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    Film4 Listings for Friday 17th January

    Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

    11:00


    When Eight Bells Toll (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
    Etienne Perier's thriller stars Anthony Hopkins as Philip Calvert, a tough navy secret service agent called in to track down gold bullion smugglers. With Hunslett, he follows the trail to Greek tycoon Sir Anthony Skouras' yacht off the Scottish coast, but are his suspicions right? All-action, with double-crosses galore and Uncle Arthur providing light relief as Hopkins' controller, this is as much fun as any Bond film and slightly tougher.
    Director: Étienne Périer
    Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Robert Morley, Nathalie Delon, Jack Hawkins, Corin Redgrave, Derek Bond
    (Subtitles, 1971, 15, 3 Star)

    12:50


    The Spoilers (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
    Jesse Hibbs takes directorial duties for this fifth retelling of fortune-seeking and treachery on the Alaskan frontier. First made in 1914, and with previous versions featuring Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott and John Wayne, this remake of the western was the first to be shot in colour and stars Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler and Rory Calhoun. Roy Glennister owns the area's largest gold mine, Cherry Malotte makes a killing from charging extortionate prices at her saloon, while Alexander McNamara has plans to swindle both out of their lucrative enterprises. But Glennister catches wind of what's up and events are set in train that lead inexorably to the tale's climactic fist fight.
    Director: Jesse Hibbs
    Starring: Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler, Rory Calhoun, Ray Danton
    (Black and White, Subtitles, 1955, PG, 3 Star)

    14:30


    Bataan (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
    Tay Garnett's Second World War film is based on a true story about 13 men left to fight against the advancing troops of the Japanese army. Robert Taylor stars as the sergeant in charge, Bill Dane, who, along with Lt Steve Bentley and Cpl Jake Feingold, is on a mission to stop the Japanese from building a vital bridge into the Philippines' Bataan peninsula. But it becomes increasingly apparent that none of them is likely to survive.
    Director: Tay Garnett
    Starring: Robert Taylor, George A. Murphy, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Bowman, Robert Walker Jr.
    (Black and White, Subtitles, 1943, PG, 3 Star)

    16:45


    Mogambo (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
    John Ford's adventure film stars Clark Gable as Victor Marswell, a big game hunter in Kenya. His troubles begin when former showgirl Eloise Kelly shows up, expecting to meet her rich future husband, only to find he's ditched her. While waiting for the next boat back, she and Victor become close, until English anthropologist Donald Nordley and his prim wife Linda arrive. With the two women vying for his attentions, the macho Victor leads them all on an expedition to both help Nordley's studies and Kelly's escape from Kenya by air - but there is still a steamy love triangle to be played out.
    Director: John Ford
    Starring: Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden, Philip Stainton, Eric Pohlmann
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Signed, 1953, PG, 3 Star)

    19:00


    The Truman Show (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
    Satire on the intrusive nature of television in which a man's apparently idyllic lifestyle is turned on its head when he discovers the shocking truth about his perfect home town and the people who live there. Unaware that he is the subject of a reality TV show in which his whole life has been an orchestrated drama, the young man - and his addicted viewers - are unprepared for the repercussions when he discovers the truth.
    Director: Peter Weir
    Starring: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Holland Taylor, Brian Delate
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1998, PG, 4 Star)



    21:00


    The Reef (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
    Australian horror. A group of friends on a sailing holiday are dumped in the water when their boat capsizes after it crashes into a reef. Unfortunately they're in shark-populated waters and there's a very hungry Great White in the vicinity. The friends are faced with a terrifying choice: stay on board with little hope of rescue or swim 12 miles to the nearest island. Director Andrew Traucki, who was also behind the camera for acclaimed monster hit Black Water, manages the horror well as the pulse-pounding, visually stunning thriller maintains its bite right to the very end.
    Director: Andrew Traucki
    Starring: Damian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Mark Simpson
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2010, 15, 3 Star)

    22:40


    Dazed and Confused (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 18 certificate
    Described as the American Graffiti for the 90s, Richard Linklater's comedy drama follows groups and individuals as a Texas high school celebrates the beginning of summer with the traditional beer drinking, dope smoking, skirt chasing that all teenagers must go through.
    Director: Richard Linklater
    Starring: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Michelle Burke, Adam Goldberg
    (Subtitles, 1993, 18, 4 Star)

