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RETRO

A nostalgic (but not blindly nostalgic) look back at some cult and classic movies. Are they worth checking out once you take off the rose-tinted glasses? Find out in this retrospective section.

The Conversation (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Gene Hackman plays a surveillance expert in this neglected masterpiece. A superbly-constructed thriller cum character study focussing on perception.

Gene Hackman with saxophone in The Conversation

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Beverly Hills Cop (1984) starring Eddie Murphy

This comedic cop thriller, directed by Martin Brest and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, is formula stuff but blends action and humour very well.

Eddie Murphy, John Ashton and Judge Reinhold in Beverly Hills Cop

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Bullitt (1968) directed by Peter Yates and starring Steve McQueen

This police thriller, also starring Jacqueline Bisset and famous for its iconic car chase, has been diminished by being endlessly copied and superseded since.

Bullitt Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn

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Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) directed by John Carpenter

This low-budget modern-day remake of Rio Bravo served as a blueprint for both the director's later films and some more recent entries in the wider action genre.

Assault on Precinct 13

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White Dog (1982)

Samuel Fuller's White Dog is commendable for its approach to the thorny subject matter of racism.


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​You Only Live Once (1937)

Fritz Lang's thoughtful study of crime and the difficulties of redemption.

Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney

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