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Sat 16 Dec

4:15am
Film Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Fact-based Second World War drama recounting the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both the Japanese and American perspectives, reconstructing the events leading up to the devastating attack on the US naval base in 1941. Starring Martin Balsam, So Yamamura, Joseph Cotten, James Whitmore and Jason Robards
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.6
6:45am
Film South Pacific (1958)
A naval nurse falls in love with a French plantation owner on an American-held island during the Second World War. However, dark secrets surface from his past and result in her having to leave the colony and embark on a perilous mission with the help of a US Navy officer. Romantic musical based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway show, with Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi, John Kerr and Ray Walston
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.7
9:20am
Film Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
An enigmatic British Army officer tries to unite the Arab nations against the Turks during the First World War, but comes into conflict with the military authorities when he engages the enemy with guerrilla tactics instead of more conventional methods. However, his increasingly torn loyalties leave him close to madness. Oscar-winning epic drama directed by David Lean, starring Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.1
12:55pm
Film The Sound of Music (1965)
A cheerful novice nun is employed as governess to the seven children of an austere widower. As she brings light, laughter and a love of all things harmonious to a family previously beset by grief and strict discipline she also falls in love with her employer. But before long, the looming threat of the Second World War jeopardises their happy household. Oscar-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4
3:55pm
Film Zulu (1964)
An upper-class soldier and his fellow officer stationed at Rorke's Drift in 1879 discover they have been cut off after the destruction of the main British army column in the area. They must rally their small force of 140 men against the might of 4,000 Zulu warriors advancing on their position. Fact-based historical drama, starring Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, Nigel Green and Chief Buthelezi, with narration by Richard Burton
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.6
6:15pm
Film The Italian Job (1969)
A crook assembles a motley gang to steal £4million in gold bullion from an Italian armoured car, which brings Turin to a standstill and enables the robbers to make a quick getaway in a fleet of Minis - but they end up falling foul of the Mafia along the way. Crime comedy, starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Tony Beckley and John Le Mesurier
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.7
8:00pm
Film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
A lawyer risks the wrath of his neighbours in a racially divided backwater in Alabama by agreeing to defend a black man on a rape charge. As he struggles to shield his son and daughter from the case's disturbing undertones, the children also have to confront their fear of a local recluse. Oscar-winning, Depression-era drama based on the classic novel by Harper Lee, starring Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Mary Badham and Phillip Alford
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 4.9
10:15pm
Film The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Mafia don Michael Corleone sets out to clinch a make-or-break deal with an ageing gangster - but his plans are blown apart by a traitor within the family. Michael's story is intercut with flashback sequences chronicling the early life of his father Vito, as he makes the shift from immigrant grocery-store clerk to Mob kingpin. Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning crime drama sequel, with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, John Cazale, Michael V Gazzo and Lee Strasberg
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.1
1:40am
Film Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Jill McBain arrives in a frontier town to meet her husband, only to find he has been murdered. A railway tycoon wants the land Jill and her husband own, and has hired a ruthless hitman to kill them. But an outlaw, who was falsely accused of the crime, and a mysterious, vengeful stranger decide to protect her. Sergio Leone's Western, starring Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Claudia Cardinale and Charles Bronson
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.5
4:30am
Film The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Cowboys intervene in a bid to prevent the lynching of three men accused of murdering a rancher and stealing his cattle. Western drama, starring Henry Fonda, Henry Morgan and Anthony Quinn
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Sun 17 Dec

