Malta has hosted foreign productions since 1920’s, building a strong reputation along the way, with a long tradition of fine craftsmen, skilled set builders and model makers. Over almost a century, several small and large scale films such as Troy, Munich, The Devil’s Double, Agora, Gladiator, Midnight Express and Kon-Tiki and more recently, WWZ and Captain Phillips chose Malta as their production destination. Apart from film productions, Malta has also welcomed a good number of documentaries and commercials.
Click on the titles below to see Malta’s Filmography list and details.
- Mega Mindy versus Rox
2015An exciting new adventure family film produced by Studio 100 To be released in late 2015 in Flemish and Dutch cinemas, distributed by Kinepolis Film Distribution.
- 13Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
Directed by Michael Bay; Stars: Pablo Schreiber, John Krasinski, David Denman
Release date Jan 15, 2016
- The Lake
A team of Navy Seals discover an underwater treasure in a Bosnian Lake.
Directed by Steven Quale; Written & Produced by Luc Besson
Currently in production
- Assassins Creed
Desmond Miles is abducted by a company called "Abstergo Industries" to explore the mind of his ancestor, Altaïr Ibn La'Ahad, in order to recover a sacred artifact.
Directed by Justin Kurzel; Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard
Currently in Production
- Immediate Boarding
Immediate Boarding’ is a French comedy written and directed by Philippe de Chauveron, who last year took the international box office by storm with his hit film ‘Serial Bad Weddings.
- The Promise
Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.
Lead talent comes from Christian Bale, known for his roles in the Batman movies.
- By the Sea
2014-09Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner. Written & directed by Angelina Jolie. Starring, Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt. Release date Nov. 13, 2015 in the U.S.
- Andron - The Black Labyrinth
2014-06A group of people are plunged into a dark, claustrophobic maze, where they must fight to survive, as the outside world watches. Written & Directed by Francesco Cinquemani ; Stars: Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover, Michelle Ryan. Release date still to be announced.
An epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Stars Tom Felton, Cliff Curtis, Joseph Fiennes. Release date Jan 22, 2016
- Night Trash
Director: Rebecca Cremona
A Mediterranean safe haven and stepping stone, the small island of Malta is soaked in centuries of invasion and upheaval. Change has always come by sea. A boy goes on a fishing adventure with his sea-faring family to learn to become a man. A blast rips their world apart. As the crew of Simshar, stranded in open water, hope to be seen and survive, on land freedom can only come from concealment...A soldier hides his love for an Eritrean immigrant. An island in political turmoil provides no safe harbour for Alex and Makeda's relationship. Frustration leads to a transgression of duty which leaves Alex fighting for his life. Faced with his harsh and conflicting realities, Alex is forced to choose between his love or his roots. Once again Malta becomes a stepping stone. A boat rescues a group of illegal immigrants, who find themselves used as a political pawn between two countries. As people and politicians raise their boundary walls higher, the survivors hover between life and death out at sea. Three stories unfold, telling countless timeless tales of human tragedy and hope.
- 22 Minutes
Director: Vasily Serikov
The crew of a large anti-submarine ship of the Russian Pacific Fleet perform the daily task of patrolling the Gulf of Aden in order to provide security for civilian shipping. On board the ship are experienced Marines, as well as first year sailors, including the protagonist of the film Alexander Yezhov. Suddenly it is discovered that the nearby tanker "Yamal", loaded with liquefied gas, was captured by Somali pirates. During the intelligence operations, Yezhov is held hostage by the pirates and ends up on the captured tanker. The commander takes a decision to attack the tanker, in the engine room of which the Russian crew is suffering. To carry out this insane task, according to some of the chiefs, the Marines will only have 22 minutes.
- Fort Ross
Director: Yuriy Moroz
Journalist Dmitry Klimov and his colleague Fimka are sent to the US to make a documentary report about Fort Ross after talks with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who decide to safeguard FORT ROSS. Dmitry arrives in the US where he meets the third member of the crew, Margo. When they commence filming at Fort Ross, it begins to rain and all of a sudden the team find themselves thrown back into time being attacked by Indians. With the help of their newly discovered 'time machine' they travel back into time to find out the historical truth about Fort Ross and learn about Lieutenant Klimov and the involvement of the Spanish pirates, the Indians and the Russian-American Company.
- The Cut
Director: Fatih Akin
‘The Cut’ is the Final instalment in acclaimed writer/director Fatih Akin’s Love, Death and the Devil trilogy, and its focus on the devil — that is, the evil inherent in mankind and looks at the Armenian Genocide from a very personal perspective of the characters involved in the intricate and beautiful telling of a harsh reality. Malta doubled as an early 20th Century Syria and fitted the part to perfection.
- Malta: All Inclusive
Director: Hella Joof
Malta All Inclusive is a tender comedy about two sisters and their mother finding each other on a chaotic journey of expectations, mini-golf, old family patterns, Bacardi Breezers, jealousy, lies, love and compromising photos.
- World War Z
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale
Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls.- Written by Kenneth Chisholm
- Piet Piraat en het Zeemonster
Director: Bart Van Leemputten
Cast: Peter Van de Velde, Anke Helsen, Dirk Bosschaert, Steven Stil
Pirate Pete dreams of becoming a member of the Brave Pirates Club. So far only three pirates have become members of this club: Yellowbeard, Greenbeard and Palebluebeard. To become a member of this club Pete must capture a sword, find a treasure and defeat a real sea monster. In a previous adventure Pete succeeded in fulfilling the first two conditions. Beating the sea monster might prove to be a more difficult job, though. Pete and his mates go ashore in the nearest port of Mdina to stock supplies, much to Tracy Though's dismay as her sister, Trudy lives in Mdina and Trudy and her sister have been on unfriendly terms for years. Will Pirate Pete and his mates succeed in keeping the port of Mdina free from danger? Just wait and see.
- Captain Phillips
Director: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini
Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
- Die Männer der Emden
Director: Berengar Pfahl
Cast: Sibel Kekilli, Ken Duken and Felicitas Woll
‘Emden men’ is telling the story of a journey, halfway around the globe and the existential experiences of fifty-two men on a desperate dash home. An unbelievable story, based on historic facts, that made all that where involved heros – dead or alive.
Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Cast: Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Gustaf Skarsgård
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Golden Globe Awards. It is the first time a Norwegian film has been nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
In 1947, the world was gripped with excitement as the young Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl embarked on an astonishing expedition - a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean on the raft "Kon-Tiki". From his days living in the Marquesas with his wife Liv, Thor suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by ancient South Americans from thousands of miles to the east. Despite his inability to swim and his fear of water, Thor decided to confirm his theory by sailing the legendary voyage himself.
Watch Trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01YDGLdLJU4&feature=youtu.be
Visit official website: http://www.kontikifilmen.no/
- Astérix et Obélix: Au Service de Sa Majesté
Director: Laurent Tirard
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Edouard Baer and Fabrice Luchini
Julius Caesar lands in Britain, where a small village still holds out bravely against the Roman legions. But the situation becomes critical and the villagers have not got long to live; that's when Jolitorax, one of the villagers seeks volunteers to go seek help from his second-cousin Asterix the Gaul and bring back a barrel of "magic potion" from the Breton village of the indomitable heroes.
- Wickie auf Großer Fahrt
Director: Christian Ditter
Cast: Jonas Hämmerle, Waldemar Kobus and Valeria Eisenbart
Viking village Flake's chief Halvar orders clever, tiny son Wickie to rob a knight’s convoy. The warriors have to take over but fail to see Wicki being abducted with a cargo of Eskimo slaves, who also carry a mysterious manuscript on the eternal ice palace containing the Norse gods' treasure. Wickie escapes and the thief who refuses to help him comes along as stowaway. Wickie works out the manuscript, but before the men can sail, they are drugged and Halvar is abducted. Chieftaincy now falls by customary law to Wickie, who needs to grow on the job in several senses.
- Written by KGF Vissers
- Le Cochon de Gaza
Director: Sylvain Estibal
Cast: Sasson Gabai, Baya Belal and Myriam Tekaïa
After a storm, Jafaar, a Palestinian fisherman from Gaza, catches by chance in his net a pig that has fallen off a cargo boat. Although initially determined to get rid of this unclean animal, he decides to try to sell it and thereby add a little extra income to his pitiful existence.
Poor Jafaar then enters into an incredible and dubious business venture. In this tragicomedy, all the little folk of Gaza, caught between everyday hardship, Israeli military constraints, and the diktat of the fundamentalists in control, are represented by this poor fisherman whose only concern is to survive from day to day and who is willing to do anything to do so.
Jafaar, constantly making jokes about himself, even during tragic moments, evolves in this biting comedy and leaves us hoping that if we can all get along individually, despite our differences, then perhaps we will eventually get along collectively.
Watch Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa9VYz5OPa8
Visit Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Cochon-de-Gaza-2011/210168242346708
- The Devil's Double
Director: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier and Raad Rawi
Dominic Cooper (An Education) headlines director Lee Tamahori's fact-based docudrama centring on the nightmarish experiences of an Iraqi army lieutenant whose life became a living hell after he was hand-selected to be a "fiday" (body double) for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's ruthless son Uday. Baghdad, 1987: Iraqi soldier Latif Yahia (Cooper) becomes privy to the inner workings of the royal family after receiving an offer he can't refuse. Desperate to protect his family and terrified of making any fatal missteps, Latif studies Uday's every personal tick in order to become the spitting image of the so-called "Black Prince." While some Iraqis might have been honoured to be presented with such a unique opportunity, Uday's unparalleled sadism and debauched lifestyle quickly began to eat away at the very core of Latif's soul. As war with Kuwait looms on the horizon, Latif finds himself increasingly drawn to Uday's ravishing mistress Sarrab (Ludivine Sagnier), a woman with her own terrifying tales to tell about time spent with Iraq's cruellest son.
- Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
Director: Gautham Menon
Cast: T.R. Silambarasan, Trisha Krishnan and Ganesh
Every moment experiences a new feeling, fresh thoughts, the zest for life, love, ambition and a lot more...! Karthik and Jessie meet each other, one unassuming evening... And it's love at first sight, for Karthik. Not having seen a beauty such as Jessie in years passed by, Karthik is love struck, dumbstruck, and spellbound... all at once. Jessie is the girl next door, in the typical sense. Secretive glances make way to obvious glances and the two get acquainted sooner or later. What begins with an unexpected friendship breaks boundaries to take shape as love.
- Wickie und die starken Männer
Director: Michael Herbig
Cast: Jonas Hämmerle, Waldemar Kobus and Günther Kaufmann
The story of a young Viking boy who accompanies his father, the chief of their village, and his men on their adventures - and often is the person who uses his wit and instincts to help the men in their times of need. Written by KGF Vissers
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella and Oscar Isaac
Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. A group from the newly empowered Christians has now taken to enforce their cultural hegemony zealously; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and "the brotherhood of all". Although her former slave doesn't see it that way.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbuEhwselE0&feature=youtu.be
Director: Oleg Pogodin
Cast: Vladimir Epifantsev, Sergei Astakhov and Harry Borg
Yegor Kremnyov is a Russian special intelligence agent. During his last mission, which was supposed to be simple and safe, all of his accomplices were killed. They captured a man who turned out to be the secretary of the fugitive oligarch Sorkin (Mikhail Shering), who has been on the wanted list for a long time. According to rumours, Shering has secret papers that are of interest not only to Russian intelligence, but also to the powerful West crime syndicate. Now Kremnyov is faced with the difficult task of bringing Shering home. He is surrounded by treachery, conspiracy, ambushes and traps, but nevertheless Yegor plans to deliver Shering on his own. But Kremnyov’s main trap is the very cargo he is to deliver - Shering. It is not so easy for Kremnyov to avoid the influence of his fellow traveller. This dangerous journey will change them both - both the fugitive Shering and the invincible Kremnyov.
- Novaya Zemlya
Director: Aleksandr Melnik
Cast: Konstantin Lavronenko, Andrei Feskov and Marat Basharov
Hundreds of violent criminals battle one another for survival in a frozen wasteland in this violent action picture from Russia. It's 2013, and mass murderer Ivan Zhilin (Konstantin Lavronenko) has finally been brought to justice for his crimes. Found guilty, Ivan is given a choice of two punishments -- life in prison, or exile to an island in the arctic where he'll stay with a few hundred other condemned men. Ivan chooses life on the island, and he's shipped off to Terra Nova with fellow criminal Nikolai (Andrei Feskov), with whom he strikes up a wary friendship. While Terra Nova was supposed to be stocked with provisions for the prisoners, animals have found and eaten most of the food, and as the desperate men struggle for survival they separate into gangs who square off against one another. Soonmonstrous Monkey (Pavel Sborschikov) has become de facto leader of Terra Nova, and he and followers feed on the flesh of their enemies they've held in a makeshift prison. Ivan flees Terra Nova's new "society" to live on his own, living off the land and eventually allowing Nikolai to join him. In time, Ivan and Nikolai hatch a plan to escape, but they realize they'll need help from Monkey and his cannibal allies if they're to regain their freedom.
- Nie Kłam, Kochanie
Director: Piotr Weresniak
Cast: Piotr Adamczyk, Marta Zmuda and Beata Tyszkiewicz
His taste for the good life suddenly threatened by some pressing financial problems, Krakow bon vivant Marcin discovers that in order to tap into his wealthy aunt's vast fortune he will first be required to take a wife. Marcin may be a playboy, but he's no dummy, and quickly rushes out to find a fiancée.
Director: Sven Unterwaldt Jr.
Cast: Atze Schröder, Oliver Wnuk and Yvonne Catterfeld
It is the year 1944 and World War II is not over yet. The Germans want to send their last available submarine, the U-900, on a secret mission from Toulon to Warnemuende. Atze pretends to be the legendary Lieutenant Commander Roenberg. But the crew gets suspicious when their commander starts issuing unconventional orders.
- A Previous Engagement
Director: Joan Carr-Wiggin
Cast: Juliet Stevenson, Tchéky Karyo and Daniel Stern
A second honeymoon in Malta turns into a life-altering experience for a bored Seattle librarian and her unadventurous, insurance salesman husband in this mature romantic comedy starring Juliet Stevenson, Tchéky Karyo, and Daniel Stern. Twenty-five years ago, Julia (Stevenson) and her passionate French lover Alex (Karyo) made a promise to meet up in the romantic Mediterranean hot spot where they exchanged their first glance. Now stuck in a marriage with a man who seems more interested in assembling jigsaw puzzles than pleasing his neglected wife, Julia takes her husband Jack (Stern) on a trip to Malta under the guise of celebrating a second honeymoon. But the truth is that Julia has been fantasizing about Alex for years, and she's determined to make good on her promise to meet him, perhaps rekindling their old flame in the process. When Alex shows up with his sexy young girlfriend (Kate Miles) in tow, Julia can't help but wonder if she and her lover have been leading the wrong lives all these years. Later, when Alex storms their holiday villa declaring his devotion to Julia for the whole world to hear, Jack makes his mission to become the lover his wife has always longed for. In order to make that transformation Jack will take lessons in dancing and loving from a passionate ex-chorus girl (Valerie Mahaffey), but when the time comes for Julia to decide between the husband she's never known and the lover she's always longed for, will his noble efforts be enough to save a failing marriage? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Director: Mike Marzuk
Cast: Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht, Sonja Gerhardt and Jannis Niewöhner
A 15-year-old boy moves to Amrum, an island in the North Sea, to be with his grandmother, but ends up butting heads with a local surfer gang.
- Tempelriddernes skat III: Mysteriet om slangekronen
Director: Giacomo Campeotto
Cast: Julie Grundtvig Wester, Christian Heldbo Wienberg and Nicklas Svale Andersen
Four adventurers and the Grand Master of the Knights Templar travel to Malta on a mission to return the priceless Snake Crown to its rightful owners. Complications occur after the crown is stolen and the leader of the group is abducted by an ancient order to priests. Mathias and his team are determined to ensure that the Snake Crown is safely returned to the Maltese Knights, but just as they set out to accomplish their mission Mathias is kidnapped and the crown is stolen. Now it's up to the rest of the team to rescue their friend and retrieve the crown.
- Largo Winch
Director: Jérôme Salle
Cast: Tomer Sisley, Kristin Scott Thomas and Miki Manojlovic
Billionaire and corporate kingpin Nerio Winch has been murdered, and the suspects are innumerable. It would seem like nearly anyone might have had the mogul wacked, and things only get more mysterious when it's revealed that Nerio had a secret son -- a boy he adopted from a Bosnian orphanage three decades ago named Largo. But Largo has been accused of drug trafficking, and is being held in a jail in the Amazon rain forest. What seems like an odd coincidence soon proves to be the ultimate case of corporate intrigue.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FskSQjPMSYI&feature=youtu.be
Visit official website: http://www.largowinch-lefilm.com/
- Pars: Kiraz Operasyonu
Director: Osman Sinav
Cast: Mehmet Kurtulus, Nida Safak and Selçuk Yöntem
In a very dangerous police operation, famous undercover Narcotic agent, Ertugrul gets killed along with his wife in front of their children before he has a chance to solve a crime case. Sixteen years later, his older son Attila, who has grown up to be a Narcotic officer with the nickname "Panther", will seek his revenge. In a narcotic operation, Attila along with his partner Asena, who is a female narcotic officer, they seize a huge amount of drugs that belongs to infamous drug kingpin Hashasi who is disguised himself as a respectable industrialist Vahdet Bozcan. Vahdet who has strong ties with politicians, pressures the authorities to post Attila to another job. Attila being demoted and striped from all his privileges desperately tries to find his way out. On top of everything, Atilla loses his only brother Tayfun to a drug related crime. After having to deal cope with the stress, Atilla unofficially starts pursuing Hashasi known as Vahdet Bozcan. In this long run, Attila pursues Vahdet from Turkey to Holland from France to Greece and from Monaco to mysterious streets of Istanbul and the drug infested schools of Istanbul. This time Attila is determined to find the killers of both his father and his brother while fighting against the drug network that starts from the top officials of the country and ends up in schools. With the help of Inci, a guidance teacher in the school of his late brother Tayfun, and Asena, Attila finds his way out but only to be lost in a love triangle between these two women. But he has a mission to complete. Attilla is ready to sacrifice everything even his life to the fight against drugs.
Director: Robert Young
Cast: Troy Garity, Thomas Kretschmann and Franka Potente
The man responsible for the destruction of more than six million lives accounts for his role as the architect of Adolf Hitler's final solution in this historical drama starring Stephen Fry, Franka Potente, and Thomas Kretschmann. Based on the final confession made by Adolf Eichmann just before his execution in Israel, director Robert Young's film begins 15 years after the World War II has ended. Eichmann has been captured by Israeli intelligence. As a senior officer in the SS, Eichmann played a pivotal role in making the Holocaust a nightmarish reality. Now, as Eichmann prepares to die in front of the entire world, he accounts for his participation in one of the greatest atrocities ever committed.
