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Richard Attenborough

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Brighton RockBrighton Rock (1947) Recommended
Dir. John Boulting
Feat. Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell
One of the coolest British crime flicks sees Richard Attenborough give an attention–grabbing portrayal of a delinquent gang leader who wants…
Boys in Brown, TheBoys in Brown, The (1949)
Dir. Montgomery Tully
Feat. Jack Warner, Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde
Soft youth rebellion drama with Jack Warner as warden of a borstal struggling to keep his tempestuous young charges in line. Mostly of note for its…
Morning DepartureMorning Departure (Operation Disaster) (1950)
Dir. Roy Ward Baker
Feat. John Mills, Nigel Patrick, Richard Attenborough
A British submarine patrolling in the period just after WWII, hits a leftover mine and plunges seriously damaged to the sea–bed. The captain…
Private's ProgressPrivate's Progress (1956)
Dir. John Boulting
Feat. Richard Attenborough, Dennis Price, Terry-Thomas
Popular Ealing war satire finds Ian Carmichael, as the film’s spotty college freshman, conscripted to military service where he’s whipped into…
Sea of SandSea of Sand (Desert Patrol) (1958)
Dir. Guy Green
Feat. Richard Attenborough, Vincent Ball, Michael Craig
Brit war thriller about an army team sent to destroy a German petrol dump in preparation for an attack who are confronted by their enemies in the…
DunkirkDunkirk (1958)
Dir. Leslie Norman
Feat. Richard Attenborough, John Mills, Bernard Lee
British war film set during the 1940 evacuation of French and British troops from the beaches of Dunkirk, following the contrasting perspectives of a…
Danger Within (1959)
Dir. Don Chaffey
Feat. Richard Attenborough
In an Italian POW camp in WW2, 400 plan to escape but one plans to betray. Can you spot the traitor? Richard Attenborough leads the cast of suspects.
I'm All Right JackI'm All Right Jack (1959) Aro Favourite
Dir. John Boulting
Feat. Ian Carmichael, Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas
Brilliant satire of labour and class relations, makes a glorious mockery of unions and management alike as upperclass twit Ian Carmichael joins the…
League of Gentlemen, TheLeague of Gentlemen, The (1960)
Dir. Basil Dearden
Feat. Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes
A high–class league of British actor gents – Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, Roger Livesy and others – conspire…
Angry Silence, TheAngry Silence, The (1960)
Dir. Guy Green
Feat. Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, Michael Craig
Probing social drama unfurls labour conflicts in the sixties and the breakdown of trade unions, with Richard Attenborough as the antagonised factory…
Only Two Can PlayOnly Two Can Play (1961)
Dir. Sidney Gilliat
Feat. Peter Sellers, Mai Zetterling, Richard Attenborough
One of Peter Seller's earlier films sees him in rare semi–dramatic part, playing a librarian in a small Welsh town who has an affair. Dryly…
All Night LongAll Night Long (Die Heisse Nacht) (1961)
Dir. Basil Dearden, Michael Relph
Feat. Patrick McGoohan, Richard Attenborough, Keith Michell
Set in London's smoky jazz scene, this updating of Othello is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best Jazz musicians of the…
Trial and ErrorTrial and Error (The Dock Brief) (1962)
Dir. James Hill
Feat. Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Beryl Reid
Sellers plays a washed–up barrister who must represent wife–murderer Attenborough, who insists upon his guilt. This is ignored by Sellers…
Great Escape, TheGreat Escape, The (1963) Recommended
Dir. John Sturges
Feat. Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough
McQueen heads a star–studded international cast in this superb drama based on a true account of an escape from a German POW camp by a group of…
Seance On a Wet AfternoonSeance On a Wet Afternoon (1964) Aro Favourite
Dir. Bryan Forbes
Feat. Kim Stanley, Richard Attenborough
This British classic boasts a rare performance by the amazing Kim Stanley as a gently off–her–rocker matron who goads her meek husband…
Guns At BatasiGuns At Batasi (1964)
Dir. John Guillermin
Feat. Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Dame Flora Robson
Set during the last days of the British Empire in East Africa, an anachronistic martinet RSM is caught in a local coup d'etat, and must use his…
Flight of the Phoenix, TheFlight of the Phoenix, The (1965) Recommended
Dir. Robert Aldrich
Feat. James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch
One of the great survival–adventure films has an all–star cast crash landing their cargo plane deep in the Sahara, with no obvious means…
Sand Pebbles, TheSand Pebbles, The (1966)
Dir. Robert Wise
Feat. Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Candice Bergen
An epic series of adventures on an American gunboat in the turbulent China of the 1920s, Steve McQueen giving a particularly underrated performance,…
Magic Christian, TheMagic Christian, The (1969)
Dir. Joseph McGrath
Feat. Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr, Richard Attenborough
From Terry Southern's novel, a wildly loopy satire about an eccentric multi–millionaire (Peter Sellers) who adopts a destitute son (Ringo…
Oh! What a Lovely WarOh! What a Lovely War (1969) Recommended
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. John Rae, Corin Redgrave, Maurice Roeves
Powerful anti–war musical adapted from the play by Charles Chilton, which depicts the mass blunder of WWI through the experiences of the poor…
LootLoot (1970)
Dir. Silvio Narizzano
Feat. Richard Attenborough, Lee Remick, Milo O'Shea
Broad English farce, based around Joe Orton's stageplay, in which bank–robbers hide their loot in a coffin under the body. As slapstick comedy…
Last Grenade, TheLast Grenade, The (1970)
Dir. Gordon Flemyng
Feat. Sir Stanley Baker, Honor Blackman, Alex Cord
Slam–bang action pic with Baker and Cord as opposing mercenaries duking it out in exotic Hong Kong locales, shot in scope and with a…
10 Rillington Place10 Rillington Place (1971)
Dir. Richard Fleischer
Feat. Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt
Richard Attenborough re–creates the activities of UK serial–killer John Christie.