6:00am
Film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Lounge singers Lorelei and Dorothy embark on a transatlantic cruise to Paris in search of rich husbands. While Dorothy falls for a penniless man, Lorelei thinks she has found the millionaire of her dreams, only for his father to hire a private eye to spy on her and prove she is a gold-digger. Howard Hawks' musical comedy, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn and Elliott Reid
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.1
7:35am
Film High Noon (1952)
A town marshal is torn between love and duty on his wedding day as he prepares for the arrival of a vengeful adversary on the midday train. Meanwhile, the townsfolk the marshal has so loyally protected are certain he will be killed in the confrontation and abandon him one by one to face his enemy alone. Western, starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges and Lee Van Cleef
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 8.7
9:05am
Film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts rescues an old car from the scrapheap, only to discover it has magical, gravity-defying powers. Meanwhile, Baron Bomburst, the blundering ruler of Vulgaria, will do anything to get his greedy hands on it. Children's musical adventure, based on the book by Ian Fleming, starring Dick Van Dyke, Lionel Jeffries, Sally Ann Howes, Gert Frobe, Benny Hill and James Robertson Justice
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 6.4
11:35am
Film It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
A hard-working, small-town businessman comes to think his life has been a complete waste of time and tries to commit suicide. At the last minute, his guardian angel pays him a visit and makes him realise his true worth by showing him what would have happened to those around him had he never been born. Fantasy drama, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell and Frank Faylen
(Subtitles) (Black & White) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.5
1:50pm
Film Grease (1978)
Rebellious American teenager Danny falls for innocent Australian girl Sandy during summer holidays, but when he later finds out she is a new student at his school, he risks losing her love by trying to act cool in front of his friends. Romantic musical set in 1950s, starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn and Sid Caesar
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.5
3:50pm
Film The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Oppressed Mexican villagers cross the border into America looking to buy guns to defend their homes and crops from bandits. Instead they encounter an enigmatic loner who persuades them to hire a band of gunslingers to teach the villagers how to fight before the marauders return. Western, with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn and Eli Wallach
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.8
6:00pm
Film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
An aspiring writer falls for a seemingly happy-go-lucky woman living in the same apartment building, and is drawn to her unconventional lifestyle. However, he detects her quirky demeanour is masking a colourful past, while her mysterious visits to an imprisoned gangster have unexpected consequences. Romantic comedy drama based on Truman Capote's novel, with Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Mickey Rooney and Martin Balsam
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.5
8:00pm
Film It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
A hard-working, small-town businessman comes to think his life has been a complete waste of time and tries to commit suicide. At the last minute, his guardian angel pays him a visit and makes him realise his true worth by showing him what would have happened to those around him had he never been born. Fantasy drama, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell and Frank Faylen
(Subtitles) (Black & White) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.5
10:15pm
Film Cool Hand Luke (1967)
A rebellious small-time crook is sent to a prison in the Deep South, where he becomes a hero in the eyes of his fellow convicts and a thorn in the sides of the warden and the guards by refusing to bow to authority. His defiance escalates when he receives news of his mother's death, and embarks on a series of failed escape attempts. Drama based on Donn Pearce's novel, starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, JD Cannon and Dennis Hopper
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.1
12:25am
Film The Hustler (1961)
An arrogant pool shark challenges a renowned champion player, only to lose the match and end up broke with his confidence shattered. With the aid of a cut-throat manager, he sets about honing his skills for a rematch - but making it to the top could cost him everything. Oscar-winning drama, starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C Scott, Piper Laurie, Murray Hamilton and Myron McCormick
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 9
2:45am
Film Marathon Man (1976)
A college undergraduate training for a marathon is drawn into a shady world of espionage by his secret agent brother and a Nazi war criminal searching for a cache of stolen diamonds - entangling the student in a plot involving kidnap, torture and political intrigue. John Schlesinger's thriller, starring Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier and Roy Scheider. Based on the novel by William Goldman
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.8
4:55am
Film Samson and Delilah (1949)
Hebrew warrior Samson becomes a wanted man after crossing paths with Philistine troops, but he constantly thwarts their efforts to capture him using to his incredible strength. Determined to bring him down, the Saran of Gaza makes use of his beguiling sister Delilah, who seduces Samson and manages to rob him of the source of his power. Cecil B DeMille's Oscar-winning adaptation of the biblical tale, starring Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury and Henry Wilcox
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7.2

Mon 18 Dec

7:05am
Film Arrowhead (1953)
A cavalry scout witnesses a series of raids by an Apache tribe that is supposedly in peace talks - but his superiors reject his story out of hand and dismiss him from duty. Continuing to spy on the tribe, he comes to suspect the chief's son is behind the attacks. Western, starring Charlton Heston, Jack Palance and Katy Jurado
(Subtitles)

