THE DEFIANT ONES
1958, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer

Racist jailbird Tony Curtis finds himself chained body and soul to fellow convict Sidney Poitier, in director Stanley Kramer’s stark, bare-knuckled prison-break drama. Curtis’ fierce, hardened performance here is among his finest – as blunt and unforgiving as anything by De Niro or Keitel in the ’70s.


THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!
1966, Park Circus/MGM, 126 min, USA, Dir: Norman Jewison

Director Norman Jewison’s warm-hearted satire tracks the crew of a Russian sub (headed up by a delightful Alan Arkin, Theodore Bikel and John Philip Law) who inadvertently scuttle their craft on the beach of Gloucester Island, sending the local inhabitants - all of them possessed of Cold War paranoia - into a tizzy. Carl Reiner and Eva Marie Saint head a phenomenal cast as the Whitakers, a couple who interact with the accidental invaders, with Brian Keith as the police chief, Jonathan Winters as his clueless deputy and Paul Ford as a pompous, retired military officer.


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