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Classic Adventure

Remember those moments where the main character finds himself in a difficult or precarious dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation, those thrill-a-minute extravaganzas, those rip-roaring spectacles, swashbuckling and derring-do action, cliff-hanger endings .... that was what Saturday Matinees were made of. Below is a compilation of the 'essence' of this wonderful genre. See also 'Cliff-Hanger Serials'

Swallows and Amazons (2016)

6.2/10
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Rafe Spall, Jessica Hynes, Andrew Scott

Four children (the Swallows) on holiday in the Lake District sail on their own to an island and start a war with rival children (the Amazons). In the... Read more

The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

6.1/10
Director: Marty Feldman
Starring: Ann-Margret , James Earl Jones, Marty Feldman, Michael York, Peter Ustinov, Ter...

Set in England and Morocco in 1906, Marty Feldman's "remake" mocks all the do-or-die extravaganzas we've known and loved as he portrays Digby, identic... Read more

Man Friday (1975)

6.5/10
Director: Jack Gold
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Richard Roundtree

Daniel Defoe's classic story of survival and heroism takes on a whole new perspective in this action-adventure tour-de-force. Robinson Crusoe is maroo... Read more

Treasure Island (1972)

6/10
Director: John Hough
Starring: Orson Welles, Walter Slezak, Lionel Stander, Maria Rohm, Kim Burfield, Paul Mull...

Orson Welles is Long John Silver in this 1972 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic pirate tale. Young Jim Hawkins comes into possession of... Read more

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)

6.4/10
Director: Robert Parrish
Starring: Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Herbert Lom, Lynn Long, Patrick Wymark

Gerry Anderson, the producer of the popular science fiction puppet show "Thunderbirds", produced this live-action sci- fi offering directed by Robert... Read more

Krakatoa - East Of Java (1969)

5.5/10
Director: Bernard L Kowalski
Starring: Maximilian Schell, Diane Baker, Brian Keith, Barbara Werle

In the year 1882, a disparate group of treasure seekers races against time to locate a sunken ship loaded with pearls off the Indonesian coast before... Read more

Shark (1968)

7.1/10
Director: Samuel Fuller
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Barry Sullivan, Arthur Kennedy, Silvia Pinal

Aka 'Man-eater'. Burt Reynolds plays a tough American smuggler in the Mediterranean hired by what he thinks a scientific expedition. The voyage turns... Read more

Modesty Blaise (1966)

5.2/10
Director: Joseph Losey
Starring: Monica Vitti, Dirk Bogarde, Terence Stamp

Of the many '60s cinema spies who arrived in the wake of James Bond, none cut a finer figure than Italian siren Monica Vitti as jewel thief-turned-sec... Read more

Hercules and the Princess of Troy / Atlas in the Land of Cyclops / Giants of Rome (1965)

Director: Albert Band
Starring: Gordon Scott, Gordon Mitchell, Richard Harrison

Made in English as the pilot for a proposed Hercules TV series, "Hercules and the Princess of Troy" stars Gordon Scott as the heroic demigod, pitted a... Read more

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1964)

8.1/10
Director: Jean Sacha
Starring: Robert Hoffman, Robert Dalban

Shipwrecked on an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe fills his time in either building a shelter for himself, or by reminiscing about the years he sp... Read more