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4 great but different movies
on 15 July 2015
4 class movies, linked by the presence of Burt Lancaster. Bit of a mixed bag but all great in their own way. 2 conspiracy thrillers both reflecting the paranoia of the late 50's/early 60's. One of which is fictional the other "executive action" is really a dramatised documentary of the machinations behind the JFK assassination and is an excellent companion piece to films like "parkland" and "JFK" and "13 days".
"7 days in May" is about an attempted military coup, chillingly believeable. By the same director as "the Manchurian candidate". Also in the set is the colourful "flaming arrow" film. Which is made with the same Joie de vivre as Errol Flyyns "Robin Hood " or Lancasters own "Crimson Pirate". Finally the most recent film is "local hero" a charming British film from the 80's. Lancaster only has a small role in this film that tells the slight tale of a yank sent to Scotland to buy land for an oil company but who ends up falling love with the place as it is. This film also features Peter Capaldi in his screen debut. Despite this being a region 1 set all play in my region 2 player except "7 days in May", just a warning for those who don't own a multi region DVD player.