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Classic retrospective. RICHARD BROOKS
2009. 57th Edition
Films
Films
Classic retrospective. RICHARD BROOKS
Classic retrospective. RICHARD BROOKS
Cobra Woman / Kobra erregina
Robert Siodmak
USA 
To rescue his fiancée Tollea, who has been kidnapped on the eve of their wedding, Ramu and his friend Kado head for a Pacific island where all outsiders are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants worship the cobra. The island is ruled by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman, who wants Ramu for herself and her benevolent sister removed from the scene.
To rescue his fiancée Tollea, who has been kidnapped on the eve of their wedding, Ramu and his friend Kado head for a Pacific island where all outsiders are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants worship the cobra. The island is ruled by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman, who wants Ramu for herself and her benevolent sister removed from the scene.
Brute Force
Jules Dassin
USA 
Barnes, the warden of Westgate Penitentiary, is a weak man, hence governing the institution is left to the ambitious and sadistic Captain Munsey. Some of the inmates, including leader Joe Collins, are plotting a breakout. While the escape plan is taking shape, the convicts in cell R17 each tell the story of how they landed in jail. But when Joe and the others try to sneak past ...
Barnes, the warden of Westgate Penitentiary, is a weak man, hence governing the institution is left to the ambitious and sadistic Captain Munsey. Some of the inmates, including leader Joe Collins, are plotting a breakout. While the escape plan is taking shape, the convicts in cell R17 each tell the story of how they landed in jail. But when Joe and the others try to sneak past the guards a gunfight breaks out and Joe kills Munsey.
Crossfire
Edward Dmytryk
USA 
A group of drunk soldiers meet Jewish serviceman Joseph Samuels and his girlfriend in a bar. They eventually make their way back to Samuels' apartment where he?s found dead the next morning. Finlay, a military detective, takes charge of the investigation with the aid of Keeley, another soldier who knows those involved.
A group of drunk soldiers meet Jewish serviceman Joseph Samuels and his girlfriend in a bar. They eventually make their way back to Samuels' apartment where he?s found dead the next morning. Finlay, a military detective, takes charge of the investigation with the aid of Keeley, another soldier who knows those involved.
To the Victor
Delmer Daves
USA 
Paul Taggart, an American black marketeer in Paris, helps Christine Lund, whose husband Lestrac is about to be tried as a Nazi collaborator. Lestrac sends his henchmen to silence her despite the fact that she has no intention of testifying against him. Paul and Christine fall in love. Paul realizes that being a black marketeer is just as bad as being a traitor and sets a trap f...
Paul Taggart, an American black marketeer in Paris, helps Christine Lund, whose husband Lestrac is about to be tried as a Nazi collaborator. Lestrac sends his henchmen to silence her despite the fact that she has no intention of testifying against him. Paul and Christine fall in love. Paul realizes that being a black marketeer is just as bad as being a traitor and sets a trap for his accomplices and Christine's pursuers.
Key Largo
John Huston
USA 
Frank McCloud travels to a small hotel on Key Largo managed by wheelchair-bound James Temple and his daughter-in-law Nora, the widow of a friend who died during WWII. Nora and James receive him warmly, but the hotel is seized by fugitive gangster Johnny Rocco and his gang. Frank is reluctant to act, but Rocco forces him to pilot the boat in which the gang plans to make for Cuba...
Frank McCloud travels to a small hotel on Key Largo managed by wheelchair-bound James Temple and his daughter-in-law Nora, the widow of a friend who died during WWII. Nora and James receive him warmly, but the hotel is seized by fugitive gangster Johnny Rocco and his gang. Frank is reluctant to act, but Rocco forces him to pilot the boat in which the gang plans to make for Cuba.
Crisis
Richard Brooks
USA 
Doctor Ferguson, a famous American brain surgeon, is held back following a holiday with his wife in a South American country by its dictator, Raoul Farrago, to operate on his brain tumor. Although the revolutionaries kidnap the doctor's wife in an attempt to force him into making a slip-up during the operation, the dictator survives. Farrago is on the road to recovery when a re...
Doctor Ferguson, a famous American brain surgeon, is held back following a holiday with his wife in a South American country by its dictator, Raoul Farrago, to operate on his brain tumor. Although the revolutionaries kidnap the doctor's wife in an attempt to force him into making a slip-up during the operation, the dictator survives. Farrago is on the road to recovery when a revolution breaks out and loses his life trying to squash it.
