1985) Glenn Close, Mandy Patinkin. Ruth Gordon. 98 mins. Redecorating their new apartment in San Francisco a couple discover a message from a star of the silent screen who died in a car crash over fifty years previously. Their astonishment continues when the ghost of the Roaring Twenties' flapper decides to inhabit the body of the staid contemporary wife, causing untold embarrassment.
Gamely performed screwball comedy from the Jack Finney novel where the fizz has gone ﬂat. Glasgow; GFT
o The Men's Club (18) a (Peter Medak, US. 1986) David Dukes. Richard Jordan, Harvey Keitel. Frank Langella. Roy Scheider. 101 mins. Five middle-aged American husbands meet at the home of an analyst to discuss matters sexual. Ejected when the shrink‘s wife returns. they retire to a high-class whorehouse to prove that actions speak louder than words.
Would-be portentous battle of the sexes fare with a stellar. by and large excellent cast doing its best in the face of a clumsy and occasionally offensive script. Glasgow; Cannon Sauchiehall Street 0 Mona Lisa(18) (Neil Jordan. UK. 1986) Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine. 104 mins. Bob Hoskins gives a heartrending. much-lauded performance as the ex-con with a battered heart in this brilliant thriller/film noir from the exceptionally talented Jordan. Not to be missed. Edinburgh; Dominion
0 Moon in the Gutter ( 18) (Jean-Jacques Beineix. France. 1983) Gerard Depardieu. Nastassja Kinski. 137 mins. A brooding film noir about a stevedore. his obsession with his dead sister. and the mysterious and alluring femme fatale who bears an uncanny resemblance to her. Edinburgh: Cameo o The Mosquito Coast (PG) (Peter Weir. US. 1986) Harrison Ford. Helen Mirren. River Phoenix. 119 mins. A black-edged reworking of the Swiss Family Robinson. As inventor and self-righteous know-it-all Ford rejects the decline of Western civilisation to build his own paradise in the jungles of South America. Unfortunately. it isn't as idyllic as it sounds. but he is not a man to admit defeat . . . Glasgow: Odeon. Edinbur 3h: ()deon o Myra Brackenri ge (18) (Mike Sarne. US 1970) Mae West. Racquel Welch. Rex Reed. John Huston. 94 mins. A trans-sexual film critic runs amok in Hollywood (1 like it. I like it) to deﬂate the image ofthe American male. Scandalous at the time. this fevered but aimless adaptation of Gore Vidal‘s razor sharp satire can now be seen to have missed its chance. Still. it all looks delightfully campy nowadays. Glasgow; Grosvenor o No Surrender ( 15) (Peter Smith. UK. 1985) Michael Angelis. Bernard Hill. Ray McAnally. 104 mins. New Year’s Eve in a seedy Liverpool nightclub. In a farewell gesture of bloodymindedness the
departing manager arranges a baptism of fire for his successor by double-booking two groups of lively OAPs: one Protestant, the other Catholic.
Unsettling black farce crossing The Boys from (he Blacksruff with Fellini-esque nightmare and all in the worst possible taste. Edinburgh; EUFS 0 One Deadly Summer ( 18) (Jean Becker. France. 1983) Isabelle Adjani. 133 mins. In rural France the town ﬂirt investigates the dark secret of her mother and digs up the proverbial can of worms. Densely plotted. interminable melodrama relying heavily on Adjani’s charms which grow resistible. Edinburgh; Filmhouse O Otello (U) (Franco Zeffirelli, Italy, 1986) Placido Domingo. Katia Ricciarelli. Justino Diaz. 123 mins. Zeffirelli pulls out all the stops to inject some cinematic vigour into the stuffy climes of filmed opera. The result will probably offend the purists and is unlikely to win hordes of fresh converts.
His version of the Verdi warbler is dished up with over-emphatic brio, lavish locations. unnecessary ﬂashbacks, the exclusion of Desdemona‘s ‘Willow Song’ and a hint of homo-eroticism. ‘Lungs‘ Domingo gives his all. Glasgow;
0 Out oiAfrioa (PG) (Sydney Pollack. US. 1985) Meryl Streep. Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer. 161 mins. True story ofthe remarkable Karen Blixen and her
love affair with both the vast continent of Africa and enigmatic English game hunter Denys Finch Hatton.
A carefully measured tragic romance suffused with images of awe-inspiring beauty and topped by another ﬂawless performance from Streep. Glasgow; GFT 0 Over The Top (PG) (Menahem Golan. US. 1987) Sylvester Stallone.
Susan Blakely. David Mendenhall. 92 mins. Resistible. highly characteristic Stallone sermon with ‘muscles‘ playing a brawny truck driver who not only wins the heart of his standoffish estranged son but also triumphs as the world arm-wrestling champion. A reworking of Rocky with additional mawkish dollops of The Champ. Over The Top? Below the belt. Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Cannon Greenock. Cannon Kilmarnock. Kelburne, Odeon Hamilton. Rialto o The Passion of Remembrance (15) (Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien, UK. 1986) Antonia Thomas, Carlton Chance. 82 mins. An examination of the black experience in Britain, looking at issues of history, sexuality and gender, this remarkable film interweaves a family drama with video excerpts documenting police harassment and raises the question of the way forward for black political activists. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Peggy Sue Got Married ( PG)
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