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Peter Ustinov
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Date of Birth: Apr 16, 1921

Country: UK

Biography: Peter Ustinov was two times Academy Award-winning film actor, director, writer, journalist, and raconteur. He wrote and directed many acclaimed stage plays and led numerous international theatrical productions. He was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on April 16, 1921, in Swiss Cottage, London, England. Ustinov was of Russian, German, French, Italian and Ethiopian descent, with ancestral connections to Russian nobility as well as the Ethiopian Royal Family. His grandmother, Magdalena

Total Titles at Criticker: 72 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Actor (67) | Director (7) | Writer (7)
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Luther (2003)
Joseph Fiennes stars as Martin Luther, whose bold actions fostered an era of personal and religious freedoms unprecedented in history. (R.S. Entertainment)
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Salem Witch Trials (2002)
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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Victoria & Albert (2001)
Victoria is barely 18 when her uncle King William IV dies. She is introduced by the family adviser to a young German prince called Albert, and in spite of their initial indifference to one another and a great deal of political opposition, they fall in love. Marriage brings its own problems, however, and as Victoria, grows from an inexperienced young woman into a shrewd and powerful monarch Albert struggles to find a role for himself in both the family and the nation. (Amazon.com)
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The Bachelor (1999)
A tale of love and its motivating factors, The Bachelor is a contemporary update of the 1925 Buster Keaton classic "Seven Chances." Jimmie Shannon (O'Donnell) is a confirmed bachelor who has 24 hours to find a bride and get married in order to collect a $100 million inheritance. (New Line Cinema)
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Animal Farm (1999)
Animal Farm (1999) - TV Movie
The animals of a farm successfully revolt against its human owner, only to slide into a more brutal tyranny among themselves. (imdb)
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Alice in Wonderland (1999)
Alice follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole into a whimsical Wonderland, where she meets characters like the delightful Cheshire Cat, the clumsy White Knight, a rude caterpillar, and the hot-tempered Queen of Hearts and can grow ten feet tall or shrink to three inches. But will she ever be able to return home? (imdb)
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Stiff Upper Lips (1998)
Young upper-class fellow Edward arrives with his friend Cedric at the family manse, Ivory Hall. He plans to pair off Cedric with his sister Emily. Emily, on the other hand, falls in love with a son of local peasant, George. Old Aunt Agnes sends all the bunch off, first to Italy and then to India, so Emily would forget George, who is an undesirable partner for her because of class differences, and choose Cedric. (imdb)
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The Old Curiosity Shop (1995)
When young Nell Trent's grandfather loses the investment money of wharf owner Daniel Quilp with cards, Quilp develops an everlasting urge to get him put in the madhouse. Nell and her grandfather flee the city.
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Lorenzo
A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself. (imdb)
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Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
Phileas Fogg accepts a wager to prove his contention that a man can go around the world in 80 days. After betting his entire fortune, he takes his new butler (a man hoping for a quite life) on a tour of the world. However, just before the time he leaves, the Bank of England is robbed and a Detective believes that Fogg is the guilty party and he sets out after him. (imdb)
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The French Revolution (1989)
A history of the French Revolution from the decision of the king to convene the Etats-Generaux in 1789 in order to deal with France's debt problem. (imdb)
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Appointment with Death (1988)
Emily Boynton, step-mother to the three Boynton children and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, into destroying a second will of her late husband which would have freed the childern from her dominating influence... (imdb)
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The Secret Identity of Jack the Ripper (1988)
A panel of experts examines the five main suspects in the Jack the Ripper murders and determines which of them is the most likely to have committed the crimes. (imdb)
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Peep and the Big Wide World (1988)
This series of three 10-minute films features Peep the chicken, Chirp the robin and Quack the duck. On their travels, they meet a cat, a ladybug, a turtle and a frog who speaks from both sides of his mouth. (imdb)
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Dead Man
During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs. (imdb)
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Murder in Three Acts (1986)
Poirot's assistant, Hastings, calls him down to Acapulco in Mexico to write his memoirs but Hastings drags him to a party populated with Hastings' new friends. There's Janet Crisp - the writer, Daisy Eastman and her daughter 'Egg', Ricardo Montoya, Dr. Strange, Miss Milray the housekeeper and Charles Cartwright the famous American actor... (imdb)
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Thirteen at Dinner (1985)
