AIRPORT 1975
1974, Universal, 107 min, USA, Dir: Jack Smight

When a 747 is rendered pilotless after crashing into a smaller plane, the control tower needs to figure out how to get someone aboard who can fly the jet. Charlton Heston and the ever-reliable George Kennedy struggle to save such passengers as Helen Reddy, Linda Blair, Gloria Swanson and Sid Caesar.


THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY
1965, 20th Century Fox, 140 min, USA, Dir: Carol Reed

"When will you make an end?" asks desperate, paint-spattered pontiff Julius II (Rex Harrison) as he gazes mournfully at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo’s answer? "When I am finished." Director Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN, OLIVER!) adapts Irving Stone’s best-selling historical novel, which features one of Charlton Heston’s most complex performances as the tormented master artist. Featuring stunning cinematography by Leon Shamroy (THE KING & I) and a marvelous score by the great Alex North (SPARTACUS).


BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES
1970, 20th Century Fox, 94 min, USA, Dir: Ted Post

Three years before he directed the most somber of the DIRTY HARRY sequels, MAGNUM FORCE, reliable craftsman Ted Post took a similar approach to the second - and scariest - entry in the PLANET OF THE APES franchise. Astronaut Brent (James Franciscus), on a rescue mission looking for Taylor (Charlton Heston), finds himself caught between apes determined to wipe out humanity and a subterranean cult of H-bomb-worshipping mutants. It’s a premise that leaves little room for hope, but Post energizes the material with riveting action sequences. The result is an underrated combination of stylish adventure and bleak philosophy that seems timelier than ever in its examination of man’s terrifying potential for self-annihilation. Co-starring Kim Hunter, Linda Harrison, Maurice Evans.


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