    00:45


    Kaboom (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
    Written and directed by Gregg Araki, this sci-fi comedy-drama follows Smith and his best friend Stella through their brightly coloured ***ual adventures at a Southern California university. Stella's lover Lorelei's supernatural powers eventually turn scary, and Smith begins to see characters from his dreams at parties. As well as spending time with adventuress London, his frequent bedfellow, Smith lusts after his hunky, clothing-optional roommate Thor. The drama intensifies as animal-masked people begin to pursue several of the characters, and Smith learns that a nuclear explosion is imminent. Jumping between *** comedy, murder mystery and apocalyptic sci-fi drama, Kaboom won Cannes' first-ever Queer Palm for its contribution to lesbian, gay, bi***ual or transgender issues.
    Director: Gregg Araki
    Starring: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple, Andy Fischer-Price
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2010, 15, 3 Star)

    02:30


    The Exiles (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 12 certificate
    Director Kent MacKenzie's slice of very low-budget, US independent filmmaking looks at life in the margins of the American dream. His quasi-documentary, beautifully shot in black and white, focuses on a group of young Native Americans who've abandoned their Indian reservation for the Los Angeles slum of Bunker Hill. Yvonne Williams and Homer Nish take the lead roles as a husband and wife, while Tommy Reynolds plays one of Homer's friends. The movie opens with the camera following Yvonne traversing an open-air market, it trails her to her cramped home, where Homer's friends are introduced, then follows them all through an evening's carousing in town, finishing with a till-dawn traditional drumming ceremony/jam session up in the hills.
    Director: Kent MacKenzie
    Starring: Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, Tom Reynolds, Ann Amiador, Ned Casey, Mary Donahue
    (Black and White, Subtitles, 1961, 12, 4 Star)

  • #2
    Film4 Listings for Saturday 18th January

    Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

    11:00


    One Million Years B.C. (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
    Director Don Chaffey's reunion with special effects supremo the late Ray Harryhausen created a prehistoric world, rife with earthquakes and dinosaurs - and, of course, Raquel Welch in her famous fur bikini. It's a world that man doesn't quite yet rule. An inhospitable landscape is populated by two tribes: the Rock People and the Shell People. When, following a fight with his father, Tumak is banished from the Rock People, he wanders as an outcast, battling roving dinosaurs and other hardships before teaming up with Loana to head off into the sunset and face new hazards.
    Director: Don Chaffey
    Starring: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswick, Jean Wladon
    (Subtitles, 1966, PG, 3 Star)

    13:00


    Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (Film) Film icon U certificate
    After the success of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Rick Moranis returns as scientist Wayne Szalinski in Randal Klesier's family comedy. A multinational conglomerate has employed Wayne to develop a process that can *****ly accelerate growth. But when one of his experiments goes wrong, his two-year-old son Adam grows to Godzilla proportions and finds himself in the biggest playground in the world: Las Vegas.
    Director: Randal Kleiser
    Starring: Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri, Daniel Shalikar, Joshua Shalikar, Lloyd Bridges
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1992, U, 2 Star)

    14:45


    Bugsy Malone (Film) Film icon 3 star rating U certificate
    Alan Parker's Bafta-winning 1930s gangster pastiche, featuring an all-juvenile cast, stars Scott Baio as Bugsy Malone, a boxer recruited to Fat Sam's mob. Sam is in the middle of a battle with Dandy Dan, whose gang have a new splat gun that distributes immoblising custard pies. Bugsy's task is to get hold of these weapons, but thrown into the mix are his moll Blousey Brown and vampish singer Tallulah.
    Director: Alan Parker
    Starring: Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger, Jodie Foster, John Cassisi, Martin Lev, Paul Murphy
    (Subtitles, Audio Described, 1976, U, 3 Star)

    16:35


    To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
    More information will be available closer to broadcast.
    Director: Colors Creative Team
    Starring: TBC, Erin Karpluk, Seth Green, Keir Gilchrist
    (PG)

