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Edward II (TV Movie 1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The reign of Edward II, King of England, is troubled from the start when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of exile.

Directors: Richard Marquand, Toby Robertson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Timothy West, Diane Fletcher
Biography | Drama | Romance
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Following the banning and burning of his novel, "The Rainbow," D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, move to the United States, and then to Mexico. When Lawrence contracts tuberculosis, they ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Miles
Stars: Ian McKellen, Janet Suzman, Ava Gardner
David Copperfield (TV Series 1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A gentle orphan discovers life and love in an indifferent adult world.

Stars: Ian McKellen, Tina Packer, Flora Robson
A Performance of Macbeth (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Macbeth is a daring member of the Scottish military who receives a revelation from three menacing sorceresses that he will someday become the King of Scotland. This information gives him a ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Casson
Stars: Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, John Bown
Alfred the Great I (1969)
Certificate: M Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows to ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner
Stars: David Hemmings, Michael York, Prunella Ransome
Walter (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man with learning difficulties suffers neglect and ill-treatment, and this is only exasperated when his parents die and nobody seems to know what to do with him.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Ian McKellen, Barbara Jefford, Arthur Whybrow
Certificate: M Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young London girl studying a doctorate in the British museum spends her nights trying to avoid the sexual admiration of men in her life.

Director: Waris Hussein
Stars: Sandy Dennis, Ian McKellen, Eleanor Bron
The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Movie 1982)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner
Stars: Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Ian McKellen
Windmills of the Gods (TV Mini-Series 1988)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When Mary Ashley is approached to become ambassador of the United States of America in Romania she does not take the offer because her husband does not want to give up his well-going ... See full summary »

Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Robert Wagner, Ian McKellen
Walter & June (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Ian McKellen, Sarah Miles, John Gordon Sinclair
The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Series of one-off plays made by BBC television which gave breaks to a wide range of writers and directors in the late 60s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer and John Hopkins. ... See full summary »

Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby
Countdown to War (TV Movie 1989)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on a play, the story details the dramatic negotiations between UK, France, Poland, Nazi-Germany and USSR from the day Czechoslovakia fell, until Britain's declaration of war on Germany caused by Hitler's invasion of Poland.

Director: Patrick Lau
Stars: Ian McKellen, Michael Aldridge, Tony Britton
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Grim, sometimes mean little stories
26 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Country Matters is packaged with lovely, serene photos. Fueled by the title, the mind conjures up pastoral images. I was prepared for a series of Period Piece short films that spoke of love, hate, loss, gain, apathy, greed, and all other such matters related to life everywhere, not just in a country setting.....What I got was several grim, sometimes mean little stories and the sole taste left in my mouth was that of utter cynicism. I wanted to be just in my assessments, and followed through by first actually viewing all of the stories in the two DVD set. Secondly, I truly strived to view these vignettes with an open mind....It is admirable that the authors of these slice-of-life stories strived for realism. I regret, however, that their point of view was quite unbalanced in that the Law of Reciprocity(You know-the reap what you sow thing) seems not to exist in the world of these stories. No one expects the "happy ever after". Again I understand that these are simply vignettes. The nuances of hope, light, and (God forbid, can I say it) redemption are sorely absent from this archival collection. There wasn't a single film in this collection that left me with a desire and or longing to watch it again.


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