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In a war film, what’s the difference between nasty exploitation and just plain honest reportage? André De Toth made tough-minded action films with the best of them, and this nail-biting commando mission with Michael Caine and Nigel Davenport is simply superb, one of those great action pictures that’s not widely screened. To its credit it’s not ‘feel good’ enough to be suitable for Memorial Day TV marathons.

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1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date October 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Green, Harry Andrews.

Cinematography: Edward Scaife

Film Editor: Jack Slade

Art Direction: Tom Morahan, Maurice Pelling

Original Music: Michel Legrand

Written by Lotte Colin, Melvyn Bragg, from a story by George Marton

Produced by Harry Saltzman

Directed by André De Toth

Some movies that were ignored when new now seem far more important, perhaps due to the tenor of times.
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Remembering George A. Romero, Sam Shepard, Jeanne Moreau and More Reel-Important People We Lost in July

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Harvey Atkin (1942-2017) - Actor. He starred in Meatballs and appears in Silver Streak, Atlantic City and The Stupids. He died of cancer on July 17. (THR) Trevor Baxter (1932-2017) - British Actor. He starred in Sky Captain and the World of TomorrowA Man for All SeasonsVan Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj and Cold Comfort Farm. He died on July 16. (Big Finish News) Chester Bennington (1976-2017) - Singer. As front man of Linkin...

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Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End

Dysfunctional Heterosexual Couples and Oscar-Winning Cross-Gender Performance: TCM's Gay Pride Comes to an End
Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind the Screen: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969. Among tonight's movies' Lgbt connections: Edward Albee, Tony Richardson, Evelyn Waugh, Tab Hunter, John Gielgud, Roddy McDowall, Linda Hunt, Harvey Fierstein, Rudolf Nureyev, Christopher Isherwood, Joel Grey, and Tommy Kirk. Update: Coincidentally, TCM's final 2017 Gay Pride celebration turned out to be held the evening before a couple of international events – and one non-event – demonstrated that despite noticeable progress in the last three decades, gay rights, even in the so-called “West,” still have a long way to go. In Texas, the state's – all-Republican – Supreme Court decided that married gays should be treated as separate and unequal. In
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Watch Now: New trailer for Albert Pyun’s ‘Interstellar Civil War’

It was almost four years ago when one of my favourite directors, Albert Pyun, announced his retirement… A retirement that didn’t last long! Now on his 54th(!) film, Pyun is back behind the camera, after a brief sabbatical, once again exploring the realms of low-budget film making. In the case of his latest – Interstellar Civil War (originally titled Galactic Rangers and the Cyborg Witch of Endor And also known as Star Warfare Warriors and the Cyborg Witch of Endor) – in particular exploring the idea of intergalactic space war. Says Pyun:

I was always curious about the behind the scenes aspect of the power of a space opera. My idea was to make a Sci-Fi Galactic version of Lion in Winter or A Man for All Seasons. To explore the human perspective behind all the war and mayhem in a futuristic galactic Empire sounded fascinating. I was influenced by some
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Watch the trailer for Albert Pyun’s Interstellar Civil War

A trailer has arrived online for Interstellar Civil War, the 54th film from cult director Albert Pyun (The Sword and the Sorcerer, Cyborg).

“I was always curious about the behind the scenes aspect of the power of a space opera,” states Pyun. “My idea was to make a Sci-Fi Galactic version of Lion in Winter or A Man for All Seasons. To explore the human perspective behind all the war and mayhem in a futuristic galactic Empire sounded fascinating. I was influenced by some of the great historical films of the 60’s, 70’s, and 90’s, particularly Ridley Scott’s director’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven. I thought that a rebellion and crisis that erupts in the all-powerful Imperial Galaxy was an excellent basis to study the underlying politics in a real way and the terrible cost of a conflict, any conflict, actually. I wanted the movie to explore how
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Bull Season 1 Episode 18 Review: Dressed To Kill

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As if Fashion Week itself wasn’t dramatic enough, Chunk’s mentor dropped dead on the runway in one of her own designer wedding gowns on Bull Season 1 Episode 18.

This was an installment meant to dive into Chunk’s background, but for me, it didn’t go far enough.

If I have one complaint about Bull Season 1, it’s that I still don’t feel emotionally connected to these characters.

Don’t get me wrong, I like them all. The cast is talented and the characters are all interesting, but there simply isn’t that intrinsic pull that makes me yearn to tune in to find out more.

We’re 18 episodes in and it still feels like we’re just scratching the surface.

Let’s put that into the context of “Dressed to Kill.”