    18:35


    Stardust (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
    Matthew Vaughn's delightful family fantasy starring Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller and Claire Danes. The village of Wall nestles alongside a mysterious wall that must not be crossed. But when Tristan promises to bring his beloved Victoria a star that has fallen on the other side of the divide, he finds himself caught up in a mystical world. Four treacherous sons also seek the star to gain their dying father's throne, as do three evil witches. When the star takes the human form of Yvaine, Tristan sets out to take her to Victoria and, along the way, they face deadly enemies and make unlikely allies.
    Director: Matthew Vaughn
    Starring: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Robert de Niro, Mark Strong
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2007, PG, 4 Star)



    21:00


    Kick-Ass (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 18 certificate
    Matthew Vaughn's violent-but-hilarious action movie is a knowing take on the superhero genre, based on Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's comic-book series. Avid comic fan and New York high schooler Dave Lizewski has begun to wonder why his contemporaries are keener on vapid celebrity than wanting to emulate his heroes and try to make the world a better place. Thus Lizewski orders a simply hideous skiing outfit and dons it to become Kick-Ass, scourge of New York's criminals.
    Director: Matthew Vaughn
    Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Lyndsy Fonseca
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2010, 18, 4 Star)

    23:15


    Snakes on a Plane (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
    The film that does what it says on the tin. Samuel L Jackson plays Neville Flynn, an FBI agent escorting Sean Jones, a witness to a gangland slaying, from Hawaii to Los Angeles. However, gangster Eddie Kim has secreted crates of venomous serpents in the cargo hold and when they're released, all hell breaks loose. The film earned a reputation for the inclusion of plot lines from blogging fans, including one now infamous line. Despite the novel approach to its production, David R Ellis's thriller is surprisingly well-acted and tense, with both Julianna Margulies as flight attendant Claire Miller and David Koechner as co-pilot Rick receiving a fair share of the cracking dialogue.
    Director: David R. Ellis
    Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Nathan Phillips, Rachel Blanchard, Flex Alexander, Kenan Thompson
    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2006, 15, 3 Star)

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    • #3
      Film4 Listings for Sunday 19th January

      Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

      11:00


      To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
      More information will be available closer to broadcast.
      Director: Colors Creative Team
      Starring: TBC, Erin Karpluk, Seth Green, Keir Gilchrist
      (PG)

      13:00


      New in Town (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
      Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr star in this romantic comedy from Danish director Jonas Elmer. Ambitous food company executive Lucy Hill is in two minds when she's assigned to 'streamline' an underperforming factory in snowbound Minnesota. On the one hand it offers the opportunity for another promotion, on the other she'll have to abandon her beloved Miami. But ambition wins out, and it's not long before she's in New Ulm, where she gets a frosty reception from the locals, who unsurprisingly aren't happy that she's arrived to make a number of them redundant.
      Starring: Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., Siobhan Fallon, J.K. Simmons, Mike O'Brien, Frances Conroy
      (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2009, 12, 3 Star)

      14:50


      The Jewel of the Nile (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
      Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito all reprise their roles from Romancing the Stone, in Lewis Teague's comedy action-adventure. Daredevil adventurer Jack Colton and romantic novelist Joan Wilder become embroiled in a white-knuckle race to find a famous jewel that will help restore the rightful heir to the throne of a troubled nation.
      Director: Lewis Teague
      Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Spiros Focás, Avner Eisenberg, Paul David Magid
      (Subtitles, 1985, PG, 3 Star)

      16:55


      The Producers (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate

      Director: Mel Brooks
      Starring: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Estelle Winwood, Renée Taylor, Christopher Hewett
      (Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, 1968, PG, 3 Star)

      18:40


      Step Up 3 (Film) Film icon 12 certificate
      Rick Malambri, Adam G Sevani and Sharni Vinson star in this dance spectacular. A crew of New York street dancers must win the top prize in a competition or face losing the building where they live and try out their new choreography routines. Along the way, the plot encompasses love stories and even a police chase, but of course it's really all about the dancing - which bursts forth in abundance and enough variety to please any hoofing fan. Indeed, the coruscating dance routines, from a cast composed largely of professional dancers rather than actors, is undoubtedly the film's main strength.
      Director: Jon Chu
      Starring: Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith Stallworth, Kendra Andrews
      (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2010, 12, 2 Star)



