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( ‘anncs last year and has now been picked up for forthcoming British distribution. (ilasgow ; (il’l'.

I Prince 0! Pennsylvania t t 5 it Ron N_\‘.s\sanci'. IS. 1988) Fred Ward. Keaiiii Reeves. Bonnie Bedelia. Amy Madigan. 93 mins. Rupert ( Reeves) is a rebellious Pennsylvanian teenager caught up in domestic conflict. lIe‘s stuck between a tather vs ho w ants him to follow him down the mines. and a mother whose free-love oils ideals come with their ow n bundle of problems. With hippy maiden Carla (Madigan ). he hatches an absurd kidnap plan to resolv e matters.

Well detailed rites-of-passage drama. with its moments of quirky comedy . that also proves to offer an intelligent analysis of the anachronism of the (ills ethos in the midst of today 's social turmoil. (ilasgow: (ii-'1‘.

I The Producers (I’(i) ( Mel Brooks. L's. 1968) Zero .‘vlostel. (iene Wilder. Kenneth .‘vfars. l)iek Shawn. 88mins. Mostcl is brilliant as deadbeat Broadway producer Max Bialystock. who ropes in timid accountant Wilder for a crazy scheme to over-finance a surefire flop and make off with the money. They come up with Springtime I’nr Hitler. and Brooks comes up with an all-time comedy classic. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Rain Man (15) (Barry Levinson. US. 1988) Dustin Hoffman. Tom Cruise. Valeria (iolino. 114 mins. lmpecunious smalltime hustler Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) ends up kidnapping his previously unknown autistic savant brother Raymond ( l Ioffman). when their late father leaves his $3 million fortune to the latter. However. as the two cross America by road genuine feelings offraternal affection vs ell tip between them.

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compassion and trustration. (ilasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The huge. ( )dcon. Edinburgh: Dominion. Strathclyde: .»\.\fCClydcbank It).

I Rebel Without A Cause( 18) ( Nicholas Ray. IS. 1950) James Dean. Natalie Wood. Jim Backus. Sal .\Iinco. lllmiiis. Seminal youth mm ie has l)ean as a sensitive but misunderstood kid hattlingto communicate with his parents and caught in the violent struggle forself-definition. Though irrevocably dated by now . this is still notable as the film that articulated the until-then unrecognised experiences and

aspirations of a whole generation and does

of course contain our favourite nostalgia icon in full flow. Edinburgh: Filmhouse. I Red Sorghum ( 15) (Xhang Yimou. China. 1988) (iong l.i.lian Weng..liuJi. 911 mins. Completer startling piece of work from the New Chinese Cinema isa famin saga set in a rural community during the l93tls. which follows a bride's adventures: finding a litter carrier for her husband. setting up her own brewery. and fighting against the barbaricJapanese invaders.

Conceived on a gloriously broad palette. Yimou's film manages to controversially explore the stirrings of female sexuality. and include some endearing knockabout comedy before the tone darkens for the final cataclysm. The marvellous control of a rich red colour scheme throughout makes this a magnificent debut. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.

I Robocop ( 18) (Paul Verhoeven. LS. 1987) Peter Weller. Nancy Allen. Ronnv Cox. 103 mins. Slick and ' stomach-churningly violent futuristic thriller blending elementsof Dirty Harry. l-'riiri/\'¢'Ii.s'teiri and The Six .llil/imi Dollar Man. When diligent policeman Murphy is shot to pieces by vicious thugs. his remains are mechanically reconstructed into a hi-tech law enforcement officer but the human desire for revenge still beats beneath his mechanical exterior. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.


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I Salaam Bombay! ( 15) (Mira Nair. lndia'France/IIK. I988) Shafiq Syed. Raghubir Yadev. Aneeta Kanwar. 95 mins. Shot on location on the streetsof Bombay. the film records the lives ofthe city's throiiging street urchins. focusingon young Krishna's (Syed) descent into a seedy underworld of prostitution and narcotics as he tries to earn enough money to return home to his native village.

This auspicious debut from Indian woman film-maker Nair manages toavoid the obvious. and makes its moral points through its sympathy for the remarkable children whose indomitable spirit is convincingly captured by the former documentarist‘s camera. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.

I Sammy and Rosie Get Laid ( 18) (Stephen Frears. UK. 1987) Shashi Kapoor. Frances Barber. Ayub Khan Dim. 11X) mins. ()ver-ambitioUs. provocative Canterbury Tale for the 198(ls asa pragmatic Indian politician returns to his beloved England and son Sammy to find his sensibilities and fanciful memories confronted by rioting in the streets and the nightmare of inner-city life inThatcher's Britain.

Blunt. bittersweet comedy that explodes across the screen in a dazzlingly undisciplined exploration ofsexual politics. self-justifying expediency and the bankruptcy of moral or personal commitment. Undeniany challenging. well acted and sickeningly relevant. it is difficult to ignore but equally hard to like. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Film Society.

I Tngerpent And The Rainbow ( l8) (Wes Craven. LS. 1988) Bill Pullman. Zakes Mokae. Cathy Tyson. 98 mins. Papa Doc [)uvalier's Ilaiti. and American anthropologist Pullman investigating the island's voodoo cult comes tip against the involvement of the local chiefof the Ton Ton Maeoute as part of his search for a mysterious drug which is turning people into zombies. Craven. uneasy away from

Elm Street. manages to fall between two stools here by not quite knowing whether he's making another effects extravaganza or a film of serious anthropological intent. Edinburgh: Cannon. Strathclyde: AMC Clydebank It).

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IThe Shining ( 18) (Stanley Kubrick. L'S. 198(1) Jack Nicholson. Shelly Duvall. Philip Stone. Kubrick'soverwrought horror film dispenses with much ofthe psychic apparatus ofStephen King's novel to concentrate on the deeper horror ofa family turning in on itself. Nicholson.with all the stops out. is bug-eyed and demonic as the father bringing much aggression to bear against his son. and the final scenes are. literally. chilling. Glasgow: Grosvenor.

I Stardust Memories ( 15) (Woody Allen. US. 1980) Woody Allen. Mia Farrow. 92 mins. A famous director of comedy films undergoes much soul searching when the public and critics fail to appreciate his attempts at serious cinematic statement. Occasionally shrill and self-pitying autobiographical Allen movie. worth staying with for its insights into the creative pressures of the contemporary industry but never quite becoming the 8 its maker so obviously intended. Edinburgh: Cameo.

I Swimming To Cambodia ( 15) (Jonathan Demme. US. 1987) Spaulding (Iray. 87 mins. The idea ofan 87-minute monologue might initially appear unprepossessing. but in the handsof actor philosopher Gray it becomes a fascinating experience as his idiosyncratic delivery touches upon his experiences in SE. Asia while shooting The Killing Fields (in which he has a tiny part). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Film Society.

ITbe Tall Guy( 15) (Mel Smith. UK. 1989) Jeff(ioldb|um. Emma Thompson. Rowan Atkinson. 90 mins. (ioldblum plays Dexter King. American actor in London.