Sky Movies HD have got quite a good season coming up called ‘Movies You Never Got Around To Watching But Always Wanted To See’ and this sort of thing is perfect for people who aren’t sure what movies they should watch.
Their week of films starts Monday 11th Oct – Sunday 17th Oct and includes classic and groundbreaking movies like Jurassic Park, Jaws, Cool Hand Luke and Dead Poets Society.
Have a look at the list below including the date and time it will air and I’ve given trailers for each movie, when it’s on TV and some of my favourite clips for some of the movies too.
Mon 11th 5.45pm Dead Poets Society
Director: Peter Weir
Cast: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Welker White, Robert Sean Leonard, Josh Charles
Synopsis: Set in an exclusive boys preparatory school in 1959, a newly appointed English teacher uses unconventional techniques to inspire his students in classic poetry.
O Captain, My Captain! (this is actually the last scene in the movie so don’t watch if you don’t want to know the end!
Mon 11th 8pm Thelma & Louise (1991)
Director: Ridley Scott, Bobby Bass
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald, Brad Pitt, Geena Davis
Synopsis: Two women leave their small town, taking off on a run for their lives, after one of them kills a would-be rapist.
Mon 11th 10.15pm Robocop (1987)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O’Herlihy, Dan O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith
Synopsis: In the not-to-distant-future, a newly transfered Detroit police officer is remade into an indistructable cybornetic cop after being dismembered by a gang of thungs in an abandoned warehouse. Reborn as Robocop he is programed to serve and protect the citizens of Detroit and eliminate the rampant crime in the city streets so that a massive city-wide reconstruction project can get underway. But once he has completed his task, he sets his sites on the corruption inside Securities Concepts Inc.- the corporation that created him.
Tues 12th 3.25pm Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Cast: Dennis Hopper, Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J. D. Cannon, Lou Antonio
Synopsis: A brooding loner is sentenced to a prison chain-gang, stands up to the Nazi-like guards, and eventually becomes the leader of his fellow prisoners.
Cool Hand Luke Clip – Eating 50 Eggs!:
Tues 12th 5.40pm A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany
Synopsis: From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experiences it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery once he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over this tragedy, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.
Tues 12th 8pm Gran Torino (2008)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her
Synopsis: Walt Kowalski is a widower, grumpy, tough-minded, borderline-hateful, unhappy old man who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors, a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1973 Gran Torino he keeps in cherry condition. When his neighbor Tao, a young Hmong teenager, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Tao’s family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them form the gangs that foul their neighborhood.
Wed 13th 5.50pm Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
Director: Nicholas Ray
Cast: Dennis Hopper, James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus
Synopsis: The landmark teen film that solidified Dean’s image with the public follows the story of rebellious middle-class teens, disenfranchised with their parents, and given to a life of thuggery and deadly dangerous drag racing to win over women.
Wed 13th 8pm Jurassic Park (1993)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Joseph Mazzello, Samuel L. Jackson, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Synopsis (Wikipedia): The narrative begins in August 1989 by slowly tying together a series of incidents involving strange animal attacks in Costa Rica and on Isla Nublar, the main setting for the story. One of the species, a strange small lizard-like creature with three toes, is identified later as a Procompsognathus. Paleontologist Alan Grant and his paleobotanist graduate student Ellie Sattler are abruptly whisked away by billionaire John Hammond (founder and chief executive officer of International Genetic Technologies, or InGen) for a weekend visit to a “biological preserve” he has established on an island 120 miles west off the coast of Costa Rica.
Jurassic Park: T-Rex Attack
Thurs 14th 5.50pm Ghost (1990)
Director: Jerry Zucker, Steven Charles Jaffe
Cast: Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Root, Patrick Swayze, Tony Goldwyn
Synopsis: After he’s murdered, a young executive attempts to communicate with his girlfriend through a phony psychic.
Thurs 14th 8pm Road To Perdition (2002)
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Stanley Tucci, Paul Newman, Jude Law
Synopsis: Two fathers: Michael Sullivan, a hit man for the Irish mob in Depression-era Chicago; and Mr. John Rooney, Sullivan’s boss and the man who raised him as a son. Two sons: Michael Sullivan, Jr. and Connor Rooney, each desperate to earn his father’s favor. Jealousy and competition put them all on a collision course, ultimately bringing Sullivan’s work into his private life and leading to the death of his beloved wife and youngest son, Peter. Now Michael Sullivan and his surviving son are set on a journey instigated by tragedy and fueled by revenge.