      21:00


      Don't Say a Word (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
      Psychiatrist Nathan Conrad has only got a few hours to delve inside the troubled mind of mute Elisabeth Burrows, or his kidnapped daughter will die.
      Director: Gary Fleder
      Starring: Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Guy Torry, Jennifer Esposito
      (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2001, 15, 3 Star)

      23:10


      Macgruber (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
      Will Forte, Kristen Wiig and Val Kilmer star in this violent, risqu? action-movie spoof. It's an extended spin-off of a regular Saturday Night Live sketch that in turn pastiches the 1980s TV action series MacGyver. Our bumbling 'hero' is the bemulleted former special ops agent MacGruber, who has a sartorial taste all of his own and a general aversion to using weapons. Having to all purposes retired, he's dragged unwillingly from seclusion to thwart the dastardly Dieter von Cunth, a terrorist who has got his hands on a nuclear missile. But saving the world isn't MacGruber's main reason for taking on the mission: he has unfinished business with von Cunth, who was responsible for the death of his girlfriend; and he's also keen to work again with the foxy Vicki St Elmo.
      Director: Jorma Taccone
      Starring: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, Powers Boothe, Maya Rudolph
      (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2010, 15, 3 Star)

      00:55


      To be Announced (Film) Film icon PG certificate
      More information will be available closer to broadcast.
      Director: Colors Creative Team
      Starring: TBC, Erin Karpluk, Seth Green, Keir Gilchrist
      (PG)

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      • #4
        Film4 Listings for Monday 20th January

        Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

        11:00


        Singin' in the Rain (Film) Film icon 5 star rating U certificate
        Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds star in Stanley Donen and Kelly's classic musical, set at the time of the beginning of the talkies. Kelly plays Don Lockwood, a matinee idol, Jean Hagen is Lina Lamont, his bitchy Bronx-accented co-star, and Reynolds plays Kathy Seldon, his true love. It's a film littered with classic sequences, from O'Connor's Make 'Em Laugh to Good Morning and, of course, Kelly's classic routine, Singin' in the Rain.
        Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
        Starring: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse
        (Subtitles, Audio Described, 1952, U, 5 Star)

        13:05


        Carry on Nurse (Film) Film icon 3 star rating U certificate
        Hattie Jacques carved out her famous Matron role in the second Carry On film, with all the usual bawdy comedy, high jinks and double entendres, set on a men's ward full of amorous patients.
        Director: Gerald Thomas
        Starring: Kenneth Connor, Shirley Eaton, Charles Hawtrey, Hattie Jacques, Terence Longdon, Bill Owen
        (Black and White, 1959, U, 3 Star)

        14:50


        The Nutty Professor (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
        In the comedy that he both wrote and directed, Jerry Lewis stars as Julius Kelp: a socially awkward, unkempt university science professor. Persona non grata with his colleagues for continually destroying his lab, and picked upon by the students, Professor Kelp creates a potion that physically transforms him into his polar opposite. Kelp's alter ego, Buddy Love, is suave, sophisticated and a big hit with the students, especially Stella Purdy, with whom Love becomes amorously entangled. But the price for the Professor's new-found popularity is an extraordinary arrogance, and a tendency for the effects of his potion to wear off at the most inopportune times. How will Love's new buddies react when Kelp's secret is out?
        Director: Jerry Lewis
        Starring: Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman, Med Flory
        (Widescreen, 1963, PG, 3 Star)

        16:55


        I Wanna Hold Your Hand (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
        Beatlemania is rampant in 1964 America. Six ticketless teens head for New York in the hope of seeing the Fab Four live. Comedy from the Back To The Future team.
        Director: Robert Zemeckis
        Starring: Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure, Susan Kendall Newman, Theresa Saldana, Wendie Jo Sperber
        (Premiere, Widescreen, 1978, PG, 3 Star)

