' Horror films are beyond reality, therefore they don't date ...' Vincent Price talking on location for his new film The Revenge of Dr Death. Film 73 looks at the horror film cult with Denis Gif ford, author of A Pictorial History of Horror Movies.
Producer PATRICIA INGRAM
Don'miss the colour feature on Vincent Price in next week's radio TIMES.
In the first of a new autumn series, Jonathan Ross finds out whether the recent British release Billy Elliot lives up to the hype. Plus Billy Connolly explains the background to his new movie role, and there's a review of Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. See Choice.
Producer Susan Kemp ; Director Lara Hannay (S) (W)
Followed by Weatherview
James Dean with Natalie Wood , Sal Mineo
James Dean , the legendary film idol of the 50s, died 25 years ago, having starred in just three feature films.
This film gave him the part with which he is most associated-that of the troubled and delinquent youth, misunderstood by both society and his parents. His strong personal identification with the dramatic role helped create the cult which has persisted around his name ever since.
Screenplay by STEWART STERN from a story by NICHOLAS RAY Produced by DAVID WEISBART Directed by NICHOLAS RAY Films: page 15
Barry Norman presents his personal review of the week's cinema releases.
Michael J. Fox and Kiefer Sutherland star in Bright
Lights, Big City, based on the cult best seller by Jay Mclnerney. A young New Yorker turns to drink and drugs when he loses his mother, his wife and his job, all in the space of one year. Suspect features Oscar winner Cher as a lawyer defending Liam Neeson against a charge of murder. Dennis Quaid is on the jury, and the film is directed by Britain's Peter Yates.
John Cleese is writing, co-directing and starring in A Fish Called Wanda, which also features Michael Palin , Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis. Film 88 reports from the location at
Heathrow Airport. Producer JANE LUSH
specially made for television. starring Stephen McHattie
Michael Brandon ,
This dramatic reconstruction of the life of movie idol James Dean centres on his friendship with writer William Bast. The film follows their early struggles as acting students, through Deans meteoric rise to stardom in just three films -until his death, aged 24, in a car crash. ,
Since his death in, 1955 the actors films have been continually revived, awarding him a cult status, establishing him as the personification of American youth in the 1950s.
Screenplay by WILLIAM BAST
Produced by WILLIAM BAST , JOHN FORBES
Directed by ROBERT BUTLER. Films: p 12
with Barry Norman
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The Holcroft Covenant - the bestselling thriller by Robert Ludlum is turned into a film starring Michael Caine and Lilli Palmer.
Fletch - American cult comedian Chevy Chase plays a wise-cracking newspaper reporter and master of disguise who is hired to perform murder.
Director BRUCE THOMPSON Producer JANE LUSH
starring Robin Johnson, Tim Curry, Trini Alvarado
Nicky Marotta has lived most of her life on the rough and seamy streets around New York's Times Square. Pamela Pearl is the pampered daughter of a rising politician. Together they become the Sleez Sisters and set off an a rampage round the city that outrages the authorities and turns them into cult heroines. The film features a packed rock soundtrack that includes music by The Pretenders, Talking Heads, Roxy Music and Gary Numan.
Screenplay by JACOB BRACKMAN
Produced by ROBERT STIGWOOD
Directed by ALAN MOYLE
(First showing on British television)
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Movies under reviewtonight include CareerGirls, the latest film from Mike Leigh , and Photographing Fairies. based on Steve Szilagyi 's cult novel and starring Toby Stephens. Plus a look at the romantic comedy My Best Friend's
Wedding and a report from the set of Head above Water, a black comedy thriller.
Director David Robertson ; Producer
Bruce Thompson Repeated on Saturday. BBC2 Stereo
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Yes, Sir Nigel. The arts programme profiles the actor Nigel Hawthorne as he prepares to take the lead role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's millennium production of King Lear, following him to rehearsals in Japan and on a visit to his childhood home of Cape Town in South Africa. He also stars in the film Murder in Mind at 11.10pm. See Choice. Director Ian Leese ; Series editor Basil Comely (S) (W)
looks at how two ' cult figures ' from literature have been brought to the screen : Barry Norman discusses The Adventures of Barry Mackenzie with a guest critic and Neville Smith looks at Jerry Cornelius , science fiction fantasy hero of The Final Programme.
