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Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Richard St. John Harris was an Irish actor, singer-songwriter, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, and is perhaps best known for his roles as King Arthur in Camelot (1967), as Oliver Cromwell in Cromwell (1970) and as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), his last film. He also played a British aristocrat and prisoner in A Man Called Horse (1970) and a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's Western film Unforgiven (1992). As a singer, Harris is probably best remembered for his recording of Jimmy Webb's song "MacArthur Park", which reached the top ten in sales on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in 1968. Harris, the fifth of nine children, was born in Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, Ireland, the son of Ivan John Harris and Mildred Josephine Harty Harris. In 1957, he married Elizabeth Rees-Williams, the daughter of David Rees-Williams, 1st Baron Ogmore. Their three children are the actor Jared Harris, the actor Jamie Harris, and the director Damian Harris. Harris and Rees-Willams divorced in 1969, and then Elizabeth married another well-known actor, Sir Rex Harrison. Harris' second marriage was to the American actress Ann Turkel, who was 16 years younger than he, and this marriage also ended in a divorce. Despite his divorces, Harris was a member of the Roman Catholic Knights of Malta, and was also dubbed a knight by the Queen of Denmark in 1985. Harris was a life long friend of actor Peter O'Toole. Harris died of Hodgkin's disease on 25 October 2002, aged 72, two and a half weeks before the American premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He was replaced as Dumbledore by the Irish-born actor Sir Michael Gambon. For years, whenever he was in London, Harris resided at the Savoy Hotel. According to the hotel archivist Susan Scott, as Harris was being taken from the hotel on a stretcher, shortly before his death, he warned the diners, "It was the food!" Harris's remains were cremated, and his ashes were scattered in The Bahamas Islands, where he had owned a home.

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Creating The World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins (2009)

Creating The World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins (2009)

The magic begins. The choices, the breakthroughs, the early decisions that impacted all the films are explored here via rare footage, cast and crew reminiscences and more. Learn about the extensive search by producer David Heyman and director Chris Columbu ...

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The Pearl (2005)

The Pearl (2005)

Based on John Steinbeck's classic novel, The Pearl is the story of an impoverished diver whose life is changed forever when he discovers "the pearl of the world". ...

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Wizard People, Dear Reader (2004)

Wizard People, Dear Reader (2004)

Wizard People, Dear Reader is a narrative retelling of the lives of the characters of The Sorcerer's Stone and the world in which they live. Such an infusion of dissident subtext into a pop-culture phenomenon is in line with such works as The Dark Side of ...

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Julius Caesar (2002)

Julius Caesar (2002)

Twenty year-old Julius Caesar flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator. ...

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The Apocalypse (2002)

The Apocalypse (2002)

It is 90 AD, and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God and ruler over heaven and earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his divinity, are a thorn in his side and he is having them cruelly persecuted. ...

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Ignoring threats to his life, Harry returns to Hogwarts to investigate – aided by Ron and Hermione – a mysterious series of attacks. ...

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My Kingdom (2002)

My Kingdom (2002)

A powerful dynasty, headed by a charismatic, manipulative father, falls when he decides to hand over his criminal empire to his three corrupt and power-hungry daughters. Kath runs a brothel down by the docks, Tracy owns a soccer team and Jo, a former junki ...

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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

Edmond Dantés's life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are shattered when his best friend, Fernand, deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate and plots his revenge, cleverly insinua ...

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Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World (2001)

Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World (2001)

"This is a kid who just said it. I'm the greatest - and he said it with poetry. And I don't mean just the poems that he wrote but with the poetic energy, the poetic spirit" - James Earl Jones. Through the eys of the world is a unique account of one of the ...

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)

Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his ...

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Gladiator (2000)

Gladiator (2000)

General Maximus' success in battle earns the favour of the Roman Empire's elderly Emperor at the expense of the Emperor's son. In a fit of jealous rage the son slays his father before turning his anger towards Maximus. Now reduced to a slave, and his famil ...

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Grizzly Falls (1999)

Grizzly Falls (1999)

When a young boy is captured by a grizzly bear, he begins the most incredible journey of a lifetime, full of breathtaking excitement, harrowing danger and thrilling surprises. ...