The Light Touch
Richard Brooks
USA 
Sam, an art thief, steals a picture from an Italian church, intending to have a copy made and cheat his partners while he sells the original and doubles his takings. He chooses the beautiful and innocent Anna as the artist to paint the copy. Sam marries the girl and they head to Sicily for their honeymoon. Anna is bitterly disappointed when she discovers Sam?s trickery. Hotly p...
Sam, an art thief, steals a picture from an Italian church, intending to have a copy made and cheat his partners while he sells the original and doubles his takings. He chooses the beautiful and innocent Anna as the artist to paint the copy. Sam marries the girl and they head to Sicily for their honeymoon. Anna is bitterly disappointed when she discovers Sam?s trickery. Hotly pursued by the police and his sidekicks, Sam is finally allowed to go free when he repents and returns the painting.
Deadline-U.S.A.
Richard Brooks
USA 
The New York Day, a quality newspaper, is on the point of being sold to a commercial rival by the late owner's heirs. Ed Hutcheson, its tough editor and impassioned defender of the free press, tries to stop the deal and expose the racketeering Rienzi, linking him to a dead girl's murder, while attempting to win back his ex-wife.
The New York Day, a quality newspaper, is on the point of being sold to a commercial rival by the late owner's heirs. Ed Hutcheson, its tough editor and impassioned defender of the free press, tries to stop the deal and expose the racketeering Rienzi, linking him to a dead girl's murder, while attempting to win back his ex-wife.
Battle Circus
Richard Brooks
USA 
During the Korean War, nurse Lt. Ruth McGara is assigned to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit near the front line. There she meets and falls in love with Major Jed Webbe, one of the unit's surgeons and a heavy drinker who only seems interested in casual relations. Jed's skill as a surgeon impresses Ruth and the couple gradually strike up a relationship. During a difficult e...
During the Korean War, nurse Lt. Ruth McGara is assigned to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit near the front line. There she meets and falls in love with Major Jed Webbe, one of the unit's surgeons and a heavy drinker who only seems interested in casual relations. Jed's skill as a surgeon impresses Ruth and the couple gradually strike up a relationship. During a difficult evacuation they suffer a guerrilla attack and the men have to carry the wounded in their arms.
Take the High Ground!
Richard Brooks
USA 
May, 1953. Korea War veteran Sgt Thorne Ryan is now a tough recruits instructor at Fort Bliss in El Paso (Texas), sharing his position with the more understanding Sgt Laverne Holt. Ryan has to prepare his men for the harsh conditions of battle in a short period of time and tensions arise between the two instructors over Ryan's callous treatment of the men. The soldiers complet...
May, 1953. Korea War veteran Sgt Thorne Ryan is now a tough recruits instructor at Fort Bliss in El Paso (Texas), sharing his position with the more understanding Sgt Laverne Holt. Ryan has to prepare his men for the harsh conditions of battle in a short period of time and tensions arise between the two instructors over Ryan's callous treatment of the men. The soldiers complete their basic training and a fresh batch of recruits arrives.
Flame and the Flesh
Richard Brooks
USA 
When she?s thrown out of her Naples apartment, Madeline, an American woman, is taken in and allowed to stay by the kind composer, Ciccio. She has an affair with Ciccio?s friend and handsome singer, Nino, running away with him just before his wedding to the sweet young Lisa. Madeline and Nino move in together, but it?s not long before the fighting starts and he loses his job. Ma...
When she?s thrown out of her Naples apartment, Madeline, an American woman, is taken in and allowed to stay by the kind composer, Ciccio. She has an affair with Ciccio?s friend and handsome singer, Nino, running away with him just before his wedding to the sweet young Lisa. Madeline and Nino move in together, but it?s not long before the fighting starts and he loses his job. Madeline soon realises that she?s not the girl for Nino.
The Last Time I Saw Paris / Paris ikusi nuen azken aldia
Richard Brooks
USA 
Charles Wills, a soldier with literary ambitions, meets Helen Ellswirth in Paris on VE Day. They get married and have a daughter, staying on in Paris where Charles writes two novels not however to the publishers? liking; disheartened over his lack of success and tired of Helen's frivolous behaviour, he starts drinking heavily and distance sets in between them. One night, Helen ...
Charles Wills, a soldier with literary ambitions, meets Helen Ellswirth in Paris on VE Day. They get married and have a daughter, staying on in Paris where Charles writes two novels not however to the publishers? liking; disheartened over his lack of success and tired of Helen's frivolous behaviour, he starts drinking heavily and distance sets in between them. One night, Helen is accidentally locked out of the house and has to walk to her sister's place in the snow, bringing her down with pneumonia.
Blackboard Jungle
Richard Brooks
USA 
Richard Dadier lands a job as a teacher at a tough high school with discipline problems where the pupils are mostly lower-class juvenile delinquents. Dadier tries exerting his authority, only to earn a brutal beating for his efforts from one of the pupils, a thug called Artie West. Gregory Miller, a bright black youth, tells Dadier of his plans to drop out of school at the end ...
Richard Dadier lands a job as a teacher at a tough high school with discipline problems where the pupils are mostly lower-class juvenile delinquents. Dadier tries exerting his authority, only to earn a brutal beating for his efforts from one of the pupils, a thug called Artie West. Gregory Miller, a bright black youth, tells Dadier of his plans to drop out of school at the end of term because black people have limited options, but the teacher tries to convince him otherwise.
The Last Hunt
Richard Brooks
USA 
Charley Gilson is a buffalo hunter who kills for pleasure. Sandy McKenzie, on the other hand, is tired of killing but agrees to become Charley's partner when his cattle are wiped out in a stampede. Charley murders some Indians to steal their mules, taking an Indian woman and her son captive. The presence of the woman causes tension and Gilson becomes increasingly deranged, till...
Charley Gilson is a buffalo hunter who kills for pleasure. Sandy McKenzie, on the other hand, is tired of killing but agrees to become Charley's partner when his cattle are wiped out in a stampede. Charley murders some Indians to steal their mules, taking an Indian woman and her son captive. The presence of the woman causes tension and Gilson becomes increasingly deranged, till one night Sandy rides off with her. Some time later, Charley comes across them again while they?re trying to take supplies to the Indian reservation.
The Catered Affair
Richard Brooks
USA 
Jane Hurley announces that she and Ralph Halloran, who comes from a better social background than her own, are to marry the following week. All Jane and Ralph want is a small wedding with close family. But things get out of hand and they end up with plans for an enormous affair involving hundreds of guests. The problem is that for the last 12 years, Tom, Jane's father, has been...
Jane Hurley announces that she and Ralph Halloran, who comes from a better social background than her own, are to marry the following week. All Jane and Ralph want is a small wedding with close family. But things get out of hand and they end up with plans for an enormous affair involving hundreds of guests. The problem is that for the last 12 years, Tom, Jane's father, has been saving to buy his own cab and license and all of the money is about to be pumped into a wedding that neither he, Jane nor Ralph really want.
Something of Value
Richard Brooks
USA 
In Kenya, under British rule, members of the Kikuyu tribe work peacefully for white settler Henry McKenzie, abiding by a combination of colonial laws and their own religious beliefs. Henry's son Peter and black worker Kimani are close friends, having been raised together as brothers since the death of Henry?s wife. When Kimani?s father is jailed for following tribal customs, Ki...
In Kenya, under British rule, members of the Kikuyu tribe work peacefully for white settler Henry McKenzie, abiding by a combination of colonial laws and their own religious beliefs. Henry's son Peter and black worker Kimani are close friends, having been raised together as brothers since the death of Henry?s wife. When Kimani?s father is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani attends a secret meeting of the Mau Mau, a group of native men planning insurrection.
The Brothers Karamazov / Karamazov anaiak
Richard Brooks
USA 
Fyodor Karamazov is a wealthy, out-and-out miser. He has four sons. Dimitri, the eldest, is an army officer engaged to wed the rich, beautiful Katya. Ivan is a disillusioned intellectual. Alexey, the youngest, is a monk with deep faith. The fourth son, Smerdyakov, is illegitimate. Dimitri falls in love with one of his father's mistresses, the flirtatious Grushenka. When Fyodor ...
Fyodor Karamazov is a wealthy, out-and-out miser. He has four sons. Dimitri, the eldest, is an army officer engaged to wed the rich, beautiful Katya. Ivan is a disillusioned intellectual. Alexey, the youngest, is a monk with deep faith. The fourth son, Smerdyakov, is illegitimate. Dimitri falls in love with one of his father's mistresses, the flirtatious Grushenka. When Fyodor is murdered, Dimitri is accused of the killing, but it turns out that the real culprit is Smerdyakov, who insists that Ivan was an accomplice to his death due to having backed his belief in a world without God.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof / Katemea zinkezko teilatu bero gainean
Richard Brooks
USA 
Brothers Gooper and Brick Pollitt come home to New Orleans for the birthday of their father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer. Gooper and his wife, May, hope to get their hands on the inheritance of Big Daddy, to whom they have given five grandchildren, soon to be six. Brick and his wife Maggie are childless and argue over Brick's drunkenness and lack of sexual interest in Mag...