- Ein Fliehendes Pferd
Director: Rainer Kaufmann
Cast: Ulrich Noethen, Ulrich Tukur and Katja Riemann
A middle-aged man and his wife find their leisurely vacation routine uncomfortably compromised by the appearance of a former classmate and his curiously young girlfriend. For the past twelve years, Helmut and his wife Sabine have spent their holidays at Lake Constance. As the lazy days of summer roll by, Helmut bird watches and Sabine swims. At night they dine together, eventually retiring to bed with a good book and the promise of another relaxing day on the lake. But this year, Helmut has a chance run in with his former classmate Klaus. Of course it would be all well and good if the Helmut and Klaus were simply able to reminisce about their childhoods together, but Klaus is never far away from his enchanting, and far-too-young girlfriend Hel. Over the course of the next few days, Klaus finds every excuse possible to stop by and pay his old friend a visit. Helmut can't help but being annoyed by the obvious comparisons as the two couples spend more time together than he would like. Later, as the mismatched quartet sets out on a sailing trip, a sudden squall blows away the thin veneer of amicability, prompting everyone aboard to come clean about their true feelings.
- Open Water 2: Adrift
Director: Hans Horn
Cast: Susan May Pratt, Richard Speight Jr. and Niklaus Lange
A seafaring birthday celebration takes a turn for the terrifying when the passengers of a luxury yacht forget to lower the automated ladder before jumping into the ocean for a playful swim. It was a perfect setting for a relaxing weekend at sea, but sometimes even the best-planned trips can take an unexpected turn for the worst. After diving into the ocean and realizing to their horror that they have forgotten to lower the safety ladder, the friends who had set out for a simple weekend getaway realize that they have become helplessly stranded in the middle of the ocean. The sheer sides of the yacht are impossible to climb, and now the group is growing increasingly desperate. As the grim reality of their helpless situation slowly begins to dawn on the doomed friends, hydrophobic Amy (Susan May Pratt) struggles to maintain her composure after realizing that her baby daughter Sarah is helpless and alone aboard the boat. Now treading water as panic begins to set in, the once inseparable friends fast begin to turn on one another as exhaustion begins to set in and the vast ocean threatens to swallow the entire group without a trace.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SItuuvHmZdk
- The Da Vinci Code
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Jean Reno
Dan Brown's controversial best-selling novel about a powerful secret that's been kept under wraps for thousands of years comes to the screen in this suspense thriller from director Ron Howard. The stately silence of Paris' Louvre museum is broken when one of the gallery's leading curators is found dead on the grounds, with strange symbols carved into his body and left around the spot where he died. Hoping to learn the significance of the symbols, police bring in Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou), a gifted cryptographer who is also the victim's granddaughter. Needing help, Sophie calls on Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), a leading symbologist from the United States. As Sophie and Robert dig deeper into the case, they discover the victim's involvement in the Priory of Sion, a secret society whose members have been privy to forbidden knowledge dating back to the birth of Christianity. In their search, Sophie and Robert happen upon evidence that could lead to the final resting place of the Holy Grail, while members of the priory and an underground Catholic society known as Opus Dei give chase, determined to prevent them from sharing their greatest secrets with the world. Also starring Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, and Alfred Molina, The Da Vinci Code was shot on location in France and the United Kingdom; the Louvre allowed the producers to film at the famous museum, but scenes taking place at Westminster Abbey had to filmed elsewhere when church officials declined permission.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMba3fckhuQ&feature=youtu.be
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig and Marie-Josée Croze
The 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, were supposed to be a peaceful gathering of outstanding athletes from around the world, but on September 5, the games took a sinister turn when eight masked Palestinian terrorists invaded the Olympic village, killing two Israeli athletes and abducting nine others. The kidnappers demanded safe passage out of Germany in addition to the release of Arab prisoners in Israeli and German prisons, but when they arrived at the Munich airport they were met by German police and military forces, and in the melee that followed, all nine hostages were killed. In the wake of the killings, the Israeli government gave Mossad, the nation's intelligence agency, a special assignment -- to track down and eliminate the Palestinians responsible for the death of the Israeli athletes. A young and idealistic Mossad agent (Eric Bana) is assigned to the four-man unit created to wipe out the Olympic terrorists, but while he believes in serving his country, as their bloody work goes on he begins to buckle under the weight of his work and wonders if he can morally justify his nation's acts of revenge. Munich also stars Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Mathieu Kassovitz, and Ciarán Hinds. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2J1_yaQops
Visit official website: http://www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/munich/
Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins and Rosario Dawson
The fourth film to chronicle the life of fourth-century B.C. ruler Alexander the Great, Oliver Stone's Alexander stars Colin Farrell as the titular Macedonian conqueror. The film follows the young king as he leads his forces on a bloody empirical conquest across the known world, taking large parts of Asia and the Middle East to amass a giant empire, all by the time he turned 25. Anthony Hopkins co-stars as Ptolemy I along with Rosario Dawson as Roxane, Angelina Jolie as Olympias, Jared Leto as Hephaistion, Val Kilmer as King Philip II, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Cassander.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZTxemLkATk&feature=youtu.be
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Cast: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom
Homer's sprawling tale of love and war in ancient Greece comes to the screen in all its grandeur in this epic-scale adventure. In 1193 B.C., Paris, Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom), has fallen in love; however, the beautiful woman who has beguiled him is Helen, Queen of Sparta (Diane Kruger), who is wed to King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson). While Helen is hardly immune to Paris' charms, this doesn't blunt Menelaus' fury when Paris steals her away from him. Menelaus' brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox), the power-hungry king of the Mycenaeans, is eager to expand his empire through Troy to the lands of the Aegean Sea, and he uses Paris' romantic slight against Menelaus as an excuse to wage an all-out war against the great walled city. Priam, King of Troy (Peter O'Toole), summons his armies, led by Prince Hector (Eric Bana), to meet the onslaught of Agamemnon's forces, but while the great city has yet to yield in a battle, Agamemnon has a formidable ally -- Achilles (Brad Pitt), a mighty and seemingly unstoppable warrior whose presence could tip the scales in Agamemnon's favour. Sean Bean, Julie Christie, Saffron Burrows, and Rose Byrne highlight the film's supporting cast.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCg8Ku7C5eI&feature=youtu.be
- A Different Loyalty
Director: Marek Kanievska
Cast: Sharon Stone, Rupert Everett and Julian Wadham
Leo Cauffield, chief of British counterespionage, fails by a whisker to arrest two fellow Cambridge-graduated spies who just manage to defect to Moscow, resigns and becomes a journalist. In Beirut, home of his Islam-converted father, Leo seduces Sally Tyler to divorce her husband for him. Their happiness with children from both marriages is cut short a few years later, when Leo suddenly disappears; Sally learns soon he's suspected of having defected to Moscow too, which she refuses to believe, but will be forced to while Western secret services want Leo back or dead. - Written by KGF Vissers
Director: Woo-Suk Kang
Cast: Sung-kee Ahn, Kyung-gu Sol and Jun-ho Heo
Based on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung. 31 criminals and death row inmates are recruited into secret training on the island of Silmi; for two years they are subjected to maximum mental and physical abuse before the mission is cancelled and the unit terminated.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJy2zsYKOSo&feature=youtu.be
- The Death of Klinghoffer
Director: Penny Woolcock
Cast: Sanford Sylvan, Christopher Maltman and Yvonne Howard
John Adams' audacious contemporary opera about the 1985 capture of the ocean liner Achille Lauro is given a faithful screen adaptation in this production financed by the British television network Channel 4. A large group of tourists book passage aboard the Achille Lauro for a 12-day cruise in the Mediterranean, and when the ship docks in Alexandria for two days, just over half of the passengers head into town for shopping and sightseeing. While the ship is docked, a maid cleaning a stateroom discovers four of the passengers left on board are actually members of the Palestine Liberation Organization who are traveling incognito. Startled by their discovery, the PLO cadre is forced to move forward immediately with their plan, and they round up the passengers on board, holding them hostage in the dining room, and demanding the release of 50 Palestinian activists held in Israeli jails in exchange for the freedom and safety of the tourists. As Egyptian, American, Italian, and Palestinian authorities bicker over the best way to handle the situation (and who would negotiate with the terrorists), the kidnappers find themselves dealing with rebellion among their captives, and an argument between the four PLO members and Leon Klinghoffer, a Jewish-American confined to a wheelchair, eventually escalates into violence. The Death of Klinghoffer stars Christopher Maltman, Sanford Sylvan, Tom Randle, Yvonne Howard, and Kamel Boutros.