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To Walk with Lions (1999)

To Walk with Lions (1999)

Drama based loosely on the final years of Kenya game warden and lion-raiser George Adamson's life. An unofficial sequel to 'Born Free' (1966) and 'Living Free' (1972), which also dramatised the life of Adamson, this film picks up the life of George (Richar ...

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The Barber of Siberia (1998)

The Barber of Siberia (1998)

Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant. On her travels, she meets two men who would change her life forever: ...

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This Is the Sea (1997)

This Is the Sea (1997)

The film is set in Northern Ireland shortly after 1994 cease-fire. Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is threatened by Rohan (leader in militant underground and pal of Malachy's brother Padhar), who wants Malachy to be recru ...

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The Hunchback (1997)

The Hunchback (1997)

Based on the novel, a young gypsy becomes a Minister's obsession in 1483. Only the bell ringer and her husband and the court of miracles can save her. ...

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Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

Smilla Jaspersen, half Danish, half Greenlander, attempts to understand the death of a small boy who falls from the roof of her apartment building. Suspecting wrongdoing, Smilla uncovers a trail of clues leading towards a secretive corporation that has mad ...

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Trojan Eddie (1996)

Trojan Eddie (1996)

The story of Eddie, a small town ex con, who discovers he has talent for selling anything and everything. Eddie sees a way to rise above the low life by setting up on his own; what he didn't bargin for was the murder and mahem along the way. ...

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Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

A South-African preacher goes to search for his wayward son who has committed a crime in the big city. ...

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The Great Kandinsky (1995)

The Great Kandinsky (1995)

The once-reknowned escape-artist and magician, Kandinsky, is now reduced to confounding the staff and inmates of his retirement home. ...

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Abraham (1994)

Abraham (1994)

This engrossing dramatization of the life of Abraham, the most tested servant of God and the father of Judaism, spans from the patriarch's quest for the Promised Land to the sacrifice of his son, Isaac. ...

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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993)

Frank, a retired Irish seaman, and Walter, a retired Cuban barber, are two lonely old men trapped in the emptiness of their own lives. When they meet in a park Frank is able to start a conversation after several attempts. They begin to spend time together ...

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Silent Tongue (1993)

Silent Tongue (1993)

Mad with grief after the death of his Kiowa wife, Roe awaits death under a tree with her body beside him. She begins to haunt him because he won't bury her. His father, who bought him the wife, thinks her sister might reason with Roe. ...

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Unforgiven (1992)

Unforgiven (1992)

William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a co ...

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Patriot Games (1992)

Patriot Games (1992)

When CIA Analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets Jack and his family as revenge. ...

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The Field (1990)

The Field (1990)

"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing much in the name of the land. When the widow who owns the field decides to sell it in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it. While no local dare bid against him, a wealthy ...

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King of the Wind (1990)

King of the Wind (1990)

In 1727, an Arab colt is born with the signs of the wheat ear and the white spot on his heel: evil and good. And thus begins the life of Sham. He is a gift to the King of France, through a series of adventures with his faithful stable boy, Agba, he becomes ...

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Mack the Knife (1989)

Mack the Knife (1989)

In the 19th century London, a young girl falls for a famous womanizing criminal and they decide to get married. Her family strongly disapproves so her father "the king of thieves" gets the gangster arrested. ...

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Strike Commando 2 (1988)

Strike Commando 2 (1988)

Michael Ransom's Vietnam squad leader, Vic Jenkins, is captured by terrorists demanding ten million dollars worth of diamonds in return for his release. Michael, reluctantly aided by local tough-girl Rosanna Boom, is dispatched by the CIA to recapture Jenk ...

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Maigret (1988)

Maigret (1988)

Jules Maigret, a meticulous Parisian police detective, is a famous literary character. In this film adaptation of his stories, he's trying to solve a murder of a friend, a P.I. who was looking into an industrialist and his family. ...

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Martin's Day (1985)

Martin's Day (1985)

Threatened with recapture after a prison escape, Martin Stechert grabs a 12-year-old as hostage. He proves to be named Martin, too a quiet "good little boy" always obeying the rules, whom life has given only dismal loneliness and frustration in return. Soo ...

