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Action & Adventure

Hatari! (1962)

Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: John Wayne, Hardy Kruger, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons, Gerard Blain, Bruce Cabot, Michele Girardon. John Wayne heads a group of highly skilled professional game hunters in Africa who capture the ferocious big game with strong ropes and cameras for zoos and circus attractions. 157 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Hercules (Le Fatiche di Ercole) (Italy / Spain, 1959)

Director Pietro Francisci. Cast: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Ivo Garrani. Hercules, the half-god superhero, travels to the ancient Greek kingdom of Iolcus in order to tutor Iphitus, son of King Pelias, in the art of combat. Dubbed in English. 107 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database


Directed by Ronald Neame. Cast: Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Sam Waterston, Herbert Lom, Ned Beatty. One of the CIA's top international operatives is suddenly relegated to a desk job in an agency power play. Unwilling to go quietly, and with the aid of a chic Viennese widow, he puts himself back in the game by writing a memoir exposing the innermost secrets of every major intelligence agency in the world. The CIA now wants him dead, but he refuses to cooperate--because he's having to much fun! Based on the novel by Brian Garfield.

Horatio Hornblower(TV, 1998)

Directed by Andrew Grieve. Cast: Ioan Gruffud, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy, Michael Byrne, Robert Bathurst. A television miniseries based on Forester's novels of Horatio Hornblower, following his career from a reticent midshipman to a self-assured and courageous officer. Based on the Hornblower books by C.S. Forester. 13 hrs., 20 min.

Houdini, the Movie Star

Terror Island (1920) Directed by James Cruze. Cast: Harry Houdini, Lila Lee, Jack Brammall, Eugene Pallette. A swashbuckling inventor steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the father of the woman he loves. The plot, such as it is, involves a ship of sunken pearls, a South Seas trader held hostage for the return of the idol's eye, human sacrifice, and a most peculiar tribe of Polynesians, in which the men are all African Americans and the women are blondes.

In Like Flint (1967)

Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale, Andrew Duggan. Superspy Derek Flint is on a mission to track down the criminal organization known as Galaxy. Special features include commentary by film historians Eddie Friedfeld and Lee Pfeiffer. Derek Flint must save the day when the president of the United States is kidnapped and replaced by an evil imposter. Flint finds that a group of women have banded together to take over the world through subliminal brainwashing in beauty salons they own. Disc 1. Feature film (114 min.) -- Disc 2.

Indiana Jones

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott. Indiana Jones is a bullwhip-cracking archeologist assigned by the U.S. Government to find the mystically empowered Ark of the Covenant before the Nazies can obtain it for their own evil use. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Into the Wild (2007)

Directed by Sean Penn. Cast: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Brian Dierker, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart, Hal Holbrook. Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people - a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature. Based on a true story.

Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943)

Director, Edgar G. Ulmer. Cast: John Carradine, Gale Sondergaard, Sidney Toler, Frank Fenton, Rita Quigley, Veda Ann Borg, Rick Vallin. In this South Seas adventure, divers searching for millions in sunken gold must cope with treacherous currents, a full blown monsoon and a crooked ship captain. Based on the story by Edgar G. Ulmer. 81 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Ivanhoe (UK / USA, 1952)

Directed by Richard Thorpe. Cast: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Emlyn Williams. A vivid adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's classic tale set in England in the Middle Ages. The story follows one brave knight's attempt to restore Richard The Lion-Hearted to the throne stolen by his evil brother, Prince John. The action is full scale and vigorous, boasting some of the most spectacular fighting sequences ever filmed with authentic jousting scenes. 107 min.