A couple of movies now. First there’s Hostile Hostages, a comedy with Denis Leary, Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey.
First surprise – it appears to be a Christmas film, which I’d forgotten from the first time I watched it.
The screenplay is by Richard Lagravanese and Marie Weiss. Lagravanese also wrote The Fisher King.
There’s an uncredited BD Wong playing marriage counsellor Dr Wong, in a session with Davis and Spacey.
Also appearing, JK Simmons as an officer at a military school.
Leary plays a burglar whose heist goes wrong, sparking a huge manhunt by the local, rather inexperienced, volunteer police force. To escape, he kidnaps Davis and Spacey and forces them to drive him to their home.
But they’re expecting Spacey’s family, including sister Christine Baranski
and mother Glynis Johns.
Dinner looks like it would be unbearable even without a kidnapper at the table.
But in the end, it all works out OK, and everyone learns important life lessons.
After this, recording switches to BBC1 on Boxing Day, with the end of Children’s BBC, and a trailer for Beethoven.
Then, Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines. Starting with a montage of old attempts at flight, and then some lovely animated titles designed by Ronald Searle.
There’s Willy Rushton in a small role. These films are filled with great British actors (with the odd American put in there for overseas sales).
John Le Mesurier as a French Painter.
God, I love 60s-era blue screen.
This film is the kind of film that thinks it’s very funny, but isn’t really. It so far seems to only have one joke, that of an aeroplane being flown badly, or dangerously, and crashing into things. Plus all the characters are awful, with the possible exception of Sarah Miles, the daughter of the newspaper tycoon (Robert Morley) who offers the prize for the London to Paris race. She desperately wants to fly, but he won’t let her.
Stuart Whitman seems to spend this entire movie standing on or hanging from one part of a plane or other.
Was it ever common to hyphenate ‘today’?
Here’s Jeremy Lloyd, writer of Are You Being Served
One of the stars is Terry-Thomas, who spends the whole film sabotaging the other pilots’ planes. I wonder if Dick Dastardly was based on this character?
Flora Robson, typecast as a nun.
BBC Genome: BBC One – 26th December 1995 – 10:45
There’s a trailer for Boxing Day programmes.
Then, the news, with Justin Webb. Bad weather is the main news.
After this, there’s a trailer for Ghost. Then there’s the start of Neighbours, and the recording stops.
- Lynx Systeme
- trail: Mrs Doubtfire