panel. Glasgow: GFT. Edinburgh: Filmhousc. I Look Who‘s Talking (12) (Amy Heckerling. US. 1989) John Travolta. Kirstic Alley. Olympia Dukakis. 97 mins. 1n Travolta‘s much-hyped comeback he plays stand-in papa to Alley‘s first baby. but is quicker to meet approval from the little brat. via the voiced-over musings of one Bruce Willis. than he is from its confused and binkered mama. Crass. lowbrow and thus extremely popular comedy whose sole redeeming feature is the natural charm of the trusty Travolta. But any movie whose idea of a Comic setpiece means filmimg a foetus inside the womb with the dreary Willis intoning on the soundtrack just doesn't come near the ballpark. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. Odeon. Edinburgh: Dominion. ()deon. Central: Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. UCI Clydebank. UCI East Kilbride. I Manon Des Sources (PG) (Claude Berri. France/Italy. 1986) Yves Montand. Daniel Auteuil. Emmanuellc Beart. 114 mins. Ten years after the demise ofJean dc Florette. the Soubeyrans run a prosperous carnation farm. Jean's daughter has grown into an alluring young woman and sets out to wreak her revenge. Steering this epic rural saga towards the realms of Greek tragedy. this is a full and satisfying second half that explores the suffering of the guilty as they pay a crippling penance for man‘s greed and envy. The production values are as high as ever and Auteuil assumes Depardieu's I mantle in his development from glaikit idiot to broken-hearted suitor. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr. I Monsieur Hire (15) (Patrice Lcconte. France. 1989) Michel Blane. Sandrine Bonnaire. 82 mins. An elusive neighbourhood recluse (Blanc). whiles away his evenings spying on his alluring neighbour Alice (Bonnaire). Gradually. he becomes entangled in an unsolved murder and a passionate romance. Based on a Simenon novel this sensitive and enthralling film. which was almost overlooked in Britain. Edinburgh: Filmhousc. I Moonwalker (U) (Jerry Kramer & Colin Chilvers. US. 1988) Michael Jackson. Sean Lennon. Kellie Parker. Joe Pesci. 100 mins. The Jacko plan for world domination continues with this ragbag of pop videos and archive footage masquerading as a feature film. Criticism is pointless as the kiddies will flock to it anyway. but there's a lot to dislike about a movie which exploits their short attention ‘ spans. Central: Caledonian. I Mountains Of The Moon (15) (Bob Rafelson. US. 1989) Patrick Bergin. Iain Glen. Fiona Shaw. Richard Grant. 135 mins. His early Seventies career saw , Rafelson marked down as a man at home with the murkier depths of the American 3 psyche.but here he is with an ambitious ( African exploration adventure. that I centres on the expeditions ofSir Richard 1 Burton (Bergin) and John Hanning Speke ‘ (Glen) in search of the source of the Nile as a barometer of the Victorian age. where tremendous scientific and intellectual energy nestled with racist attitudes and moral repressiveness. While the central i relationship isn‘t always as moving as it might be. there‘s still a wealth ofincident and intelligence to grab the attention for the two-hour plus running time. Strathclyde: Odeon Ayr.
I My Left Foot (15) (Jim Sheridan. Eire/UK. 1989) Daniel Day Lewis. Ray McAnally. Brenda Fricker. 90 mins. The life story of paralysed painter and writer Christy Brown. lovingly adapted from his autobiography of the same name. Sheridan and screenplay writer Shane Connaughton have portrayed Brown warts and all to create a funny. touching and thoroughly absorbing movie with four quite excellent central performances. and a celebration of a remarkable person. Glasgow: GET.
Rude Awakening (15) (Aaron Russo, David Greenwalt, US, 1990) Cheech Marin, Eric Roberts, Julie Hagerty. 101 mins. The hippies are coming! The hippies are coming! A generation too young to remember the sartorial nightmare that was the 60s have revived the flared trouser and the tie-dye, and suddenly peace, love, saving the whale and caring about trees are acceptable topics of conversation again. Rude Awakening takes advantage of this new tolerance olall things hippy, but aims squarely lor the first generation, fortysomethlng audience. A self-styled ‘social comedy’ with plenty of burning issues tagged rather uncomfortably on, the best bits are undoubtedly when it’s played strictly for laughs.
Hesus (Cheech Marin) and Fred (Eric Roberts) leave New York in the late 603 to spend twenty years smoking dope in the Central American jungle. This doesn’t help Hesus any as he's already had his brain lried by a government experiment. He spends the whole film outgrossing John Belushi and having conversations with hallucinated fish. SirJohn Mills it ain’t.
Having discovered secret CIA plans for a Central American war (as you do) the two hippies head back to New York to stop it. Unfortunately they find the
. “2:7. ;t‘ C I. city much changed (should have tried Manchester, lads) and theirlormer hippy chums Petra (Julie Hagerty) and Sammy (Robert Carradine) on a bummer of a materialist trip. Needless to say, a few blasts of dope and Petra and Sammy are back on the path of cool, telling old idealist Fred about all the new wars he has to light. Apparently as well as missing ‘The whole MASH series, All My Family, Watergate, Men Who Love Women, Men Who Love Women Who Love Men, Saturday Night Live, etc' there are a few things like AIDS, the hole in the ozone layer, and colourlsation of black and white movies, that Fred never heard about while in the jungle. The scene is set for four old hippies to struggle to save the world, rouse the masses or have their illusions shattered. You know the sort of thing.