        18:50


        Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (Science Fiction Series) PG certificate
        Mike Hodges' film is a gloriously kitsch update of the 1930s comic strip and film series, starring Sam J Jones as the American football star Flash Gordon, who's transported with the beautiful Dale Arden by Dr Zarkov into the realm of the most evil ruler in the universe, the Emperor Ming. Only by uniting those under Ming's merciless rule to join his revolution can Flash save Earth from destruction. The unashamedly over-the-top Queen soundtrack is matched by Danilo Donati's effervescent production design, and the film also stars Brian Blessed as the chief of the Hawkmen, Timothy Dalton as the leader of the Treemen, and Ornella Muti as Ming's daughter, whose lascivious designs on Flash are just one of the challenges he must overcome if he's to end Ming's tyranny.
        Starring: Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow
        (Premiere, Black and White, 1940, PG)



        21:00


        Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
        Classic comedy from 80s teen comedy genre king John Hughes. Ferris Bueller and his best friend Cameron bunk off school in a classic red Ferrari, pursued by the irate principal.
        Director: John Hughes
        Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Cindy Pickett
        (Subtitles, Audio Described, 1986, 15, 4 Star)

        23:05


        Potiche (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
        Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu star in this flightily satirical French-Belgian comedy about a trophy wife who is asked to take over her husband's factory after he falls ill. Suzzana Pujol is a repressed - and oppressed - provincial housewife in 1970s France. Her husband treats her as he treats the 300 or so employees that work at his umbrella factory - with distain bordering on agression. Her family view her as something of a relic - symbolic of a generation of women content to be seen but not heard - and routinely patronise her when they visit.
        Director: François Ozon
        Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Judith Godrèche, Jérémie Renier
        (Subtitles, Subtitled, In French with English Subtitles, Premiere, Widescreen, 2010, 15, 3 Star)

        01:10


        Wedding Crashers (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
        Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star in David Dobkin's romantic comedy as John Beckwith and Jeremy Gray, two friends who've worked out that weddings are the ideal place to pick up women at their most vulnerable. They've turned wedding crashing into a fine art, governed by their list of 100 rules, but things start to go wrong. They crash the event of the year, a weekend-long celebration for the marriage of the daughter of William Cleary, Secretary of the Treasury and a possible candidate for the Presidency. But John makes the mistake of falling for the bride's sister Claire, while Jeremy has to fight off her clingy sister Gloria. And the longer the weekend goes on, the more likely it is that their cover will be blown.
        Director: David Dobkin
        Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour
        (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2005, 15, 3 Star)

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        • #5
          Film4 Listings for Tuesday 21st January

          Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

          11:00


          Gideon of Scotland Yard (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
          Legendary director John Ford crosses the Atlantic for this film in which the eponymous Inspector Gideon faces outrage and danger in his quest to bring London's criminals to justice. A comic tone offsets the drama, with an occasional sense of menace hinting at Ford's mastery of the medium.
          Director: John Ford
          Starring: Jack Hawkins, Dianne Foster, Cyril Cusack, Andrea Aureli, James Hayter, Ronald Howard
          (Black and White, 1958, PG, 3 Star)

          12:50


          To be Announced (Film) Film icon
          More information will be available closer to broadcast.

          14:50


          Mogambo (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
          John Ford's adventure film stars Clark Gable as Victor Marswell, a big-game hunter in Kenya. His troubles begin when former showgirl Eloise Kelly shows up, expecting to meet her rich future husband, only to find he's ditched her. While waiting for the next boat back, she and Victor become close, until English anthropologist Donald Nordley and his prim wife Linda arrive. With the two women vying for his attentions, the macho Victor leads them all on an expedition to both help Nordley's studies and Kelly's escape from Kenya by air - but there is still a steamy love triangle to be played out.
          Director: John Ford
          Starring: Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden, Philip Stainton, Eric Pohlmann
          (Widescreen, 1953, PG, 3 Star)

          17:10


          Kidnapped (Film) Film icon 3 star rating U certificate
          Following a bloody defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, naive young David Balfour is cheated of his inheritance by his avaricious Uncle Ebenezer. Kidnapped to be sold into slavery by Captain Hoseason, Balfour meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck aboard the slave ship. After the vessel runs aground, the pair are thrown into a succession of adventures that lead them to Edinburgh and a fight for justice. Based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
          Director: Delbert Mann
          Starring: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Gordon Jackson, Vivien Heilbron
          (1971, U, 3 Star)