I felt just as much for Will and Kira as I did for Chunk, and shouldn’t I feel more?
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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by
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Mindy Newell: Utopia, Dystopia, Death…and Riverdale

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Sir John Hurt died a few days ago. One of Great Britain’s finest actors, his rise started with his turn as Robert Rich, a courtier and lawyer in Henry VIII’s court, in Fred Zimmerman’s A Man for All Seasons. The movie, based upon Robert Bolt’s play about the fall of, British Lord Chancellor Thomas More, could be considered a science fiction story as it deals with a perfectly harmonious island society that was nowhere to be found in More’s 16th century – or in the 21st, for that matter.

Sir John, in his long and brilliant career, was no stranger to our brand of cultural pop geekdom. Besides his outstanding turn as the War Doctor on the 50th anniversary special Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor – he recreated the War Doctor on four sets of audio plays for Big Finish; three are already out,
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John Hurt, Distinguished British Actor, Passes Away at 77

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Sir John Hurt, a British actor who enjoyed a long career filled with distinguished performances, has passed away, according to multiple news reports. He was 77. Born in a coal-mining village in England, Hurt was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and made both his stage and movie debuts in 1962. He first gained international attention in A Man for All Seasons (above right and below) in 1966. On television, he made big marks as the notorious Quentin Crisp in The...

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John Hurt: Remembering the Master of Outsiders

John Hurt: Remembering the Master of Outsiders
For a man whose first claim to screen immortality came when an extraterrestrial freak of nature ripped a hole in his chest and screeched bloody murder in Alien, John Hurt was a hell of an actor. "The alien won the Oscar," a laughing Hurt told me nearly three decades later, referring to the Academy Award that Ridley Scott's 1979 film took home for H.R. Giger's visual effects. It might be the only time in his 55-year career that anyone, let alone a creature that looked like a penis with teeth,
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John Hurt, Distinguished British Actor, Passes Away at 77

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Sir John Hurt, a British actor who enjoyed a long career filled with distinguished performances, has passed away, according to multiple news reports. He was 77. Born in a coal mining village in England, Hurt was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and made both his stage and movie debuts in 1962. He first gained international attention in A Man for All Seasons (above right and below) in 1966. On television, he made big marks as the notorious Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant and in the miniseries I, Claudius as the nasty, duplicitous Caligula. He earned an Academy Award nomination for his dramatic supporting role in Midnight Express and followed that up with his brief, yet incredibly memorable (and Nsfw) appearance in Ridley Scott's...

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John Hurt Remembered by Mel Brooks, Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright and More

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John Hurt Remembered by Mel Brooks, Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright and More
Beloved British actor Sir John Hurt passed away at the age of 77 after battling pancreatic cancer. The two-time Oscar nominee had over 200 acting credits to his name, including “Alien,” “V for Vendetta,” “The Elephant Man,” the “Harry Potter” franchise, and most recently Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie.”

Following the announcement of his death on Friday, his Hollywood peers and friends paid tribute to him on social media, sending their condolences and remembering the great times they’ve had together, as well as his incredible filmography.

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Mel Brooks, who worked with Hurt on “The Elephant Man” and “Spaceballs,” tweeted that he was “a truly magnificent talent” and that “he will sorely be missed.”

It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.

Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017

No one could have played The Elephant Man more memorably.
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Sir John Hurt, Acclaimed British Actor, Dead At Age 77

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Sir John Hurt, the chameleon-like British character actor with an ability to immerse himself in an astonishingly wide variety of roles, has died from pancreatic cancer at age 77. The son of a British clergyman and engineer, Hurt originally studied to be an artist before the lure of the stage led him to the acting profession. His first major film role was in the Oscar-winning 1966 film "A Man for All Seasons". Acclaim followed quickly and Hurt made his next big impression on screen in the 1970 British crime thriller "10 Rillington Place". He received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for the 1978 film "Midnight Express" and was nominated for Best Actor for his most acclaimed role as the tragic, disfigured John Merrick in the 1980 film "The Elephant Man". He earned a place in pop culture history for his role in Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic "Alien" for a scene in which
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John Hurt, Alien and Harry Potter Star, Passes Away at 77

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John Hurt, Alien and Harry Potter Star, Passes Away at 77
British actor Sir John Hurt, whose illustrious career spans six decades, has sadly passed away at the age of 77. The gravelly voiced man of many roles was perhaps best known for his classic movies such as Alien, Harry Potter and The Elephant Man. Publicist Charles McDonald confirmed the death late Friday. According to CNN, no cause of death is given.

John Hurt made a name for himself playing tormented characters. And he was actually known as an actor who most often times died on screen. Throughout his many projects, he had 47 death scenes. Perhaps no more memorable than when he introduced the world to the iconic Chestburster in Ridley Scott's 1979 classic Alien, where a baby xenomorph came ripping through his chest during a dinner scene inside a spaceship mess hall.

