Morning Baby/mi with an adaptation ofa story by Tolstoy. Shocked by the discoy'ery' ( on his wedding night that his fiancee had i been the King‘s mistress. Baron Sergio Giuramondo (Sands) sets otit to become a monk. and subsequently a hermit. After strange acts of self mutilation. his reputation as a saint spreads throughout the land. Highly intellectual in theory. the film is hoys cy er surprisingly marrow in deliy‘ery. lidinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Nikita ( IS) ( Luc Besson. France. 1990) Anne l’arillaud. Tcheky Karyo.
.lcan-l lughes Anglade. .leannc Moreau. 114 mins. The latest exercise in stylish tosh from (iiallic maestro Besson. Parillaud stars as a junkie waif resurrected from her dreary existence by the enigmatic Karyo. an agent for the goy ernment‘s most secretiye tindercoy er organistaion. and pretty soon she's a topnotch assassin. But does this make her any more ftilfilled'.’ lidinburgh: l‘ilmltotlsc.
I Open Doors ( 15) ((iianni Amelio. ltaly. i990) (iian Maria \‘olonte. linnio ' Fantastichini. ch/o (iioy'ampietro. lflS mins. When 'l‘ommaso Scalia (Fantastichini ) commits three murders in the space of one morning. the death sentence seems to be the natural punishment until substitute judge I)i Francesco ( \‘olontel decides to take it on himself to say-e the assassin. A compelling film that raises the courtroom battle formula to a committed examination of the death penalty and pie-war fascist Sicily. (ilasgow: (il’l‘.
I The Pope Must Die ( Peter Richardson. CS. 1990) Robbie Coltrane. Bey erly D‘Angelo. Herbert Loin. Ade Iidmonson. ()7 mins. Big Robbie swaps his habit for a cassock as he is eley'ated from a mere nun on the Hill to the supreme
3 position of Pope Dame 1. Anotherotfering 9 from the unsubtle school of the Comic
3 Strip. but too many subplots and toofew
1 jokes let doyy ii a superb title and fun
central performance with the result that
The Pope .lluy'l [he is unlikely to find . ..
. ehm . . . mass appeal. lidinbtirgh: lTCI.
Strathclyde: l'CI Clydebank. I Prayer DfThe RollerBaysi IS ) ( Rick
. King. LS. 1991 lCoi'cy Haim. Patricia
Arquette. Christopher Collet. l)ey in Clark. 9‘) mins. Rather ridiculous futuristic teenage thriller has American
‘ the notorious gang of Rollerboy sw ho speed about LA on their rollerbladc
skates. Luckily . young Corey isa
rollerbladc champ. and luckily he yy as a childhood friend of the gang leader. and luckily he falls in line with the one member yy ho is an undercoy er cop. and
; luckily . . . you get the drift. lidinburgh:
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Bellamy. llllmins. ln thishugcly succeslul comedy -romancc. (iere stars as an unteeling financial w heeler-dealer
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The Racketeer (PG) (Jae Johnston, US, 1991) Bill Campbell, Jennifer l Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin. 109 mins. Latest to join the likes of Superman, Batman, Dick Tracy et al in i the seemingly unending line of comic strip would-be blockbusters, The i Racketeer is indeed an adaptation of l the comic strip of the same name, one thatall too few folks actually seem to have heard of. You might think that this - removes a portion of the whale raison d'etre of the thing -we do after all go to Dick Tracy, for instance, to see how the film makers have found a celluloid equivalentol Chester Gould‘s original artwork- but in the case of The Racketeer, the sheer entertainment factor ultimately wins the day. Cleancut unknown Bill Campbell is
Cliff Secord, a plucky pilot helping engineer oldster Peevy (Arkin) in testing out a new plane design, when he unwittineg takes possession of a stolen experimental rocket pack and becomes the talk of 1939 Los Angeles as the mystery flying figure known only as ‘The Rocketeer‘. Initially hoping only to impress aspiring movie actress girlfriend Jenny Blake (a most fetching Jennifer Connelly), who seems rather more besotted with smoothie screen heart-thrab Neville Sinclair (Dalton), events take a dangerous curve when the matinee idol turns out to be atop Nazi ringleader. lt's notjustJenny who’s in danger now, farthe American way itself is under threat, and only ‘The Racketeer' stands between freedom in peril and the tyranny of the Swastika.
