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Action & Adventure

Cobra Woman (1944)

Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Edgar Barrier. Upon discovering his fiance Tollea has been kidnaped, Ramu and his friend Kado set out for a Pacific isle where all strangers are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants, who are frequently sacrificed to an angry volcano god, worship the cobra. The island is ruled by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman, who, besides having designs on her new prisoner Ramu, also desires to eliminate any competition from her benevolent sister.71 min.

Conan the Barbarian (1981)

Directed by John Milius. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Sandahl Bergman, Max Von Sydow, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gaviola, Gerry Lopez, Mako, Valerie Quennessen, William Smith. Cimmerian Conan is captured as a child after his parents are murdered by raiding Vanir led by Thulsa Doom. After years of enslavement, Conan is freed to learn the "riddle of steel" and to kill the arch-villain Thulsa Doom. 129 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Conan the Destroyer (1984)

Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Sarah Douglas. Conan the Barbarian vs. the evil Queen Taramis who has promised to bring his beloved back from the dead if he returns with a magic treasure. 101 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Congo (1995)

Directed by Frank Marshall. Cast: Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, Tim Curry. When a man goes into the Congo and disappears, a former CIA operative goes after him. Accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a professor looking for King Solomon's Mines), she sets out to rescue her former fiance encountering many dangers. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton. 108 min.

Contraband (UK, 1940)

Director: Michael Powell. Cast: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie, Joss Ambler, Raymond Lovell, Esmond Knight, Charles Victor, Phoebe Kershaw, Harold Warrender. Set in England during the early days of World War II, a Danish sea captain and his passenger are kidnapped by a cell of Nazi spies operating from a basement in London's Soho. The plot progresses as a chase that puts the characters in one peculiar set of surroundings after another. Most of the story takes place under blackout conditions, in which the great city becomes a mysterious dark labyrinth. 88 min.

Cube (Canada, 1997)

Directed by Vincenzo Natali.. Cast: Nicole DeBoer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Julian Richings, Wayne Robson, Maurice Dean Wint. Six ordinary strangers awaken to find themselves in a seemingly endless maze of interlocking cubical chambers armed with lethal booby traps. Without food or water, they have only a few days to live. None of them knows how or why they've been imprisoned, but soon discover that each possesses a skill that could contribute to their escape.

Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King (Ring of the Nibelungs)(Germany / Italy / UK / USA, TV, 2004)

Directed by Uli Edel. Cast: Benno Furmann, Alicia Witt, Kristanna Loken, Julian Sands, Samuel West. The son of a simple swordsmith, Siegfried, is actually an orphaned prince and an heir to the throne. To save his kingdom, Siegfried engages in battle and slays an evil dragon that is guarding a cursed ancient and deadly ring. 132 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dark of the Sun (1968)

Directed by Jack Cardiff. Cast: Jim Brown, Kenneth More, Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux. A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travels through the Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to rescue civilians imperiled by the rebels and recover $25 million in uncut diamonds. Based on a novel by Wilbur A. Smith. 101 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

David Harding, Counterspy (1950)

Directed by Ray Nazarro. Cast: Willard Parker, Aubrey Lang, Raymond Greenleaf, Harlan Warde, Alex Gerry, Howard St. John. Howard St. John is the Washington DC-based David Harding, head of a covert counter-espionage organization, charged with preventing top-secret scientific information from reaching the hands of America's enemies, and trying to convince a hell-raising radio correspondent to join the fight. 71 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Day of the Jackal (UK | France, 1973)

Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Edward Fox, Terry Alexander, Alan Badel, Tony Britton, Eric Porter, Jean Martin, Cyril Cusack. Story of a cold, suave British assassin hired by the French OAS to kill General Charles de Gaulle. Nameless and faceless, the killer, known by the code name of Jackal, relentlessly moves toward the date with death that would rock the world. The tension mounts as the methodical preparations of the Jackal are paralleled with the efforts of the police to uncover the plot, which gives the story non-stop, edge-of-your-seat suspense. From the book by Frederick Forsyth.