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Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 07/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"VIDTAPE's ACTION MOVIE LEGENDS is comprised of ten films on five dual-side recorded DVDs. The stars appearing in these PD titles are best known for action films, but not all of this set qualifies for that genre.
In TIM, Mel Gibson is a mentally-challenged man who falls in love with a woman who'd hired him to do yardwork. It's a well-done adaptation of the Colleen McCullough novel, one of Mel's first starring roles.
THE GREAT ST. LOUIS BANK ROBBERY is based on a true story and shot on location using people who were actual witnesses to the crime. Steve McQueen's character is recruited by a gang to assist in a bank heist that ultimately goes very wrong.
Gregory Peck portrays a dying man reliving events of his life in THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO. Based on the Hemingway short story.
NIGHT TIDE features Dennis Hopper in an early starring role. He's a sailor on shore leave romantically involved with a mysterious woman who portrays a mermaid at a local carnival. Unusually atmospheric, this was filmed on location in Malibu, CA.
MAD DOG MORGAN is Hopper again, in the true story of a 19th Century Australian outlaw. Co-stars Aussie aborigine actor, David Gulpilil.
THE LEGENDS OF THE SILVER SCREEN (also from VIDTAPE) features Red Skelton, W.C. Fields, Laurel & Hardy, Shirley Temple and more!
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(4.7) Condition Red (Fin/USA/Ger-1995) - James Russo/Cynda Williams/Paul Calderon
(3.1) Deadly Drifter ("Out") (1982) - Peter Coyote/Danny Glover/O-Lan Jones
(5.3) Dog Day (France-1984) - Lee Marvin/Tina Louise/Miou-Miou/Jean Carnet
(4.9) Fatal Assassin ("Target of an Assassin") (So. Africa-1976) - Anthony Quinn/John Phillip Law
(5.5) Gold (UK-1974) - Roger Moore/Susannah York/Ray Milland/Bradford Dillman/John Gielgud
(5.9) The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959) - Steve McQueen/Crahan Denton/David Clarke
(5.8) Mad Dog Morgan (Australia-1976) - Dennis Hopper/Jack Thompson/David Gulpilil
(6.1) Night Tide (1961) - Dennis Hopper/Linda Lawson/Gavin Muir/Luana Anders
(6.3) The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) - Gregory Peck/Susan Hayward/Ava Gardner/Leo G. Carroll
(6.3) Tim (Australia-1979) - Piper Laurie/Mel Gibson/Alwyn Kurts/Pat Evison/Peter Gwynne"