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The Gold Robbers: The Complete Series
The Gold Robbers: The Complete Series
Dvd ~ Peter Vaughan
Price: £19.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime doesn't pay, 9 April 2014
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I really enjoyed watching this series. Peter Vaughan is very convincing as the inspector who doggedly persues the criminals who are involved in a very complicated organised caper. The modus operandi of his character remembers Lieutenant Columbo - albeit a very British version. Every episode deals with the fate of another protagonist, the succession of the single episode is almost always consistent with the progress of the investigation.The Gold Robbers ist, in a way, "educational", as it highlights the problems which occur after a successful criminal action.

The Young Stranger [DVD]
The Young Stranger [DVD]
Dvd ~ James MacArthur
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Price: £4.25

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still worth watching, 4 Oct. 2010
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This movie is a historical document about upper middle class child parent relationships. But is this relationship so very different today? The Young Stranger is the first non TV production directed by John Frankenheimer and a quiet companion to fares like "Rebels without a Cause". It is theatrical in nature and surprisingly has quite a few funny scenes. My favorite is the mother pushing her son's jalopy into motion with the big family car in a busy street. I can just imagine a theatre audience in my country at the time the movie was made, when middle class parents did not own cars, let alone their children, gaping at the hilarious and opulently staged scene. Another moment that impressed me was at the beginning, when the father asks his son to fix his cuff-links. It seems to be a routine between the two otherweise rather distant persons, probably established when the son was very little. In its intimacy, it shows that there is love and tenderness in the otherwise difficult relationship.The acting is very good, I was particularly taken by Kim Hunter who played the mother. Her worry about the possible disintegration of the family is palpable through her behavior and facial expressions alone. With this rather disjointed comment I want to say that The Young Stranger kept me interested throughout and convinced me on the artistic level, too.

Witness Protection [DVD]
Witness Protection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Sizemore

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly surrealistic family saga, 24 Aug. 2010
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This film tells the story of a family in the mold of "Goodfellas" who enters a witness protection program. Dad, Mom, teenage son and pre adolescent daughter are removed from their environment by the authorities and transported to a prison facility somewhere in Americas Midwest. There they share a sterile underground apartment with a patio like outdoor space and undergo training to master the future. During that time their only contact are government employees who try to train them. Otherwise they are in total seclusion. This gives the whole familiy the opportunity to think about their past lives and their expectations, while it becomes clear that they will have to face an almost certain social downgrading without old friends or relatives to turn to. So there are many melodramatic showdowns as Mom and son think it is all Dad's fault (and they have a point there) - witnessed by their patient and unemotional mentor, another great performance by Forrest Whitaker. Witness Protection is an unromantic expose with a realistic feel. The living quarters enhance the surrealistic situation created by the realistic situation. I found that interesting. The acting is very good, Tom Sizemore seems to play himself, which fits his part quite well.

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