The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 117

Take to the skies! Is it really the weekend already?!?!

With our passports and boarding passes at the ready, we eagerly walk down the gangway as we get ever closer to reaching the big metal doors of the bright white aircraft that will transport us to far and foreign lands. We’ll stow away our luggage before taking our seats and strapping ourselves in as we sit back, relax and wait for the screens to pop down to bring us some movie magic that will soothe our brow like a damp cloth on a hot day. We’ll reach for our trusty camera ready to snap up the views from above onto celluloid wonder and capture them forever.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 27th SEPTEMBER

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Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Sky Movies Aliens 12:15pm-2:10pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A dim-witted and fearless trucker goes in search of his friend’s kidnapped fiancee in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He blunders into a supernatural world ruled by a powerful ghostly sorcerer, who needs the captured woman so he can rejoin the land of the living. Comedy fantasy adventure, starring Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun, Kim Cattrall, James Hong and Victor Wong.

The NeverEnding Story (1984) Sky Movies Family 4:30pm-6:10pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A lonely boy, neglected by his father and bullied at school, finds comfort in a mysterious book about a young hero’s quest to save his world from destruction. However, as he reads the tale, he begins to become part of the story. Fantasy adventure based on Michael Edne’s novel, starring Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Gerald McRaney, Moses Gunn and Patricia Hayes.

Fun Fact: At the time it was made, The NeverEnding Story was the most expensive film ever produced in Germany.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) ITV4 9:00pm-11:35pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
James Bond’s investigation into the death of a world-renowned scientist working on solar technology draws him into a battle of wits with a stealthy assassin, who dispatches his victims with a golden bullet and has the British secret agent next in his sights. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and Maud Adams.

The Terminator (1984) MGM Channel 9:00pm-10:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A cyborg assassin is sent on a murderous mission back in time to the 20th century, where he wreaks havoc while searching for his intended victim – a woman whose unborn son is destined to lead the human race in a war against machines. However, a soldier has also been sent from the future to protect her. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn.

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) ITV London 11:15pm-1:10am (1 hour 55 minutes)
A college’s most slobbish and unruly student fraternity faces expulsion for upsetting the rigid social order of the campus, so its madcap members plan one final act of rebellion against the college dean and a preppy bunch of snobbish bullies at the annual university homecoming parade. Comedy, starring John Belushi, Tim Matheson, Donald Sutherland, Karen Allen and Tom Hulce.

SUNDAY 28th SEPTEMBER

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Field of Dreams (1989) ITV London 2:35pm-4:30pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A farmer hears a mysterious voice inspiring him to mark out a baseball diamond in a cornfield – which, to his surprise, is visited by the ghost of the star player of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team, whose career was cut short by scandal. It later dawns on him the pitch has a greater purpose – to give people who have sacrificed important parts of their lives a second chance. Fantasy, starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster and James Earl Jones.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Film4 1:00pm-3:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
The Starship Enterprise races to the rescue of intergalactic ambassadors held hostage on a distant planet. The crisis proves to be the handiwork of a renegade Vulcan mystic who kidnaps Captain Kirk and his crew, ordering them to fly to an unexplored world where he hopes to fulfil his insane ambition – to meet God. Sci-fi adventure, written, directed by and starring William Shatner, with Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and David Warner.

Sister Act (1992) Film4 3:05pm-5:05pm (2 hours)
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier agrees to testify against her gangster boyfriend after witnessing a murder. Placed in protective custody by the authorities, she is less than pleased to discover she is expected to pose as chaste nun Sister Mary Clarence in a convent. Comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nunn and Kathy Najimy.

Uncle Buck (1989) Sky Movies Comedy 6:10pm-8:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
An unreliable but good-natured slob is called upon to look after his trouble-making nephew and nieces while their parents are away – and what starts as a disaster soon changes for the better as the unlikely babysitter gets to grips with the finer points of being a responsible adult. Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf.

Fun Fact: The movie was originally intended to be shot in the St. Louis area rather than John Hughes’s traditional Chicago. Filming was about to begin when the decision was made to move the shoot to Chicago (the reason being that the film was set in winter and the winter of 1988 was unseasonably warm in St. Louis, leading to the change).

Batman Begins (2005) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)|
Billionaire Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice, consumed with rage over his parents’ murder. Trained by a secret society, he hones his fighting skills and returns to his home city of Gotham on a mission to rid it of crime and corruption in the guise of a masked vigilante. Comic-book adventure, exploring the origins of the Dark Knight, with Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Gary Oldman and Katie Holmes.

Shaun of the Dead (2004) ITV London 10:35pm-12:25am (1 hour 50 minutes)
An unambitious 29-year-old man trapped in the job from hell and recently dumped decides to get his life back on track. Unfortunately, he has to put his plans on hold when zombies rise from their graves and stalk the streets of London’s suburbs to feast on the living. Comedy horror, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you check your wellies for spiders and just one Pringle is NEVER enough!

xoxo