9:05am
Film Sabrina (1954)
A chauffeur's daughter falls for her father's playboy employer, but when he rejects her she flees to Paris. On her return, however, he is smitten by the alluring woman she has become - even though he is about to be married. To ensure the wedding takes place, his older brother decides to woo the beauty himself. Comedy, starring Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Humphrey Bogart and Walter Hampden
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 8.2
11:05am
Film Sunset Boulevard (1950)
A faded film star from the silent-movie era is fixated with making a comeback. When she meets a struggling screenwriter on the run from debt collectors, she persuades him to write a script that will mark her spectacular return to the screen. However, he takes advantage of the deluded actress, becoming her lover in a relationship where their mutual deceit ends in tragedy. Drama, with Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Eric von Stroheim
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 7.4
1:05pm
Film Some Like It Hot (1959)
After witnessing a mob hit in Chicago, two male jazz musicians don drag and hide out with an all-girl band to evade the gangsters pursuing them. However, the pair struggle to disguise their attraction for the beautiful lead singer - while one of them catches the eye of a smitten millionaire. Billy Wilder's classic romantic comedy, starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 9.7
3:15pm
Film Battle of the Bulge (1965)
A German tank commander is assigned to lead a surprise counter-attack against Allied forces as part of a last-ditch attempt to turn the tide of the Second World War and prevent the invasion of his country. An American intelligence officer realises what the enemy is planning, and tries to convince his superiors that they are facing a major offensive. Drama, starring Robert Shaw, Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Telly Savalas and Charles Bronson
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 5.9
6:00pm
Film The Great Escape (1963)
The most rebellious Allied prisoners of war are sent to a supposedly escape-proof maximum-security detention camp during the Second World War. They plan an ingenious mass breakout by digging a tunnel, but even when free of the camp, making it across occupied Europe proves a dangerous journey. Drama, starring Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, James Garner, Charles Bronson and Richard Attenborough
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.9
9:00pm
Film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
A laconic gunslinger, a ruthless hired killer and a conniving outlaw hunt for a cache of loot during the chaos of the American Civil War. However, each is privy to only part of the information necessary to find it, setting in motion a series of deadly betrayals. The third film in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western trilogy, starring Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name, with Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. With a soundtrack by Ennio Morricone
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 9
12:00am
Film Psycho (1960)
A woman on the run after stealing from her boss ends up at an isolated motel, where the owner's curious relationship with his domineering mother results in murder. Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller, starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, John Gavin and John McIntire
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 7.8
2:00am
Film The Birds (1963)
A San Francisco socialite takes a shine to a man she meets by chance, and follows him home to a Californian coastal community. Her arrival coincides with a series of mysterious attacks on people by birds, which soon escalates as vast flocks go on the warpath. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, based on a Daphne du Maurier short story, starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy and Veronica Cartwright
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8
4:10am
Film Strangers on a Train (1951)
A charming psychopath meets a tennis professional on a train and suggests that they each commit a murder on the other's behalf. However, when the deranged man goes through with his part of the deal, the sportsman faces a race against time to prove his innocence. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, starring Robert Walker, Farley Granger and Ruth Roman
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 9.9

Tue 19 Dec

6:00am
Film To Catch a Thief (1955)
A retired cat burglar becomes the prime suspect for a series of robberies carried out in his own distinctive style, and sets out to clear his name by catching the copycat crook responsible. His quest takes him to the Cote d'Azur, where he encounters the demure daughter of a wealthy holiday-maker, and before long the two are drawn together. Alfred Hitchcock's Oscar-winning romantic mystery, starring Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and Jessie Royce Landis
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.5
8:00am
Film Zorba the Greek (1964)
A timid English writer arrives in Crete to open a mine for the family business and falls under the spell of a local peasant with a charismatic and inspiring zest for life. Drama, starring Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Lila Kedrova and Sotiris Moustakas
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 10
10:25am
Film Cleopatra (1963)
The famous Queen sets out to consolidate her power after gaining control of the Egyptian kingdom. She seduces Julius Caesar and bears him a son, but the ambitious would-be tyrant is assassinated before she can take her place at his side, paving the way for her love affair with general Mark Antony - and a war for control of the Roman empire. Historical epic, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau, Rex Harrison, Hume Cronyn and George Cole
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8
2:30pm
Film The Sound of Music (1965)
A cheerful novice nun is employed as governess to the seven children of an austere widower. As she brings light, laughter and a love of all things harmonious to a family previously beset by grief and strict discipline she also falls in love with her employer. But before long, the looming threat of the Second World War jeopardises their happy household. Oscar-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4
5:30pm
Film The Italian Job (1969)
A crook assembles a motley gang to steal £4million in gold bullion from an Italian armoured car, which brings Turin to a standstill and enables the robbers to make a quick getaway in a fleet of Minis - but they end up falling foul of the Mafia along the way. Crime comedy, starring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Tony Beckley and John Le Mesurier
(Subtitles)

