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Laurence Olivier
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Date of Birth: May 22, 1907

Country: UK

Biography: Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 - 11 July 1989) was an English actor, director, and producer. He was one of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century. He married three times, to fellow actors Jill Esmond, Vivien Leigh, and Joan Plowright. Olivier played a wide variety of roles on stage and screen from Greek tragedy, Shakespeare and Restoration comedy to modern American and British drama...(Wikipedia)

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Actor (72) | Director (5) | Writer (3)
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Répertoire des villes disparues (2019)
In a small and isolated town, Simon Dubé dies in a car accident. The stunned townspeople are reluctant to discuss the circumstances of the tragedy. From that point on time seems to lose all meaning, and the days stretch on without end. (imdb)
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Famous scientists around the world have mysteriously disappeared, and reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow) along with ace aviator Sky Captain (Law) are on the investigation. Risking their lives as they travel to exotic places around the world, can the fearless duo stop Dr. Totenkopf, the evil mastermind behind a plot to destroy the earth? Aided by Frankie Cook (Jolie), commander of an all-female amphibious squadron, and technical genius Dex (Ribisi), Polly and Sky Captain may be our planet's only hope. (Paramount)
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War Requiem (1989)
A film with no dialogs, just follows the lyrics of the Britten's oratorium, that criticize the war's horrors. It shows the story of an englishman soldier and a nurse (his bride) during the World War II. It combines many real scenes of contemporary wars (WWII, Vietnam, Angola, etc.) (imdb)
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Lost Empires (1986)
Lost Empires (1986) - TV Mini-Series
From Lost Empires novel released in conjunction with original telecast "In 1913 young Richard Herncastle joins his Uncle Nick's magic act and is introduced to the enchanted world of the British music hall. Traveling from one city to the next, assisting at conjuring acts and disappearing acts, Richard comes to know romance, politics and high adventure. The next year, in a true and terrifying vanishing act, the guns of August blast away that world forever. (imdb)
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Wild Geese II (1985)
A group of mercenaries is hired to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin.
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The Bounty (1984)
The familiar story of Captain Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution (imdb)
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The Last Days of Pompeii (1984)
This costume series portrays aspects of life in Pompeii, a coastal luxury resort near Naples catering for the very rich of imperial Rome, mainly before but culminating in the eruption of the Vesuvian volcano, which wipes it from the face of the earth. (imdb)
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King Lear (1983)
King Lear (1983) - TV Movie
A made for TV version of the classic Shakespeare play about an elder king who must choose which of her daughters will inherit the throne, with disastrous consequences.
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The Jigsaw Man (1983)
An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the KGB and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents. (imdb)
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Wagner (1983)
Wagner (1983) - TV Series
A huge panorama of Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 Revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria to the final triumph at Bayreuth. Wagner's radical musical and political ideas, his German nationalism and even his anti-Semitism are set in the context of his life and times. (imdb)
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Clash of the Titans (1981)
A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda. (imdb)
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Inchon (1981)
A depiction of the 1950 invasion of Inchon during the Korean War, which was masterminded by General Douglas MacArthur.
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Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Two young men from different backgrounds meet and become friends at Oxford.
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The Jazz Singer (1980)
Neil Diamond stars as Yussel in this tale of a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career in music. Against the wishes of his rigid father and his loving wife, Yussel travels to California to play his music. Swept up by the excitement, he meets a woman who shares his dream. He grows apart from his family, and becomes confused about what he should ultimately do with his life. (imdb)
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A Little Romance (1979)
A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance... (imdb)
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Dracula (1979)
When a schooner is wrecked off Whitby the only survivor is Count Dracula who has arrived with large amounts of Transylvanian soil to take up residence in Carfax Abbey. He makes friends with Dr Seward who runs the local asylum and with his daughter Lucy, her friend Mina, and with Jonathan Harker, Lucy's solicitor fiance. But almost immediately, Mina dies from loss of blood, and just possibly this may not be a coincidence. (imdb)
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The Betsy (1978)
The aging, retired founder of an auto giant comes out of retirement to try to develop a safe, fuel-efficient car.
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The Boys from Brazil (1978)
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. (imdb)
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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977) - TV Mini-Series
A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts. (imdb)
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Come Back, Little Sheba (1977)
An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger. Adapted from the play by William Inge. (imdb)
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A Bridge Too Far (1977)
An historic telling of the failed attempt to capture several bridges to Germany in World War II in a campaign called Operation Market-Garden. (imdb)
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976)
The story of conflicts, power plays and secrets in a wealthy Mississippi family.
