March 20: Cinema

Opening in US cinemas 50 years ago today:

NoWayToTreatALady-PosterNo Way To Treat A Lady was released in US cinemas

No Way to Treat a Lady is a black comedy thriller, adapted from William Goldman’s novel of the same name, starring Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, George Segal and Eileen Heckart.

“…or is it?”

Opening in UK cinemas 20 years ago today:


Gattaca presents a biopunk vision of a future society driven by eugenics where potential children are conceived through genetic manipulation to ensure they possess the best hereditary traits of their parents. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, centring on Vincent Freeman, played by Hawke, who was conceived outside the eugenics program and struggles to overcome genetic discrimination to realise his dream of travelling into space.

“There Is No Gene For The Human Spirit.”

The_Man_in_the_Iron_Mask-1998The Man in the Iron Mask

Centring on the ageing four musketeers, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan, during the reign of King Louis XIV, this film attempts to explain the mystery of the Man in the Iron Mask.

“For the honor of a king. And the destiny of a country. All for one.”


Other movies released today in cinema history

  • Sherlock Holmes (Christopher Plummer) and Dr John Watson (James Mason) are embroiled in the investigation surrounding the real-life 1888 Whitechapel murders committed by “Jack the Ripper” in Murder By Decree (UK, 1980)
  • When her husband objects to a wife with a career, Jenny Agutter leaves her husband and comfortable lifestyle, devoting her life to teaching sight-and-hearing-impaired students in Amy (US, 1981)
  • Telling the story of an ageing actor’s personal assistant, who struggles to keep his charge’s life together, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay star in the film version of the play The Dresser (UK, 1984)
  • Whoopi Goldberg plays a former burglar who resumes her life of crime when blackmailed by a corrupt police officer, G W Bailey, in Burglar (US, 1987)

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