Rating: 5.7
7:15pm
Film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
A British colonel in a Japanese PoW camp is ordered to build a railway bridge over a river, forging a vital communications link. At first he refuses to obey, but eventually agrees to take the project on - and becomes so obsessed with the task that he creates a dilemma for an American soldier sent to destroy the structure. David Lean's Oscar-winning Second World War drama, starring Alec Guinness, William Holden and Jack Hawkins
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8
10:00pm
Film Dirty Harry (1971)
Maverick San Francisco detective `Dirty' Harry Callahan sets out to capture a deranged sniper picking off victims at random. Although his own tactics barely stay within the confines of the law, he is determined the killer will face his particular brand of justice, regardless of his superiors' disapproval. Don Siegel's thriller, starring Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino and Andy Robinson
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.3
11:45pm
Film Magnum Force (1973)
Maverick cop Dirty Harry Callahan antagonises his superiors once more in his pursuit of a vigilante group responsible for murdering the city's most wanted criminals. However, he is unaware that the killers are some of his fellow officers - and are prepared to see him dead to keep their secret safe. Action thriller sequel, starring Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul and Robert Urich

Rating: 8.8
1:50am
Film The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
A bored millionaire masterminds a bank robbery, only to find himself pursued by a glamorous insurance investigator determined to prove his guilt. It is not long before they get embroiled in a passionate affair - but conflicting interests mean they can never really trust one another. Crime drama, starring Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke and Yaphet Kotto
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 7.5
3:40am
Film Easy Rider (1969)
Two hippie bikers travel across America on their way to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. In their quest to find a different way of living, they encounter other similarly nonconformist souls, including a disillusioned lawyer who ends up travelling with them, but also come up against bigotry and intolerance. Drama, directed by and starring Dennis Hopper, with Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and Phil Spector
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6
5:20am
Film The Desert Rats (1953)
A Scottish army officer is placed in command of a unit of Australian troops given the task of defending Tobruk against overwhelming German forces, led by the renowned general Rommel. Second World War adventure, starring Richard Burton, Robert Newton and James Mason, reprising his role as Rommel from The Desert Fox
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 7.6

Wed 20 Dec

6:55am
Film Rawhide (1951)
Outlaws hold staff and a passenger and her baby hostage at a remote stagecoach station while awaiting the arrival of a shipment of $100,000 in gold bullion. The nervous captives try to stay calm, but the tension between the gang leader and a jumpy henchman grows fraught, ending in a frantic shoot-out - with the infant in the thick of the fray. Western, starring Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward and Jack Elam
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 9.2
8:25am
Film High Noon (1952)
A town marshal is torn between love and duty on his wedding day as he prepares for the arrival of a vengeful adversary on the midday train. Meanwhile, the townsfolk the marshal has so loyally protected are certain he will be killed in the confrontation and abandon him one by one to face his enemy alone. Western, starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges and Lee Van Cleef
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 8.7
9:55am
Film Spartacus (1960)
A slave trained to fight as a gladiator turns against his masters and leads an army of rebels in a fight for freedom against the Roman state. But as the rebellion gathers momentum, two senators do all they can to exploit the uprising for their own political ends. Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-winning epic, with Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.1
1:15pm
Film The Bible (1966)
John Huston's epic re-telling of the Book of Genesis, chronicling the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood and Abraham and Isaac. Starring Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, Michael Parks, Ava Gardner, George C Scott and Huston himself as the voice of God
(Subtitles)