          19:15


          John Tucker Must Die (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
          Betty Thomas's romcom stars Jesse Metcalfe as John Tucker, high school stud. He romances three very different girls, Heather, Carrie and Beth in ***** succession before dumping each of them. Through Kate, a waitress at the restaurant where he dined them, they find out about his peccadilloes and recruit Kate to date him - then break him. As Kate's confidence in her role grows, so John finds himself wearing women's underwear and ending up in the wrong bed... Director Thomas manages to keep all the characters, even John, endearing enough and with whip-smart one-liners, the film avoids collapsing into clich?
          Director: Betty Thomas
          Starring: Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel, Penn Badgley
          (Widescreen, 2006, 12, 3 Star)


          21:00


          The Sentinel (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 12 certificate
          Clark Johnson's thriller stars Michael Douglas as Peter Garrison, a veteran Secret Service agent guarding President Ballentine but, to complicate matters, Ballentine's wife Sarah is having an affair with Garrison. After an agent is shot dead trying to reach Garrison, a mole tells him there's a traitor in the White House bent on assassinating the president. When investigator David Breckinridge learns of this, he screens everyone and only one agent fails the test - Garrison. Garrison, now on the run, has to find the crucial information that will clear his name, expose the traitor and save Ballentine's life as the president prepares to attend a crucial summit.
          Director: Clark Johnson
          Starring: Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria Parker, Martin Donovan, Ritchie Coster, Kim Basinger
          (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2006, 12, 3 Star)

          23:10


          Bully (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 18 certificate
          In Larry Clark's brilliant yet disturbing second feature, Marty Puccio, Lisa Connelly and Ali Willis are just three of a group of teenagers who gang up to murder bully Bobby Kent, who uses psychological violence as well as physical and ***ual violence against them.
          Director: Larry Clark
          Starring: Brad Renfro, Rachel Miner, Bijou Phillips, Nick Stahl, Michael Pitt, Kelli Garner
          (Subtitles, 2001, 18, 3 Star)

          01:25


          To be Announced (Film) Film icon
          More information will be available closer to broadcast.

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          • #6
            Film4 Listings for Wednesday 22nd January

            Listings: all day morning afternoon evening late night

            11:00


            The Spoilers (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
            Jesse Hibbs takes directorial duties for this fifth retelling of fortune-seeking and treachery on the Alaskan frontier. First made in 1914, and with previous versions featuring Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott and John Wayne, this remake of the western was the first to be shot in colour and stars Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler and Rory Calhoun. Roy Glennister owns the area's largest gold mine, Cherry Malotte makes a killing from charging extortionate prices at her saloon, while Alexander McNamara has plans to swindle both out of their lucrative enterprises. But Glennister catches wind of what's up and events are set in train that lead inexorably to the tale's climactic fist fight.
            Director: Jesse Hibbs
            Starring: Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler, Rory Calhoun, Ray Danton
            (Black and White, Subtitles, 1955, PG, 3 Star)

            12:40


            Major Dundee (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
            Sam Peckinpah's western stars Charlton Heston as the eponymous Union army officer. It's the end of the Civil War and he's guarding Confederate prisoners, Union deserters and ordinary hard-bitten criminals in a remote fort. But when Apaches attack the fort and make off with three children, Dundee must set up a posse including Confederates, led by Captain Tyreen, who face the choice of joining up or being shot. The feud between Dundee and Tyreen is heated up by a sultry Mexican widow, and when the Apaches are finally caught, there's more than one battle in store. Edited for content.
            Director: Sam Peckinpah
            Starring: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, James Coburn, Michael Anderson Jr., Senta Berger
            (Subtitles, 1965, PG, 4 Star)