Brothers Gooper and Brick Pollitt come home to New Orleans for the birthday of their father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer. Gooper and his wife, May, hope to get their hands on the inheritance of Big Daddy, to whom they have given five grandchildren, soon to be six. Brick and his wife Maggie are childless and argue over Brick's drunkenness and lack of sexual interest in Maggie. Brick believes that she seduced his best friend, Skipper, just before he killed himself, and has no intention of making love to her ever again.
Elmer Gantry
Richard Brooks
USA 
Elmer Gantry, a womanizer, chancer and travelling salesman, joins the entourage of Sharon Falconer, an evangelist of sincere faith. Together they rise to fame as they travel from town to town. Sister Falconer falls in love with Gantry, but a preacher's daughter turned prostitute after Elmer loved and left her tricks him into her room and sends the pictures to Sharon.
Elmer Gantry, a womanizer, chancer and travelling salesman, joins the entourage of Sharon Falconer, an evangelist of sincere faith. Together they rise to fame as they travel from town to town. Sister Falconer falls in love with Gantry, but a preacher's daughter turned prostitute after Elmer loved and left her tricks him into her room and sends the pictures to Sharon.
Sweet Bird of Youth / Gaztaroko txori eztia
Richard Brooks
USA 
Handsome drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after years of struggling to become a Hollywood star. Along the way he picks up the ageing actress, Alexandra Del Lago, who has been driven to drink and drugs by the conviction that her comeback movie is a flop. Chance runs into his former girlfriend Heavenly, the only daughter of a corrupt, powerful politician; but what he ...
Handsome drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after years of struggling to become a Hollywood star. Along the way he picks up the ageing actress, Alexandra Del Lago, who has been driven to drink and drugs by the conviction that her comeback movie is a flop. Chance runs into his former girlfriend Heavenly, the only daughter of a corrupt, powerful politician; but what he doesn?t know is that Heavenly fell pregnant the last time he was in town and had an abortion.
Lord Jim
Richard Brooks
USA 
James Burke rapidly makes his way up through the ranks to become first officer in the British merchant navy. He enlists aboard the dilapidated Patna with its cargo of Mecca-bound Muslim pilgrims, only to abandon ship in a severe storm, leaving the passengers to their fate. Dismissed from service, Jim drifts around ports in South-East Asia. To redeem himself, he accepts to take ...
James Burke rapidly makes his way up through the ranks to become first officer in the British merchant navy. He enlists aboard the dilapidated Patna with its cargo of Mecca-bound Muslim pilgrims, only to abandon ship in a severe storm, leaving the passengers to their fate. Dismissed from service, Jim drifts around ports in South-East Asia. To redeem himself, he accepts to take a shipment of arms to the village of Patusan, inhabited by natives enslaved by a warlord nicknamed "The General."
The Professionals / Profesionalak
Richard Brooks
USA 
An immensely rich Texan, J. W. Grant, hires four men to rescue his kidnapped wife, Maria, from the claws of a Mexican bandit, Raza. But when they eventually find them, it turns out that Mrs. Grant is in love with the bandit, having chosen to run away with him, and that she has no intention of leaving him. The adventurers end up losing the reward money when they allow Maria and ...
An immensely rich Texan, J. W. Grant, hires four men to rescue his kidnapped wife, Maria, from the claws of a Mexican bandit, Raza. But when they eventually find them, it turns out that Mrs. Grant is in love with the bandit, having chosen to run away with him, and that she has no intention of leaving him. The adventurers end up losing the reward money when they allow Maria and Raza to flee.
In Cold Blood / Odol hotzean
Richard Brooks
USA 
Based on a true story. Perry Smith and Dick Hickock are former cellmates in prison where they learned from another inmate that the Clutter family reportedly kept a stash of US$10,000 on their farm. They go there, terrorize the members of the family and slaughter them brutally, only to find out that no such money exists. They flee to Mexico, returning to the United States with ...
Based on a true story. Perry Smith and Dick Hickock are former cellmates in prison where they learned from another inmate that the Clutter family reportedly kept a stash of US$10,000 on their farm. They go there, terrorize the members of the family and slaughter them brutally, only to find out that no such money exists. They flee to Mexico, returning to the United States with federal agents hot on their heels and finally succumb to arrest in Las Vegas.
