The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 337

Tent, check! Sleeping bag, check! sense of adventure, double check!
Heading off into the wild, we find ourselves faced with untold fun, adventure and good times. Just like a weekend of retro movie goodness, it’s time to buckle up and run head-first into whatever these classic tales will bring us. Let’s go!

SATURDAY 22nd June

Willow (1988) Film4 12:55pm-3:25pm
A farmer who dreams of being a wizard is charged with protecting a baby destined to bring about the downfall of an evil queen. Fantasy adventure, with Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer.
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Another retro movie weekend spectacular is here Truffle peeps! Are you ready to welcome some of the most iconic movies into your world? We sure are! Get your snacks at the ready, ice cream chilling in the freezer and enjoy some of our top picks hitting the small screen this weekend. Go go!

SATURDAY 7th July

It Could Happen to You (1994) Sony Movie Channel 9:10am-11:15am
A cop is unable to tip a waitress but instead promises to split the proceeds with her if he wins the lottery. However, his elation when he actually bags the jackpot quickly fades when his furious wife makes it plain she does not want him to honour the pledge. Romantic comedy, starring Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez and Isaac Hayes.

Labyrinth (1986) 5STAR 12:50pm-2:55pm
A teenager wishes her baby brother would be taken away, only to have her request granted by a band of goblins and their sinister king. She regrets her decision and sets out to rescue him, but to reach the castle where he is being held, she must find her way through a magical maze full of strange creatures. Jim Henson’s fantasy adventure, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie.

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James and the Giant Peach
(1996) Sony Movie Channel 1:00pm-2:40pm
An unhappy orphan living with his cruel aunts discovers a gigantic peach growing in the garden. Venturing inside, he meets six friendly insects and together they embark on a magical journey. Animated and live-action fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s novel, starring Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes and featuring the voices of Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss.

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Twister
(1996) ITV2 1:20pm-3:35pm
A storm-chaser and her estranged husband are brought together in a joint project to monitor the path of an oncoming tornado – but the pair face a race against the clock as a rival government-backed group with hi-tech resources tries to beat them to it. Action thriller, starring Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Vice Versa (1988) Film4 2:45pm-4:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A department store executive returns from a trip to Thailand in possession of a mysterious artefact that causes him to change places with his 11-year-old son. While the horrified father struggles to cope with a world of teachers and school bullies, the youngster is revelling in the perks of being a grown-up. Fantasy comedy, starring Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Swoosie Kurtz and Corinne Bohrer.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) 5STAR 4:50pm-7:55pm
An English nobleman returns home from the crusades to find his father has been murdered and the local people are repressed by the tyrannical rule of the Sheriff of Nottingham. Branded an outlaw, he recruits a group of bandits to fight for justice and protect the downtrodden. Action adventure, starring Kevin Costner, Alan Rickman, Morgan Freeman and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) Film4 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Feisty heroine Annie and her new boyfriend Alex take a cruise in the Bahamas, but the trip becomes a nightmare when they discover a vengeful computer genius – a former employee laid off because of his terminal illness – is also on board. He has secretly programmed the ship to crash into an oil tanker while he steals a cache of diamonds from the cargo. Action thriller sequel, with Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric and Willem Dafoe.

SUNDAY 8th July

Problem Child (1990) ITV 9:25am-10:55am (1 hour 30 minutes)
When a couple seek to adopt a child from an orphanage, the administrator sees the chance to rid himself of the bane of his existence – an uncontrollable youngster who causes chaos and destruction wherever he goes. Comedy, starring John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Jack Warden, Peter Jurasik and Michael Oliver.

The Great Outdoors (1988) Sony Movie Channel 11:00am-12:55pm
Easy-going family man Chet Ripley takes his wife and two sons to a lakeside cabin in the wilderness to enjoy a peaceful holiday. However, his plans to relax are ruined by the unwelcome and unannounced arrival of his obnoxious brother-in-law – as well as unexpected intrusions by the local wildlife. Comedy, starring John Candy, Dan Aykroyd and Annette Bening.

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Brewster’s Millions
(1985) Sony Movie Channel 12:55pm-3:00pm
A baseball player is stunned to learn he has come into a massive inheritance. Unfortunately, there is one condition – he must somehow find a way to spend $30million in just one month, or he will lose the lot. Meanwhile, two scheming lawyers, who stand to get the money if he fails, are determined to sabotage his efforts. Comedy, starring Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee and Jerry Orbach.

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Dirty Dancing
(1987) Channel 5 2:50pm-4:55pm
A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in, and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. Romantic drama, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach.

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The Mummy
(1999) ITV2 4:25pm-6:45pm
A soldier of fortune joins an academic and her conniving brother on an expedition to an ancient Egyptian lost city. The explorers accidentally cause the spirit of a vengeful priest with awe-inspiring supernatural powers to rise from his tomb, leading to a desperate battle for survival. Fantasy action adventure, starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo and Oded Fehr.

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Mrs Doubtfire
(1993) E4 6:30pm-9:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
A struggling actor’s ambitious, no-nonsense wife throws him out and demands a divorce. Desperate to spend time with his children, he puts his talents to good use by donning drag and posing as a Scottish housekeeper to get a job looking after them. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein and Mara Wilson.

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Rush Hour 2
(2001) ITV4 8:00pm-9:55pm
The two mismatched detectives travel to Hong Kong when terrorists bomb the US embassy, and are soon involved in keeping tabs on the prime suspects – high-ranking Triad members involved in an international counterfeiting ring. Action comedy sequel, starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Zhang Ziyi, Roselyn Sanchez and Harris Yulin.

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Whatever you’re up to this weekend, stay cool, stay humble and stay classy!

