Errific performance from David

I Hayman and still one of the best

? things Scottish Television have ever

i done. This screening will be followed : by a question and answer session

with Hayman on his burgeoning film career that includes Sid and Nancy, Heavenly Pursuits, the forthcoming John Boorman film Hope and Glory and a prospective reunion with director Alex Cox. Glasgow; GFT 0 Sid and Nancy (18) (Alex Cox, UK, 1986) Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman. 110 mins. The story of Sex Pistols bassist and his American girlfriend Nancy Spungen from their gung-ho days as puppy superstars and future rock legends to their final days in New York’s Chelsea Hotel and a losing battle

' with the big H.

For the most part a breathlesst enjoyable biopic, Sid and Nancy gets bogged down in an interminable last half-hour, Edinburgh; Cameo o Smiles ol a Summer’s Night (PG) (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1955) Ulla J acobsson, Harriet Andersson, Jarl Kulle. 109 mins. Nigh peerless romantic comedy of the events during a weekend at a 19th century estate. Subsequently a Broadway musical (A Little Night Music) and the inspiration for a Woody Allen comedy. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 La Strada (PG) (Frederico Fellini, Italy, 1954) Giulietta Masina, Anthony Quinn, Richard Baseheart. 94 mins. A half-witted peasant girl is sold to an itinerant strongman, who treats her very badly. One of Fellini’s early successes when he was working in the area of Italian neo-realism whilst at the same time displaying the kind of perverse imagination which was to bring his later, more outré work to prominence. Edinburgh; Edinburgh Film Guild 0 Sugarbaby (15) (Percy Adlon, West Germany, 1985) Marianne Sagebrecht, Eisi Gulp. 86 mins. The unlikely romance between an overweight. middle-aged undertaker’s assistant and a young subway driver is the engaging focus

of this quirky offering: a strange

beguiling work at once warmly appealing and slightly repellent, that forces us to re-examine our notions of sensuality and desirability. Glasgow; GFT. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

o The Sure Thing (15) (Rob Reiner, 5 US, 1985) John Cusack, Daphne I Zuniga. 94 mins. At last, at last, a

teenage romantic comedy, ie one

i which does not wholly depend upon the fulfilment of adolescent sexual

% fantasies for its effect. Instead, it’s a 3 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 from coast to coast. A worthy follow-up to the director’s

: earlier side-splitting parody Spinal

O The Tempest (15) (Derek Jarman,

Tap. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

o Swallows and Amazons (U) (Claude Whatham, UK, 1974) Virginia McKenna. Ronald Fraser. 92 mins. The adventures of four children on holiday in the Lake District in the 19205. About as exciting as a steady downpour of drizzle. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

12The List3lOct—13Nov

Uk, 1979) Heathcote Williams, Toyal Wilcox, Karl Johnson. 96 mins. Jarrnan’s playful version of the Bard replaces the island setting with a decaying Gothic country mansion, and switches the attention from the

text to the visuals, which now include

an all-out camp finale replete with chorus line of dancing sailors. The

purists will hate it. Edinburgh; EUFS

O Tightrope (18) (Richard Tuggle, US, 1984) Clint Eastwood, Genevieve Bu jold. 114 mins. Eastwood is New Orleans detective Wes Block. Investigating a series of vicious killings in the city’s red light district he grows uneasy at the alarming similarities between

himself and the murderous maniac at

large. A tautly handled, provocative thriller with Eastwood giving a

creditable emotional performance as

a man faced with a crisis of identity. Edinburgh; Filmhouse

0 Top Gun (15) (Tony Scott, US, 1986) Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis,

Ruthless People (18) (Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Sucker, US, 1986) Danny De Vito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater. 94 excruciating minutes. Ah well, it had to happen. Yes lolks, it’s Disney's lirst (18)-rated movie Bambi never had jokes about oral sex, gags with vibrators and people yelling ‘Motherlucker!’ at each other, but this celluloid atrocity does. In a way, it you added up the ills oi everyone involved in this distasteiul turkey you might end up with the same number, 18, though it’s hard to imagine anyone over that age actually wanting to pay money to have their intelligence insulted ior an evening. .

The plot involves Danny De Vito as a Spandex mini-skirt millionaire, whose wile (the Repulslve Ms M) is kidnapped by a pair oi singularly inept kidnappers in the shape ol Reinhold and Sister- it’s pretty big on ineptitude this movie - but he, not altogether surprisineg does not want her back. The plot, or what passes ior it, involves De Vito trying to encourage the kidnappers to kill her/it and their ellorts to avoid doing so. Ill gave away the rest oi the ‘story’ there'd be no need to go and see the damn thing, which i trust you won’t do anyway: llie is too short.