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Marathon Man (1976)
A young man is tormented by a secret organization, run by a sadistic Nazi doctor trying to smuggle priceless diamonds into his possession (imdb)
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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)
To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud. (imdb)
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The Collection (1976)
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)
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Hindle Wakes (1976)
Study and subversion of social morality and mores circa early 1900s, concerning two young people who enjoy a one-night stand, only to be forced by their respective families to get married when the girl falls pregnant.
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Love Among the Ruins (1975)
An aging actress is being sued for breach of promise. She hires as her lawyer a man who was an ex-lover and is still in love with her, although she doesn't know it. She realizes that the only way to win this case and protect her assets is to destroy her reputation. (imdb)
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Lady Caroline Lamb (1973)
A noblewoman doomed to a loveless marriage falls into a scandalous affair with the dashing Lord Byron. (imdb)
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The World at War (1973)
The World at War (1973) - TV Mini-Series
The canonical history of the second world war
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The Merchant of Venice (1973)
Antonio's friend Bassanio is in love and needs money to go courting. Using Antonio as his collateral, he borrows money from Shylock. But when the debt comes due, Shylock demands repayment in the form of a pound of Antonio's flesh. This is a video of the 1970 National Theatre stage production with most of the same cast. (imdb)
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Sleuth (1972)
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results. (imdb)
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Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
The tragic story of Nicholas II, the last Czar of Russia, set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution... (imdb)
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Battle of Britain (1969)
Historical reenactment of the air war in the early days of World War Two for control of the skies over Britain as the new Luftwaffa and the Royal Air Force determine whether or not an invasion can take place. (imdb)
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David Copperfield (1969)
This lackluster 1970 version of Charles Dickens' classic novel, David Copperfield (made as a film twice before) turns Dickens' picaresque tale into an extended flashback, with David Copperfield (Robin Phillips) as a young man, brooding on a deserted beach, recalling his youth. The characters are all trotted out in choppy flashbacks as David remembers his life as a young orphan, brought to London and passed around from relatives, to guardians, to boarding school. (allmovie.com)
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The Dance of Death (1969)
An egocentric artillery captain and his venomous wife engage in savage unremitting battles in their isolated island fortress of the coast of Sweden at the turn of the century. Alice, a former actress who sacrificed her career for secluded military life with Edgar, reveals on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary, the veritable hell their marriage has been. (imdb)
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The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
A Russian man, released from a Siberian prison after 20 years, takes a strong religious stance against the world's problems, including nuclear war, and becomes elected Pope. (Yahoo.com)
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Khartoum (1966)
English General Charles George Gordon, a devout Christian, is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by Prime Minister Gladstone... (imdb)
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Great Acting: Laurence Olivier (1966)
Kenneth Tynan interviews Laurence Olivier, with special emphasis on his Shakespeare films.
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Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed. (imdb)
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Othello (1965)
Desdemona defies her father to marry the Moor of Venice, the mighty warrior, Othello. But Othello's old lieutenant, Iago, doesn't like Othello, and is determined to bring about the downfall of Othello's new favorite, Cassio, and destroy Othello in the process, by casting aspersions on Othello's new bride. (imdb)
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Uncle Vanya (1963)
An elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Yelena, visit a rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. Two friends, Vanya, brother of the Professor's late first wife, who has long managed the estate, and Astrov, the local Doctor, both fall under Yelena's spell, while bemoaning the ennui of their provincial existence.
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Term of Trial (1962)
Graham Weir is an alcoholic schoolteacher whose criminal record for refusing to fight during the Second World War has prevented him from progressing further in his teaching career. He is looked upon with disdain by his headmaster, his pupils and even his wife. The one person who appreciates his shyness and warmth is one of his pupils, Shirley Taylor. After Weir offers to give her free private tuition, the pupil slowly falls in love with her teacher. (imdb)
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The Power and the Glory (1961)
Out of Graham Greene's novel that made the world gasp--the drama of a priest who somehow stumbled onto the road to martyrdom (European theatrical release) (allrovi.com)
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Spartacus (1960)
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire. (imdb)
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The Entertainer (1960)
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 Moon and Sixpence (1959)
A staid, dull Englishman abruptly deserts his wife and children to become a painter in the South Seas.
