Abra-Abracadabra! Another movie weekender folks.
So high above a mountain range in a bright rainbow coloured hot air balloon, let us be your globe savvy exploring traveler as we float on past dense forests full of retro movie amazement, fields of cinematic awesomeness while we keep one eye peeled through a telescope for celluloid wonder.
Have a happy retro weekend!
SATURDAY 10th August
Smokey and the Bandit (1977) ITV London 1:45pm-3:30pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A truck driver accepts a challenge to deliver a consignment of beer to a party. He claims he can make the 900-mile round trip in just 28 hours, but a pompous sheriff is determined to stop him in his tracks, not least because his prospective daughter-in-law has deserted his son and hitched a ride with the unlikely hero. Comedy, starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Field and Jerry Reed
The Karate Kid (1984) Watch 2:20pm-4:45pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A teenager at a new school befriends a pretty girl, but her ex-boyfriend is jealous and attacks him. During one particularly bad fight, a wise old caretaker intervenes and defeats the youngster’s assailants using his martial art skills. He goes on to mentor the boy and teach him karate so he can face his enemies in a tournament. Drama, with Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue
The Karate Kid Part II (1986) Watch 4:45pm-7:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
High-kicking teenager Daniel accompanies his venerable mentor Mr Miyagi when he returns to the Japanese province of Okinawa to visit his dying father. However, an old rival of Miyagi’s is waiting for them, while Daniel is drawn into a vicious conflict with their enemy’s own karate protégé. Martial arts sequel, starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Yuji Okumoto
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) ITV London 7:00pm-9:50pm (2 hours 50 minutes)
The adolescent wizard is chosen to represent Hogwarts School in a prestigious – albeit dangerous – magical tournament. Meanwhile, the followers of the dreaded Lord Voldemort plot to restore their master to the land of the living. Fourth instalment of the fantasy saga, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Brendan Gleeson and Robert Pattinson
SUNDAY 11th August
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) Channel 5 2:30pm-4:00pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
Fievel and the Mousekewitz family set off to build a new life in the Wild West. However, their dream of finding a happy idyll is soon threatened by an evil feline who is setting a trap for the helpless mice. Animated adventure, with the voices of Phillip Glasser, James Stewart, John Cleese and Dom DeLuise
Flash Gordon (1980) ITV4 3:55pm-6:10pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
American football quarterback Flash Gordon and journalist Dale Arden find themselves aboard a rocket ship designed by scientist Dr Zarkov, who intends to travel across space to locate the source of recent natural disasters. The three arrive on the planet Mongo, where they soon learn that the attacks are the responsibility of evil emperor Ming the Merciless, who is planning to destroy the Earth. Sci-fi comic-strip adventure, with Sam J Jones, Max von Sydow, Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, Topol, Timothy Dalton, Ornella Muti, Peter Wyngarde and Mariangela Melato. Featuring music by Queen.
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) 5* 5:45pm-8:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Cute furball Gizmo is reunited with his human friends Billy and Kate, who now work in the New York offices of an eccentric tycoon. However, it is not long before Gizmo has spawned a new generation of murderous carnivores, who quickly overrun the building – and a genetics lab where they produce even more startling mutations. Joe Dante’s comedy sequel, starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover and Christopher Lee
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987) ITV4 6:10pm-8:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Commandant Lassard comes to the conclusion that his staff are overworked, so in an attempt to solve the problem, he assigns the clueless cops to teach a group of equally inept civilians how to combat crime. Comedy sequel, with Steve Guttenberg, Sharon Stone, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow and David Graf.
Ramalamadingdong! Bonus movie clip time this week, our hero Mr Miyagi lays down some knowledge….
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Whatever you get up to this weekend, remember never stand under a tree in thunder storm and always enjoy yourselves.