o This section aims to provide a review at every liim to be seen in central Scotland overthe next lortnight. For programme times see Individual cinema listings.
U - Universal, suitable lor all ages.
PG - Parental Guidance suggested as some scenes may be unsuitable for younger children.
15 - Ho-one underthe age ol15 admitted.
18 - No-one under the age oi 18 admitted.
0 Agnes ol God ( 15) (Norman Jewison. US. 1985) Jane Fonda. Anne Bancroft. Meg Tilly. 98 mins. When a new-born infant is found strangled in the room ofa novice nun court-appointed psychiatrist Fonda is dispatched to uncover the truth behind the grisly events. Based on a Broadway hit. this is both a teasing detective story and a clearly defined theological tussle as rationality tackles blind faith in a contest between Fonda and feisty mother superior Bancroft. Intelligently crafted. grandly acted middlebrow fare. Edinburgh: Filmhouse
o Alamo Bay ( 15) (Louis Malle.US.1985) Amy Madigan. Ed Harris. Ho Nguyen. 99 mins. Vietnamese refugee Dinh warmly embraces the American Way whereby any man can rise to the office of President. Securing employment as a fisherman in the : Texas town of Port Alamo. he i encounters the simmering resentment of a native generation who fought in ‘Nam and now view the boat people as an alien threat to their livelihood.
Emotive. over-plotted and surprisingly conventional racist melodrama with strong performances. Edinburgh; Filmhouse.
o Amadeus (PG) (Milos
Forman.US. l98-l) F. Murray
Abraham. Tom Hulce. 160 mins. A
risible title fight fora place in
posterity between a God-fearing but
mediocre talent and a musical genius
with bad manners. Music‘s good.
0 Back to the Future (PG) (Robert
Zemeckis. US. 1985) Michael J.
1 Fox. Crispin Glover, Lea
Thompson. 116 mins. Expertly-cast, wittily-scripted time-travelling fantasy adventure. A worthy crowd pleaser. Glasgow; Grosvenor
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Lothian; ABC. Strathclyde: ABC Greenock. ABC Kilmarnock.
o The Big Brawl ( 15) (Robert Clouse. US. 1980) Jackie Chan. Kristine De Bell. Jose Ferrer. 95 mins. Comic chop socky adventure set in Chicago‘s1930s gangster era. Chan is the subject of a six film focus at this year‘s Edinburgh Film Festival. Edinburgh: Cinema 0 Broadway Danny Rose (pg) (Woody Allen. US. 1984) Woody Allen. Mia Farrow, Milton Berle. 84 mins. Danny Rose is one of life‘s born losers: a small-time agent for no hope artistes who run from his management at the slightest whiff of acclaim. Opportunity knocks with a tubby singer riding a nostalgia boom for Fifties crooners. However. the singer‘s temperamental girlfriend Tina islinked with the Mafia. . .. Glasgow: Grosvenor o The Brothers (PG) (David Macdonald.UK. 1947) Patricia Roc. Finlay Currie. Duncan Macrea. 91 mins. 1900. An orphan girl arrives on the Isle of Skye and soon becomes the cause of a clan feud between two important fishing families. Intriguing-sounding rarity with a
distinctive quality that sets it apart from mainstream British cinema of the period. The fallible Leslie Halliwell found it ‘surprising and striking". Edinburgh; Filmhouse. 0 Burning an Illusion ( 15) (Menelik Shabazz.UK. 1981) Angela Wynter. Cassie McFarlane. 107 mins. Two young Blacks in London. out oftheir relationship to each other and the mainstraem of British society. decide that the way forward out of the depressing situation in which they find themselves is through radical Black politics. Persuasively-argued. but never dogmatic or hectoring. this sensitively observed and well-acted drama is an important step in the founding of Black British film culture. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. 0 Cal ( 15) (Pat ()‘Connor.UK.l98-l) Helen Mirren. John Lynch. 102 mins. Impossible love in sectarian Ireland with an award-winning performance by Mirren. Glasgow; GFI‘. 0 Care Bears II: The Next Generation (U) (Dale Schott. US. 1986) With the voices of l Iadley Kay. Chris Wiggins. 76 mins. A sequel telling the story of the origin of the Care Bear Family. introducing the Care Bear Cubs and Care Cousin Cubs and explaining how they became the champions ofcaring. Wow! Edinburgh: ()deon. Glasgow; ABC Clarkston Road. Cinema. Grosvenor. ()deon. Rio. Lothian: ABC. Strathclyde; ABC Greenock. ABC Kilmarnoek. Kelburne. La Scala. ()deon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. 0 Clockwise (pg) (Christopher Morahan. UK. 1985) John (.‘leese. Alison Steadman. Penelope Wilton.
