malaise of a class-bound nation in decline. Plenty is a weighty, literate and overly ambitious epic with the expected high standards of performance throughout. However the characters are made to carry to emblematic a burden in the depicted slide into mediocrity and the film fails to realise the full potential of David Hare’s play. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 Police Academy 3: Back In Training (PG) (Jerry Paris, US, 1986) Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Bobcat Goldthwait, George Gaynes. 83 mins. More mindless mayhem from the boys in blue. Police Academy 4 is now in production, you lucky people. Edinburgh; Dominion Edinburgh; Dominion. Glasgow; ABC Sauchiehall Street. Lothian; Regal

o The Pope oi Greenwich Village (15) (Stuart Rosenberg, US, 1984) Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Darryl Hannah. 120 mins. Yet another Rosenberg disaster, patterned after Mean Streets, in which two New York Italian buddies attempt a robbery that doesn’t exactly endear then to the local crime bigwigs. Rourke and Roberts engage in a risible contest to see who can give the more mannered and unwatchable performance. Hannah does aerobics and has no sisters worth mentioning. Execrable. Glasgow;GF'I'

0 Pretty in Pink (15) (John Hughes, US, 1986) Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer. 98 mins. Ms Ringwald is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks forced to choose between two men; Cryer the idolsing ‘zoid’ and Andrew McCarthy the ‘richie’ she really lusts after. A certain familiarity in the narrative is eclipsed by chic trappings and music, and by John Hughes’ faultless feel for teen dialogue, which elevate the film from cliche to credibility. Edinburgh; ABC. Glasgow; ABC Sauchiehall Street, Grosvenor, Rio. Strathclyde; Kelburne

o A Private Function ( 15) (Malcolm Mowbray, UK, 1984) Maggie Smith, Michael Palin, Bill Paterson. 93 mins. Royal Wedding celebrations in ration-restricted post-war Yorkshire provide the ideal breeding ground for all-out class warfare. Engaging comic crossbreed combining the Ealing tradition with the bizarre and cheerfully rude humour ofwriter Alan Bennett. Great performances, especially from the selfless Palin. Strathclyde; Haldane Film Society

0 Revolution (PG) (Hugh Hudson, UK, 1985) Al Pacino, Nastassja Kinski, Donald Sutherland. 125 mins. Pacino is the ordinary citizen who values his detachment but is inexorably caught up in the turbulent events of the American War of Independence through the misadventures of his headstrong youngson.

Liberated from an atrocious script and with a few cast changes this might have been an acceptably personal view of turbulent historical events. As it is the battle scenes are convincingly chaotic and an occasional striking tableau sticks in

the mind but otherwise this is a sad failure. Edinburgh; Filmhouse o Romancing the Stone (PG) (Robnert Zemeckis, US, 1984) Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner. 105 mins. Retiring romantic novelist Turner is pitched into real high adventure in this appealing escapist fare. Edinburgh; Odeon O A Room With A View (PG) (James Ivory, UK, 1985) Helena Bonham Carter, Maggie Smith, Daniel Day Lewis. 117 mins. Elegantly mounted with an agreeable lightness of tone this is a near perfect screen version of the Forster novel with some dandy acting. Civilised entertainment at its best. Edinburgh; Dominion o Runaway Train ( 18) (Andrei Kinchalovsky, US, 1985) Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, John P. Ryan. 1111 mins. Two escapees from a high-security prison in Alaska hitch a ride to freedom on a train that is running out ofcontrol after the engineer has suffered a heart attack. Part symbolic drama, probing the question of man’s freedom, part slam-bang actioner which fairly rattles along, this is a no-nonsense film ofwide appeal. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Several interviews on Personal Problems (PG) ft (Lana Gogoberidze, USSR, 1982) 97 mins. Roving reporter Sophiko, a hale and hearty member of a smalltown community, has been doing a series of profiles about different women and their lifestyles. Private traumas however intrude upon her professional ease when she begins to question her own lifestyle and re-examine a troubled past. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Sid and Nancy (18) a (Alex Cox, UK, 1986) Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman. 114 mins. See Caption Review. Glasgow; GFT O Spies Like Us (PG) (John Landis, US, 1985) Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd. 102 mins. Dim, laboured espionage comedy with a host of guest stars including Bob Hope. Glasgow; Cinema 0 Splash (PG) (Ron Howard, US, 1984) Tom Hanks, Darryl Hannah, John Candy. 110 mins. A city businessman feels that love has passed him by until he falls head over fin for a beautiful mermaid. A naive, amiable romp but a disappointment from the director of Night Shift. Edinburgh; Filmhouse O The Sure Thing (15) (Rob Reiner, US, 1985) John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga. 94 mins. At last, at last, a teenage Romantic comedy, ie one which does not wholly depend upon the fulfilment of adolescent sexual fantasies for its effect. Instead, it’s a sort of updated It Happened One Night, with an ill-matched duo thrown together by chance but finally falling in lurv as they make their way across America. A worthy follow-up by director rob Reiner to his earlier side-splitting parody Spinal Tap. Glasgow; Salon 0 To Our Loves (15) (Mauric Pialat, France, 1983) Sandrine Bonnaire, Dominique Besnehard, Maurice Pialat. 102 mins. A 15 year-old in her desire to break free from parental constraints and find some elusive