Hercule Poirot appears on a TV talk show with actor Bryan Martin who is making an action/detective movie with Jane Wilkinson. He also meets impressionist Carlotta Adams. They all go to a party and Jane asks him and Captain Hastings to go and meet her husband, Lord Edgware in regards to a divorce. They do so, to discover that the Lord had already granted her a divorce. Jane is delighted but drops hints that she could have killed the Lord if he didn't grant her the divorce... (imdb)
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Memed My Hawk (1984)
In 1920s Turkey, a young peasant is smitten with a beautiful young girl, who has been promised in marriage to the fat, dullard cousin of the province's powerful and corrupt governor. When an assassination attempt is made against the official, the young man flees his village and joins up with a group of outlaws fighting against the wealthy and powerful landowners who control the lives of the locals and make life miserable for them. (imdb)
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Evil Under the Sun (1982)
Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate a case for an insurance company regarding firstly a dead woman's body found on a moor and then a important diamond sent to the company to be insured turns out to be a fake... (imdb)
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Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
Famous detective Charlie Chan (Peter Ustinov) is called out of retirement to help a San Francisco detective solve a mysterous series of murders. With his bumbling grandson (Richard Hatch) as his sidekick, Chan also encounters an old nemesis known as the Dragon Queen (Angie Dickinson) who is the prime suspect. (imdb)
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Grendel Grendel Grendel (1981)
This is an animated story covering the ancient legend of Beowulf, as narrated by Grendel himself, the "monster" in the legend. (imdb)
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Ashanti (1979)
Dr. Anansa Linderby is kidnapped in a medical mission in Africa by a slave trader. From this moment, her husband will do anything to recover her and to punish the bad guys, but that will be not an easy task... (imdb)
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Doctor Snuggles (1979)
Kind and gentle Dr. Snuggles (Sir Peter Ustinov) is like few other doctors. Capable of communicating with anything, he finds himself in a seemingly endless variety of adventures with his animal friends that take him around the world and beyond. (imdb)
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Tarka the Otter (1979)
A family film which follows the life of a real otter and its adventures in the wild. (imdb)
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Einstein
A documentary produced in 1979 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Albert Einstein. Narrated and hosted by Peter Ustinov and written by Nigel Calder, the film takes place at the University of Texas' McDonald Observatory where a staff of renowned physicists take both Ustinov and the viewer through a hands-on experience of the exciting facets of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. (imdb)
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Death on the Nile (1978)
Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot has a set of murder suspects on a boat in the Nile after a rich heiress is killed. Can he find the culprit before they reach port ? (imdb)
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Metamorphoses (1978)
Several animated stories from "Metamorphoses," the Roman poet Ovid's narrative of legends, are presented.
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Double Murder (1977)
A police commissioner and a political activist join to investigate the suspicious death of a playboy prince. (imdb)
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The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)
The priceless Blue Water sapphire is coveted by the heirs of Sir Hector Geste - his new wife, Flavia; his daughter, Isabel; and his adopted twin sons, heroic Beau and pathetic Digby. When Sir Hector takes to his deathbed (where he remains for the duration of the film), Beau absconds with the stone, to keep it from his stepmother. Flavia pursues him to North Africa, dispensing sexual favors to promote her schemes. (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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The Mouse and His Child (1977)
Adaptation of Russell Hoban's novel about two mechanical toy mice, and their quest to become "self-winding". (imdb)
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The Purple Taxi (1977)
An ambitious musical adaptation of Michel Déon's best-selling novel, Un Taxi Mauve is set in Ireland during a time in which the nation announced it would no longer demand income taxes of artists, bringing a steady stream of creative bohemians to the Emerald Isle. Novelist Philippe (Philippe Noiret) is a French novelist recently relocated to Ireland, where makes friends with Jerry (Edward Albert), an American expatriate who left his home after the death of his girlfriend. (allmovie.com)
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Logan
Life is pretty near perfect now, as long as you don't mind that nobody is allowed to live past the age of 30... (imdb)
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Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)
This adventure chronicles two boys' search for a treasure buried somewhere in the Florida Keys during the mid 1800s. The children are assisted by three adults, who each have the their own agendas for finding the cache. The hunters are followed by a greedy gang of villains. (allmovie.com)
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One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)
Lord Southmere escapes from China with a microfilm of the formula for the mysterious "Lotus X", and is captured by Chinese spies who have been instructed to retrieve the microfilm from him.
