In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line. Tarek is in high school, making Super 8 movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: school has closed, the violence is fascinating, getting from West to East is a game. His mother wants to leave; his father refuses. Tarek spends time with May, a Christian, orphaned and living in his building. By accident, Tarek goes to an infamous brothel in the war-torn Olive Quarter, meeting its legendary madam, Oum Walid. He then takes Omar and May there using her underwear as a white flag for safe passage. Family tensions rise. As he comes of age, the war moves inexorably from adventure to tragedy.
- Stars:Rami Doueiri, Naamar Sahli, Mohamad Chamas, Rola Al Amin, Carmen Lebbos, Joseph Bou Nassar, Liliane Nemri, Leïla Karam, Mahmoud Mabsout, Hassan Farhat, Fadi Abou Khalil,
- Country:France, Norway, Lebanon, Belgium
- Director:Ziad Doueiri,
- Writer:Ziad Doueiri
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(it) wrote: Everyone should watch this movie...If the laws still existed today it would have been a felony for me to marry my wife...Astonishing that someone could legally justify denying people the right to marry...Oh wait!??
(us) wrote: I still have to think about this, but it was definitely an interesting film. It dealt with issues like global warming, family dynamics, coming of age sexuality, race and religion. Was it too much, many say it dragged, and it did a bit, but it was a meaningful film which is a lot better than others I've seen of late. Important issues, but a bit overbearing.
(it) wrote: This is the kind of film I hate and enjoy. It's quite full of itself as is the protagonist and most of the supporting characters. Despite this, I still enjoyed watching it because in some this film represents our fear of living and coping with the process of living. It's all emo nonsense at the end of the day.
(br) wrote: Very funny. Seth is a friend of mine!
(nl) wrote: This movie is mainly a result of John Wayne turning down Dirty Harry. Perhaps the Duke thought he could out-do Eastwood...clearly he couldn't at this point in his career but what he did do was make a fun, funny cop movie which is better than most films with similar plots because of his presence. John Wayne still has it at this point...the "it" isnt the same "it" he had in earlier films...but it's still John Wayne. Attenborough is good in here as well. Is it a great work of cinema? Not especially. Is it's story particularly original? By all means no! Is it fun and at times stylish? Yes! I really enjoyed this movie!
(au) wrote: In the 1942 Pacific War theatre of World War II, Lieutenant Sam Lawson (Cliff Robertson), is a Japanese language interpreter who - so far - has avoided combat. His commanding officer Capt. John G. Nolan (Henry Fonda) unexpectedly cancels his leave and informs Lawson that he is to be assigned to a British infantry commando unit in the New Hebrides Islands for a combat mission. The British base is in the middle of a large open field, several hundred yards from the edge of the jungle; on the other side of the jungle is a Japanese observation and communications post. Shortly after Lawson's arrival at the base, a patrol of British soldiers sprint out of the jungle and across the open field, pursued by the Japanese. The base commander, Col. Thompson (Harry Andrews), instructs his men to keep well back, out of enemy range; they watch as the patrol are cut down by Japanese rifle fire. Lawson's commando group is instructed to destroy the Japanese radio transmitter to prevent them from sounding the alarm about an American naval convoy which is scheduled to appear on the horizon in three days. The post's radio operator transmits an "all's well" signal every night at midnight; it will be Lawson's job to transmit a fake signal (in Japanese) to buy the Allies another 24 hours. The commando group is led by Captain Hornsby (Denholm Elliott), an upper class officer who apparently has a history of foolhardiness. The other members of the squad are draftees from Singapore whose enthusiasm for fighting leaves something to be desired: Pte. Tosh Hearne (Michael Caine), a cynical Cockney who is also the squad's medic; Pte. Jock Thornton (Ian Bannen), a lean Scot whom Lawson at first considers slightly cracked for skipping on patrol and singing the "Teddy Bears' Picnic", Pvt. Campbell (Ronald Fraser), a fat Glaswegian; grey-haired Sergeant Johnstone (Percy Herbert); Scott the radio operator (Harvey Jason); Griffiths, Rogers, Currie, Connolly, and Riddle. By the time the squad reaches the Japanese post, Riddle, Connolly, and Currie are dead from a botched ambush - which, Tosh mutters to Lawson, was entirely due to Hornsby's incompetence: they were positioned on both sides of the trail, and the dead men seem to have been the victims of friendly fire. When Johnstone is wounded in another encounter, Hornsby leaves him behind; shortly thereafter, Johnstone is discovered by the Japanese and his throat slit. Things continue to go wrong for the men, and eventually they have to fight to survive while exposing their weakness in character...Robert Aldrich recalled that the production company ABC Films, wanted another version of his classic and successful "The Dirty Dozen" and that "Too Late the Hero", a property that could use some of the same elements, had been languishing in studio drawers for over a decade. The idea of the film came from an unpublished novel called Don't Die Mad by Robert Sherman who had worked on several films with Aldrich. The plot surrounds a rag tag of unsympathetic and insubordinate soldiers that fight only to save their lives and not for patriotism or idealism. Robertsons anti-hero Lawson redeems himself in the end and becomes an American hero. Of course. The dialogue is quite cynical and yet theres humour mixed in the drama and violent outcomes. The sets and environments in the Philippines add to the authenticity of the picture and the cinematography is fine. However, the problem with "Too Late The Hero" is first of all the casting of Cliff Robertson in the main role as he simply cant carry that role. Aldrich said he wanted "anyone but Cliff Robertson" for the lead role but he was overruled by the studio. I agree with Aldrich. The second problem is that it is so clear that this is simply a poorer carbon copy of Aldrich "The Dirty Dozen" as said and it just doesnt come near to the former one. And third of all, it never really becomes that exciting and theres too much running time that doesnt add to the film. The enjoyment of the film is Michael Caine and not much else.
(nl) wrote: Jess Franco's 1969 women-in-prison masterpiece not only rivals the greatest of the genre (Jack Hill's "Big Doll House," Shunya Ito's "Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion," and Jonathan Demme's "Caged Heat"), but serves as an obvious inspiration to the aforementioned. The spectator is thrown into a mixture of jungle escapes, lesbian sex, corrupt wardens, vendettas, wrongful accusations, etc.; all driving elements for the films that followed.
(fr) wrote: It was the only paring of Mae West & WC Fields and it was funny all the way through in each actors classic styles, and when they got together on screen is was something to see!. . .
(fr) wrote: A very beautiful and touching movie...