Producer PATRICIA INGRAM
A critical look at the week's cinema releases.
Proof is the debut feature of director Jocelyn Moorhouse. It is the story of a photographer who has been blind from birth. He takes pictures in order to prove to others that the world he perceives is the same as the one that sighted people see. When his young housekeeper falls in love with him, and is rejected, she seeks revenge.
And Anjelica Huston talks about her role as Morticia in The Addams Family. The 60s cult TV show has been made into a funereal comedy feature co-starring Raul Julia , also seen in Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Presumed Innocent.
Director Marisa Verazzo
Producer Bruce Thompson
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Tonight's programme looks at "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle", the story of a psychopathic nanny starring Rebecca de Mornay and Annabella Sciorra, "Rebecca's Daughters", starring Peter O'Toole and based on a little-known Dylan Thomas screenplay, and the adaptation of "The Naked Lunch", William Burroughs 's cult novel, directed by David Cronenberg.
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Barry Norman reviews the new cinema releases, including: Sister Act, the suprise hit of the American summer, starring
Whoopi Goldberg as a nightclub singer seeking refuge from the Mob in a convent;
Single White Female, featuring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh - when a woman advertises for a flatmate her worst fears become a nightmare; Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me, David Lynch's big screen "prequel" to his cult TV series.
And a report on location with Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn in Death Becomes Her. Director Liz Hartford
Producer Bruce Thompson
The first of the new year's films under review include Stargate, featuring Kurt Russell and James Spader in the US sci-fi hit; Killing Zoe, a heist thriller set in Paris, starring Eric Stolz and with cult director Quentin Tarantino as its executive producer; and Eat Drink Man Woman from Ang Lee. Plus a look at forthcoming releases.
Director Liz Ekberg ; Series producer
BruceThompson Stereo Repeated next Saturday on BBC2
t/8. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Cast and crew recall how Guy Ritchie 's low-budget London gangster film became an icon of Cool Britannia.
Series producer Brendan O'Hara
Quentln Tarantlno: Hollywood's Boy Wonder
Pulp Fiction, the latest offering by wunderkind of cinema Quentin Tarantino , opens this week in Britain. Meanwhile,
Tarantino's cult classic Reservoir Dogs is still running in the cinemas, having been denied a certificate for video viewing because of its scenes of violence. This Omnibus profile delves into the background of one of Hollywood's most voguish directors. See today's choices.
Director David Thompson ; Series editor Nigel Williams
♦Should violence on TV be censored?
See our report on page 28
Second in a six-part comedy series starring Mark Addy and Alex Jennings.
Cross Purposes. Nigel finds himself plunged into the shady underworld of Los Angeles transvestites. Contains strong language. See Choice.
Written by Jim Piddock and Margaret Oberman
Producer Jamie Rix : Director John Stroud (S) (W)
The cult series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Drive. Following Mulder's abduction at gunpoint by a man
— suspected of killing his wife, Scully tries to determine whether the kidnapper is suffering from an infectious disease. These investigations lead her to uncover a deadly government experiment. See Choice. (S) (W) X Files websites: Webwatch, page 46
4/6. Rebellion. When the Jewish Revolt swept through Judea in AD 66, threatening to destabilise the entire Empire, Rome turned to the disgraced General Vespasian and his son Titus to suppress it. Together they unleashed the might of Rome on the Jewish people. Their discipline and ingenuity, pitted against the rebels' passion and commitment, climaxed in a battle on the steps of the Temple of Jerusalem.
Writer/Director Andrew Grieve ; Series producer Mark Hedgecoe
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I Claudius continues the theme at 11pm on BBC4; visit www.bbc.co.uk/history to play CDX, a mystery about a Roman cult
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The Savage Image
David Attenborough travelled along the Sepik River in. New Guinea to make this film about the ceremonies, paintings and sculptures of the tribal people. Masks and statues, which 50 years ago were sent home by the missionaries and explorers as bizarre pagan curios, are today treasured as works of great power and imagination, and change hands in the salerooms of London and New York for thousands of pounds.
The film also includes unique sequences - shot 10 years ago by research anthropologist Anthony Forge - of the dramatic rituals involved in building the huge cult houses, where some of the ancient carvings still remain.
Film cameraman HUGH MILES
Film editor PAUL CARTER
Producer DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
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