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DaveRam

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In-Praise Of "HandMade" Films
« on: March 20, 2008, 03:16:37 PM »

HandMade Films made some great movies from 1978 to 1990 and George Harrison was a skilled producer of these films ,his Company brought us some truly memorable productions :

Life Of Brian (1979 )
The Long Good Friday (1979)
Time Bandits (1981 )
A Private Function (1984)
The Missionary (1982 )
Mona Lisa ( 1986 )
Nuns On The Run (1990)
Withnail & I (1987)

So let's hear it for George the movie mogul , and let's praise these great films .
My personal favorite is " Withnail & I " , i must have seen this film 50 times and it still cracks me up Richard E. Grant for me gives one of the all time great  performances in this film , he's outrageously funny . I can imagine George sat on the sofa with Olivia roaring with Laughter to this one.
And along with  " Life Of Brian "  i think they are among George's best post Beatles projects ,excluding his fine music , not a bad little company HandMade Films , and i know he lost quite a bit of money in the end , but the quality of these films will live on   ? (clap)(clap)(clap)
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Re: In-Praise Of "HandMade" Films
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2008, 03:27:04 PM »

And Let's not forget "Shanghai Supprise "(barf4) (jumping)
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2008, 02:40:14 AM »

I'm ashamed to say that only one of these I've seen is The Life Of Brian. Evidently I need to get out of the house more often, if only to the extent of driving to a video store. ;)
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008, 09:21:29 AM »

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I'm ashamed to say that only one of these I've seen is The Life Of Brian. Evidently I need to get out of the house more often, if only to the extent of driving to a video store. ;)


You most rent Withnail & I , Geoff it's brilliant
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Re: In-Praise Of "HandMade" Films
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2008, 09:55:16 AM »

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You most rent Withnail & I , Geoff it's brilliant
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2008, 04:13:43 PM »

Lovely thread, DaveRam. I must update my viewing list.

I've seen:

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) - CLASSIC! Absolute must-see. Next to Holy Grail, the best Python film ever.

Time Bandits (1981) - Charming and in places thought-provoking. Delightful film with great George song at the end.

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982) - a must for any Python fan's library.

The Missionary (1982) - I don't remember this one as well. I guess it's lower on my list.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989) - Weirdly charming. Some wonderful scenes.
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Re: In-Praise Of "HandMade" Films
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2008, 02:18:22 AM »

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You most rent Withnail & I , Geoff it's brilliant
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Thanks for the recommendation. I did in fact find a video store open today, but all it had was Life Of Brian and, you guessed it, Shanghai Surprise. Not going to be Madge night at my house, I'm afraid.
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Re: In-Praise Of "HandMade" Films
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2008, 11:24:30 AM »

I suggest renting The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa, two fabulous British gangster films.

Bob Hoskins really shines. What a tough guy.

He out Pescis Joe Pesci.

This is pre Jessica Rabbit Bob Hoskins. An outstanding talent.

Thank you, George and Hand Made Films. And thank you Dave.
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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2008, 01:36:31 PM »

Have been beavering away this morning compiling  " Handmade " films complete filmography . 23 productions were completed by George Harrison and his business partner Denis O' Brien between 1979 and 1990 .
Handmade films was an important company during the lean years of British film making in the 1980's ,and had a number of critical and commercial success , it also had some Turkey's .

1979) Life of Brian - Comedy -Monty Python Team
1979) The Long Good Friday - Thriller/Crime - Bob Hoskins - Hellen Mirren
1981) Time Bandits - Comedy/Fantasy - Sean Connery - John Cleese
1982) Privates On Parade - Comedy - John Cleese
1982) Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl - Comedy
1982) The Missionary - Comedy - Michael Palin - Maggie Smith
1983) Scrubbers - Drama - Kathy Burke
1983) Bullshot - Comedy - Alan Shearman
1984) A Private Function - Comedy - Michael Palin - Maggie Smith
1985) Water - Comedy - Michael Caine
1986) Mona Lisa - thriller/Crime - Bob Hoskins - Michael Caine
1986) Shanghai Supprise - Romance - Madonna - Sean Penn
1987) Bellman and True - Drama - Bernard Hill
1987) Withnail & I - Comedy - Richard E. Grant - Paul - MaGann
1987) Five Corners - Drama - Jodie Foster - Tim Robbins
1987) The Lonley Passion of Judith Hearne - Maggie Smith
1988) Track 29  - Mystery - Gary Oldman
1988) The Raggedy Rawney - Drama - Bob Hoskins
1989 ) Powwow Highway - Drama - A .Martinez - Gary Farmer
1989)  How To Get Ahead In Advertising - Comedy - Richard E. Grant
1989) Checking Out - Comedy - Geff Daniels
1990 ) Cold Dog Soup - Comedy - Randy Quaid
1990) Nuns On The Run - Comedy - Eric Idel - Robbie Coltrane

At least a dozen of these films ive seen but i'm going to check out some of the others ive not seen , inparticular the Jodie Foster movie and the Gary Oldman film .
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Re: In-Praise Of "HandMade" Films
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008, 09:49:49 PM »

nice list daveram!  ;) some great movies are in this list, i l very much like the Missonary, Private Function &
of course the classic Life of Brian! its George we should really thank for saving that movie from not being made!
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Re: In-Praise Of "HandMade" Films
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2009, 03:11:49 AM »

I've seen Life of Brian and Nuns on the Run which was absolutely hillarious.
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« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2009, 03:57:21 AM »

What a great list, DaveRam! I'll be using this as a resource. :)
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