Rating: 4.4
4:15pm
Film To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
A lawyer risks the wrath of his neighbours in a racially divided backwater in Alabama by agreeing to defend a black man on a rape charge. As he struggles to shield his son and daughter from the case's disturbing undertones, the children also have to confront their fear of a local recluse. Oscar-winning, Depression-era drama based on the classic novel by Harper Lee, starring Gregory Peck, Robert Duvall, Mary Badham and Phillip Alford
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 4.9
6:30pm
Film Zulu (1964)
An upper-class soldier and his fellow officer stationed at Rorke's Drift in 1879 discover they have been cut off after the destruction of the main British army column in the area. They must rally their small force of 140 men against the might of 4,000 Zulu warriors advancing on their position. Fact-based historical drama, starring Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, Nigel Green and Chief Buthelezi, with narration by Richard Burton
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.6
9:00pm
Film The Guns of Navarone (1961)
An elite group of Allied soldiers is dispatched to sabotage vital German artillery emplacements, despite the seemingly insurmountable odds and the suspicion there is a traitor in their midst. Oscar-winning Second World War adventure, based on Alistair MacLean's novel, starring Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle and Irene Papas
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4
11:40pm
Film Three Days of the Condor (1975)
A bookish CIA researcher returns to his field office to find all his colleagues have been murdered in his absence. When he tries to uncover the truth, he also ends up targeted for assassination by his own agency, and is forced to go on the run to discover the reasons why. Sydney Pollack's thriller, starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson and Max von Sydow
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.6
1:40am
Film Klute (1971)
A private detective investigates the disappearance of a scientist in New York, but finds his only lead is a prostitute with a tenuous connection to the missing man - and his attempts to gain her help are soon hampered by shadowy figures intent on silencing her. Alan J Pakula's thriller, starring Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider and an Oscar-winning Jane Fonda
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.6
3:40am
Film Five Easy Pieces (1970)
An oil-rigger who has cut himself off from his cultured, middle-class roots reluctantly returns to his family home, with his pregnant girlfriend in tow, after receiving word that his father is dying. However, the homecoming turns into a failure, as the psychological journey has a lasting impact on himself and those closest to him. Drama, with Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach and Ralph Waite
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.3
5:25am
Film The Black Orchid (1958)
A gangster's widow blames herself for her husband's death, as she becomes the subject of malicious rumours that she drove him to a life of crime. A man who is also widowed falls in love with her, but his daughter is determined to stop them from marrying. Comedy, starring Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Ina Balin and Peter Mark Richman
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Thu 21 Dec

7:05am
Film Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
A small California town is infiltrated by sinister alien vegetable pods from outer space, which start to clone the residents and replace them with emotionless replicas. A local doctor realises something bizarre is going on and sets out to investigate - but is not prepared for what he finds. Don Siegel's sci-fi thriller, with Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter and Carolyn Jones
(Subtitles) (Black & White) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.5
8:30am
Film The Odd Couple (1968)
Fastidious divorcee Felix moves in with slovenly sports writer Oscar and proceeds to clean up his chaotically untidy apartment, leading to all manner of domestic discord. Comedy based on Neil Simon's stage play, starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman and David Sheiner
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.1
10:20am
Film The Ten Commandments (1956)
Egyptian prince Moses discovers his real roots are Hebrew after being banished from the land by his jealous half-brother. He returns from exile on a quest to free his people from enslavement by the new pharaoh, and warns of terrifying consequences if the ruler fails to let his people go. Cecil B DeMille's biblical epic, starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G Robinson and Anne Baxter
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.6
2:00pm
Film The Great Escape (1963)
The most rebellious Allied prisoners of war are sent to a supposedly escape-proof maximum-security detention camp during the Second World War. They plan an ingenious mass breakout by digging a tunnel, but even when free of the camp, making it across occupied Europe proves a dangerous journey. Drama, starring Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, James Garner, Charles Bronson and Richard Attenborough
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.9
5:00pm
Film The Sound of Music (1965)
A cheerful novice nun is employed as governess to the seven children of an austere widower. As she brings light, laughter and a love of all things harmonious to a family previously beset by grief and strict discipline she also falls in love with her employer. But before long, the looming threat of the Second World War jeopardises their happy household. Oscar-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8.4
8:00pm
Film Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
An enigmatic British Army officer tries to unite the Arab nations against the Turks during the First World War, but comes into conflict with the military authorities when he engages the enemy with guerrilla tactics instead of more conventional methods. However, his increasingly torn loyalties leave him close to madness. Oscar-winning epic drama directed by David Lean, starring Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness and Jack Hawkins
(Subtitles)

Rating: 9.1
11:35pm
Film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Retired bank robber John Doherty escapes a gunman with the aid of a young car thief, and together they go in search of the loot from the former crook's last job. When they discover the stash is missing - and John's thuggish old partners are also looking for it - the pair decide to do a repeat robbery. Comedy drama, starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis
(Subtitles)

Rating: 8
1:35am
Film The Beguiled (1971)
A wounded Union soldier is given refuge in a girls' boarding school in the Confederate south during the American Civil War. However, his presence provokes jealousy and deceit among the students and teachers, and in an atmosphere of emotional and sexual repression they succumb to his overt masculinity and art of seduction. Drama, starring Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman and Jo Ann Harris

Rating: 7.7
3:25am
Film Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
A cunning convict with a history of making escape attempts is transferred to the notorious high-security island prison off the California coast, from which no one has ever broken out. Continually at odds with the brutal warden, he and three fellow prisoners hatch a plan to make it to freedom on an improvised raft. Thriller, based on a true story, starring Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom and Fred Ward
(Subtitles) (Audio Described)

