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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 men represent the three different services (Air Force, Army and Navy), with Fred an Air Force officer and bombardier, Al an army sergeant and Homer a sailor. The three men all have the same general problems with returning to civilian life, as well as their own specific problems relating to their individual circumstances.

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.