Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Wuthering Heights *** (1970, Anna Calder-Marshall, Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews) – Classic Movie Review 5558

American horror company American International Pictures (AIP) gets in on the British heritage cinema cash cow and goes all posh with director Robert Fuest’s ‘modern’ 1971 version of the Emily Brontë classic novel that already […]

Jun, 07 · in Reviews

The Incredible Sarah ** (1976, Glenda Jackson, Daniel Massey, Yvonne Mitchell) – Classic Movie Review 5561

Director Richard Fleischer’s well-produced but dull and unconvincing 1976 British drama is a disappointing and inaccurate biopic of the youth of the divine French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) who appeared in a clutch of silent […]

Jun, 07 · in Reviews

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? [Too Many Chefs] *** (1978, George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley) – Classic Movie Review 5559

Director Ted Kotcheff’s zesty 1978 thriller is a pretty tasty, dark-flavoured soufflé, with George Segal as Robby, an American fast-food owner in London who chases his ex-wife Natasha (Jacqueline Bisset), a handy lady at dessert […]

Jun, 07

Witness for the Prosecution *** (1982, Ralph Richardson, Deborah Kerr, Beau Bridges, Donald Pleasence, Wendy Hiller, Diana Rigg) – Classic Movie Review 5560

Director Alan Gibson and writer John Gay’s feebler but still quite involving and amusing 1982 TV movie version of Agatha Christie’s ingenious but creaky London-set courtroom thriller, memorably first filmed as Witness for the Prosecution […]

Jun, 06

The VIPs *** (1963, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Louis Jourdan, Margaret Rutherford, Orson Welles, Maggie Smith, Peter Sallis) – Classic Movie Review 5557

Director Anthony Asquith and screen-writer Terence Rattigan’s Grand Hotel-type 1963 multi-drama soap opera movie takes place in a fog-bound London Airport, and stars Richard Burton as Paul Andros, a tycoon whose wife Frances Andros (Elizabeth Taylor) […]

Jun, 06

Le Battant [The Fighter] [Ice] *** (1983, Alain Delon, Anne Parillaud, Pierre Mondy, François Périer, Andréa Ferréol) – Classic Movie Review 5556

Alain Delon stars as Jacques Darnay, who is wrongly convicted for stealing diamonds and the murder of a jeweller. After serving eight years, he is released from prison, but followed relentlessly by Inspector Rouxel (Pierre […]

Jun, 05

For a Cop’s Hide [Pour La Peau d’un Flic] ** (1981, Alain Delon, Anne Parillaud, Michel Auclair, Daniel Ceccaldi, Jean-Pierre Darras) – Classic Movie Review 5555

Alain Delon himself co-writes and directs this popular 1981 French crime-thriller that goes well for while but starts to unravel way before the end. Several of the original cast reappear in this sequel to Three […]

Jun, 05

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