looks after Bebop legend Dale Turner lest he drink his weary body into the grave.
Relentlessly touching character study with some fine playing and one unforgettable performance. To limit the film to the ‘jazz movie‘ tag neglects its careworn wisdom and easy-going charm. An Oscar for Herbie Hancock‘s musical score. Edinburgh; Filmhouse 0 Stand By Me ( 15) (Rob Reiner. US. 1986) Wil Wheaton. River Phoenix. Richard Dreyfuss. 88 mins. Looking back to a special summer in his youth. middle-aged writer Dreyfuss recalls the camaraderie of his childhood chums as they brawled. bragged and traded ingenious obscenities during a vital weekend in his growing up and future development as a storyteller.
A near perfect evocation of children on the brink ofadolescence. beautifullyjudged. immaculately acted. touching and funny. One of the year‘s most engaging surprises. Edinburgh; Cameo o StarTrek IV: The Voyage Home (PG) a: (Leonard Nimoy. US. 1986) William Shatner. Leonard Nimoy. DeForest Kelley. Catherine Hicks. 119 mins. See panel and feature. Glasgow; Cannon Clarkston Road, Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Cannon Greenock. Cannon Kilmarnock, Odeon Ayr. La Scala 0 Straight to the Heart ( 15) (Dorris Dorrie. W. Germany. 1983) 91 mins. A young woman chucks in her job on a supermarket cash desk and dyes her hair blue. whereupon a dentist offers her a considerable sum to move in with him and add a splash of colour to his life. She takes him up, but does not bargain on falling in love with him and altering the rules of their agreement. Dorris Dorrie. whose recent film Men proved such a success. in this earlier effort again drolly examines the tangled relationships between men and women. Glasgow: GET 0 Stranger’s Kiss (15) (Matthew Chapman. US. 1983) Peter Coyote, Victoria Tenant. Blaine Novak. 94 mins. A speculative fiction woven around the making ofStanely
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The Voyage Home: Star Trek IV (PG) (Leonard Nimoy, US, 1986) William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, De Forest Kelley, James Doohan. 119 mins. It may well be ‘The Voyage Home‘, but it‘s not the voyage of the Starship Enterprise. With our heroes‘ trusty interstellar warhorse severely vaporized at the end of ‘The Search For Spock‘, Kirk and Co are forced to hoof it back home in a ramshackle Klingon vessel. 0n the way however, they pick up a distress signal from Earth, which laces imminent annihilation by a mysterious probe emitting curious signals. Soon, Spock identifies these sound patterns as whale singing, and before you can say ‘Not another bloody time travel movie!‘ the salvation of old Mamma Earth depends on whether the gang can nip back to the late 20th century when there were still some around, and rustle up a couple of humpback whales.
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The hectic atmosphere of the studio during production is well-conveyed in this stylish recreation of low-budget Fifties Hollywood. with the background events proving just as unscrupulous as those in any film noir. Edinburgh; EUFS o Swann in Love ( l8) (Volker
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some modest tun — mainly because or the odd patch of agreeably wry dialogue (Kirk: We’ve got to find some humpbacks. Scottie: People, Captain? Kirk: Whales, Scottie, whales.) and the smirking but not unexpected time-contrast gags (Chekov, the 23rd Century Russian, innocently asking directions to the ‘nuclear wessels‘, for instance). But it‘s not really enough. Given that there‘s an already loyal audience ready and waiting, it’s a shame that only the spirited ‘Wrath Of Khan‘, the second in the big-screen series, has ever really come close to emulating the tacky, inventive, fast-moving excitements of the original, and that the current lumbering and predictable instalment fails to alter the fact. There‘s simply no tension in the movie, little doubt that the crew will succeed, and with the threat to civiIisation-as-the-luture-probably- won‘t-know-it resembling nothing so much as the inside of a tin of Pedigree Chum this is not altogethersurprising.
Schlondorff. France-W. Germany, 1984) Jeremy Irons. Ornella Muti, Alain Delon. 110 mins. Opulent, condensed Proust for the art house set with Irons as the French aristocrat infatuated by the lower class Muti. Edinburgh; Cameo
0 Take the Money and Run (PG) (Woody Allen. US. 1969) Woody Allen. Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire. 85 mins. Social outcast Allen gets his own back on society by living a life ofinept crime.
Allen‘s first movie as director is in the vein of freewheeling lunacy that characterises his early work and relies largely on a barrage of occasionally inventive visual gags. Not a patch on Bananas or Sleeper, but as ever the one-liners make it all worthwhile. Glasgow; GET 0 Taxi Driver ( 18) (Martin Scorsese, US. 1976) Robert De Niro. Jodie Foster. Harvey Keitel. 114 mins. An alienated taxi driver in New York is so repelled by the squalor and moral decay around him that he is driven to terrible violence. A searing portrayal ofan inarticulate individual trying to come to terms with and change for the better the running sewer of his experience.
Scorsese‘s brutally realistic drama is undoubtedly one of the greatest and most truthful films ever made in America. Edinburgh; EUFS o Tough Guys (15) a (Jeff Kanew, US, 1986) Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Charles Durning, Alexis Smith. 103 mins. See panel Review and feature. Glasgow; Odeon. Edinburgh; Odeon o Tungusha (15) (Christopf Schlingensief, W. Germany, 1984) 75 mins. Part of the New German Directors season, Schlingensief‘s cinematic fairytale follows a couple lost in an enchanted forest who come across three oddball scientists searching for the spirit ofthe age. Edinburgh; Filmhouse o Turtle Diary (PG) (John Irvin, UK, 1985) Glenda Jackson, Ben Kinglsey, Michael Gambon. 96 mins. Jackson is a written-out author ofchildren’s stories, Kingsley a bookshop employee. Together they share an obsession with observing the sea turtles at London Zoo and embark on a scheme to return them to the ocean. Their mutual act of liberation has repercussions on their own well-being and allows two lonely people more fulilling lives.
Rarified, disarmingly acted and crisply photographed drama. A bit precious. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
o The Watchmaker ol Saint Paul (15) (Bertrand Tavernier, France, 1973) Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Jacques Denis. 105 mins. Middle-aged watchmaker Noiret is shattered to discover that his violently political son has killed a man and is on the run from the police.
Intelligent, sympathetic character study of non-cummunication and a man‘s realisation that his son is a total stranger to him. Glasgow; GET 0 Witness (15) (Peter Weir, US. 1985) Harrison Ford, Kelly McGilIis. 112 mins. A young Amish boy is a witness to murder. The investigation leads a cop into a brush with another culture, a little romance to the sound of Sam Cook, and the expected police corruption. Atmospheric, impeccably acted and beautifully constructed. Strathclyde; Haldane Film Society 0 The World According to Garp (15) (George Roy Hill, US, 1982) Robin Williams, Glenn Close, John Lithgow. 131 mins. The life of aspiring young novelist T.S.Garp is complicated by a best-selling authoress mother and a groups of radical feminists who’ve cut out their tongues.
Rambling adaptation ofthe engaging John Irving novel is most at home with the easygoing childhood
section and runs out ofsteam long before the end, but John Lithgow‘s performance as a trans-sexual football player is a real show-stopper. Somehow Irving seems to work better on the page than on the screen though.
0 Young Frankenstein (15) (Mel Brooks, US, 1974) Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Gene Hackman. 108 mins. Affectionate, bullseye pastiche of Thirties‘ horror movies Edinburgh; Cameo
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