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Adventure & Adventurers

Four Men and a Prayer (1938)

Directed by John Ford. Cast: Loretta Young, Richard Greene, George Sanders, David Niven, John Carradine, Alan Hale, Barry Fitzgerald. Colonel Loring Leigh, British Indian Army, appears to have issued an order that cost 90 lives. Cashiered, he returns home, tells his sons of a conspiracy by an arms syndicate to supply the rebels...then is found dead, an apparent suicide. To clear their father, the four sons must globetrot in a hazardous search for evidence, closely followed by Geoffrey's sweetheart. 86 min.

Frantic (USA | France, 1988)

Directed by Roman Polanski. Cast: Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, John Mahoney, Emmanuelle Seigner. When the wife of an American cardiologist is kidnapped in Paris, he sets out to find her but encounters a web of bureaucracy. His lack of language, makes it nearly impossible for him to find any official help in his search as he enters the punk/drug culture to find out what has happened to her. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (UK, 1984)

Directed by Hugh Hudson. Cast: Sir Ralph Richardson, James Fox, Christopher Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Ian Holm. Tarzan, the ape-raised son of shipwrecked aristocrats is the direct descendant of the Earl of Greystoke. Captaine Phillippe D'Arnot, after discovering Tarzan brings him home to his grandfather and the understanding Jane Porter in Edwardian England. Based on the story "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 137 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database Reviews and articles: Lasswell-Hoff, Jane.

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

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.

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

Jaws (1975)

Directed by Stephen Spielberg. Cast: Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton. When a man-eating shark causes havoc off the Long Island coast the police chief, a young ichthyologist and a shark fisherman join together to hunt and destroy it. 125 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

JCVD (Belgium / Luxembourg / France, 2008)

Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri. Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Francois Damiens, Zinedine Soualem, Karim Belkhadra, Jean-Francois Wolff, Anne Paulicevich, Liliane Becker. JCVD, an out of luck actor, returns to his childhood home of Brussels. When he goes into a post office to receive a wire transfer, he finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation. Due to an unfortunate mistake, the police believe JCVD is responsible for the crime. As the events are played from different perspectives, JCVD finds himself protecting the hostages, as well as serving as their negotiator.