First showing on network television for the cult thriller starring Mel Gibson
The future, after the Oil Wars: with the breakdown of law and order, the Main Force Patrol pursues the vicious motorcycle gangs who roam the wastelands. When Max Rockatansky 's family is savagely attacked he begins to enforce a new kind of law - cold-blooded revenge. This hugely successful film launched the career of Mel Gibson and spawned two sequels.
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Shown as a prelude to a series of repeats of the lighthearted 60s spy drama, this feature film spin-off stars Robert Vaughn
Intrepid UNCLE agent
Napoleon Solo is determined to stop evil WASP supremo Vulcan from orchestrating a dastardly assassination attempt.
Director Don Medford
(The Man from UNCLE series begins tomorrow at 6.25pm) ● CULT: page 4
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BBC2's weekly cinema night. Joe Eszterhas is the highest paid screenwriter in the world. He got$3 million for his latest film Basic Instinct. He is also the most controversial writer in Hollywood - currently accusing his ex-agent of threatening to murder him, attacking the cult of the director and offering to do a complete rewrite halfway through shooting to appease protesters about Basic
Instinct's lesbian killer. In tonight's programme, the basic instincts of a bestselling screenwriter are discussed by Eszterhas, his collaborators (directors Costa-Gavras and Norman Jewison ) and his critics. Plus, French director Bertrand Blier on his latest surreal comedy Merci la vie.
Presented by Howard Schuman. Executive producer Daniel Wolf Series producer Paul Kerr
A Barraclough Carey production for BBCtv
BBC2's weekly cinema night looks at transformation movies, and interviews Percy Adlon , director of the cult hit Bagdad Cafe. Plus why three directors regard 30s French film-maker Jean Vigo as one of cinema's greatest. With Howard Schuman. Executive producer Daniel Wolf Series producer Paul Kerr
A Barraclough Carey production for BBCtv
9.50pm Bagdad Cafe
Moving Pictures presents the first showing on network television of Percy Adlon 's comedy, which led to the C4 TV series, starring Marianne Sagebrecht A large German tourist is stranded at a run-down motel in the wilds of Arizona where she discovers a new life.
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A look back at the career and character of one of the great British stand-up comedians - the late
What turned him from a stammering youth into a showbusiness sensation, a television and film star and, finally, a cult figure? Producer Richard Wilson
The cult comedy show, featuring more classic sketches from
Graham Chapman , John Cleese , Eric Idle , Terry Jones , Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam. This week, a plumber gets a walk-on part in a television film, a chartered accountant consults a vocational guidance counsellor, and Mr Ron
Obvious of Neaps End attempts to jumpthe English Channel.
Producer Ian MacNaughton Rpt Subtitled...2760
Alex Cox presents a double bill of cult films.
Producer Nick Freand Jones (Subtitled)
Classic Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart
Two students murder a friend and then host a party for the dead man's friends. With Farley Granger and John Dall. (1948) (84 Charlie Mopic is at 12. 10am)
Film Reviews pages 45-48
Aki Kaurismaki 's comedy version of Shakespeare's tragedy starring Pirkka-Pekka Petelius
Hamlet has inherited a majority shareholding in a business empire. His evil uncle Klaus plans to swap a monopoly of Caribbean cruises for control of a Swedish rubber duck company, but Hamlet has other ideas. In Finnish with English subtitles.
(1987) B/W ♦ FILM REVIEWS pages 69-76
Alex Cox introduces another in the season of cult films.
Producer Nick Freand Jones Subtitled
Robert Aldrich 's cutt classic, adapted from the Mickey Spillane crime novel and starring
When the woman he has picked up is killed, private eye Mike Hammer follows a trail of extortion and violence to discover a deadly secret.
(1955) B/W Subtitled .....................655657 * FILM REVIEWS pages 51-56
Last Salute to the Commodore. A film which marks the directorial debut of Patrick McGoohan , star of the 60s cult TV series The Prisoner. Columbo thinks he has solved the murder of a wealthy yacht builder, until his prime suspect is killed. With Peter Falk ,
Robert Vaughn and Wilfrid Hyde White.
It is 25 years since new late-night comedy series crept into a "regional opt-out" slot and quickly became cult viewing, a fresh marriage of the Goons' surrealism and the university humour of Beyond the Fringe.
