trapped in the crossfire between the vestiges of colonial rule and the inevitable struggle for freedom.
Sensitively handled first feature from Hook that explores the complexities ofthe Kenyan situation. langorously allowing the audience to observe the absurdities. privileges and untenable arrogance ofthe white elite. A remarkable debut by Mahinda and strong support make thisa human drama of substance and skill. Edinburgh: Cannon I Laoyﬂnlh (PG) (Jim Henson. UK. 1986) Jennifer Connelly. David Bowie. 101 mins. Angst-ridden teenage girl asksthe Goblins to make off with her tiresome baby brother. They duly oblige but she changes her mind and must make her way through demon Dave's mysterious labyrinth to recover the little mite. Occasionally inventive and fairly charming family film. Edinburgh; ELIFS I Let's Hope It's A Girl ( 15) (Mario Monicelli. Italy France. 1985) Liv Ullmann. Catherine Deneuve. Philippe Noiret. 11‘) mins. ()verlong. complex Italian comedy-drama as an all-female family group struggle with bereavement. troubled relationships and a dotty inventor L'ncle. A stellar European cast for this mild entertainment helmed by the veteran Monicelli. The whole thing plays like several episodes of disparate soap operas uneasily shackled together. Glasgow; (EFT I Little Shop of Horrors ( PG ) ( Frank ()z. US. 198(3) Rick .‘vloranis. Ellen Greene. Steve Martin. 9-1 mins. Brash. breezy. big-scale musical about Audrey. a likeable plant with a man-size appetite. Glasgow: Grosvenor I The Magic Toyshop ( 15) (David Wheatley. UK. 1986) Tom Bell. Caroline Milmoe. Kilian McKenna. 107 mins. A timeless adult fairytale about the disturbing aspects of growing up in an emotional environment of repression. fear. loathing and patriarchal dominance. The Magic Toyshop tells of a young girl whose passage into adulthood comes under the tyrannical auspices ofher wicked uncle. a toyshop owner with an obsessive interest in marionettcs and the manipulation of real lives. Edinburgh; EUFS I The Man Who Would Be King (PG) (John Huston. US. 1975) Sean Connery. Michael Cainc. Christopher Plummmer. l 10mins. A cherished project of l luston‘s for over twenty years this is a roistering version of the Kipling adventure yarn with Connery and (‘aine in sparkling form as two soldiers of fortune smitten by folie de grandeur when they try to establish themselves as gods in a remote Kafiristan community. Plummer contributes a fine cameo impersonation of Kipling. Glasgow1GFT I Marius (PG) (Alexander Korda. France. 1931) Raimu. Pierre Fresnay. Orane Demazis. 125 mins. The first ofthe celebrated triology scripted by Marcel Pagnol offering a study of some ofthe people in and around a quayside bar in Marseilles. Overlong but full offlavour. character and incident alongside performances to savour. especially Raimu‘s truculent proprietor. Edinburgh; Filmhouse
I Masters of the Universe (PG) (Gary Goddard. US. 1987) Dolph Lundgren. Frank Langella. Meg Foster. 1(X1mins. Deadly dull Star Wars-style rip-off as the forces ofgood and evil battle it out for domination of. . . (fill in the missing blanks). Disappointing lead debut for Dolph as He-Man but what do you expect from a product designed to shift more toys from the shops. Sam Goldwyn where are you now?
Glasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon. Lothian; Cannon. Strathclyde; Cannon. Odeon Hamilton
I My Lite As A Dog (PG) (Lasse Halstrom.
Sweden. 1985) Anton Glanzelius. Manfred Server. Anki Liden. 101 mins. Wholly captivating rite of passage tale set in Sweden during the 1950s. Twelve year-old lngemar copes with his mother‘s terminal illness and his family's general indifference to his boisterous spirits by indulging in a high fantasy life. including the pretence that he is a dog. Terrible title. wonderful. unmissable film.