John Hurt's first role was in the 1962 TV show Z cars, and he has worked steadily ever since.
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John Hurt: Industry Mourns “Acting Legend” & “Truly Magnificent Talent”

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John Hurt: Industry Mourns “Acting Legend” & “Truly Magnificent Talent”
Update: Tributes hit social media Friday night and Saturday morning European time for John Hurt, the prolific two-time Oscar nominee who played so many memorable characters in so many memorable films. Along with Academy Awards noms for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express, he appeared in Best Picture winner A Man for All Seasons, the first and last two Harry Potter films and such popular pics as Alien, V for Vendetta, Rob Roy, 1984, The Osterman Weekend and Mel Brooks’ Hi…
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John Hurt: Industry Mourns “Acting Legend” & “Truly Magnificent Talent”

Update: Tributes hit social media Friday night and Saturday morning European time for John Hurt, the prolific two-time Oscar nominee who played so many memorable characters in so many memorable films. Along with Academy Awards noms for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express, he appeared in Best Picture winner A Man for All Seasons, the first and last two Harry Potter films and such popular pics as Alien, V for Vendetta, Rob Roy, 1984, The Osterman Weekend and Mel Brooks’ Hi…
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A Tribute to John Hurt: A Playful Master Who Made His Inner Hurt Ours

A Tribute to John Hurt: A Playful Master Who Made His Inner Hurt Ours
No actor was more perfectly named than John Hurt. It’s not as if the people he played were always in pain (though more often than not, they were). Yet he was graced with a seductively layered and tricky personality — you sensed that his characters were sly, furtive, and complicated because Hurt, who died Jan. 27 in England, was all those things as well. And the deepest layer was the hint of torment he carried around with him. It was like the speck of sand around which a pearl forms.

Hurt was born in 1940, but he was never some impeccable boring well-mannered “Masterpiece Theatre” thespian. Over and over, he gave performances that were daring and surprising and outrageous. Comb through his credits, and it’s hard to find anything that approaches the safe, bland note of costume-drama respectability. And yet, when you think of John Hurt, the first thing you probably
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British legend John Hurt dies at 77

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British legend John Hurt dies at 77
Update: The two-time Oscar-nominated British star of The Elephant Man and Midnight Express has died, his publicist confirmed to Screen on Friday night. He was 77.

Hurt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and continued to work after it appeared he had overcome the disease. However last summer he withdrew from the stage revival of The Entertainer upon the advice of his doctors. According to his publicist Hurt had intestinal issues when he died.

He recently played a priest in the Natalie Portman starrer Jackie and was in the cast of Joe Wright’s upcoming Second World War drama Darkest Hour for Working Title and Focus Features.

His wife Anwen Rees-Myers issued the following statement: “It is with deep sadness that I have to confirm that my husband, John Vincent Hurt, died on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at home in Norfolk.

“John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts
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John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 77

John Hurt, Oscar-Nominated Star of ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 77
John Hurt, the wiry English actor who played a drug addict in “Midnight Express,” Kane in “Alien,” the title character in “The Elephant Man,” and Winston Smith in “1984” has died. He was 77.

He died on Wednesday at home in Norfolk, his widow, Anwen, confirmed in a statement to Variety. Hurt had disclosed in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Anwen wrote as a tribute, “John was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of hearts and the most generosity of spirit. He touched all our lives with joy and magic and it will be a strange world without him.”

Mel Brooks, executive producer of “The Elephant Man,” tweeted that he was a “truly magnificent talent.”

It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt's passing. He was a truly magnificent talent.

Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 28, 2017

No one could have
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John Hurt, ‘Alien’ and ‘The Elephant Man’ Star, Dies At 77

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John Hurt, ‘Alien’ and ‘The Elephant Man’ Star, Dies At 77
Sir John Hurt, one of the elder statesmen of great British actors, has passed away. He was 77.

Hurt’s first major breakout film role was as Richard Rich in “A Man for All Seasons” in 1966, and was a captivating on-screen presence in a rich array of roles. He won a Golden Globe for his supporting work in 1978’s “Midnight Express,” playing a prisoner addicted to heroin, and starred as David Lynch’s iconic “Elephant Man” (nominated for an Oscar and winning a BAFTA for his work in the 1980 black-and-white drama).

He was also beloved by genre fans for his unforgettable work in 1978’s “Alien,” which led to a cameo parodying the most famous scene of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror film for Mel Brooks in “Spaceballs.”

In addition, he played supporting roles in the “Harry Potter” films, “Hellboy,” “Snowpiercer” and many many more. Notably, he was cast as the War
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