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Director: Stephen Norrington
Cast: Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend and Peta Wilson
Based on the comic book miniseries by Alan Moore, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen takes place in an alternate universe where the characters of several literary classics exist in reality. As if that weren't enough, they've been assembled together in 1900 by Queen Victoria as a team of evil-fighting heroes. Among them are Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) from H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines; Mina Harker (Peta Wilson) from Bram Stoker's Dracula; Tom Sawyer (Shane West) from several works by Mark Twain; Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend) from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray; Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah) from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; The Invisible Man (Tony Curran) from H.G. Wells book of the same name; and several others. Working together, the odd assortment of characters must combine their powers to defeat a mysterious villain and save the world from certain destruction. Directed by Stephen Norrington (Blade), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen also stars Jason Flemyng, Tom Goodman-Hill, and David Hemmings.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfdux5WPX2c
Director: Roberto Benigni
Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi and Carlo Giuffrè
Academy Award-winner Roberto Benigni adapts the classic children's tale by Carlo Collodi for the big-budget family-oriented comedy Pinocchio. In his usual fashion, Benigni directs and stars, this time as the little puppet boy made out of wood. The familiar story begins as a log of pinewood falls out of a cart and lands in front of woodcarver, Geppetto (Carlo Giuffré), who carves the puppet out of longing for a son. When the puppet begins to come alive and cause trouble, Geppetto is arrested and Pinocchio is left to his own naïve worldview. After getting a stern warning from the Blue Fairy (Benigni's wife and producer Nicoletta Braschi), Pinocchio sets out to reunite with his father, become a real boy, and succumb to some desire for adventure. Along the way, he meets a number of characters played by mostly Italian stage actors, including Franco Javarone, Peppe Barra, and Kim Rossi Stuart. The popular Italian comedy team Fichi d'India plays the roles of the Cat and Fox. Released by Miramax in the U.S., the film received an English-dubbed soundtrack with the voice talents of Glenn Close, David Suchet, and Breckin Meyer as Pinocchio.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkhRqjzJacQ&feature=youtu.be
- Swept Away
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Madonna, Adriano Giannini and Bruce Greenwood
Amber Leighton is 40: beautiful, rich, spoiled, foul-mouthed and arrogant beyond measure. Nothing makes this woman happy, including her wealthy but passive husband, Tony, a pharmaceutical kingpin.
When Tony takes her on a private cruise from Greece to Italy with two other couples, Amber is unimpressed by this impromptu no-frills vacation and takes out her anger on the ship's first mate, Giuseppe Esposito. When a storm leaves the two shipwrecked on a deserted island, however, the tables suddenly turn, with Giuseppe gaining the upper hand, followed by the two falling in love.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ej7r0-zaVQ&feature=youtu.be
- Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre
Director: Alain Chabat
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier and Jamel Debbouze
Based on the original 60s’ French comic books by René Goscinny, Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre is the big-budget sequel to the 1999 box-office hit Astérix and Obélix vs. Caesar. Empress Cleopatra (Monica Bellucci) makes a wager with Julius Caesar (played by writer/director Alain Chabat) that her people can build a beautiful palace in three months. She chooses architect Numerobis (Jamel Debbouze) for the project, which must be completed in time or he will be fed to the crocodiles. Numerobis travels to Gaul to get help from the super powered Panoramix (Claude Rich) and the warriors Astérix (Christian Clavier) and Obélix (Gérard Depardieu), along with their faithful pet Dogmatix. They use their magic potion to make the Egyptian slave-labour population into superheroes, thereby building the palace in no time. Meanwhile, the angry architect Amonbofis (Gérard Darmon) and Julius Caesar don't want to see them succeed. At the time of its release, Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre was the most expensive French film ever made, with a budget of $50 million.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4FVIAHJg8M
- The Count of Monte Cristo
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Cast: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce and Richard Harris
The classic tale of swashbuckling adventure by the senior Alexandre Dumas comes to the screen in its umpteenth incarnation, this time from Kevin Reynolds, directing his first feature in five years. James Caviezel stars as Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who plans to marry his beautiful lover Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Edmond doesn't know that his best friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) secretly desires Mercedes for himself and schemes with fallen aristocrat Villefort (James Frain) to frame Edmond for a crime he didn't commit. Sentenced to life on the remote island prison of D'If, Edmond becomes consumed by plans for revenge. Thirteen years pass and he meets a fellow innocent convict, Abbe Faria (Richard Harris), who becomes Edmond's mentor in sword fighting, finance, and escape, confiding that a vast treasure awaits a discoverer on the island of Monte Cristo. Eventually, Edmond is able to get away using Faria's tunnels and makes his way to Monte Cristo, where he retrieves the fortune and uses it to make himself over as the wealthy "Count of Monte Cristo." With the help of a loyal sidekick (Luis Guzman), Edmond insinuates himself into French royalty and sets about getting revenge on Villefort and Fernand, who is now married to Mercedes. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) also stars Michael Wincott and Albie Woodington.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG7FDivQLac&feature=youtu.be
Director: Stuart Urban
Cast: Natasha Wightman, Udo Kier and Diran Meghreblian
A powerful ancient relic holds the key to ultimate destruction in director Stuart Urban's religious-flavoured thriller Revelation. Since the crucifixion of Christ, the Loculus has eluded the grasp of the demonic Grand Master (Udo Kier), who seeks to find the artefact and learn its mysterious secrets in order to unlock its power to devastating results. As the Grand Master continues his quest for the Loculus, a billionaire mogul named Magnus Martel (Terence Stamp) enlists the reluctant aid of his computer expert son, Jake (James D'Arcy), and an alchemy student named Mira (Natasha Wightman) in finding the Loculus before the Grand Master completes his quest. Traveling the world in a race to save the soul of humankind, the trio attempts to unlock the centuries-old secrets of the Loculus, which may ultimately reveal the connection between science and religion as well as the salvation of the human race.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqMyyRKsYvc&feature=youtu.be
- The Emperor's New Clothes
Director: Alan Taylor
Cast: Ian Holm, Iben Hjejle and Tim McInnerny
A fanciful retelling of the story of Napoleon Bonaparte (played by heralded actor Ian Holm, this British costume comedy suggests that it was Napoleon's double, not the man himself, who died on St. Helena Island. The film begins by presenting Napoleon after his defeat at Waterloo, at the home of a young boy (Tom Watson), where he watches a slide show of his actions and begins to tell his story. The film flashes back to Napoleon's six years of house arrest, when he dictated his memoirs to an aide (Murray Melvin). He has concocted a scheme with his sidekicks Montholon (Nigel Terry) and Bertrand (Hugh Bonneville) and a valet named Marchand (Eddie Marsan) to plant a double in his place so he can escape to Paris, where he can then reclaim his throne as emperor of France. Posing as a galley hand, Napoleon steals a ship, but mistakenly arrives in Belgium, where he must then make his way back to France by barge. When he finally arrives in Paris, he discovers his contact, Truchaut, has died, and he enlists the help of his widow Pumpkin (played by Mifune's Iben Hjelje). Unable to reveal his true identity, Napoleon kills time by using Pumpkin and other supporters to start a profitable business, and Pumpkin begins to find herself drawn to Napoleon, though knowing his real identity. The film was directed by American filmmaker Alan Taylor, who helmed the quirky 1995 comedy Palookaville.
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen
A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Coliseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death. Gladiator also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed, who died of a heart attack midway through production.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol67qo3WhJk&feature=youtu.be
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton and Harvey Keitel
In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship carries an Enigma Machine, a special coding device that allows high-level Axis forces to send messages that can't be read without a similar encryption mechanism. Obtaining a working Enigma device would be invaluable for the Allied war effort, so a U.S. sub is sent out to rescue the machine. However, German forces have already picked up the sub's distress signal and are en route to rescue their comrades. U-571 features a distinguished cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2imOf6-H3tI&feature=youtu.be
- White Squall
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Caroline Goodall and John Savage
Based on a true incident from 1960, White Squall is the story of the tragic sinking of the Albatross, a prep school educational two-masted schooner, during a Caribbean storm. Screenwriter Todd Robinson wrote the script after meeting one of the tragedy's survivors, Chuck Gieg. In the film, Gieg (Scott Wolf) is the narrator. He and his fellow students, whose parents have paid handsomely for their schooling, which combines classroom work with real-life adventure, are introduced to their grizzled seafaring captain, Christopher Sheldon (Jeff Bridges). Gieg is initially sceptical of Sheldon's authority, but he gradually comes to see the captain as a model of manhood. The other boys aboard include Frank Beaumont (Jeremy Sisto), a self-absorbed snob; Dean Preston (Eric Michael Cole), a troublemaker and bully; Tod Johnston (Balthazar Getty), a returning student; and the naïve Tracy Lapchick (Ethan Embry). John Savage plays the pompous English teacher aboard the ship. Various incidents establish the boys' insecurities and relationships with the authorities -- and foreshadow their eventual fate. The killer squall comes up quietly but soon turns deadly, and the boys are forced to go beyond their privileged upbringings and deal with real danger.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69ZoLvE9SpQ&feature=youtu.be
Director: Veikko Aaltonen
Cast: Bob Peck, Katrin Cartlidge and John Castle
The crew aboard a freight ship are stuck as sea, shunned at all ports because of the toxic waste the ship carriers.
- Cutthroat Island
Director: Renny Harlin
Cast: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine and Frank Langella
Morgan Adams (Davis) is the daughter of a pirate. When her father dies, she inherits his ship, a crew of bandits, and one third of a treasure map (which happens to be tattooed on his skull). Morgan is eager to search out the rest of the map and retrieve the riches, but the fragment she holds is in Latin. Morgan then buys a well-educated slave, William Shaw (Matthew Modine), who can read the ancient language and already has a taste for the criminal life. However, Morgan and William are not long into their search when they discover that someone else is following the same trail for the rest of the treasure map: Dawg Brown (Frank Langella), Morgan's uncle and as black-hearted a scurvy dog as ever boarded a ship. As Morgan and Dawg battle each other over the fragments of the map, a British journalist (Maury Chaykin) covers their feud for the penny press.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvzK7dz9qMI&feature=youtu.be
- Casque Bleu
Director: Gérard Jugnot
Cast: Gérard Jugnot, Victoria Abril and Valérie Lemercier
More than a dozen years ago, Patrick (Gerard Jugnot) and Alicia (Victoria Abril) began their relationship by chance at the Peace Inn Hotel on a Mediterranean island. However, despite the fact that they have returned to the place where they first fell in love, it will take more than that for their relationship to survive. For one thing, Alicia is not about to forgive him for the one episode of his infidelity that she knows about. For another, they are no longer wide-eyed young people. Others at the hotel have their own romantic preoccupations, such as the hotel's charming gay male owner, who is being besieged by a clueless young woman who has developed a crush on him. Surely the people at the hotel long for this vacation to end, along most of the problems that have come with it, but they are taken hostage in a local civil war and have even more difficulties.
- Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
Director: John Glen
Cast: Marlon Brando, Tom Selleck and Georges Corraface
John Glen directed this throwback to the costume dramas of the 1930s and 1940s, but without a smidgen of their energy and verve. George Corraface plays Christopher Columbus as a dynamic and muscular comic-book hero. He has a dream to set sail to find a new passageway to India, but he needs the backing of the Spanish government to do it. First, he must undergo a grilling by Tomas de Torquemada (Marlon Brando). After passing muster with Torquemada, he gets the blessing of Queen Isabella (Rachel Ward) and King Ferdinand (Tom Selleck). Columbus then sets sail in a series of picture-postcard travelogue shots as he sails the ocean blue and discovers a new world of wonders.
- Der Skipper
Director: Peter Keglevic
Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Patsy Kensit and Elizabeth Hurley
This thriller stars Jurgen Prochnow as an alcoholic sailor who agrees to deliver two young English women to the Caribbean.
- Les 1001 Nuits
Director: Philippe de Broca
Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gérard Jugnot and Stéphane Freiss
The tale of this movie is familiar enough, Sheherazade (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has been married to a ruler (Thierry Lhermitte) who wants many wives, but only one at a time. Consequently, as soon as he has bedded them, he has them put to death. In most retellings, the girl staves off this unfortunate conclusion by putting off the event for a thousand and one nights, telling irresistible stories instead. In this one, she gets hold of a magic lamp and acquires a genie named Jimmy Genius (Gerard Jugnot) from the 20th century, who helps her escape and avoid recapture a thousand and one ways, by providing her with airplanes, cars, and other twentieth-century magical devices.
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Cast: Peter Weller, Richard Crenna and Amanda Pays
Leviathan, a sci-fi thriller directed by George Pan Cosmatos, is the story of a group of scientists who discover a sunken Russian submarine which contains a monster that is the product of a genetic experiment. This film, a hybrid of both The Abyss and Alien, has a decent cast, including Peter Weller as Beck, the lead oceanographer. Working with a good budget, action director Cosmatos, should have been able to put together better action sequences and a more frightening monster, but he gives this derivative, silly film below-par special effects and no particular visual style. Leviathan, while it may entertain a less-sophisticated viewer, has little to offer fans of the genre who are looking for thrilling special effects.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7FskSqAQis&feature=youtu.be
- Erik the Viking
Director: Terry Jones
Cast: Tim Robbins, John Cleese and Mickey Rooney
An unusually principled young Viking becomes increasing uncomfortable with all the killing and plundering that goes with the job, and sets out on a magical journey in order to bring about world peace. Former Monty Python member Terry Jones attempts to have his story of Erik's seemingly hopeless quest operate as both witty, lunatic satire and sincere children's fantasy.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rft9QtIFks&feature=youtu.be
- Black Eagle
Director: Eric Karson
Cast: Shô Kosugi, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Doran Clark
Black Eagle takes as its inspiration Reagan-era cold war paranoia. After a renegade scientist goes AWOL, a top secret device is up for grabs. International intrigue ensues, with CIA agent Ken Tani aka Black Eagle and KGB operative Andrei, played by Jon Claude van Damme at the centre. The picture builds towards their inevitable showdown where American interests are preserved. Black Eagle was van Damme's second picture.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgLVWpMzNCw
- Iron Warrior
Director: Alfonso Brescia
Cast: Miles O'Keeffe, Savina Gersak and Elisabeth Kaza
The Fighting Eagle returns again, sans Thong, to the legendary realm of Dragor to do battle with Phaedra, an evil sorceress. Her main weapon is an unstoppable warrior, known as the Master of the Sword, who continuously battles Ator to a draw, until finally revealing his secret connection to the Blademaster. Written by Sean Kilby
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Walter Matthau, Cris Campion and Damien Thomas
Although the title evokes a swashbuckling adventure, Roman Polanski's Pirates turns out to be a seagoing tale with a bit of a difference. Captain Red (Walter Matthau) runs a hardy pirate ship with the able assistance of Frog, a dashing young French sailor (Cris Campion). One day Capt. Red is captured and taken aboard a Spanish galleon, but thanks to his inventiveness, he raises the crew to mutiny, takes over the ship, and kidnaps the daughter of the governor of Maracaibo (Charlotte Lewis).
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsGsNLt3Jr0&feature=youtu.be
- Final Justice
Director: Greydon Clark
Cast: Joe Don Baker, Rossano Brazzi and Venantino Venantini
Geronimo is the Sheriff of a little Texas town. One night two brothers from Palermo kills the sheriffs coworker and pal so he chases them. The chase takes him across the border down to Mexico where he kills one of the brothers and takes the other one back to USA to stand trial. The surviving brother vows revenge on the sheriff. But the criminal is handed over to the Italian police and the sheriff is sent over to Europe with the prisoner. Written by Mikael Ahkoila.
- Les Loups Entre Eux
Director: José Giovanni
Cast: Claude Brasseur, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Robert Arden
Set up along the general plot lines of films like The Dirty Dozen, this spy-action drama of espionage and counter-espionage involves ten men trained by NATO Attache Straub (Edward Meeks) for a dangerous special mission. The men include leader Larcier (Claude Brasseur), a Romani, a man who is a crack shot, a safe-cracker, a professional mountain climber, and others. The team's assignment is to scale a rocky cliff somewhere in the Mediterranean area, rescue a general from captivity before he is forced to reveal NATO secrets, and bring the general back safely. After the men successfully complete the mission with only two casualties, NATO reveals a cold-blooded brutality that changes the picture and continues the violence.
- Der Scheenman
Director: Peter F. Bringmann
Cast: Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Polly Eltes and Towje Kleiner
In this German action-thriller, Dorn (Marius Muller-Westernhagen) has a stroke of bad luck that gets him involved in the world of drug dealers, with no easy way out. While in his hotel room on Malta, Dorn is trying to figure out how to sell 50,000 copies of a porn magazine he has stashed there, when the police burst in and he just barely makes it out of the window and into the room below. That turns out to be a jump from the frying pan into the fire, because there is a dead man in the room below, and the next thing he knows, Dorn is being chased by the police for murder. Eventually, Dorn gets away from the clutches of the Maltese police force and ends up in Amsterdam with a mountain of cocaine to unload. But then he runs into Cora (Polly Eltes) who advises him to sell the cocaine to a Chinese drug lord. Dorn manages to pull off the sale for a hefty profit, but then events take a turn for the worse one more time, leaving him in another tight spot.
Director: Michael Tuchner
Cast: Margot Kidder, Robert Hays and Gila von Weitershausen
In this pseudo-farce, the heroine Mickey (Margot Kidder) takes two weeks off work to go to Malta and write a mystery novel and finds herself caught up in a series of real-life murders that she weaves into her progressing story. Caught between a parody, a children's film, and a who-dunnit, the overplayed Disney charm of Trenchcoat wears thin very quickly.
Director: Mohan Segal
Cast: Dharmendra, Jeetendra and Hema Malini
Captain Chawla has been employed for years with a cargo shipping company run by Ranbir. While celebrating the New Year Chawla hears gunshots and goes under to investigate. Ranbir finds out that Chawla was misusing his captaincy and smuggling gold bars, and files a police complaint, Chawla is arrested and imprisoned. His daughter, Suman, returns from England and decides to find out what really happened.
- Clash of the Titans
Director: Desmond Davis
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin and Claire Bloom
The heroic Perseus battles strange creatures and overcomes fantastic challenges while the gods of Olympus argue over his fate in loose adaptation of several classic tales of Greek mythology. The film was critically lambasted for its awkward pacing and lack of originality, not to mention the sometimes embarrassing performances by Laurence Olivier and other distinguished veterans. However, Clash of the Titans nevertheless found some popularity amongst younger audiences, thanks largely to interesting (if inconsistent) special effects work from legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBB5L8t-0Co&feature=youtu.be
Director: Norman J. Warren
Cast: Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley and Stephanie Beacham
This unsettling British Alien clone (released in the U.K. under the sleazy title Inseminoid) is set in the labyrinthine underground caverns of a remote planet, where a team of scientific explorers find themselves in the bizarre predicament of defending themselves from a rampaging, pregnant crew member (Judy Geeson). It seems the poor woman has been impregnated by a slime-covered insectoid alien (as depicted in a surreal and truly disgusting flashback), and the resulting hormonal imbalance has transformed her into an inhumanly strong, psychopathic killer. She promptly sets about dismembering and eating everyone in sight (no doubt because of the baby's nutritional requirements) before finally giving birth to a pair of snarling little mutants bearing a more-than-passing resemblance to the terror tykes from the It's Alive series. Aside from the admittedly "unique" premise, this is a fairly standard rip-off -- complete with characters resembling their Alien counterparts -- and the lovely Geeson's rabid, eye-popping performance is more than a bit uncomfortable to watch. The American video release is missing a great deal of the original's graphic violence.
