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Subgenre Sampler

Samson and DelilahSamson and Delilah (1984)
Dir. Lee Philips
Feat. Antony Hamilton, Belinda Bauer, Max von Sydow
Made–for–TV Old Testament epic centred on the classic Biblical tale of power, persuasion, and love between a Hebrew strongman and a…
GandhiGandhi (1982) Recommended
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox
Epic retelling of the life of the inspirational Indian leader with Ben Kingsley as 'The Mahatma'. Won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Peter and PaulPeter and Paul (1981)
Dir. Robert Day
Feat. Anthony Hopkins, Robert Foxworth, Eddie Albert
Epic account of the early spread of Christianity follows disciples Peter and Paul as they struggle against violent opposition and their own personal…
RedsReds (1981)
Dir. Warren Beatty
Feat. Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson
A provocative political saga about an American journalist's involvement with communism, the Russian revolution and the love of a like–minded…
KidnappedKidnapped (1971)
Dir. Delbert Mann
Feat. Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Jack Hawkins
A dashing Michael Caine heads this ambitious adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tales of 18th century Scotland. Grand, if ultimately unrealised…
Nicholas and AlexandraNicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner
Feat. Laurence Olivier, Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman
The last Czars of Russia get an appropriately lavish send–off in this wagon–load of Hollywood corn. With Tom Baker (as Rasputin) and…
Hawaiians, TheHawaiians, The (1970)
Dir. Tom Gries
Feat. Charlton Heston, Tina Chen, Geraldine Chaplin
Brotherly relations are strained when the black sheep returns home, plantation building and pineapple stealing ensues. Bloated sequel to HAWAII…
PattonPatton (1970) Recommended
Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner
Feat. George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates
George C. Scott is unnervingly convincing as the real life WW2 General with whose military convictions were indeed unnerving. Co–written by…
WaterlooWaterloo (1970) Recommended
Dir. Sergei Bondarchuk
Feat. Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles
Napoleonic epic from the Russian director of WAR AND PEACE is dramatically woolly, but includes superb, sprawling battle–scenes. Rod Steiger…
Anne of the Thousand DaysAnne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Dir. Charles Jarrott
Feat. Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas
Opulent recounting of the doomed romance between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn with a gallery of fine performances and stunning costume design.

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