Anthony Edwards. 110 mins. Cruise is hotshot Navy Pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, an independent-minded cuss with a murky family background but a wiz in the air. McGillis is a leading aeronautics expert who never does that sort of thing with students but is willing to make an exception for hunky Tom.

The patriotic sentiments of the film may provoke nausea, the corn is knee-high on the ground but, in the skies, Top Gun really takes off with some spectacular dog-fight sequences. Glossy in the Miami Vice tradition, the film is mindless, mainstream entertainment at its most seductive Glasgow; ABC Clarkston Road, ABC Sauchiehall Street, Grosvenor. Strathclyde; Odeon Hamilton, Rialto 0 When the Raven Flies (Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, Iceland, 1984) Jakob Thor Einarsson, Edda Bjorgvinstttir. 109 mins. ‘The visual conflict between an unfettered


Ah, Ruthless People how do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways:

1. The script has all the thrills and spills, wit, charm and excitement oi watching a puddle dry up.

2. De Vito acts with all the iaciai mannerisms and expressions oi a man battling with intense constipation, in the mistaken beiiel that his contorted ieatures will make people laugh.

3. The direction gives little help to the clearly despairing actors and smacks of the pathological apathy ol three men who would not piss on their mothers il they were on lire.

4. Bette Midler displays a physical presence as endearing as the Third Reich.

5. Reinhold and Slater mug with all the ellectlveness and energy oi cabbage patch dolls on downers.

Get the picture? Don't just avoid this bonanza oi boredom - stop a lriend going, or even lose unwanted acquaintances by telling them how wonderiul it is. You could perhaps make new friends by stopping strangers as they go in, lor whole relationships could be lounded on their eternal grateiuiness to you.

Poor old Walt must be’rolling in his grave. (Trevor Johnston)

seascape and a lofty, rearing line of mountains along the shore acts as a metaphor for the struggle between the outlaws and the young protagonist from Ireland’. Peter Cowie. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Witness (15) (Peter Weir, US, 1985) Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis. 112 mins. A young Amish boy is witness to murder. The investigation leads a cop into a brush with another culture, a touch of romance and the expected police corruption. Atmospheric, impeccably acted and beautifully orchestrated. Glasgow; Grosvenor. Edinburgh; Filmhouse o The Year ol the Hare (Risto Jarva, Finland, 1977) Antii Litja, Rita Polster. 129 mins. Thoroughly sickened by the compromises and everyday hypocrisies of the business world, an advertising executive drops out of the rat race and searches for the good life amidst the natural beauties of the Finnish forests. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Yesterday Girl (15) (Alexander Kluge, Germany, 1966) 88 mins. One of the key films by the forgotten hero of the New German Cinema, this incisiver funny study of an East German refugee at large in the West concentrates on the German facility for creating an ‘official’ history far removed from actual experience. Glasgow; GFI"


Friday 31-Thursday 6

This section gives details ol programmes showing at cinemas in central Scotland over the next week. Readers are advised that programmes may be subject to late change at any time.

Cinemas operating a iamiiy discount scheme allow an adult accompanying a child to ‘U’ and ‘PG’ certllicate programmes to gain admission lor the same price as the child up to 6pm.


0 ABC Clarkston Road, Muirend, 637 2641. £2.00 OAP £1. Family discount scheme operates.

1. Top Gilli (15) 5.45pm, 8.45pm; Sat also 2.45pm.

2. Day oi the Dead (18) 5.50pm. 8.50pm; Sat also 2.50pm.

3. Poltergeist II -The Other Side (15) 6pm, 8.35pm; Sat 3pm.

0 ABC Sauchiehall Street, 332 1592. £2.30 child£1 . 10 OAP £1.

1. Top Gun (15) 1.45pm, 4.45pm, 8.40pm.

2. Legal Eagles (PG) 1.30pm, 4.20pm, 8.10pm.

3. Heavenly Pursuits (15) 1.15pm, 3.30pm, 5.45pm, 8.40pm.

4. Invaderslrom Mars (PG) 1.30pm. 4.30pm, 8.30pm.

5. Highlander(15) 1.30pm, 4.30pm. 8.25pm.

0 CINEMA Southgate, East Kilbride, 035 5231020. [D] cinema 1.£2