- L’Ultimo Squalo
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Cast: James Franciscus, Vic Morrow and Micaela Pignatelli
A quaint little beach town is terrorized by a bloodthirsty great white shark in the infamous Italian Jaws rip-off The Last Shark. As usual, the powers that be turn a blind eye to it for tourist reasons, although eventually even they cannot escape the ocean of blood at their doorstep. Cue novelist Peter Benton (James Franciscus) and shark hunter Ron Hamer (Vic Morrow), who valiantly seek to kill the beast. Best known for the Universal Pictures lawsuit that found the film's North American theatrical release cut short and subsequent releases barred due to the blatant similarities to Steven Spielberg's blockbuster and its sequel, The Last Shark lives on in movie legend and Japanese laserdisc bootlegs for those who can find it.
- Raise the Titanic
Director: Jerry Jameson
Cast: Jason Robards, Richard Jordan and David Selby
American scientists are assigned by the U.S. navy to retrieve a cache of extremely valuable radioactive material that went down with the Titanic. They must hurry for the Russians are after it too.
Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall and Ray Walston
Based on the long-running comic strip created by E.C. Segar (and less on the animated cartoons created by Max Fleischer, which were decidedly different in tone and approach), Popeye follows the sailor man with the mighty arms (played by Robin Williams in his first major film role) as he arrives in the seaside community of Sweethaven in search of his long-lost father. Popeye meets and quickly falls for the slender Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall, in the role she was born to play), but Olive's hand has already been promised to the hulking Bluto (Paul Smith), of whom Olive can say little except, well, he's large. Eventually, Popeye and Olive are brought together by Swee' Pea (Wesley Ivan Hurt), an adorable foundling, and Popeye finally meets his dad, Poopdeck Pappy (Ray Walston). Director Robert Altman in no way tempered his trademark style for this big-budget family opus, crowding the screen with a variety of characters and allowing his cast to overlap as much dialogue as they want. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
- Midnight Express
Director: Alan Parker
Cast: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle and Bo Hopkins
Midnight Express is a harrowing tale of a naïve American caught in a nightmare of his own making thousands of miles from his home. Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is an American tourist visiting Turkey with his girlfriend Susan (Irene Miracle) when he's caught by customs officials trying to smuggle a large amount of hashish out of the country. The crime would normally carry a sentence of four years, but officials decide to make an example of Billy, and he draws a 30-year sentence despite the promises of his Turkish legal counsel. While Susan and Billy'sfather (Mike Kellin) pledge to do everything they can to speed Billy's release, in fact there's little than can be done. Billy quickly finds himself in a hellish prison that's a nightmare of filth, violence, rape, inedible food, and unspeakable health conditions. However, Billy gains a few confidantes behind bars: Jimmy (Randy Quaid), an American in a constant state of emotional overdrive; Max (John Hurt), an intelligent, drug-addicted Englishman; and Erich (Norbert Weisser), a gay Scandinavian who is attracted to Billy but accepts his gentle refusals of sex. Before long, Billy is convinced that he can take no more, and he makes plans to take the "midnight express" -- jailhouse slang for escape. While his friends are willing to help, they also make clear that almost no one who has tried to escape has lived to tell the tale. Based on a true story, Midnight Express was a box-office hit which won wide acclaim for the performances of Brad Davis and John Hurt; and the screenplay, by Oliver Stone, won an Academy Award.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhuutAnXBzQ&feature=youtu.be
- Force 10 from Navarone
Director: Guy Hamilton
Cast: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw and Edward Fox
Force 10 From Navarone was a sequel to the 1961 blockbuster The Guns of Navarone and tells the tale of ten widely divergent WW II troubleshooters who attempt to blow up a crucial bridge in Yugoslavia. As in the first Navarone film, one of the guerillas is a traitor: group leader Mallory (Robert Shaw) knows the identity of the turncoat, but can't prove it until it's almost too late. The beautiful female resistance leader is played by Barbara Bach, while Harrison Ford, fresh from his Star Wars success, is the romantic lead. Others in the cast include Edward Fox, Franco Nero and Alan Badel.
- Sweeney 2
Director: Tom Clegg
Cast: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman and Denholm Elliott
The Sweeney started out as a British TV detective program all about Scotland Yard's Flying Squad. Its popularity spawned a reasonably satisfying 1976 feature film, starring the TV series' Tom Thaw. In Sweeney 2, Thaw is called upon to solve a series of carefully orchestrated bank robberies, which turn out to be the handiwork of an elite team of crooks headquartered in a posh Maltese apartment complex.
- Warlords of Atlantis
Director: Kevin Connor
Cast: Doug McClure, Peter Gilmore and Shane Rimmer
Also known as Seven Cities to Atlantis, this is a British-produced adventure fantasy which uses rather ordinary special effects. In Victorian England, an explorer, Greg Collinson (Doug McClure), leads an unlikely expedition to discover the lost continent of Atlantis. Among the team are scientists Professor Aitken (Donald Boisset) and son Charles (Peter Gilmore). The crew members mutiny, setting their sights on the legendary treasures of Atlantis. The ship is attacked by sea monsters and a giant octopus. Sinking to the bottom of the sea, the explorers find that Atlantis is populated by intelligent beings from another planet who enslave the shipwrecked sailors. The aliens' goal is to create a fascist state that will rule the world, and they want to recruit Charles to help them. Delphine (Lea Brodie), the daughter of one of the shipwrecked slaves, helps the heroes find a high priestess, Atsil (Cyd Charisse), who holds the key to their chances of escaping.
- Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
Director: Sam Wanamaker
Cast: Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour and Taryn Power
Famed stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen concocts a collection of fantastic creatures -- including a saber-tooth tiger, a chess-playing baboon, a giant walrus and three banshees -- for this follow-up to The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Patrick Wayne stars as Sinbad, who seeks the hand of Princess Farah (Jane Seymour) in marriage but cannot get her brother, Prince Kassim (Damian Thomas), to agree to the match because he has been turned into a baboon by his evil stepmother. In order to receive the blessing of Farah's brother, Sinbad must travel to a faraway realm and find a wizard named Melanthius (Patrick Troughton), the only one who can break the evil spell placed upon Kassim.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AicHHpJjoJg
Director: Michael Anderson
Cast: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling and Will Sampson
Another big-budget monster movie from producer Dino de Laurentiis, Orca concerns the mutual revenge pact between an obsessive whaler (Richard Harris) and an angry killer whale, whose pregnant mate Harris killed. The whale strikes back by biting off Bo Derek's leg, so Harris and concerned biologist Charlotte Rampling follow it to frozen northern waters for the climactic showdown. Just in case you like Jaws better than Moby Dick, there's a killer shark thrown in for good measure.
- The Spy Who Loved Me
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Cast: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens
James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed.
Director: Ramanand Sagar
Cast: Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Ajit
Suraj Dharmendra his dad, and sister live in Uganda while their properties and business in India are managed by an employee named Kalicharan. They are forced to leave Uganda, after political upheaval caused by General Idi Amin and Kalicharan fears they will find out he has invested their money in smuggling drugs and has their house set on fire. Suraj's father is killed and his sister is abducted. He is then recruited by the police to stop Kalicharan's smuggling activities which leads him to Europe. He meets Sudha Hema Malini a beautiful dancer, who has been blackmailed by Kalicharan, into helping smuggle the drugs. Suraj must try to find his sister, end the drug smuggling and take his revenge on Kalicharan.
- Shout at the Devil
Director: Peter R. Hunt
Cast: Lee Marvin, Roger Moore and Barbara Parkins
Colonel Flynn O'Flynn (Lee Marvin), a hard drinking American, uses British aristocrat Sebastian Oldsmith (Roger Moore) to help poach ivory in Tanganyika, which is part of the German-controlled pre-World War I territory of German East Africa. On hearing news that the American has returned, Herman Fleischer, the local German Commander of the Southern Provinces, relentlessly hunts O'Flynn with his Schutztruppen.
Later Sebastian meets and falls in love with O'Flynn's daughter, Rosa (Barbara Parkins). They are married and have a daughter together. Meanwhile the poaching continues. Fleischer has a warship ram and sink O'Flynn's Arab dhow (ship) containing poached ivory. But whilst attacking O'Flynn's home, Schutztruppe under Fleischer's command kill Sebastian's daughter Maria.
O'Flynn and Sebastian decide to go and kill Fleischer as revenge for the death of the little girl. But when it is discovered that Britain is at war with Germany, allied officers convince O'Flynn to locate and destroy the German warship awaiting repair.
O'Flynn, Sebastian, and Rosa pursue Fleischer who also happens to be on the warship. Eventually they find her in an inlet and sink her.
Watch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzqbyF28L44&feature=youtu.be
- Children of Rage
Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Cast: Helmut Griem, Olga Georges-Picot and Cyril Cusack
An Israeli doctor (Helmut Griem) is working with guerrillas at an enclave when the Palestinians attempt to blow up a dance-hall. The doctor is stunned to discover an old friend among the terrorist dead. A fictional story - but based on a true contemporary background of Middle East conflict and bloodshed.
- Il Lupo dei Mari
Director: Giuseppe Vari
Cast: Chuck Connors, Giuseppe Pambieri and Barbara Bach
In this exciting adaptation of Jack London's novel The Sea Wolf a brutal and mad sea captain terrorizes his crew. He rescues the wealthy survivor of a shipwreck and forces the fellow to join his crew. After observing and taking considerable abuse from the cruel captain, the young man stages a mutiny and kills the evil tyrant.
