June 11 in UK TV: ‘Oliver’s Travels’

TV-UK-06-11-19951995: Oliver’s Travels is a five-part television serial written by Alan Plater and starring Alan Bates, Sinéad Cusack, Bill Paterson, and Miles Anderson.

Bates plays the titular Oliver (it is never made clear whether this is his first or last name), a keen word-game enthusiast and lecturer in comparative religion. After his teaching post is made redundant, he resolves to make use of his new wealth of free time by going to visit his favourite crossword compiler, ‘Aristotle’, with whom he has corresponded but whom he has never met. When he arrives, however, he finds Aristotle’s house has been ransacked and its occupant has departed for parts unknown, and he sets out to discover why. [Wikipedia]

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June 11 in US cinemas: ‘Society’

“If you don’t belong they’ll eat you alive.”

Society-19921992: Society is a 1989 American horror film directed by Brian Yuzna. Though the film was completed in 1989, it was not released in the United States until 1992. It was Yuzna’s directorial debut and was written by Rick Fry and Woody Keith. The film stars Billy Warlock as Bill Whitney, Devin DeVasquez as Clarissa Carlyn, Evan Richards as Milo and Ben Meyerson as Ferguson. Screaming Mad George was responsible for the special effects. [Wikipedia]

An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the krzysztofffffffer YouTube Channel.

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June 11 in UK cinemas: ‘A Fistful Of Dollars’

“This is the man with no name. In his own way he is, perhaps, the most dangerous man who ever lived! “

A_Fistful_Of_Dollars-19671967: A Fistful of Dollars is a spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role, alongside Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, José Calvo, Antonio Prieto, and Joseph Egger. The film, an international co-production between Italy, West Germany, and Spain, was filmed on a low budget (reported to be $200,000), and Eastwood was paid $15,000 for his role.

Released in Italy in 1964, it initiated the popularity of the spaghetti western film genre. Cinema-UK-06-11-1967aIt was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are known as the “Dollars Trilogy”, or “The Man With No Name Trilogy”. All three films were later released in sequence in the United States in 1967, catapulting Eastwood into stardom. The film has been identified as an unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo (1961), which resulted in a successful lawsuit by Toho, the producers of Yojimbo. In the United States, the United Artists publicity campaign referred to Eastwood’s character in all three films as the “Man with No Name”.

As few spaghetti westerns had yet been released in the United States, many of the European cast and crew took on American-sounding stage names. These included Leone himself (“Bob Robertson”), Gian Maria Volontè (“Johnny Wels”), and composer Ennio Morricone (“Dan Savio”). A Fistful of Dollars was shot in Spain, mostly near Hoyo de Manzanares close to Madrid, but also (like its two sequels) in the Tabernas Desert and in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, both in Almería province. [Wikipedia]

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

June 11 in UK cinemas: ‘Warning Shot’

“Gun, gun, gun, who’s got the gun? it could be anybody!”

Warning_Shot-19671967: Warning Shot is a drama film directed and produced by Buzz Kulik about a police sergeant who kills a man while on a stakeout, then must prove that it was self-defense. The screenplay by Mann Rubin was based on the novel 711 – Officer Needs Help by Whit Masterson.

David Janssen stars as the accused officer, with supporting performances from Ed Begley, Keenan Wynn, Joan Collins, Stefanie Powers, Sam Wanamaker, George Grizzard, Carroll O’Connor, Steve Allen, Eleanor Parker, Walter Pidgeon, George Sanders and Lillian Gish.

Baseball stars Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale signed to appear in this movie during Cinema-UK-06-11-1967btheir 1966 holdout, but never made it onto the screen when both agreed to contracts with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Filming took place between the third and fourth seasons of Janssen’s television series The Fugitive. The script was written by Mann Rubin, who had authored the Fugitive episode “A Taste of Tomorrow”, while the film was directed by Buzz Kulik with a jazz score by Jerry Goldsmith. It was released by Paramount Pictures. [Wikipedia]

Watch a scene from the movie on the Charles Lieurance YouTube Channel.