The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 170

Tomato and basil! It’s only gone and been the weekend again!

So, like an eager but very amateur home cook, we find ourselves once again faced with a whole host of different ingredients at our disposal like the list of top retro films over this weekend. We’ll carefully (but mostly guessing) select the perfect ingredients to help create the perfect blend of flavours, colours and smells that will create just the right dish to sooth our grumbly belly. Just like the end credits of our favourite films, the empty plate will leave us feeling satisfied, but always wanting more.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER

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Memphis Belle
(1990) 5USA 1:40pm-3:50pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The crewmen of an American B-17 bomber prepare for their final flight before returning home to a hero’s welcome. However, the mission – to launch a daylight raid on a supply factory in a heavily defended German city – threatens to be the most hazardous they have ever undertaken. Fact-based Second World War drama, with Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, John Lithgow, Harry Connick Jr, Tate Donovan and Billy Zane.

Field of Dreams (1989) ITV4 3:05pm-5:10pm (2 hours 5 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.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Syfy 4:20pm-6:30pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
The gun-toting treasure seeker is thrown into a furious battle with a mysterious secret society as she races against time to locate the missing pieces of a legendary artefact that grants the owner the ability to control time. Action adventure based on the video games, starring Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Leslie Phillips, Iain Glen, Chris Barrie and Jon Voight.

Fun Facts: This is the biggest grossing action film with a woman in lead role. Second is Aliens (1986). AND throughout this film, Lara never actually wounds or kills anyone with a gun in the entire time!

Dirty Dancing (1987) 5* 5:05pm-7:05pm (2 hours)
A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in, and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. Romantic drama, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) ITV4 5:10pm-7:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The Man of Steel embarks on a mission to destroy every nuclear weapon on the planet. However, his arch-enemy Lex Luthor sees the chance to rid himself of the superhero by creating a deadly radioactive henchman who causes havoc around the world. Comic-book adventure sequel, starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Mark Pillow and Margot Kidder.

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Porridge (1979) More4 7:05pm-9:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Cellmates Fletcher and Godber are coerced into aiding an escape attempt organised by the sinister Grouty. However, the two jailbirds contrive to break back into prison before their absence is detected by the formidable Mr Mackay. Comedy based on the TV series, starring Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Peter Vaughan, Fulton Mackay and Brian Wilde.

Rambo III (1988) Syfy 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Vietnam veteran John Rambo turns down a request from his old colonel to join a mission in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. However, when the officer is captured, Rambo sets off to save him, joining the Mujahedeen rebels in fighting against the Russian invaders. Action adventure sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Kurtwood Smith, Marc de Jonge and Sasson Gabai.

Rambo Merchandise

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) BBC3 10:00pm-11:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Four teenagers accidentally run over a stranger and hide the body rather than inform the authorities, only to find themselves stalked the following year by a shadowy figure who takes great delight in disposing of them in a variety of gruesome ways. Horror, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr and Anne Heche.

The Fifth Element (1997) Channel 5 10:25pm-11:55pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
In the 23rd century, the world faces destruction from a seemingly unstoppable force of pure evil. Meanwhile, a New York cab driver encounters a mysterious woman destined to save the Earth from its fate, and has to protect her from a scheming arms dealer and a horde of alien mercenaries. Luc Besson’s sci-fi adventure, starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Gary Oldman.

SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER

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Loch Ness
(1996) Channel 5 1:40pm-3:40pm (2 hours)
A cynical American scientist is sent to Scotland to prove the Loch Ness monster does not exist, to the outrage of the locals. However, an innkeeper’s nine-year-old daughter makes him wonder if there may be some truth to the legend. Family drama, starring Ted Danson, Joely Richardson, Ian Holm, James Frain, Kirsty Graham and Harris Yulin.

Back to the Future (1985) ITV2 2:05pm-4:25pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Teenager Marty McFly travels back to the 1950s in a time machine built by his eccentric inventor friend. The return journey proves tricky enough, but he also accidentally alters the sequence of events that led to his parents falling in love – and has to persuade his future dad to win his mother’s heart, or he will never be born. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

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Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV2 4:25pm-6:35pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly travels to the 21st century, where he has to save his children from a terrible fate. However, this proves to have unforeseen consequences when the future version of arch enemy Biff sees a chance to rewrite history for his own benefit, leaving Marty stuck in a twisted parallel universe. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

Peter Pan (1953) Channel 5 5:30pm-7:00pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
Three children are visited in the night by a magical flying boy and a fairy named Tinker Bell. The strange youngster takes them away to his home, the magical island of Neverland, where his band of runaway youngsters are engaged in an ongoing battle with a crew of pirates. Disney animated adventure based on JM Barrie’s novel, with the voices of Bobby Driscoll and Hans Conried.

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Back to the Future Part III (1990) ITV2 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

Rush Hour (1998) Channel 5 7:05pm-9:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A Hong Kong detective is sent to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, but the local authorities worry that his presence in America might spark an international incident, and assign a loud-mouthed and troublesome cop to keep an eye on him. However, the new partnership proves an explosive combination. Comedy adventure, starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung, Tom Wilkinson and Chris Penn.

Air America (1990) ITV4 11:20pm-1:40am (2 hours 20 minutes)
A reckless traffic reporter for a radio station loses his helicopter pilot’s licence, but is recruited by the CIA into a secret organisation transporting cargo and troops around Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. However, he not only discovers his superiors are involved in smuggling drugs, but his co-pilot also has an illicit sideline of his own. Comedy adventure, with Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr, Nancy Travis, Burt Kwouk and Ken Jenkins.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, keep it fun, keep it safe and keep it retro!

xoxo