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Robin Hood (1973)
The story of the legendary outlaw is portrayed with the characters as humanoid animals. (imdb)
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Hammersmith Is Out (1972)
The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Burton) offers the innocent orderly (Bridges) vast riches if he'll help him escape. (imdb)
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Viva Max (1969)
When his girlfriend tells him that his men wouldn't follow him to a house of ill repute, Max, a general in the Mexican army decides to perform some great act of heroism. He takes his men over the border into Texas and re-captures the Alamo. This upsets the Texans greatly. The Texas National Guard is sent to retake the mission. (imdb)
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Blackbeard
In this comedy, Peter Ustinov is the famous pirate's ghost that returns to our time. Blackbeard has been cursed by his last wife who was a notorious witch, so that he will never die. (imdb)
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Hot Millions (1968)
A Cockney con-artist just out of prison replaces an insurance company's computer programmer and sends claim checks to himself in various guises at addresses all over Europe. Meanwhile, he falls in love with inept secretary and frustrated flutist, Maggie Smith. (imdb)
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The Comedians (1967)
Set in the Haiti of "Papa Doc" Duvalier, The Comedians tells the story of a sardonic white hotel owner... (imdb)
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Lady L (1965)
Lady L. is an elegant, elderly lady who recalls the past loves and lusty adventures she has lived through. (imdb)
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John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965)
U-2 Pilot "wrong Way" Goldfarb lands in oil-rich Fawzia, whose king has an American in his Harem (myself)
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Topkapi (1964)
Caper film about the theft of a jeweled dagger from an Istanbul museum. (imdb)
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Alleman (1964)
Haanstra documentary portrays the Dutch population with all its peculiarities. Often in scenes that were shot with a hidden camera .
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La Donna nel mondo (1963)
A study of women around the world, focusing mostly on bizarre and often shocking rituals.
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Billy Budd (1962)
Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried. (IMDb)
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Romanoff and Juliet (1961)
Yes it's the Romeo & Juliet story updated to during the cold war and moved to a middle European country ruled by writer/director/star Peter Ustinov. The General arranges for the children of the US and Russian ambassadors to fall in love. The drama increases when the General has the casting vote at the UN. (imdb)
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Spartacus (1960)
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire. (imdb)
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The Sundowners (1960)
In the Australian Outback, the Carmody family--Paddy, Ida and their teenage son Sean--are sheep drovers, always on the move. Ida and Sean want to settle down and buy a farm. Paddy wants to keep moving. A sheep-shearing contest, the birth of a child, drinking, gambling and a race horse will all have a part in the final decision. (imdb)
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Un angelo è sceso a Brooklyn (1957)
A cold-hearted landlord is turned into a dog by a magician, and will remain a dog until he can find someone who loves him. (imdb)
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The Spies (1957)
A psychiatrist, desperate for money to keep his faltering practice running, makes a deal with a spy to hide a mysterious person in his clinic in return for a million francs. As soon as the deal is struck his place is overrun by spies from both East and West, all in search of a renegade nuclear scientist. The psychiatrist's own sanity starts to break down as he submitted to unmitigated surveillance and deception. (imdb)
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I girovaghi (1956)
Story of a family of wandering puppet makers and the destiny which rules their fate. (imdb)
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Lola Montès (1955)
The film tells the tragical story of the life of Lola Montes who was a great adventurer and stopped being the attraction of her circus after having been the lover of various important men. (imdb)
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Three convicts escape from Devil's Island and arrive at a nearby French colonial town. Initially they... (imdb)
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The Egyptian (1954)
In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new Pharoah. Sinuhe's personal triumphs and tragedies are played against the larger canvas of the turbulent events of the 18th dynasty... (imdb)