Young WinstonYoung Winston (1972)
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Simon Ward
The early life of Britain's greatest political leader, through his time in India, Sudan and the Boer War to his ascendancy at the House of Commons.
And Then There Were NoneAnd Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians) (1974)
Dir. Peter Collinson
Feat. Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Richard Attenborough
Agatha Christie’s "Ten Little Indians" receives a clunky, if still entertaining makeover in this stacked international adaptation of the macabre…
Conduct UnbecomingConduct Unbecoming (1975)
Dir. Michael Anderson
Feat. Michael York, Richard Attenborough, Trevor Howard
Well–made, though somewhat old–fashioned version of Barry England's play about misbehaviour among the British Army in India. The stars…
BranniganBrannigan (1975)
Dir. Douglas Hickox
Feat. John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson
Effective late–career casting for Wayne, playing a Chicago cop who pursues a criminal across the Atlantic to London. Although featuring a…
RosebudRosebud (1975)
Dir. Otto Preminger
Feat. Peter O'Toole, Richard Attenborough, Peter Lawford
Preminger's penultimate film is sadly a mess. Members of the Palestinian Liberation Army kidnap five heiresses in order to bring attention to their…
Chess Players, TheChess Players, The (1977)
Dir. Satyajit Ray
Feat. Richard Attenborough
India's first internationally renowned film–maker draws upon the ancient game of chess as a metaphor for Anglo–Indian political relations…
Bridge Too Far, ABridge Too Far, A (1977)
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Dirk Bogarde, Robert Redford, Sean Connery
Perhaps a battle–scene too far for some, but for afficiandos this epic account of an abortive Allied invasion of Holland is sure to provide…
MagicMagic (1978)
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith
Anthony Hopkins is tormented by his evil ventriloquist dummy in an off–kilter thriller, that misses a little screen magic. Scripted by William…
Human Factor, TheHuman Factor, The (1979)
Dir. Otto Preminger
Feat. Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi
Otto Preminger last film is a mild espionage affair, concerning a low–level British informant suspected of being a double agent. A hefty cast…
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.
A Chorus LineA Chorus Line (1985)
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas plays the cantankerous Broadway director in Sir Richard Attenborough's perfunctory adaptation of the highly successful stage musical.…
Cry FreedomCry Freedom (1987) Recommended
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline
Potent political cinema based on the story of black South African activist Steve Biko (Denzel Washington), whose suspicious death was investigated by…
ChaplinChaplin (1992) Recommended
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Robert Downey Jnr., Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Hopkins
A reverent yet captivating biopic of comic genius Charlie Chaplin, boasting an uncanny central performance from Robert Downey Jnr. Commendably…
ShadowlandsShadowlands (1993) Recommended
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger
Anthony Hopkins is terrific as academic and children's author C.S. Lewis, who discovers a well of unfathomable emotion when his American divorcee…
Jurassic ParkJurassic Park (1993) Recommended
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Feat. Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
All–time world box–office champ will be most remembered for the breakthrough computer effects that bring the Dinos to astonishing life.…
Miracle On 34th StreetMiracle On 34th Street (1994)
Dir. Les Mayfield
Feat. Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott
Richard Attenborough plays Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who defiantly thinks he's the real thing. Sweet remake of classic Christmas tale…
In Love and WarIn Love and War (1996)
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Chris O'Donnell, Sandra Bullock, Margot Steinberg
Semi–biographical account of the young, manful Ernest Hemingway's WWI romance/Florence Nightingale complex, based on Agnes von Kurowsky's…
Lost World, TheLost World, The (Jurassic Park 2) (1997)
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Feat. Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite
Spielberg steals a few licks from KING KONG for this perfunctory JURASSIC PARK sequel. Yup, its more of the same, really, so its no surprise that the…
ElizabethElizabeth (1998) Recommended
Dir. Shekhar Kapur
Feat. Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes
Attended by much ballyhoo, Australian actress Cate Blanchett fruitfully represents England's famous Queen as a key player in the sex…
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour DreamcoatJoseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (1999)
Dir. Steven Pimlott, David Mallet
Feat. Donny Osmond, Joan Collins, Richard Attenborough
Early, Bible–story musical from the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice team and taken from the London Palladium production.
Grey Owl (1999)
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Pierce Brosnan, Annie Galipeau
True–story of Englishman Archie Belany, whose obsession with all things Native American led to his emigration to the North American wilderness,…
Railway Children, TheRailway Children, The (2000)
Dir. Catherine Morshead
Feat. Jenny Agutter, Michael Kitchen, Richard Attenborough
Reviving Edith Nesbit’s classic turn–of–the–century tale of three siblings displaced to the English countryside is this freshly…
Jack and the Beanstalk - The Real StoryJack and the Beanstalk - The Real Story (2001)
Dir. Brian Henson
Feat. Matthew Modine, Jon Voight, Vanessa Redgrave
TV sequel to the fairytale of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' in which a descendant of Jack (Modine) must lift a family curse by returning the world of the…
PuckoonPuckoon (2002)
Dir. Terence Ryan
Feat. Elliott Gould, John Lynch, Griff Rhys-Jones
A flawed but unique adaptation of Spike Milligan's 1963 satirical novel set on the troubled borders of Northern Ireland in the 1920s. With a plot…
Closing the RingClosing the Ring (2007)
Dir. Richard Attenborough
Feat. Shirley Maclaine, Christopher Plummer, Mischa Barton
Richard Attenborough–directed romance set both in the '40s and present–day, following the wartime history of a ring and an unbreakable…

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