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emotional contact descends into a life of promiscuity and family conflict. Filmed with a customary use of amateur actors and much improvisation to reach a greater realism, Pialat’s film seems excessively shrill even by his own fierce standards, but as per usual the performances are the thing and do not disappoint. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Weird Science (15) (John Hughes, US, 1985) Kelly LeBrock, Anthony Michael Hall. 94 mins. Two highly undesirable nerds programme their home computer to produce the perfect woman to solve their intimate personal problems. Miss LeBrock is the answer in this infantile farce that overstays its already grudging welcome. Glasgow; Grosvenor 0 Youngblood (15) (Peter Markel, US, 1986) Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Ed Lauter. 110 mins. Aspiring rookie ice-hockey player Lowe comes up against rough-house tactics and the disapproval of coach (Ed Lauter) whose daughter he is, surprise surprise, in love with, but battles through severe injuries to win, both the big match and the young lady’s heart.

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utterly predictable, with only the moderately exciting hockey sequences to recommend it. Glasgow; Salon


This section gives details at programmes showing at cinemas in central Scotland overthe next iortnight. Readers are advised that many cinemas in the Strathclyde and Lothian regions are unable to provide The List with details oi their programming ior both weeks covered by each issue, as these may not be available at the time oi going to press. These listings thereiore provide an accurate guide to programmes ior one week only, unless iurther dates are speciiled. Readers are advised that programmes may be subject to late change at any time.

Cinemas operating a lamiiy discount scheme allow an adult accompanying a child to ‘U’ and ‘PG’ certiiicate

programmes to gain admission ior the same price as the child up to 6pm.

All programme times are pm unless otherwise stated.


0 ABC Lothian Road, 229 3030. Bar: Ham—2.30pm, 5—10pm (Mon-Thurs), llam—l 1pm (Fri/Sat), 5—10pm (Sun). [D] cinemas 2 & 3 prior notification advisable. £2.70, £2.30 Child £1.40, £1.30 OAP £1 (before 6pm). Family discount scheme operates.

1. Highlander (15) 2.05pm, 5.05pm, 8.05pm. Sun 5.05pm, 8.05pm.

2. Pretty in Pink (15) 2.20pm, 5.20pm, 8.20pm. Sun 5.20pm, 8.20pm.

3. The Color Purple (15) 2.25pm, 7.25pm. Sun 7.25pm only.

0 CAMEO Tollcross, 228 4141. [D] Bar open Mon—Sat 6—1 1pm. Matinees Mon—Fri £1.20.

All other times £2.70.

Alter Hours (15) 3pm, 5pm, 7pm,


NB Advance booking available for all performances.

O DOMINION Newbattle Terrace, 447 2660. Rest 10am—2pm & 6—11pm (Mon-Fri), 10am—l 1pm (Sat). Bar 12—2.30pm, 6—10pm (Mon—Sat). Cinema closed Sun. £2.50, £2.20. Child £1.20 OAP £1 UB40/Students £1.20. (all perfs except evng perfs in cinema 3).

1. A Chorus Line (PG) 2.15pm, 5.15pm, 8.15pm.

2. Police Academy 3: Back in Training (PG)2.30pm,5.30pm,8.30pm. [ 3. A Room With A View (PG) 2pm, 5pm, 8pm. 5

0 EDINBURGH FILM GUILD ; Filmhouse, Lothian Road, 228 2688. The 1986/7 Season commences 28 I Sept and runs until April. Films in y the programme include Dim Sam, 1 Ran, Yellow Earth, Fire Festival, ' Stop Making Sense, The Last Battle, Crimes of Passion and Kiss of the Spiderwoman.

The annual membership fee of £15 allows free admission to all main season films and discount prices on other Guild events. Membership is available now.

0 FILMHDUSE Lothian Road, 228 2688. Bar (Mon-Sat, noon—11pm, Sun 6.30—11pm) Rest (Mon—Sat, noon—9pm). [E]

Matinees £1.20, (concs 50p). Early evgs £1.80 (concs £1.20). Main evenings & Double Bills £2.20. No concessions on Sats.

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