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Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1983)

Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1983)

Shunka Wakan (Richard Harris), formerly Lord John, helps his Dakota son (Michael Beck) defend their tribe against gold rushers. ...

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Camelot (1982)

Camelot (1982)

A videotaped presentation of the 1980 Broadway revival of the Lerner & Loewe musical. ...

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Highpoint (1982)

Highpoint (1982)

James Hatcher embezzles ten million dollars from a joint mafia/CIA operation, leaving them squabbling with each other. Unemployed Lewis Kinney gets caught up in the intrigue, and must try to recover the money, while saving the beautiful Lise Hatcher (hopef ...

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Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (1981)

Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (1981)

Set within the super-rich jet-set society of Paris, Richard Harris portrays a man whose life is gradually being destroyed. From sexual trauma to financial disaster, he slowly descends into a world of insanity, perversion and finally the bottomless pit! ...

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Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)

Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981)

The Tarzan story from Jane's point of view. Jane Parker visits her father in Africa where she joins him on an expedition. A couple of brief encounters with Tarzan establish a (sexual) bond between her and Tarzan. ...

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Game For Vultures (1980)

Game For Vultures (1980)

The South African businessman David Swansey is delivering illegal German helicopters to Rhodesia. That makes the patriot Gideon Marunga an angry man. ...

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Ravagers (1979)

Ravagers (1979)

In a post-apocalyptic world divided between two groups called the Flockers and the Ravagers, an adventurer and his "pleasure girl" try to find their way to a rumored safe haven called the Land of Genesis. ...

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The Last Word (1979)

The Last Word (1979)

When politicians try to force out a renter in a corrupt real-estate deal, the man decides to take matters into his own hands. He takes a police officer hostage, hoping to expose the scam and save his home. ...

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The Wild Geese (1978)

The Wild Geese (1978)

A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and due for ...

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Golden Rendezvous (1977)

Golden Rendezvous (1977)

Action-packed suspense thriller finds innocuous-looking purser Carter (Harris) the unlikely hero when the floating casino on which he works is hijacked by a heavily armed group of mercenaries, led by John Vernon. Complicating matters, a nuclear warhead has ...

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Orca: The Killer Whale (1977)

Orca: The Killer Whale (1977)

After witnessing the killing of his mate and offspring at Captain Nolan's hands, a vengeful killer whale goes on a rampage in the fisherman's Newfoundland harbor. Under pressure from the villagers, Nolan, Rachel and Umilak sail after the great beast, who w ...

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Gulliver's Travels (1977)

Gulliver's Travels (1977)

Based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Swift and built around the Lilliput and Blefuscu episode. It was made partly in live action and partly animated. ...

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The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

The Cassandra Crossing (1976)

The Cassandra Crossing is an all-star disaster spectacular telling of the terrifying odyssey of 1000 doomed passengers trapped aboard a plague-infested train. A terrorist infected with a deadly virus boards the Stockholm to Geneva Express and exposes all a ...

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The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)

The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)

Lord John Morgan has returned to civilized life in England, but finds he has nothing but disdain for that life. Yearning to embrace the simplicity of the American West-and the Yellow Hands Sioux tribe he left behind, Morgan returns to the tribe's land only ...

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Robin and Marian (1976)

Robin and Marian (1976)

Whatever became of Robin Hood after his famed tale of good deeds ended? Now you can find out, in this sequel that takes place years after Robin and his merry men bested the Sheriff of Nottingham. After following Richard the Lionhearted to the crusades, Rob ...

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Echoes of a Summer (1976)

Echoes of a Summer (1976)

A young girl with a terminal heart condition plans to celebrate her 12th birthday on one last summer holiday with her parents in Nova Scotia. ...

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Juggernaut (1974)

Juggernaut (1974)

A bomber has planted 7 bombs on a transatlantic cruise ship. While a crack bomb squad team try to defuse the bombs the police attempt to track down the mad bomber. ...

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99 and 44/100% Dead (1974)

99 and 44/100% Dead (1974)

Uncle Frank Kelly calls on Harry Crown to help him in a gang war. The war becomes personal when Harry's new girlfriend is kidnapped by Uncle Frank's enemy, Big Eddie. ...