- The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Director: Gordon Hessler
Cast: John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro and Tom Baker
The second of special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's three Sinbad epics, this film finds the titular hero played by John Philip Law, while the principal villain, Koura, is portrayed by future Dr. Who Tom Baker. The plot sends Sinbad and his crew on a quest for a valuable and magical golden tablet. Harryhausen's "Dynamation" highlights include a six-armed statue, a one-eyed centaur and a flying griffin. Caroline Munro also stars. Golden Voyage of Sinbad was followed by Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1979).
- Voir Malte et Mourir
Director: José Bénazéraf
Cast: Lea Lander, Erna Schurer and Joëlle Blum
The great powers are finding enormous difficulties in securing energy sources. So the United States, the Soviet Union and France are up at arms in trying to entice a sheik who owns valuable oil wells. The battle will be fought not with weapons but by glamorous women, corrupt and corrupting; not take place at sea or on the heads of battle, but in the beds of Malta where the Sheikh he placed his headquarters.
- L'Invenzione di Morel
Director: Emidio Greco
Cast: Anna Karina, Giulio Brogi and John Steiner
A dejected and worn-out man spends an inordinate amount of time observing what appear to be well-dressed 1920s high-society types moving in and around a library set in the middle of an otherwise deserted island. Eventually, an irritating explanation for this situation is paired with an improbable one.
- The Mackintosh Man
Director: John Huston
Cast: Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda and James Mason
John Huston directed this cold war spy thriller (from a script by Walter Hill) concerning a British agent trying to infiltrate the organization of a nefarious communist spy. Paul Newman is Joseph Reardon, a British secret agent commissioned by Mackintosh (Harry Andrews) to impersonate a jewel thief. When the police are tipped off about his diamond robbery, Reardon is arrested and shipped off to a high-security prison. At the prison, he meets a convicted Russian spy and the two are involved in a prison break, arranged by a mysterious group called the Scarperers. After the successful breakout, Reardon finds himself drugged and sent to Ireland. It turns out that the escapade was organized by Mackintosh in the hopes Reardon could infiltrate the Scarperers and gather information on the group's leader, Sir George Wheeler (James Mason), and prove him to be a Russian spy.
Director: Mike Hodges
Cast: Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney and Lionel Stander
A year after Get Carter (1971), director Mike Hodges and star Michael Caine reunited for this comic crime thriller. Caine stars as Mickey King, a writer of cheap paperback detective novels, living in Rome and cranking one noir book after another. King is approached by Ben Dinuccio (Lionel Stander) and offered an abnormally large sum to ghost write the autobiography of a mystery celebrity. The intrigued King agrees and is transported to a remote island where he meets his subject, Preston Gilbert (Mickey Rooney), a one-time movie star known for playing gangsters and notorious for hanging out with real-life mobsters off the set (a sly jab at Frank Sinatra and George Raft). Now dying of cancer, Gilbert wants King to jot down his life story before he dies. Although he's an abusive jerk, Gilbert's had an interesting life and King sets about getting it all down on paper, but then the star is murdered at a party, leaving King with no conclusion to his tale. Playing detective like the heroes of his stories, King pieces together a mystery involving Gilbert's past, his ex-wife, a transvestite who's supposed to be dead, and an Italian prince running for office. Though largely dismissed at the time of its release by fans and critics disappointed at its dissimilarity to Get Carter, Pulp (1972) was championed by a few and became something of a cult favourite over subsequent decades.
Director: Etienne Périer
Cast: Michael York, Elke Sommer and Peter Carsten
Set during World War I, Zeppelin stars Michael York as Geoffrey Richter-Douglas, a British defector who goes to work in the fledgling German airship industry. In truth, Richter-Douglas is a spy, who has feigned defection in order to steal the plans for the revolutionary new Zeppelin. Our hero goes undercover so well that, when he tries to inform his own government of a German plan to steal the Magna Carta and thus irreparably damage British morale, no one believes him! Marius Goring co-stars as the inventor of the Zeppelin, who is racked with guilt when he learns that his creation is to be used for underhanded purposes, while Elke Sommer plays Goring's wife, who ends up helping Richter-Douglas to thwart the robbery scheme.
- When Eight Bells Toll
Director: Etienne Périer
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jack Hawkins and Robert Morley
In this complex, undersea thriller from author Alistair MacLean, a heroic diver attempts to prevent pirates from stealing gold bullion. His superiors assign him and his helper to pretend to be marine biologists and travel off the coast of Scotland where a puzzling series of murders have occurred.
- Murphy's War
Director: Peter Yates
Cast: Peter O'Toole, Siân Phillips and Philippe Noiret
Peter Yates directed this quirky World War II war drama starring Peter O'Toole as Murphy, an Irishman who survives the torpedoing of a merchantman ship off the jungle coast of Venezuela by a German U-boat. Murphy is rescued by French oil engineer, Louis Brezon (Philippe Noiret), who reluctantly takes Murphy to a nearby Quaker mission hospital. Nursed back to health by a missionary nurse (Sian Phillips), Murphy himself nurses a grudge against the German U-boat that blew up the British merchant ship. Meanwhile, a pilot is brought to the mission whose plane had been shot down by the Germans. He begs Murphy to find his airplane to keep it out of enemy hands. But after the pilot dies, Murphy has another idea -- to find the plane, locate the hated U-boat, and blow it to smithereens.
- Adventures of Gerrard
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Cast: Peter McEnery, Claudia Cardinale and Eli Wallach
Peter McEnery stars as Col. Etienne Girard, Hussar officer of the Napoleonic era. The story takes place during the Little Corporal's 1808 campaign in the Spanish peninsula. Col. Gerard's adventures include an ongoing war of nerves against Napoleon's forces, not to mention a steamy affair with one Countess Teresa Claudia Cardinale. "Nappy" himself is played by Eli Wallach, who certainly has the right temperament for the role, even though he's much too tall to be thoroughly convincing. The Adventures of Gerard is based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Director: John Hough
Cast: Mark Lester, Lionel Jeffries and Susan George
Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady connections, is murdered in the office building where Daryll works, Tony shows up to cover the story and Daryll introduce himself. She thinks he may know something, so she pursues him; he pretends he might to keep her interested. This romantic cat and mouse game goes on under the watchful eyes of the killers, who think that Daryll and Tony do know something. The killers start their own game of cat and mouse.
- Mister Jerico
Director: Sidney Hayers
Cast: Patrick Macnee, Connie Stevens and Herbert Lom
Mister Jerico stars Patrick Macnee as smooth con artist Dudley Jerico. Marty Allen, the brillo-haired member of the Allen and Rossi comedy team, is good for a few laughs as Jerico's sidekick. The pair is in Malta to pull off a spectacular scam. The publicity packet for Mister Jerico assured that we'd see "a comic run of fake and real gems, mixed identities, and pell-mell chases." What we never saw was the weekly series for which Mister Jerico was so obviously the pilot film.
- Hell Boats
Director: Paul Wendkos
Cast: James Franciscus, Elizabeth Shepherd and Ronald Allen
In this WW II actioner set in 1942, an American officer serving with the British Royal Navy attempts to blockade Malta and then destroy a German arsenal located in Sicily.
- Battle of Britain
Director: Guy Hamilton
Cast: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard and Harry Andrews
James Bond-flick director Guy Hamilton helmed this episodic, all-star World War II film. With Sir Laurence Olivier heading up an ensemble cast as flight commander Sir Hugh Dowdling, The Battle of Britain pays tribute to other nationalities instrumental in fending off the waves of Luftwaffe planes, notably the expatriate Polish and Czech pilots. Trevor Howard, Michael Caine, and Michael Redgrave also populate the cast.
- Vendetta for the Saint
Director: Jim O'Connolly
Cast: Roger Moore, Ian Hendry and Gábor Baraker
In this spy adventure taken from the TV series The Saint, suave Simon Templar must stop a Sicilian Mafioso from succeeding on his personal vendetta.
- Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
Director: Anthony Newley
Cast: Anthony Newley, Joan Collins and Alexander Newley
Hieronymus Merkin has recently turned 40, and is in the midst of preparing a film that details his life's history and development. Portraying himself as a marionette being controlled by an unseen puppet master, young Merkin is led away from the innocence of youth and into the waiting arms of one woman after another by Goodtime Eddie Filth. With Filth's guidance, Merkin steadily transforms into a self-centered womanizer, save only for the longing he feels for his one lost love, Mercy Humppe. As the producers of his life story scream for him to come up with an ending, Merkin must look back and decide what, if anything, he's learned from his experiences. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher
- Captain Nemo and the Underwater City
Director: James Hill
Cast: Robert Ryan, Chuck Connors, Nanette Newman
When their sailing ship founders at sea, several of the passengers are rescued and find themselves aboard a submarine in the command of Captain Nemo. They are amazed to find that Nemo has built a vast underwater city. Men, women and children all live in harmony in Nemo's idyllic paradise that is free of war and lives off the riches that they've found at the bottom of sea. The new arrivals are distressed to learn however that as they've now seen the city, they cannot leave and must live there for the rest of their days. That doesn't sit well with many of the new arrivals some of whom set about to find a way to leave at whatever cost.