            15:05


            Moonfleet (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
            Stewart Granger stars in Fritz Lang's adaptation of J Meade Falkner's classic novel as the aristocratic smuggler Jeremy Fox. When he ends up looking after John Mohune, the offspring of a previous affair, Fox tries to provent the young lad from discovering his trade. But it's not long before the pair are involved in adventures concerning a treasure map, a valuable diamond and the attentions of the evil Lord Ashwood, as well as the amorous interest of Lady Ashwood.
            Director: Fritz Lang
            Starring: Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, Viveca Lindfors, Jon Whiteley, Liliane Montevecchi
            (Subtitles, 1955, PG, 3 Star)

            16:50


            Above Us the Waves (Film) Film icon 3 star rating U certificate
            Fact-based, action-packed, tense British Second World War thriller. Three midget submarines, skippered by Commander Frazer and sub lieutenants Duffy and Corbett, plan to destroy the Tirpitz, a German battleship holed up in a seemingly impregnable position in a Norwegian fjord.
            Director: Ralph L. Thomas
            Starring: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice, Michael Medwin, James Kenney
            (Black and White, Subtitles, 1955, U, 3 Star)

            18:50


            The Land Girls (Film) Film icon 15 certificate
            Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz and Anna Friel play Stella, Ag and Pru, three very different girls in the Land Army. Sent to a Dorset farm, they all fall for the farmer's son Joe Lawrence and the scene is set for romance, heartbreak and tragedy. David Leland's moving film evokes not just the spirit of the times but also the beauty of the Dorset countryside in winter.
            Director: David Leland
            Starring: Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz, Anna Friel, Steven Mackintosh, Tom Georgeson, Maureen O'Brien
            (Subtitles, Audio Described, 1998, 15, 2 Star)



            21:00


            Patriot Games (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 15 certificate
            Harrison Ford plays an ex-CIA agent who, on a visit to London with his family, foils the assassination of a government minister by the IRA, killing one of the attackers in the process. Swearing vengeance IRA man Sean Bean follows Ford and his family to their seaside home in America where he and his followers plan to exact their revenge. Based on Tom Clancy's novel.
            Director: Phillip Noyce
            Starring: Harrison Ford, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Sean Bean, Thora Birch, James Fox
            (Subtitles, 1992, 15, 4 Star)

            23:15


            Dazed and Confused (Film) Film icon 4 star rating 18 certificate
            Described as the American Graffiti for the 90s, Richard Linklater's comedy drama follows groups and individuals as a Texas high school celebrates the beginning of summer with the traditional beer drinking, dope smoking, skirt chasing that all teenagers must go through.
            Director: Richard Linklater
            Starring: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Michelle Burke, Adam Goldberg
            (Subtitles, 1993, 18, 4 Star)

            01:20


            Shut Up and Play the Hits (Documentary) 15 certificate
            A chronicle of LCD Soundsystem's farewell concert at Madison Square Garden. The film follows the band's frontman James Murphy during the three days leading up to the respected outfit's last hurrah, as well as including footage of the concert itself.
            (Widescreen, Subtitles, 15)

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              Film4 Listings for Thursday 23rd January

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              11:00


              In the City of Sylvia (Film) Film icon 3 star rating 15 certificate
              PG Xavier Lafitte and Pilar Lopez de Ayala star in this quiet thriller, despite being almost entirely devoid of dialogue or action. The film follows a young man as he wanders central Strasbourg in search of a woman he met in a bar years before. But he only knows her first name and only has tangential clues to her potential whereabouts - assuming that she is still in the city. And, as his quest continues, an increasingly unsettling edge to his obsession begins to emerge. Beautifully shot and featuring excellent performances, the film is a sensual and hauntingly enigmatic journey that beautifully captures the complexity of human emotions, and in particular, longing.
              Director: José Luis Guerín
              Starring: Pilar López de Ayala, Xavier Lafitte, Laurence Cordier, Tanja Czichy, Eric Dietrich, Charlotte Dupont
              (Widescreen, In French and Spanish with English Subtitles, 2007, 15, 3 Star)