Dedicated to ‘all the people who care about the planet and each other‘, Rude Awakening is a reasonable screwball comedy with unlortunate delusions of political resonance. The sentiments are a touch too slack and middle-aged to cut through, but plenty of the jokes are right on the ball. Hippies are still funny: Official. (Tom Lappin)
From Fri 8.Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Ddeon.
I A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child ( 18) (Stephen Hopkins. US. 1989) Robert Englund. Lisa Wilcox. Danny Hassel. 90 mins. Latest instalment of the interminable Nightmare series doesn‘t quite sink to the level of the truly dreary Part Two: Freddy 's Revenge but has little to recommend it. The plot. such as it is. centres on Freddy Krueger's appearances in the dreams on an unborn child as the means to slicing up much ofthe cast in the usual lavish manner. This time even the fearsome post-slaughter wisecracks are down in number. as ifthe film-makers themselves were too aware of ﬂogging a dead horse. Strathclyde: UCl Clydebank.
I Ninety-Two In the Shade ( 15) (Tom McGuane. US. 1975) Warren Oates.
Peter Fonda. Harry Dean Stanton. 98 mins. in this screen adaptation ofhis
novel. debuting director McGuane follows ‘
the misadventures of Fonda and Dates as of two Florida fishing guides fightingover the rights to work the rich watersaround Key West. The writer displays a charmineg ramshackle approach to film-making. but the excellent cast and
highly individual characterisation manage
to create a stylish. off-beat and entertaining thriller. The first instalment in a welcome season of Mc(iuane‘s work for the screen. See also panel. lidinburgh: Filmhousc.
I Nuns on the Run ( l2) (Jonathon Lynn. US. 1989) Eric ldle. Robbie Coltrane. Janet Suzman. 95 mins. There's little more to this slapstick comedy than the title
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_l suggests. ldle and Coltrane. both in poor form. two small time crooks who bungle their final big heist up and soon find themselves taking refuge disguised as nuns in a convent. The predictable gags that follow sadly don‘t even live up tothe dubious standards of the average Carry-On film. yet despite the tedium it has proved immensely popular across the Atlantic. Glasgow: Odeon. Edinburgh: Odeon. Strathclyde: UCI Clydebank.
I The Package (15) (Andrew Davis. US. 1989) Gene Hackman. Joanna Cassidy. Tommy Lee Jones. 108 mins. See review. Glasgow: Cannon The Forge. ()deon. Edinburgh: Odeon. I Parenthood (15) (Ron Howard. US. 1989) Steve Martin. Diane Wiest.Jason Robards. Rick Moranis. 124 mins. A film apparently derived from the experiences of Ron ‘Mr Nice Film' Howard. the ex-Happy Days star. ()ur Steve. CX-Hupp)‘ Feet star. is in his element as a lovable jerk trying hard to be a good dad. Ilowever. the climactic montage where every member of the cast is either giving birth or cuddling some cute wee baby in glutinous slow-motion had our critic reaching for his Sten gun. Edinburgh: Cameo. I The Philadelphia Story (PG) (George Cukor. US. 1940) Katharine Hepburn. Cary Grant. James Stewart. ll2 mins. Splendidly sophisticated Hollywood comedy with Stewart as a scandalshect reporter covering the society wedding of recently divorced Hepburn. ex-hubby Grant lurking in the wings. and romance recurdling despite itself. Sparkling dialogue and charismatic performances all round make this one of the best of its kind. Remade as the musical. High Society. Glasgow: GET. I Pink Floyd The Wall (Alan Parker. UK. 1982) Bob Geldof. Christine Hzrgreavcs. Bob Hoskins. 95 mins. An ambitious attempt by Parker and the Floyd‘s Roger Waters to turn the band's album The Wall into a visual. almost dialogue-less story. in which a schoolboy named Pink grows up to be an isolated rock star. The result did not - match the ambition. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Planes, Trains and Automobiles ( 15) (John Hughes. US. 1987) Steve Martin. John Candy. Laila Robbins. 92 mins. Hughes relinquishes his position as the most pertinent commentator on teenage woes and graduates with honours in the side-splitting adult comedy stakes. Martin is a harrassed Chicago businessman desperate to return home from New York forThanksgiving. After missing the last flight home he undergoes a seriesof fraught misadventures. reluctantly enduring the accident-prone Candy as travelling companion. Predictable and sentimental ()dd Couple road movie which is nonetheless genuinely funny. Edinburgh: Cameo. I Pretty Woman ( 15) (Garry Marshall. L'S. 199(1) Richard Ciere. Julia Roberts. Ralph Bellamy. 12()mins. In this hugely succesful comedy-romance. described by one studio exec as ‘Wall Street meets My Fair Lady". Richard (iere stars asan unfeeling financial wheeler-dealer disc‘overing that he is a human beingafter all when he spends a week in the company ofJulia Roberts' downhome goodtitne girl. Site. on the other hand. rediscovers her self-esteem by flawlessly carryingoff the role of his high society companion.so the audience can feel happy for both of them. The outline might be as hackneyed as they come. but television veteran Marshall has Jtist the right lightnessot touch. (ilasgow Cannon ( ‘larkston Road. Cannon The Forge. ()deon. Salon. lidinburgli: ()deon. Dominion. Central: Allanpark.Caledonian. Cannon. Regal. Strathclyde: Cannon. Kelbutne. ()deoti Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. La Scala. l'Cl Clydebank. l'Cl Iiast Kilbride. I The Producers ( PU) (Mt-I Brooks. t 's‘. 1968) Zero Mustel. (iene \Vlltler. Kenneth Mars. Dick Shawn. 88 mins.
Mostel is brilliant as deadbeat Broad“ .I\
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