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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Three American servicemen are returning home from World War Two. They hitch a ride in the same B-17 bomber that will take them all back to their Middle American home town of Boone City. The three men are Fred Derry (Dana Andrews), Al Stephenson (Fredric March) and Homer Parrish (Harold Russell). The three men represent the three different services (Army, Navy and Air Force), with Fred an Air Force officer and bombardier, Al an army sergeant and Homer a sailor. The men all have the same general problems with returning to civilian life, as well as their own specific problems relating to their individual circumstances.
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The Internecine Project (1974)

In The Internecine Project, James Coburn plays Professor Robert Elliott, a Harvard economist and author about to be appointed as the US President's economic advisor. The shady business/spy network to which he belongs has spent years manoeuvring him into this position. There’s just something he needs to sort out first  – four people who all know too much about his past activities.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

Ridley Scott has a pretty good track record making historical epics, probably better than anyone else alive. Right from his first film, The Duellists (1977), Scott showed an unrivalled ability to recreate the historical past, whether on a relatively low budget or on a megabucks blockbuster one. So if you're making an historical epic, Ridley Scott is the man you want directing it.


Crocodile Dundee (1986)

American reporter Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) is about to return to New York after a successful trip to Sydney, when she decides to stay on to cover one last story. It's the miraculous tale of survival, after a near-fatal crocodile attack, of a local fisherman, Michael J. “Crocodile” Dundee. Charlton travels to Walkabout Creek, a backwater in Australia's Northern Territory, where Dundee's friend Walter Reilly (John Meillon) has agreed to introduce her to Dundee. When she finally meets him, she finds that Mick Dundee (Paul Hogan) is a local character and crocodile poacher and reports of his lost leg turn out to be a little exaggerated. He takes her on a safari in the Northern Territory where they bond and eat bush tucker, and where he saves her from attack by a hungry crocodile. As a follow-on, she decides it would be a fitting conclusion to her story to take Dundee back to New York, where he can experience the big city for the first time.

Night Mail (1936)

Night Mail is one of the best known British documentaries of the 1930s and is often considered to be one of the best documentaries and best short films of all time.

In a brisk 24 minutes, the film documents the overnight journey of the travelling post office train from London to Scotland. The film follows the train from the moment the letters are loaded into mail bags at Euston Station until its arrival in Scotland. The film was made with the co-operation of the LMS (London, Midland & Scottish) Railway and there are no actors, just ordinary people doing their everyday jobs.

The Best Film and TV Versions of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean, cantankerous old miser who is visited on Christmas Eve by three ghosts, who present him with visions of Christmases past, present and future. Together they show him the error of his ways and Scrooge wakes up the next morning, Christmas Day, as a reformed character, full of generosity and the joys of life. Or alternatively, A Christmas Carol is the story of a staid Victorian businessman who has a bad dream one night and the next day goes totally crazy.

Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) (1977)

When it was first released in May 1977, the omens for Star Wars were not particularly good. The film's leading actors were unknowns, the sci-fi genre was still a niche one, and its director's last effort in that area had been a box office disaster. Rumours from the set were bad, the film constantly strained at its budgetary limits and studio heads considered pulling the plug at one point. The crew meanwhile were openly derisive of this strange space story, wondering what on earth they were working on. A screening of the rough cut for friends and colleagues of Lucas, including Brian de Palma and Steven Spielberg, was a disaster. De Palma tore into every aspect of the film, from the concept of the Force to Carrie Fisher's hairstyle, and Spielberg was alone in showing any enthusiasm.