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The Devil
The black sheep of a family (Dick Dudgeon) and the local minister (Anthony Anderson) discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War. (imdb)
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The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
When Grandduke Charles, the prince-regent of Carpatha, a fictitious Balkan country which could start a European war by switching alliances, visits London for the coronation of the new British king in 1911, and spends his one evening off at the Coconut Girl club, the reputed stickler for protocol is so charmed by a clumsy American understudy that he orders his British attaché to invite her to the embassy for a private supper... (imdb)
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Richard III (1955)
Richard's military skills have helped to put his older brother Edward on the throne of England. (imdb)
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The Beggar
Authentic rendering of John Gay's 18th century musical, filmed in Technicolor, about Captain MacHeath, a highwayman, and his love for too many beautiful women. Betrayed by Jenny and Sukey, two of his bygone lovers, and temporarily freed by two others, MacHeath is arrested and condemned to death. While waiting to be hanged, the captain is entertained by a musical beggar, who has written an opera of which the highwayman is the hero. (imdb)
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Carrie (1952)
Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's husband takes almost all of her pay for room and board. Then she injures a finger and is fired. This is the 1890s... (imdb)
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The Magic Box (1952)
The story of William Friese-Greene, a British inventor who made the first movie camera. (imdb)
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Hamlet (1948)
In this film of the classic Shakespearean play, a Danish prince seeks to avenge his father's death when his uncle murders his father... (imdb)
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Henry V (1944)
Based on one the most popular historical plays by Shakespeare and made in order to boost moral of British troops during WW2... (imdb)
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The Volunteer (1943)
A war recruitment film for the Fleet Air Arm done in a semi-documentary style.
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The Demi-Paradise (1943)
In Europe to promote his new propeller device, Olivier is put off by English customs and manners-or, rather, the lack of the latter. No one in 1939 England trusts a foreigner, least of all one of those shifty "Reds", but when Russia and England become allies against the Nazis, the previously persona non grata Olivier is welcomed with open arms. Penelope Dudley Ward co-stars as Olivier's previously suspicious landlady, who ends up falling in love with him. (allmovie.com)
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Malta G.C. (1942)
Malta G.C. (1942) - Short Film
Epic British wartime documentary film on Malta's role in WW2. The film was produced to coincide with Britain's award of the George Cross to the Maltese and their defenders in April 1942.
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That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Naval hero Lord Nelson defies convention to court a married woman of common birth. (imdb)
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Words for Battle (1941)
Poetry by Rudyard Kipling, John Milton, and William Blake, and excerpts from speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, all read by Laurence Olivier, illuminate documentary footage of England during its defense against the Nazi blitz in World War II. (imdb)
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49th Parallel (1941)
A damaged U-boat is stranded in a Canadian bay in the early years of World War II. The Fanatical Nazi captain and his crew must reach the neutral United States or be captured. Along the way they meet a variety of characters each with their own views on the war and nationalism. In this film Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger show their ideas of why the United States should join the Allied fight against the Nazis. (imdb)
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Rebecca (1940)
When a naive young woman marries a rich widower, they settle in his gigantic mansion, where she finds the memory of the first wife maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants. (imdb)
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Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult. (imdb)
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21 Days Together (1940)
After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before he must give himself up or let an innocent man go to the gallows. (imdb)
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Q Planes (1939)
Lighthearted romp of a pre-war spy story: quirky British secret service man finds out who's using a secret weapon to steal experimental planes. (imdb)
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Wuthering Heights (1939)
The Earnshaws are Yorkshire farmers during the early 19th Century. One day, Mr. Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city... (imdb)
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The Divorce of Lady X (1938)
A stuffy barrister finds himself sharing his hotel room with a coquettish young woman, an act which sets off a myriad of misunderstandings.
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Fire Over England (1937)
In 1588, relations between Spain and England are at the breaking point. British sea raiders regularly capture Spanish merchantmen bringing gold from the New World with the support of Queen Elizabeth I. After a plot to depose her is discovered, she enlists Michael Ingolby, whose father was killed by the Inquisition, to go undercover and infiltrate the court of Philip of Spain. Masquerading as one of the traitors, Ingolby finds the names of British subjects in Spanish pay.
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Conquest of the Air (1936)
This documentary traces man's attempts to fly from ancient times through the 1930s. (imdb)
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As You Like It (1936)
Film version of Shakespeare's comedy of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to win the attention of the one she loves. (TCM.com)
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I Stand Condemned (1935)
During the First World War, Russian officer Ignatoff, wounded, falls in love with his nurse, Natasha. But she is subject to an upcoming marriage of family convenience to Brioukow, a wealthy industrialist of peasant stock. Brioukow is unjustifiably jealous, since Natasha has not betrayed him. He forces Ignatoff into his debt as a means of humiliating him. (imdb)
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Perfect Understanding (1933)
A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman. (imdb)
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Westward Passage (1932)
A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried. (imdb)
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The Yellow Ticket (1931)
A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the social crimes rampant in her country. (imdb)
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Friends and Lovers (1931)
British Army captain carries on an affair with the wife of the cruel Victor Sangrito, who uses his beautiful wife to lure men into romance with her, then blackmailing them to save their careers. When Roberts falls into Sangrito's trap, he pays the blackmail and leaves for India, hoping to forget Alva, whom he loved but now believes betrayed him. After some time in India, he is joined by his young friend Lt. Ned Nichols, who too, is in love with a woman back in England... the same woman. (imdb)
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