Enemy Mine(PG) a (Woligang Petersen, US, 1985) Dennis Duaid, Louis Gossett Jnr. 93 mins. (US version 108 mins). In the 21st century hot-shot pilot Duaid crash-lands on a desolate planet inhabited by deadly carnivores and bombarded by meteor storms. There he encounters his avowed enemy the Drac. However, in the lace of mutual danger, the two creatures are lorced to co-exist. A trucluent friendship grows as they begin to depend on each other for
companionship and sustenance.
A big-budget, space-age plea lor racial tolerance combining elements ol John Boorman's Hell in the Pacilic and Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Enemy Mine is marred by extensive editing and an uncertainty as to whether to opt tor a StarWars-style lantasy or a more human (and more interesting) intimate story. Likeable nonetheless and you can certainly see how they spent the astronomical budget. (Allan Hunter).
97 mins. A pathologically punctilious headmaster is chronically late for an important conference. Basically a one-joke farce this is an enervated vehicle for Cleese‘s incisive comic timing— the film‘s raison d'etrc and saving grace. Edinburgh: Dominion
o The Color Purple (PC) 1% (Steven Spielberg.US. 1985) Whoopi Goldberg. Danny Glover. Margaret Avery. 152 mins. See Feature and caption review. Edinburgh: ABC.
Glasgow: ABC (Sauchiehall Street).
0 Death in a French Garden ( l8) (Michel Deville.France. 1985) Michel I’iccoli. Nicole Garcia. Christopher Malavoy. 101 mins. A young. attractive musician is hired by a well-to-do couple as a guitar tutor to their precocious daughter. Casually seduced by her mother. he finds himself unwittingly involved in a bubbling stew ofjealousy. deception and blackmail.
Smart. stylish thriller redolent of The Draughlsman '3 Contract. but an aura ofclinical calculation detracts from its full impact. Edinburgh; Filmhouse.
o Desperately Seeking Susan (15) (Susan Seidelman.US. 1985) Rosanna Arquette. Madonna. Aidan Quinn. 103 mins. Feminist fantasy revolving round a case of mistaken identity in the Big Apple. Sheer delight. Glasgow;GFI‘.
0 Les Diaboliques ( 15) (Henri-Georges Clouzot.Franee.1955) Simone Signoret. Vera Clouzot. Paul Meurisse. 117 mins. A repugnant. bullying schoolmaster is murdered by his timid. long-suffering wife and his more calculating mistress. They carefully dispose of his body. which then disappears.
Much imitated. fiendisth clever chiller melodrama; slow but satisfying. Glasgow; GFI‘.
0 Down and Out in Beverly Hil|S( 15) (Paul Masursky. [8. 198(1) Nick Nolle.Riel1ard Dreylllss. Bette Midler. 103 mins. Sugar-coated reactionary update of Boudu sauve des eaux. Gentleman tramp Nolle is save from drowning in the swimming pool of wealthy coat-hanger King Dreyfuss. Reeuperating in his plush Beverly l lills pad he becomes an indispensable adiuet to the hUUSChUM Glib. class-divide :omedy where the humour is heavily American and overly reliant on in-jokes. slapstick and cute dogs. Edinburgh: ()deon. Glasgow: Odeon.
0 E.T. (U) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1982) Henry Thomas. Drew Barrymore. Dee Wallace. 117 mins. A lonely suburban youngster befriends a loveable alien creature that has been stranded on our planet. One ofthe irresistible movie phenomena ofour age. Edinburgh: ABC. Glasgow: ABC (Sauchiehall Street)
0 Echo Park ( 15) (Robert Dornheim.Austria. 1985) Susan Dey. Tom Ilulce. Michael Bowen. 9() mins. Dey is a waitress who is really an actress. Bowen is a body-builder convinced he‘s the next Schwarzenegger and Hulce is a