- A Twist of Sand
Director: Don Chaffey
Cast: Richard Johnson, Honor Blackman and Jeremy Kemp
A former British Naval Officer now makes his living by smuggling goods around the Mediterranean. After being forced to dump his cargo after nearly being caught by the authorities in Malta, he is eager to recoup his losses. When a former colleague appears and tells a wild story about smuggling diamonds out of South West Africa, he sees his chance to make a lot of money. Accompanied by the wife of a diamond prospector and a few shady characters he embarks on a quest to retrieve the diamonds. The only problem is that nobody trusts anybody else and the only way to retrieve the diamonds is to navigate the dangerous waters of the skeleton coast, a place where few ships have ever survived. To complicate things further, he has some very good reasons for not going there related to a mission he undertook there during the war. Written by Kevin Steinhauer
- Casino Royale
Directors: Val Guest, Ken Hughes, John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish and Richard Talmadge
Cast: David Niven, Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress
Retired after years of international espionage, Agent 007 is lured back into action to battle the evil spy organization SMERSH in this notoriously incoherent parody of the James Bond films. David Niven portrays the aging Bond, who atypically rejects the advances of a variety of women, and agrees to battle SMERSH's hold on the lavish Casino Royale only after organization head M is murdered. Also mixed up in the affair are several other secret agents, all named James Bond, played by everyone from Peter Sellers and Woody Allen to a chimpanzee. Despite a star-studded cast, a large production budget, and a hit score by Burt Bacharach, the film was universally panned as a muddled, overlong failure, with the occasional amusing sequence lost in the unintelligible surroundings. The participation of several screenwriters and five different directors, including John Huston, only adds to the confusion.
- Death is a Woman
Director: Frederic Goode
Cast: Trisha Noble, Mark Burns and Shaun Curry
Death is a Woman is the American title of the British Love is a Woman. Patsy Ann Noble is the woman in question, the mistress of a recently deceased smuggler. Narcotics agent Mark Burns goes undercover to gain the confidence of Noble and criminal mastermind William Dexter. Suddenly, Dexter turns up dead and Burns is arrested for murder. We then learn the full significance of the film's US title. In certain markets, this perplexing melodrama was released as Sex is a Woman.
- The Bedford Incident
Director: James B. Harris
Cast: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier and James MacArthur
The Bedford Incident was an attempt by Columbia Pictures -- which had previously made Dr. Strangelove and released Fail-Safe -- to tap the well of public anxiety surrounding nuclear weapons and the Cold War one more time. Reporter Ben Munceford (Sidney Poitier) is allowed aboard a navy ship on patrol near the Arctic Circle, under the command of Captain Eric Finlander (Richard Widmark). His job is to observe the ship in action and do an article on Finlander, a hard-as-nails sailor and a dedicated anti-Communist with a patriotic zeal that's extraordinary even in a man of his rank and position. Finlander's main problem, however -- when he's not sparring with the reporter -- is tracking and hunting a Soviet sub that he knows is patroling the same waters. What alarms Munceford (and the audience) is that Finlander acts like there is an actual "hot" war going on; he drives his men mercilessly, up to and past the breaking point, trying to hunt down the submarine and force it to surface, and nothing -- not the questions of the reporter, the angry protests of the newly-arrived medical officer (Martin Balsam), or the quietly voiced concerns of retired U-Boat commander Commodore Shrepke (Eric Portman), aboard as an observer, can get him to relent. Then, when it looks like Finlander has been proved right and has gotten away with his provocation of the "enemy," a mistake by one over-tired young officer (James MacArthur) suddenly unleashes all of the destructive power with which Finlander has been flirting.
Watch Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA-rgKBq7Ss
- Treasure in Malta
Director: Derek Williams
Cast: Mario Debono, Aidan Mompalau de Piro and Charles Thake
Two children spend an exciting holiday in Malta where their father is trying to track down a valuable antique statuette.
- The Silent Enemy
Director: William Fairchild
Cast: Laurence Harvey, Dawn Addams and Michael Craig
The Silent Enemy is based on Commander Crabb, a book by Marshall Pugh. This is the true story of young Lieutenant Crabb (Laurence Harvey), who in 1941 arrives in Gibraltar to learn the rudiments of deep-sea diving. Crabb isn't interested in recreation, however; there's a war on, and it is common knowledge that a band of Italian frogmen have been sabotaging the British naval forces. Without official permission, Crabb and a band of hardy volunteers take on the task of scuttling the enemy's guerilla activities. Silent Enemy is at its best during its underwater sequences, in which both British and Italian frogmen deploy an astonishing variety of deep-sea weaponry.
- The Battle of the River Plate
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Cast: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle and Ian Hunter
Widely regarded as one of the best and most intelligent British war dramas of the 1950s, The Battle of River Plate is the story of Britain's first significant naval victory in WW2. John Gregson heads the cast as Captain Bell, skipper of the Exeter, one of several vessels engaged in pursuit of the "indestructable" Geman battleship Graf Spee. Taking refuge in the neutral harbour of Montevideo, the Graf Spee is covertly protected by the Uruguayan government. Eventually, however, German captain Langsdorff (Peter Finch) is faced with a difficult decision: either stand his ground and fight a losing battle against the Exeter and its sister ships, or scuttle the Graf Spee and save the lives of his crew. Battle of the River Plate was released in the US as Pursuit of the Graf Spee.
- The Baby and the Battleship
Director: Jay Lewis
Cast: John Mills, Richard Attenborough and André Morell
After a quayside mix-up with the Italian family of his fiancée, Able Seaman Knocker White finds himself literally left holding the baby. Unable to return it before his ship sails he enlists the help of best mate Puncher Roberts to smuggle the child aboard. But babies are surprisingly demanding and gradually the whole crew is drawn into helping keep it fed and washed - and undiscovered. Even so, the officers above deck start to puzzle over the increasingly strange happenings on board.
- They who Dare
Director: Lewis Milestone
Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Denholm Elliott and Kay Callard
They Who Dare is undeservedly the least-known of director Lewis Milestone's sound films. Set in the Aegean sea during World War II, the film recounts the exploits of Britain's Special Boat Squadron. Sent on life-or-death commando missions, the squadron (six English, four Greek) hops from island to island, sabotaging Axis air bases. The centerpiece of the film is an assignment to dynamite German air fields on the island of Rhodes. Robert Westerby is credited with the screenplay of They Who Dare, and Lewis Milestone insisted the story was taken verbatim from the reminiscences of the squadron's two survivors; on the other hand, star Dirk Bogarde claimed that the film was improvised as they went along.
- Malta Story
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Cast: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and Anthony Steel
Malta Story stars Alec Guinness as WWII camera reconnaissance pilot Peter Ross. Crash-landing in Malta, Ross presents his photographs to the resident air officer (Jack Hawkins). The photos reveal that the Italians are planning a major invasion of the island. Low on fuel and men, the officer is all but helpless as the Italians mount their attack. Only the last-minute arrival reinforcements and supplies prevent Malta from falling into the hands of the enemies--but the story doesn't end there. Filmed on location, The Malta Story boasts some exceptional aerial photography, not to mention excellent performances from Guiness, Hawkins, Anthony Steele, Muriel Pavlow, Flora Robson and the rest of the stellar cast.
- Sailor of the King
Director: Roy Boulting
Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie and Wendy Hiller
Though set during WW II, Single-Handed was adapted from C.S. Forester’s boys own adventure Brown on Resolution, and had previously been filmed as Forever England (1935) with John Mills in the lead role.
Gripping adventure about Canadian seaman Brown (Jeffrey Hunter), the out-of-wedlock son of a high-ranking naval officer (Michael Rennie), now serving with the Royal Navy is one of only two survivors of a British ship sunk during a battle with the German pocket battleship Essen. The German vessel rescues Brown and the seriously injured Petty Officer ‘Stokes’ Wheatley (Bernard Lee), but when it puts into the deserted Resolution Island for repairs, Brown escapes with a rifle and decides to delay the ship’s departure by sniping at German seamen working on the vessel. A British Navy warship then moves in and sinks the ship. The squadron commander – unbeknownst to Brown his own father, then meets him at Buckingham Palace where Brown is decorated with the Victoria Cross for valour. The film also has an alternate ending in which Brown is killed without ever knowing that the commander of the cruiser squadron is the father.
- Tell England
Directors: Anthony Asquith, Geoffrey Barkas
Cast: Fay Compton, Tony Bruce and Carl Harbord
Writer/director Anthony Asquith's 1931 Battle of Gallipoli (alternate title: Tell England) is a powerful piece of moviemaking. Carl Harbord and Tony Bruce play two naïve young Britons who are filled with patriotic fervor when World War I breaks out. Once on the battlefields of Europe however, the boys are confronted with Hell on Earth. Their disillusionment with war and warfare culminates in the death of one of the boys at Gallipoli.
Director: Walter Summers
Cast: Elissa Landi, Michael Hogan and Hubert Carter
Leo Pertuz' novel The Marquise of Bolibar was the starting point for this British silent film. The story is set during the 1808 military contretemps between England and Spain. Elissa Landi plays the daughter of an artist who leads a double life as a Spanish espionage agent. Inadvertently, Landi provides the British with the capability to emerge triumphant.
- The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands
Director: Walter Summers
Cast: Roger Maxwell and Craighall Sherry
The reconstruction of two sea engagements of the First World War - the Battles of the Coronel of 1st November 1914 and the Battles of the Falkland Islands of 8th December 1914.
- Sons of the Seas
Director: H. Bruce Woolfe
Cast: D.C. Kenerdine, E. Godfrey and Dorothy Barclay
A rich boy and a gardener's son join the navy in 1914 and later save a girl from Mediterranean bandits.