Tonight a rerun of the very first series begins, starring John Cleese , Terry Jones ,
Michael Palin , Eric Idle , the late Graham Chapman and animator Terry Gilliam. From such immediate forerunners as Do Not Adjust
Your Set and At Last the Show a new landmark in British broadcast humour was born.
Tonight meet Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson, follow
Picasso's in the Tour de France, and try not to die laughing at the world's funniest joke.
On Friday at 9.30pm on BBC2 there's a chance to see the 1990 Omnibus film on Monty Python dedicated to Chapman, who died during its production. Producer John Howard Davies
Sandra Bernhard -
Confession of a Pretty Lady
Sandra Bernhard 's outrageous one-woman show deals with many normally taboo subjects and controversy runs through her personal life: she was once Madonna's lover and is a lesbian pin-up, but she also posed for Playboy. In this country, however, she is perhaps best known as the bisexual Nancy in the Channel 4 comedy Roseanne.
Bringing together archive clips, footage of her sell-out
New York show and interviews, this sometimes explicit film explores how Bernhard has become a cult icon of female sexual power.
Director/Producer Kristiene Clarke Senes editors Anthony Wall and Nigel Finch
Sequel to the original science-fiction feature, based on the cult television series, starring William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy DeForest Kelley
In the 23rd century, an old foe of James T Kirk returns to wreak havoc and seek revenge. At stake are the mysterious Genesis device and the lives of those whom Admiral Kirk holds most dear.
Crewed by trainees, the USS
Enterprise is lured into a deadly trap, placing Kirk and his companions at the mercy of their crazed adversary, the formidable Khan.
Director Nicholas Meyer (1982)
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Alex Cox presents a double bill of cult films.
Producer Nick Freand Jones
Fantasy based on Malory's Le Morte d Arthur starring
Nigel Terry , Helen Mirren The knights of the Round Table vow to find the Holy
Grail. In widescreen format.
Director JohnBoorman (1981)
FILM REVIEWS pages 35-39
A dramatisation of the build-up to the events that shocked the world. Starring
Claimingto be the new Messiah, demanding his female followers as wives, stockpiling weapons and awaiting imminent Armageddon, charismatic David Koresh gathers his flock in a purpose-built compound near the sleepy town of Waco, Texas. When specialist New Orleans lawmen spearhead an attempt to curtail the cult's activities, the confrontation proves catastrophic.
Director Dick Lowry (1993) Subtitled ... * FILM REVIEWS pages 63-68
Second in a trio offilms on the lives and works of Scottish writers.
Irvine Welsh: Condemn More, Understand Less
Championed as Britain's first rave writer, Irvine Welsh takes his readers to places that, for many, are terrifying, brutal and alien. He burst onto the literary scene with his first novel, the Booker-nominated Trainspotting, about fourEdinburghjunkies. It has now achieved cult status and has been adapted for both stage and screen.
This film takes a disturbingjourney that combines both documentary and dramatic imagery of the despair, drug addiction and physical and sexual violence of Irvine Welsh's books.
The programme contains strong language and depicts scenes of physical and sexual violence that some viewers may find disturbing.
Director/Producer Richard Downes Stereo.
Tonight, live from
Manchester, Mark, Lard and a Cult Movie Moment with Radio l's resident film buff Mark Kermode.
Cult sci-fi thriller starring
Set in Australia in the nearfuture, afterthe Oil Wars. With urban society in terminal decay, the Main Force Patrol pursue vicious gangs of nomad bikers who roam the wastelands attacking what remains of civilisation. When tough young patrolman Max Rockatansky 's family are murdered, he begins to enforce a new kind of law - that of cold-blooded revenge.
DirectorGeorge Miller( 1979) # FILM REVIEWS pages 53-56
Tonight, live from Manchester, Mark, Lard and a Cult Movie Moment with Radio l's resident film buff Mark Kermode.
Continuingthe Hollywood Vietnam season of films is Alan Parker 's screen version of William Wharton's cult novel. Starring Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage
In a military mental hospital, a young man squats, withdrawn and silent.
Trying to revive him with reminiscences of their youth is his buddy, Al, a fellow casualty of the war in Vietnam. He recalls the simpler times, before the traumas of conflict turned their adolescent dreams into adult nightmares - the times before Birdy took his ultimate flight of fantasy.
(1984) Stereo Subtitled
FILM REVIEWS pages 47-56