Fri 15th 6.15pm Tron (1982)
Director: Steven Lisberger
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, Barnard Hughes
Synopsis: A video game designer trying to prove a big time executive stole his idea is sucked into a corporation’s mainframe where programs are personified counterparts of their writers and “users” are subjects of religious faith. A well-crafted and scripted metaphor, TRON benefits from breakthrough computer animation.
Fri 15th 8pm Minority Report (2002)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Peter Stormare, Tim Blake Nelson, Kathryn Morris
Synopsis: In Washington, D.C., in the year 2054, murder has been eliminated. The future is seen and the guilty punished before the crime has ever been committed. From a nexus deep within the Justice Department’s elite Pre-Crime unit, all the evidence to convict–from imagery alluding to the time, place and other details–is seen by “Pre-Cogs,” three psychic beings whose visions of murders have never been wrong. It is the nation’s most advanced crime force, a perfect system. And no one works harder for Pre-Crime than its top man, Chief John Anderton. Destroyed by a tragic loss, Anderton has thrown all of his passion into a system that could potentially spare thousands of people from the tragedy he lived through. Six years later, the coming vote to take it national has only fueled his conviction that Pre-Crime works. Anderton has no reason to doubt it… until he becomes its #1 suspect. As the head of the unit, Anderton is the first to see the images as they flow from the liquid suspension chamber where the Pre-Cogs dream of murder. The scene is unfamiliar, the faces unknown to him, but this time, the killer’s identity is clear–John Anderton will murder a total stranger in less than 36 hours. Now with his own unit tracking his every move, led by his rival Danny Witwer, Anderton must go below the radar of the state-of-the-art automated city, where every step you take is monitored. Because you can’t hide, everybody runs. With no way to defend himself against the charge of Pre-Crime, John must trace the roots of what brought him here, and uncover the truth behind the questions he has spent the past six years working to eliminate: Is it possible for the Pre-Cogs to be wrong?
Sat 16th 4.30pm High Noon (1952)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Cast: Gary Cooper, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Grace Kelly
Synopsis: On the day of his wedding to a peace-abiding Quaker girl, the marshal of a small town prepares for the peaceful, civilian life until word comes down that four outlaws are arriving that day on the noon train to seek revenge for things past. Thrown into the conflict of staying to fight or leaving his post as was planned, the marshal decides to confront them to the dismay of his new bride. But, when he can’t corral any help from any of the townsfolk who were his supposed firends, he must face the four alone.
Sat 16th 6.10pm The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming, King Vidor
Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan (II), Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley
Synopsis: The tale of a young Kansas girl who dreams of a better world “somewhere over the rainbow.” When Dorothy is thrust into the eye of a tornado and lands in the fantasy world of Oz, she soon finds herself in a heap of trouble with three hapless misfits to guide, an evil witch at her heels, and no way to get home.
Sat 16th 8pm Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Director: James Cameron
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong, Earl Boen
Synopsis: A decade after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) destroyed the original Terminator, a second unstoppable killing machine (Arnold Schwarzenegger) arrives from the post-apocalyptic year 2029. But this time his mission is to stop an even deadlier Terminator, the T-1000 (Robert Patrick), made entirely of shape-shifting liquid metal and determined to kill young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the future leader of the human resistance. Sarah, John, and the Terminator counter by going after the scientist responsible for developing Skynet, the computer system fated to destroy humanity, leading to an explosive and spectacular clash with the fate of humanity in the balance. Whereas James Cameron’s original THE TERMINATOR was a low-budget marvel of efficiency and speed, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY is an action-packed blockbuster with some of the most amazing stunts ever filmed and ground-breaking, Academy Award-winning special effects. Star Schwarzenegger was paid in the form of a $15 million dollar jet to revisit his most famous role as the Terminator, this time made kinder and gentler against the silent, relentless T-1000. One of the most popular films of the 1990s, James Cameron’s action masterpiece is both a thoughtful look at violence in human nature and an exciting, nonstop thrill ride.
Sun 17th 3.20pm Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Director: Ken Hughes
Cast: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Frobe, Anna Quayle
Synopsis: A wacky inventor creates a super-car that can float as well as fly, and, along with his children, uses it to rescue his kidnapped father from an evil prince.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Clip – Toot Sweet
Sun 17th 5.45pm It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Director: Frank Capra
Cast: Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, H. B. Warner, Samuel S. Hinds, Frank Albertson
Synopsis: George Bailey is a small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to see the world, but circumstances and his own good heart have led him to stay. He sacrficed his education for his brother’s, kept the family-run savings and loan afloat, protected the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr. Potter, and married his childhood sweetheart. As he prepares to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel intercedes, showing him what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls is he had never lived.
Sun 17th 8pm Jaws (1975)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton
Synopsis: A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers until a part-time sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.
Jaws: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat!