harvard... (imdb)
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    And the Band Played On (1993)
    The story of the discovery of the AIDS epidemic and the political infighting of the scientific community hampering the early fight with it. (imdb)
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    Tales of the City (1993)
    Tales of the City (1993) - TV Mini-Series
    The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (A Man I Dreamt Up). (imdb)
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    Last Action Hero (1993)
    A young movie fan gets thrown into the movie world of his favourite action film character.
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    Countdown to War (1989)
    Based on a play, the story details the dramatic negotiations between UK, France, Poland, Nazi-Germany and USSR from the day Czechoslovakia fell, until Britain's declaration of war on Germany caused by Hitler's invasion of Poland. (imdb)
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    Scandal (1989)
    An English bon-vivant osteopath is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him. He serves as friend and mentor, and through his contacts and parties she and her friend meet and date members of the Conservative Party. Eventually a scandal occurs when her affair with the Minister of War goes public, threatening their lifestyles and their freedom. Based on the real Profumo scandal of 1963. (imdb)
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    Plenty (1985)
    A young Englishwoman spends 20 years to make whatever kind of life for herself at the expense of others around her in post-World War 2 England. (imdb)
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    Zina (1985)
    After Stalin's purges, Zinaida Volkova, daughter of Leon Trotsky, is exiled to Berlin. As the Nazis rise to power, and World War II is approaching, she becomes obsessed with Antigone, the protagonist of a famous Greek tragedy, and loses her mind. (imdb)
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    Walter and June (1983)
    It is now nineteen years since Walter came to live in the hospital, and he is regarded as one of the brighter, more responsible residents. His life changes dramatically when a mother and baby unit is opened in the hospital grounds, and he meets June, a suicidally depressed young mother. June soon attaches herself to Walter, who has always responded to cries for help... (Channel 4 Film)
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    The Keep (1983)
    Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown force trapped within the walls. A mysterious stranger senses this from his home in Greece and travels to the keep to vanquish the force. As soldiers are killed, a Jewish man and his daughter (who are both knowledgable of the keep) are brought in to find out what is happening. (imdb)
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    The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
    During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower)... (imdb)
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    Walter (1982)
    Walter (1982) - TV Movie
    A man with learning difficulties suffers neglect and ill-treatment, and this is only exasperated when his parents die and nobody seems to know what to do with him. (imdb)
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    Priest of Love (1981)
    Following the banning and burning of his novel, "The Rainbow," D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, move to the United States, and then to Mexico. When Lawrence contracts tuberculosis, they return to England for a short time, then to Italy, where Lawrence writes "Lady Chatterley's Lover." (imdb)
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    Macbeth (1979)
    Macbeth (1979) - TV Movie
    This is probably "Macbeth" as Shakespeare really saw it produced -- no fancy scenery, no elaborate sets, just stunning actors conveying everything Shakespeare intended to convey by the power of their own speech and actions.
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    Edward II (1970)
    Edward II (1970) - TV Movie
    The reign of Edward II, King of England, is troubled from the start, when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of exile. (imdb)
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    Alfred the Great (1969)
    While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred (David Hemmings) is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows to take up arms against the invaders, leading the English Christians to fight for their country. Alfred soundly defeats the Danes and becomes a hero. But now, although Alfred still longs for the priesthood, he is torn between his passion for God and his lust for blood. (imdb)
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    A Touch of Love (1969)
    She Has a Nice Job. And a Nice Baby. What More Could a Single Girl Want? (tagline)
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