Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Film Review, May 1978 Issue

This way to your seat please... The usherette will walk backwards, shining her torch for you to see where you are treading, as we take a look at the films, people and products featured in the May 1978 issue of the magazine Film Review.

The lads from The Sweeney are back on the silver screen in the second film featuring the Flying Squad's Regan and Carter. (John Thaw and Dennis Waterman). John Travolta is still peppering audiences with four-letter words in Saturday Night Fever and we'll have a closer look at Semi-Tough a little later on.

David Carradine, the star of TV's Kung Fu takes on four roles in The Silent Flute which is described as "the first mystical martial arts adventure movie".

Filmed in Malta, Alan Parker's gritty jail drama, Midnight Express features an all-male cast except for the exotically-named Irene Miracle (her real name). She plays the girlfriend of Billy Hayes whose story of being jailed in Turkey for drug offences for 30 years in 1970 is told in the film.

A double-page spread is devoted to Sweeney 2 the second spin-off from the popular TV series. In this one Regan and Carter leave the streets of London for the warmer climes of Gozo in order to catch the crims behind some violent bank robberies.

Almost half of the space is devoted to this glamorous trio: Sarah Atkinson, Fiona Mollinson and Lynn Dearth, who play the villains' wives.

A double-page spread is also devoted to Lowenbrau Munchen Special as the 1970s takeover of the beer trade by various similar lagers from Europe continues. Oh for a return to Bass Charrington's Special Mild... (11d per pint...)

Kris Kristofferson and Burt Reynolds vie for the hand of Jill Clayburgh in Semi-Tough a film set against the heavily padded and armoured world of American Football. Notable for the appearance of veteran Lotte Lenya as a physiotherapist, a dozen years after her most memorable role as Rosa Klebb in the second Bond film, From Russia With Love.

Stars Oliver Tobias and Joan Collins strip for a spot of energetic love-making in a lift (as you do...) in The Stud. The book was written by Joanie's sister Jackie Collins and features several scenes of nudity and frolics of a similar nature. And a guest spot by dance troupe Legs & Co as I seem to remember...

Poster time! I mentioned the film The Four Feathers in the last article. In the film Jane Seymour proves herself more than mere decoration and will go on to a long and successful career.

A double horror bill. I've not seen either of these films but remember at the time considering The Melting Man as one of those attempts to make audiences sick-up rather than entertain...

...which leads nicely into the medical advert of the magazine. ICI try to impress spotty oiks by making up a new word to describe their Cepton gel. It zots spots! We are left to work out whether they mean "clears up" or "enhances"...

Meanwhile this handy hints advert shows what can be achieved with only the "right shape of haircut" and 45-50 curlers and an endless amount of patience...

If I had ever to compile a list of the top 100 most beautiful actresses, then I'm certain Susan George would have to feature on it somewhere. In 1978 she was starring with Oliver Reed in the drama: Tomorrow Never Comes.

Actor Charles Bronson is given the back cover in a still from his film Telefon. Elsewhere in the magazine are short reviews of film-related books: The Cinema of John Huston; The Carry On Book, marking the 20th anniversary of the Carry On series; Fifty Happy Years, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first appearance by a certain Mickey Mouse; and For Adults Only, being a collection of anecdotes and revelations by Diana Dors.

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