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127 hours (2010)

Directed by Danny Boyle. Cast: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Clemence Poesy, Kate Burton, Lizzy Caplan, Treat Williams. A dramatization of the true story of Aron Ralston, a 27-year-old hiker who fell and became trapped in a narrow crevasse, his right arm wedged against the rock wall by a boulder. Mr. Ralston's ordeal was a struggle for survival and a profound existential crisis. He had gone to Bluejohn Canyon, Utah for a rock-climbing weekend alone, not telling anyone where he was going.

13 Frightened Girls (1963)

Directed by William Castle. Cast: Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, Khigh Dhiegh, Kathy Dunn, Lynne Sue Moon. Thirteen girls in a Swiss boarding school stir up trouble on their vacation as they mess with the diplomatic affairs of their elders and get into serious trouble when a Russian spy is discovered murdered. Special features: Original theatrical trailer; original "British" trailer introdruction; original Candy web trailer; original Candy web theatrical opening and closing message from William Castle; four international alternate openings. 87 min.

13 Rue Madeleine (1947)

Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: James Cagney, Annabella, Richard Conte, Frank Latimore, Walter Abel, Melville Cooper, Sam Jaffe, Marcel Rousseau, Dick Gordon. An O.S.S. training officer, bent upon discovering a German traitor within his ranks, is at the same time completing highly dangerous espionage assignments. The risks increase when one of his men is murdered from within, and the officer, convinced he knows who the murdering infiltrator is, vows revenge. 95 min.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, J.M. Kerrigan. A trouble-shooting 19th century seaman is trying to discover why so many whaling ships have been disappearing of late. Teaming with a scientist and a diver, they set sail to investigate and are promptly captured by the megalomaniac Captain Nemo, who skippers a lavish, scientifically advanced submarine. 127 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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39 Steps (1959)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft. A young Canadian, R. Hannay, makes the acquaintance of an international spy. When he finds her murdered in his flat, he takes over her mission and is pursued across Scotland by both the police and a dangerous spy ring. 86 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See bibliography of reviews and articles about this film

48 Hours (1982)

Directed by Walter Hill. Cast: Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy, Annette O'Toole, Frank McRae, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, Sonny Landham. Nolte is a rough-edged cop after two vicious copkillers. He can't do it without the help of smooth and dapper Murphy, who is serving time for a half-million dollar robbery. This unlikely partnership trades laughs as often as punches as both pursue their separate goals: Nolte wants the villians; Murphy wants money. 97 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Knight's Tale (2003)

Director, Brian Helgeland. Cast: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon, Alan Tudyk, Laura Fraser, Christopher Cazenove, Berenice Bejo, James Purefoy. A peasant squire breaks all the rules when he passes himself off as a nobleman and takes the jousting world by storm. The only thing that stands between him and his dream of becoming the world champion is the bad boy of the sport Count Adhemar. The two rivals go lance to head at the world finals to determine who will be named the ultimate champion. 132 min.

A View to a Kill (UK / USA, 1985)

Directed by John Glen. Cast: Roger Moore, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, Chistopher Walken. Roger Moore's Bond confronts Max Zorin, who has devised a plan to corner the world's microchip market, even if he has to kill millions to do it. Before Bond can stop the madman, he must confront Zorin's beautiful and deadly companion May Day. 131 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database See also: Ian Flemming on Film Bibliography

Adventure in Sahara (1938)

Directed by D. Ross Lederman. Cast: Paul Kelly, C. Henry Gordon, Marc Lawrence, Lorna Gray, Robert Fiske. In this desert adventure, a cruel commander viciously rules a regiment of French foreign legionnaires. They tire of his brutality and rebel, stranding the despot and his few loyal soldiers in the burning sands with a few supplies. The deposed commander, vowing to return to civilization to have his revenge, eventually leads his men back to the lonely outpost and finds it under attack by Arab raiders. The soldiers inside take the leader back and he helps to vanquish the invaders.

Adventures In Iraq (1943)

Directed by by D. Ross Lederman. Cast: John Loder, Ruth Ford, Paul Cavanagh. After their small plane runs out of gas, a pilot with the U.S. Flying Tigers and his two civilian passengers are forced to land near a remote area of Iraq populated with fanatic Arab devil worshippers. They come upon the mysterious Kingdom of Ghatsi where a wealthy and sophisticated Sheik welcomes them to his opulent palace. The three American realize, however, that they have become prisoners in the plush castle and that the Sheik is a Nazi collaborator with evil plans for their future. 64 min.

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