              12:50


              Bataan (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
              Tay Garnett's Second World War film is based on a true story about 13 men left to fight against the advancing troops of the Japanese army. Robert Taylor stars as the sergeant in charge, Bill Dane, who, along with Lt Steve Bentley and Cpl Jake Feingold, is on a mission to stop the Japanese from building a vital bridge into the Philippines' Bataan peninsula. But it becomes increasingly apparent that none of them is likely to survive.
              Director: Tay Garnett
              Starring: Robert Taylor, George A. Murphy, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan, Lee Bowman, Robert Walker Jr.
              (Black and White, Subtitles, 1943, PG, 3 Star)

              15:05


              The Professionals (Film) Film icon 4 star rating PG certificate
              Fast-moving, action-packed western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan and Woody Strode as soldiers of fortune hired by millionaire rancher Ralph Bellamy to rescue his wife Claudia Cardinale, who has been kidnapped by Mexican bandit Jack Palance.
              Director: Richard Brooks
              Starring: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale
              (Subtitles, 1966, PG, 4 Star)

              17:25


              The Producers (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
              Dark comedy musical, directed by Mel Brooks and starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder and Dick Shawn. It's a case of ingenious-con-gone-horribly-wrong when Broadway producer Max Bialystock ****s up a get-rich-quick scheme with his accountant Leo Bloom. They take advantage of the impresario's loyal following of rich, ageing female admirers by persuading far more of them to back his latest production than is financially necessary. The shysters intend to make a killing by staging a performance that's so terrible it won't last beyond the first night - allowing them to pocket the excess funds.
              Director: Mel Brooks
              Starring: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Estelle Winwood, Renée Taylor, Christopher Hewett
              (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1968, PG, 3 Star)

              19:10


              Doctor Dolittle (Film) Film icon 3 star rating PG certificate
              Betty Thomas's remake of the 1967 film is neatly updated with Eddie Murphy playing Dr John Dolittle, who talks to the animals. Dolittle and his pushy partner Mark Weller hope to strike a lucrative deal with a major corporation, but more and more of Dolittle's time is taken up giving CPR to lab rats and talking a suicidal tiger out of jumping from five storeys up. The film works because Murphy's character is played relatively straight while the creatures are allowed to be cynically sarcastic about him, humans and others species. Special plaudits go to the lab rats voiced by Reni Santoni and John Leguizamo, Chris Rock as Rocky the guinea pig and Norm Macdonald as Dolittle's laconic companion Lucky the dog.
              Director: Betty Thomas
              Starring: Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt, Peter Boyle, Richard Schiff, Kristen Wilson
              (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1998, PG, 3 Star)



              20:50


              The Eagle Interview Special (Entertainment)
              Film4 catches up with director Kevin Macdonald and stars Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum on location in Hungary to talk about making the historical action-adventure The Eagle.
              (Repeat, Subtitles)

              21:00


              Men of Steel: The Eagle (Film) Film icon 12 certificate
              Men of Steel is a short season dedicated to old-school action that's full of mud, blood, battles, swords, sandals, samurai and Scots. It runs from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 January.
              Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell star in Kevin Macdonald's historical adventure, based on Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 novel The Eagle of the Ninth. One of the most unthinkable things that could happen to a Roman legion was the loss of its revered eagle standard.
              (Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 2010, 12)

              23:10


              Men of Steel: Seven Samurai (Film) Film icon PG certificate
              Akira Kurosawa's epic masterpiece, set in 16th-century Japan, tells the story of seven mercenary samurai warriors who agree to defend a village against a gang of ruthless bandits. In a desperate attempt to ward off the next attack from the marauders, the village turns to an ageing, masterless samurai Kambei Shimada and begs him for help. He in turn rounds-up five similarly outcast samurai, who set about preparing to repel the next raid. They are also joined by a farmers' boy called Kikuchiyo, who makes up for his lack of martial skills with bundles of enthusiasm and bravery. The film takes a leisurely approach to setting up the climactic battle, but the tension is expertly built by Kurosawa, who throughout uses the film to provide a masterclass in film-making. Seven Samurai was remade in the US as The Magnificent Seven, which was perhaps only fair, as Kurosawa had taken the westerns of John Ford as inspiration for his samurai movies. First screening on Film4.
              Starring: Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune
              (Black and White, Premiere, In Japanese with Subtitles, 1954, PG)

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