The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 103

Rumple Stiltskin! It must be the Weekend!  So in ram packed sports stadium full of rowdy, colourful, over excited fans, let us be your ramshackle band of underdog Football players as we march out onto a lush freshly cut grass field, ready to face a team of retro movie mayhem. We’ll use our supreme ball control skills of cinematic excellence before scoring many goals and holding aloft the trophy of celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!


Ghostbusters (1984) Channel 5 1:10pm-3:15pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Three eccentric scientists put their hi-tech gadgetry and knowledge of the paranormal to money-making use by setting up in business as  freelance ghost catchers. A musician calls them in to investigate when she sees strange creatures in her kitchen, only to end up  possessed. As the spook-hunting team members deal with an attempt to shut their operation down, they discover an evil demonic entity is  being summoned into existence and it falls to them to stop this creature from destroying the world. Supernatural comedy adventure,  starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis.

Fun Fact: The “marshmallow” goo was actually shaving cream. More than fifty gallons was dumped on Walter Peck (William Atherton), almost  knocking him to the ground.

Dragnet (1987) ITV4 4:00pm-6:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes) A by-the-book Los Angeles cop is paired with a laidback new partner to investigate the nefarious activities of a TV evangelist and a  pornographic-magazine baron suspected of operating a criminal cult. Comedy spoof of the 1950s TV series, starring Dan Aykroyd, Tom Hanks,  Christopher Plummer and the original show’s star Harry Morgan.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) Film4 4:55pm-7:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes) A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A  kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely figure and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the  neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest  and Vincent Price.

Forrest Gump (1994) Channel 4 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes) A simple soul bumbles his way through a series of bizarre adventures, becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis  champion and millionaire businessman – but the love of his life continues to elude him. Robert Zemeckis’s Oscar-winning comedy drama,  starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise.


Mannequin (1987) Channel 5 1:10pm-2:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes) A struggling artist gets a job as a window dresser for a department store, only to discover one of his dummies is a reincarnated Egyptian  princess who comes to life at night. As he falls for the living doll, she inspires him to transform the shop’s display and make it the  most spectacular in town. Fantasy comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Film4 6:55pm-9:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes) Admiral Kirk and his crew hijack the decommissioned Enterprise to recover the body of their fallen comrade Mr Spock from the planet  Genesis. Kirk has learnt that Spock’s spirit is still alive, and the Vulcan can be resurrected, but he must also battle a Klingon captain  determined to control the planet’s mysterious energy. Sci-fi sequel, directed by Leonard Nimoy, with William Shatner, DeForest Kelley and  Christopher Lloyd.

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) ITV4 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes) A bumbling all-American family man takes his wife and kids on a disaster-filled cross-country drive to California to visit famous theme  park Wally World – but their chances of arriving at their destination in one piece are looking slim. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly  D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca, Anthony Michael Hall, Christie Brinkley and John Candy.

Fun Fact:The theme park that served as Walley World was actually Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. The roller coaster referred by  Clark as the “Whipper Snapper” is actually called “The Revolution” and was the first roller coaster to have a 360-degree vertical loop.

Trading Places (1983) Film4 11:00pm-1:20am (2 hours 20 minutes) Two billionaire brothers engineer the downfall of a high-flying stockbroker, while giving a homeless conman all the advantages of wealth,  as part of a bet to see whether heredity or upbringing determines character. Comedy, starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis,  Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche and Denholm Elliott.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember always keep it polished and enjoy yourselves.