Glasgow; GFT. Edinburgh; EUFS
I The Name of the Rose(18)(Jcan-Jacques Annaud. W. Germany/France/ltaly. 1986) Sean Connery. F. Murray Abraham. 131 mins. Marvellous medieval mystery with the masterful Connery in consummate form as the Sherlock Holmes-like sleuth on the trail ofa murderer in the monastery. Edinburgh: Filmhouse
I Near Dark ( 18) it: (Kathryn Bigelow. US.
1987) Adrian Pasdar. Jenny Wright.Tim Thomerson. 94 mins. Allegedly superior modern-day vampire tale from the director of The Loveless and the co-writer of The Hitcher.
Set against the dusty plains ofthe American mid-west. the plot unveils around James Dean look-alike Adrian Pasdar as laconic. cowpoke Caleb whose welcome love bite from the offbeat Mae turns out to be the mark ofthe livingdead. Strongly attracted to Mac. but gradually realising what is happening to him. Caleb must battle with the desires of the flesh and the hordes of the undead to preserve his health and ordinary mortality.
With a good cast and a threatening score by Tangerine Dream. Bigclow appears to have succeeded in injecting fresh blood into one of the cinema‘s staple. stale genres. Worth a look.
Glasgow: Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Edinburgh; Cannon
I Opera do Malandro ( 15) (Ruy Guerra. Brazil. 1986) Edson Celulari. Claudia Ohana. 108 mins. Rio 1941 is the setting for a Brazilian variation on The 'I'hreepemi y Opera. with a local underworld dandy out to avoid the attention ofthe police and attract those of a certain young lady. Wonderful soundtrack. gorgeous sets. entertaining choreography and a firm political point about the ideological inﬂuence of Hollywood cinema. Glasgow; GFT
I Outrageous Fortune ( 15) (ArthurHiller. US. 1987) Bette Midler. Shelley Long. Peter Coyote. 9‘) mins. Dumb. bland. horribly overplotted female buddy cartoon farce that even Midler lovers may find hard to stomach. Strathclyde; Odeon Hamilton I Pigsty (18) (Pier Paolo Pasolini. Italy. 1969) The film deals with two brothers in a wealthy family. one living on a remote island and resorting to cannibalism. the other taking his sexual pleasure with pigs. An extreme and singular talent at work. Edinburgh; Cameo
I Platoon (15) (Oliver Stone. US. 1986) Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe. Tom Berengcr. 120 mins. Writer—veteran Stone‘s multiple Oscar-winner seeks to portray. as vividly as possible. the experience of the ordinary infantryman on combat duty in Vietnam around the turn of 1967—68.
An uncomfortable experience and an undoubtedly well-crafted one with its genre connotations and lack of a genuine overview on the situation. this landmark in grimy authenticity remains a classic war film that just happens to be set in Vietnam. Edinburgh; EUFS I Predator ( 18) a (John McTiernan. US. 1987) Arnold Schwarzenegger. Carl Weathers. Elpidia Carrillo. 107 mins. Arnie and his dirty halfdozen are hired to enter a South American jungle and liberate a cabinet minister held hostage by hostile guerrilla forces. But. lurking unseen in the foliage is achameleon-like alien being waiting to skin alive any unsuspecting human to cross its path. As
“Perhaps the most caring film i have ever seen." Bob Oeldot “l defy anyone to sit through it without being gripped. excited, enlightened and moved to angry tears:
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“This immensely moving ﬁtm...0ry Freedom is a melodrama, a thriller...yes even a love story..’t Alexander Walker - EVENtNG STANDARD
t‘..grobs the attention from the start and never lets go... the pertormonces oi the two stars are remarkable.” Barry Norman ~ FILM ’87 BBC—TV “ Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom is a courageous milestone, a film capable at changing hearts and minds." Philip French — OBSERVER
“A big tilm, worth making...worth seeing.” Shaun Usher - DAILY MAlL
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