Rating: 8.4
5:25am
Film Heaven Knows, Mr Allison (1957)
A US marine corporal stationed on a South Pacific island and a novice nun on a mission are forced into the hills when Japanese forces arrive and set up military bases during the Second World War. Before long the pair develop strong emotional ties, but in resisting their feelings for each other the relationship becomes one of deep mutual respect. Romantic drama, written and directed by John Huston, with Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr
(Subtitles)

Rating: 7

Fri 22 Dec

7:15am
Film The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
When their livelihood is ruined by prolonged drought during the Great Depression, a family of destitute tenant farmers is forced to leave the dust bowl of Oklahoma and undertake a gruelling journey to California in a desperate search for work. John Ford's drama, based on John Steinbeck's novel and starring Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine
(Subtitles) (Black & White)

Rating: 7.5
9:25am
Film Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
An aspiring writer falls for a seemingly happy-go-lucky woman living in the same apartment building, and is drawn to her unconventional lifestyle. However, he detects her quirky demeanour is masking a colourful past, while her mysterious visits to an imprisoned gangster have unexpected consequences. Romantic comedy drama based on Truman Capote's novel, with Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Mickey Rooney and Martin Balsam
(Subtitles)

Rating: 6.5
11:25am
Film The Apartment (1960)
A lowly insurance clerk tries to curry favour with his seedy manager by lending him his flat for his extramarital flings. But the clerk soon grows wise to the nastiness of corporate ethics and infidelity when his heartless boss seduces the elevator girl, whom he has always loved from afar. Oscar-winning comedy drama, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray and Shirley MacLaine
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Rating: 7
1:35pm
Film White Christmas (1954)
A pair of former soldiers start a new career as nightclub entertainers. They try to boost the popularity of their old commanding officer's struggling winter resort in Vermont by staging a series of extravagant shows, with a little help from their former army buddies and a talented singing sister act. Musical, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Sig Rumann, Mary Wickes, Anne Whitfield and Rosemary Clooney, featuring seasonal songs by Irving Berlin
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Rating: 7.4
3:40pm
Film A Place in the Sun (1951)
A wage-slave in his uncle's factory has big ambitions. Just as he comes close to marrying a wealthy socialite, a poor working-class girl with whom he had a brief, casual affair tells him she is pregnant with his child. When she threatens to disclose the truth, he makes a series of decisions which bring terrible consequences in their wake. Oscar-winning drama, starring Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Taylor,and Raymond Burr
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Rating: 2.1
5:50pm
Film The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Oppressed Mexican villagers cross the border into America looking to buy guns to defend their homes and crops from bandits. Instead they encounter an enigmatic loner who persuades them to hire a band of gunslingers to teach the villagers how to fight before the marauders return. Western, with Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn and Eli Wallach
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Rating: 8.8
8:00pm
Film The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Mafia don Michael Corleone sets out to clinch a make-or-break deal with an ageing gangster - but his plans are blown apart by a traitor within the family. Michael's story is intercut with flashback sequences chronicling the early life of his father Vito, as he makes the shift from immigrant grocery-store clerk to Mob kingpin. Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning crime drama sequel, with Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, John Cazale, Michael V Gazzo and Lee Strasberg
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Rating: 7.1
11:25pm
Film Cool Hand Luke (1967)
A rebellious small-time crook is sent to a prison in the Deep South, where he becomes a hero in the eyes of his fellow convicts and a thorn in the sides of the warden and the guards by refusing to bow to authority. His defiance escalates when he receives news of his mother's death, and embarks on a series of failed escape attempts. Drama based on Donn Pearce's novel, starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, JD Cannon and Dennis Hopper
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Rating: 8.1
1:40am
Film The Wild Bunch (1969)
Ageing outlaws, bound by a private code of honour and friendship, find themselves at odds with early 20th-century society, and come to realise their era has passed. Hired to steal guns for a tyrannical Mexican general, they instead decide to turn against him. Sam Peckinpah's Western, starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Warren Oates, Strother Martin and Edmond O'Brien
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Rating: 8
4:10am
Film Champion (1949)
A war veteran criss-crosses America with his disabled brother in tow as he builds a new career as a renowned prizefighter. However, his ruthless determination to make it to the top drives him to betray the people closest to him. Drama, starring Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart and Ruth Roman
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Rating: 6.3