The Happy Ending / Amaiera zoriontsua
Richard Brooks
USA 
Boredom and disillusion with her predictable marriage to Fred and her relationship with their teenage daughter drive Mary, a middle-aged housewife, to drink and pills. Leaving home, she heads for Nassau. Following a disastrous affair she returns to Denver, but instead of going home she takes a job, rents an apartment, and enrolls in night school. When Fred meets her there one e...
Boredom and disillusion with her predictable marriage to Fred and her relationship with their teenage daughter drive Mary, a middle-aged housewife, to drink and pills. Leaving home, she heads for Nassau. Following a disastrous affair she returns to Denver, but instead of going home she takes a job, rents an apartment, and enrolls in night school. When Fred meets her there one evening it seems that their relationship may just be able to work again, but in a very different way.
$ (Dollars) / $ (Dolarrak)
Richard Brooks
USA 
Joe Collins, a security expert working in Hamburg, decides to clear out three safe deposit boxes rented by criminals. He sees his chance when he?s hired to install a new security system and, enlisting the help of prostitute Dawn Divine, pulls the heist off successfully. But the drug dealer, the mobster and the crooked army sergeant they?ve swindled aren?t about to take things s...
Joe Collins, a security expert working in Hamburg, decides to clear out three safe deposit boxes rented by criminals. He sees his chance when he?s hired to install a new security system and, enlisting the help of prostitute Dawn Divine, pulls the heist off successfully. But the drug dealer, the mobster and the crooked army sergeant they?ve swindled aren?t about to take things sitting down.
Bite the Bullet / Kosk egin balari
Richard Brooks
USA 
In 1906, a newspaper organizes a cross-country horse race covering 700 miles of hard-going territory in only a few days. The competitors include a woman, a Mexican, an Englishman, a young cowboy, his older counterpart and two ex-cavalry volunteers who all have their own reasons for wanting to win. During the race they learn to respect one another as the grueling conditions test...
In 1906, a newspaper organizes a cross-country horse race covering 700 miles of hard-going territory in only a few days. The competitors include a woman, a Mexican, an Englishman, a young cowboy, his older counterpart and two ex-cavalry volunteers who all have their own reasons for wanting to win. During the race they learn to respect one another as the grueling conditions test the endurance of horses and riders alike.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar / Goodbar jaunaren bila
Richard Brooks
USA 
Theresa, a teacher of deaf-mute children during the day, starts to haunt singles bars at night in her quest to find the "perfect man". Her initial craving for sex closely followed by drugs leads her into dangerous situations contrasting with her safe, boring school and home life. She has affairs with a good man who loves her, a tough guy whose sadistic tendencies turn her on, a...
Theresa, a teacher of deaf-mute children during the day, starts to haunt singles bars at night in her quest to find the "perfect man". Her initial craving for sex closely followed by drugs leads her into dangerous situations contrasting with her safe, boring school and home life. She has affairs with a good man who loves her, a tough guy whose sadistic tendencies turn her on, and a crazy bisexual.
Wrong Is Right / Okerra zuzen
Richard Brooks
USA 
News reporter Patrick Hale is in North Africa filming a feature on King Awad, a rich ruler who has created an empire in the desert. The theft of two suitcase-sized nuclear weapons to have been purchased by King Awad and their sale to a terrorist group takes him on an international chase to track them down. Hale finds himself trapped between political leaders, revolutionaries an...
News reporter Patrick Hale is in North Africa filming a feature on King Awad, a rich ruler who has created an empire in the desert. The theft of two suitcase-sized nuclear weapons to have been purchased by King Awad and their sale to a terrorist group takes him on an international chase to track them down. Hale finds himself trapped between political leaders, revolutionaries and CIA agents, to name but a few.
Fever Pitch
Richard Brooks
USA 
Sportswriter Steve Taggart is doing a series on compulsive gambling. But he himself is seriously bitten by the bug and heavily indebted to a loan shark. Coming to terms with his problem, he turns to Gamblers Anonymous. He later tries his luck on a slot machine and wins. Taking his earnings to the casino, the incredible streak continues and he bags enough money to cover his debt...
Sportswriter Steve Taggart is doing a series on compulsive gambling. But he himself is seriously bitten by the bug and heavily indebted to a loan shark. Coming to terms with his problem, he turns to Gamblers Anonymous. He later tries his luck on a slot machine and wins. Taking his earnings to the casino, the incredible streak continues and he bags enough money to cover his debt and set up a trust fund for his daughter. Though tempted to keep on gambling, he leaves, determined never to gamble again.
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