Sure, it's pretty dumb stuff, but that‘s as it should be, especially when the film makers have created a central narrative strong enough to bear the weight of bath the derring-do and the knowing laughter. Campbell is personable enough to avoid being wooden in the straight hero role, and Jennifer Connelly clothes her good girl characterisation in a satiny evening gown number that just yells ‘bad'. Messrs Dalton and Arkin too, are respectably hissable and chummy in all the right places. All in all, the best kids’ treat of the summer by far. (Trevor Johnston)
From Friday 2 August. Glasgow: Cannon the Forge, Grosvenor, Ddeon. Edinburgh: Dominion, Ddeon, UCI. Central: Regal. Strathclyde: Ddeon Ayr. Ddeon Hamilton. La Scala, UCI Clydebank, UCI East Kilbride. WMR Film Centre.
(llSCtly'c‘l‘lllg he is human after all when he spends a yyeek in the company of Robei‘ts’ dow nhome goodtime girl. Cony‘ei‘sely . she rediscoyers her sell-esteem by llayy lessly carry ing off 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. btit teleyision yeteran Marshall has iust the right lightness of touch. lidinburgh: Cameo.
I Problem Chi|d(l’(i)(l)ennis l)ugan. CS. 1990) John Ritter. Michael ()liyer. Michael Richards. (iilbcrt (iotttried.
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Amy Yasbeck. 8] mins. Adopted and returned thirty times to theorphanage. .lunior is a troublesome child. a monster for foster parents. Now yet another hapless couple ( Rittc r and Yasbcck ) hay c taken him into their home. and all hell is going to descend upon them. Hippant ill funny comedy on yy hat would. inother hands. he a serious topic. (ilasgoys: Cannon The l‘orgc. Cannon Sauchiehall Street lidinburgh: l'Cl, Strathclyde: l’Cl ('lydebank. l‘Cl Last Kilbride.
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132 mins. Following the death in a New York shoot-out of a crook called Vasquez. . the much-admired cop responsible for his l killing(.\’olte) is hauled tip before a grand l jury. The DA (()‘Neal) instructs his assistant Al Reilly (Hutton) that it‘san
open-and-shut case ofjustifiable
homicide. a simple case of filling in a Q& l A record of what happened. But when I Reilly digs deeper. he realises things are % more complicated than that. Typically assured. hard-bitten and suspenseful l thriller. yy ritten and directed by l-umet l with the authority ofexperience. i (ilasgoyy : (il’l‘. : I Ra: The Path of the Sun God i L' )t l.esley ' Keen. l 'K. 1WD) 72 mins. Scotsanimator I Lesley Keen and her team worked for four : years. painstakingly drawing and ' assembling this remarkable feature. a l y‘isual panorama of the art and ideasof f ancient (ireece that further cspandsthe i director‘s interest in animated filmmaking ' with a definite intellectual content expressed through formal innovation. Edinburgh: Filmhouse.
I Robin Hood: Prince afThievesi 12)
(Kevin Reynolds. CS. 1991) Kevin Costner. Morgan Freeman. Christian Slater. Alan Rickman. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. 147 mins. Second outingof the year for the Nottingham legend. this time with Hollywood's golden boy in the title role. Costncr's Robin slips into lndiana Jones mode as he sets about undoing the wrongs of Rickman's scene-stealing Sheriff in a way that is wonderfully reminiscent of the best Saturday matinee swashbucklers. (ilasgow: Cannon Clarkston Road. Cannon The Forge. Cannon Sauchiehall Street. Salon. Edinburgh: Cannon. Dominion. L'Cl. Central: Caledonian. Cannon. Strathclyde: Cannon. Kelburne. ()deon Ayr. ()deon Hamilton. L'Cl Clydebank. liCl Iiast Kilbride. WMR Film Centre.
I Rack-A-Doadle (ti) (Don Bluth. L‘K. i991 ) With the voices of Glen Campbell. Iiddie l)ee'1.en. Sandy Duncan. TobyScott (iranger. Christopher l’lummer. 7-1 mins. Don Bluth. the man behind The SecretOf .anth and All Dogs (in To Heaven. cements his place at the forefront of children's animation with this tale ofa boy's search for the singing rooster that will say'c his farm from flood and eternal night. l"ull ofcolour and song. (ilasgow; ()deon. lidinbtirgh: ()deon. L'Cl. Strathclyde: l'Cl Clydcbank. L'Cl liast Kilbride.
I Racketeer ( P( i ) (Joe Johnston. L's.
199] l Bill Campbell. JenniferConnelly. Alan Arkin. :Timothy Dalton. lfl‘)mins. See reyiew . (ilasgow: Cannon The Forge. (il‘nsy‘elltlr. ()deon. Salon. lidinburgh: Dominion. ()deon. [TCL Central: Regal. Strathclyde: ()deon Ayr. ()deon ; Hamilton. La Scala. l'Cl Clydebank. L'Cl'. liast Kilbride. WMR Film Centre.
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