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The Deadly Trackers (1973)

The Deadly Trackers (1973)

Sheriff Sean Kilpatrick is a pacifist. Frank Brand is the leader of a band of killers. When their paths cross Kilpatrick is compelled to go against everything he has stood for to bring death to Brand and his gang. Through his hunt into Mexico he is challen ...

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Man in the Wilderness (1971)

Man in the Wilderness (1971)

In the early 1800's, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilization and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide he's a goner and ...

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The Snow Goose (1971)

The Snow Goose (1971)

Based upon Paul Gallico's delicate novel, Patrick Garland's Golden Globe winning The Snow Goose is a stark and hauntingly beautiful drama set amongst the striking scenery of the Essex salt marshes during the early years of WWII. A bearded Richard Harris le ...

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Bloomfield (1971)

Bloomfield (1971)

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Cromwell (1970)

Cromwell (1970)

Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War. ...

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A Man Called Horse (1970)

A Man Called Horse (1970)

In 1825 an English aristocrat is captured by Indians. He lives with them and begins to understand/accept their lifestyles. Eventually he is accepted as part of the tribe and becomes their leader. ...

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The Molly Maguires (1970)

The Molly Maguires (1970)

Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish emigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage and murder. A detective, also an Irish emigrant, is hired to infiltra ...

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Camelot (1967)

Camelot (1967)

King Arthur establishes the ideals and laws of Camelot but is tragically forced to enforce these laws against his own wife. ...

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Caprice (1967)

Caprice (1967)

Doris Day stars as Patricia Foster, an industrial designer, when see sells a secret cosmetics formula to a competitor the troubles never stop. ...

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Hawaii (1966)

Hawaii (1966)

Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of under ...

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The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)

The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)

Extravagant production of the first part of the book of Genesis. Covers Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood and Abraham and Isaac. ...

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The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Set in German-occupied Norway, this is an embellished account of the remarkable efforts of the Norwegian resistance to sabotage the German development of the atomic bomb. Resistance fighter Knut Straud enlists the reluctant physicist Rolf Pedersen in an ef ...

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Major Dundee (1965)

Major Dundee (1965)

During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas. ...

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The Three Faces (1965)

The Three Faces (1965)

Italian comedy film made of three segments directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Mauro Bolognini and Franco Indovina. First segment: Il Provino; second segment: Gli amanti celebri; third segment: Latin Lover. ...

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Red Desert (1964)

Red Desert (1964)

Amid the modern wastelands and toxic factories of Italy, wife and mother Giuliana (Monica Vitti) desperately tries to conceal her tenuous grip on reality from those around her, especially her successful yet neglectful husband, Ugo (Carlo Chionetti). Ugo's ...

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This Sporting Life (1963)

This Sporting Life (1963)

In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. ...

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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a strict discipline. When they arrive at Tahiti, it is like a paradis ...

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The Guns of Navarone (1961)

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. ...

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The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961)

The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961)

Based on a play by Willis Hall. A troop of British soldiers are out in the jungle to record jungle noises and troop noises in the jungle so that the recordings can be played back by other troops to divert the enemy to their whereabouts. As they progress to ...

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A Terrible Beauty (1960)

A Terrible Beauty (1960)

In 1941, the IRA plans a campaign to coincide with the planned German invasion of England. Dermott O'Neil (Robert Mitchum) finds it easy to get into the IRA, but can he get out? ...

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The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name. ...

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Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

In 1921 Dublin, the IRA battles the "Black & Tans," special British forces given to harsh measures. Irish-American medical student Kerry O'Shea hopes to stay aloof, but saving a wounded friend gets him outlawed, and inexorably drawn into the rebel orga ...

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Alive and Kicking (1959)

Alive and Kicking (1959)

Three elderly residents of a nursing home, fed up with their monotonous existence, engineer an escape from their drab surroundings and head for an impromptu holiday on an Irish island. ...

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Movies Made By Richard Harris (2)

The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)

The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976)

Lord John Morgan has returned to civilized life in England, but finds he has nothing but disdain for that life. Yearning to embrace the simplicity of the American West-and the Yellow Hands Sioux tribe he left behind, Morgan returns to the tribe's land only ...

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Bloomfield (1971)

Bloomfield (1971)

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