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Beau Brummell (1954)
Captain George Brummel is an upper-class dandy. He has to leave the army after having insulted the crown prince. This only gives him time to start a smear-campaign against the prince. The prince, who is tired of all the yes-men around him hires him as his chief advisor. (imdb)
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La bergère et le ramoneur (1952)
A chimney sweep and his beloved shepherdess are aided by Wonderbird in their escape from a ruthless dictator (imdb)
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Quo Vadis (1951)
Returning to Rome after 3 years in the field, General Marcus Vinicius meets Lygia and falls in love with her. She is a Christian and doesn't want to have anything to do with a warrior. Though she grew up Roman, the adopted daughter of a retired general, Lygia is technically a hostage of Rome... (imdb)
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Hotel Sahara (1951)
Though Yvonne de Carlo is top billed in Hotel Sahara, the film is stolen hands-down by second-billed Peter Ustinov. The scene is a desert hotel, smack dab in the middle of neutral territory during WW II. Hotel owner Emad (Ustinov) cheerfully changes the decor--and his loyalties--depending upon which army is enjoying his hospitality. Likewise, Emad's sexy fiancee Yasmin (Yvonne DeCarlo) is equally effusive to both the Allies and the Axis. (allrovi.com)
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Odette (1950)
This is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WWII. She was flown into occupied France where she fought with the French resistance. (imdb)
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Vice Versa (1948)
Businessman Paul Bultitude is sending his son Dick to a boarding school. While holding a magic stone from India, he wishes that he could be young again. His wish is immediately fulfilled and the two change bodies with each other. Mr Bultitude becomes a school boy who smokes cigars and has a very conservative view on child upbringing, while his son Dick becomes a gentleman who spends his time drinking lemonade and arranging children's parties. (imdb)
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Carnival (1946)
Of the many films (English and American) bearing the title Carnival, only one was based on the Compton MacKenzie novel of the same name. This 1946 melodrama stars Sally Gray as a 19th century ballet dancer who makes an unfortunate career move by marrying a taciturn Cornish farmer (Bernard Miles). Sally soon longs for the bright lights of the big city, and for the arms of her artist lover (Michael Wilding). (allmovie.com)
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Secret Flight (1946)
During WW2, on the eve of the Battle of Britain, British scientists develop the first radar systems to be employed against the German Luftwaffe. (imdb)
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The True Glory (1945)
A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen. (imdb)
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The Way Ahead (1944)
A group of conscripts are called up into the infantry during WWII. At first they appear a hopeless bunch but their sergeant and Lieutenant have faith in them and mould them into a good team. When they go into action in N. Africa they realise what it's all about. (imdb)
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The New Lot (1943)
The New Lot (1943) - Short Film
During World War II, five civilians from different backgrounds become reluctant conscripts in the British Army.
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The Goose Steps Out (1942)
A bumbling teacher (Will Hay) conveniently turns out to be the double of a German general. In the true spirit of wartime propaganda high jinks, he is flown into Germany to impersonate the general and cause chaos and hilarity in a Hitler Youth college (populated by the likes of Peter Ustinov, Charles Hawtrey and Barry Morse). (imdb)
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Let the People Sing (1942)
Let the People Sing is an offshoot of J. B. Priestly's earlier show business-based fable The Good Companions. In Companions, a trio of mismatched dogooders save a musical troupe from ruin. In Let the People Sing, Alastair Sim is a besotted nobleman who comes to the aid of indigent comedian Fred Emney. Through Sim's intervention, the planned closing of a local music hall is prevented. Even if Sim hadn't let the people sing, as the title implores, they probably would have done so anyway. (allmovie.com)
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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
During the Allied Bombing offensive of World War II the public was often informed that "A raid took place last night over ..., One (or often more) of Our Aircraft Is Missing". Behind these sombre words hid tales of death, destruction and derring-do. This is the story of one such bomber crew who were shot down and the brave Dutch patriots who helped them home. (imdb)
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The Muppet Show (1976)
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