CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
1972, 20th Century Fox, 88 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

Roddy McDowall and Don Murray star in the fourth PLANET OF THE APES film, which takes place in the then-future 1990s! In a political allegory timed to coincide with the black power movement of the early 1970s, the enslaved apes plot to overthrow the human race that has oppressed them; this ambitious and entertaining sci-fi classic served as a template for last year's RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.


THE GUNS OF NAVARONE
1961, Sony Repertory, 157 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

Gregory Peck leads David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle and James Darren on a perilous mission to destroy an enormous Nazi gun battery on the Greek coast. Partisans Irene Papas and Gia Scala lend their support behind enemy lines. Grueling and exhilarating, with some truly awe-inspiring suspense/action sequences. After EL CID, one of the most intelligent and human of the epic adventure spectaculars.


CAPE FEAR
1962, Universal, 106 min, USA, Dir: J. Lee Thompson

Gregory Peck is an ordinary family man terrorized by psychotic ex-con Robert Mitchum in this adaptation of John D. MacDonald’s THE EXECUTIONERS. A classic Bernard Herrmann score drives this relentless thriller, a finely tuned suspense piece that was remade by Martin Scorsese in 1991.


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