Derek Winnert

"The Review's Better Than The Film"

Scorpio **** (1972, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield, John Colicos, Gayle Hunnicutt, J D Cannon) – Classic Movie Review 5061

The 1972 Scorpio, based on the story by David W Rintels, is arguably director Michael Winner’s best film. It re-teams Winner with Burt Lancaster, his star in another of his successes, Lawman (1971). Scorpio is a smoothly twisting […]

Feb, 25 · in Reviews

Man with the Gun **** (1955, Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe, Henry Hull, Emile Meyer, John Lupton, Angie Dickinson) – Classic Movie Review 5060

Co-writer/ director Richard Wilson’s stalwart 1955 Western stars Robert Mitchum as Clint Tollinger, a gunman who rides into the town of Sheridan looking for his estranged wife Nelly (Jan Sterling). Soon he is being hired […]

Feb, 25 · in Reviews

Saraband for Dead Lovers **** (1948, Stewart Granger, Joan Greenwood, Françoise Rosay, Flora Robson, Peter Bull, Megs Jenkins) – Classic Movie Review 5058

Directors Basil Dearden and Michael Relph’s attractive 1948 British oddity stars Joan Greenwood as sad young Sophie Dorothea, the arranged marriage wife of the effete Prince George Louis, the future English King George I (Peter […]

Feb, 25

Lawman **** (1971, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J Cobb, Sheree North Joseph Wiseman, Robert Duvall) – Classic Movie Review 5059

Producer-director Michael Winner’s 1971 Western stars Burt Lancaster as Jared Maddox, the lawman from Bannock who rides into the town of Sabbath to round up all the cattlemen who accidentally killed an elderly dude with a […]

Feb, 25

Sapphire **** (1959, Nigel Patrick, Michael Craig, Yvonne Mitchell, Paul Massie, Bernard Miles) – Classic Movie Review 5057

Director Basil Dearden’s pioneering issue-led 1959 British murder thriller stars Nigel Patrick, Michael Craig, Yvonne Mitchell, Paul Massie, Bernard Miles, Gordon Heath, Earl Cameron, Olga Lindo, Rupert Davies and Peter Vaughan. Dearden won the 1960 BAFTA […]

Feb, 24

20th Century Women **** (2016, Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup) – Movie Review

There’s a feast of acting from Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig in writer-director Mike Mills’s rousing, provocative and moving story of three hippyish women exploring love and freedom in Southern California during the early Seventies. Mills is Oscar […]

Feb, 24

The Blind Side *** (2009, Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Lily Collins, Jae Head) – Classic Movie Review 5056

Sandra Bullock won an unexpected Best Actress Oscar in 2010 for her capable performance in The Blind Side (2009) as caring woman Leigh Anne Tuohy who crucially helps homeless and traumatised teenage African-American boy Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), who […]

Feb, 24

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