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Classic Cuts Collection: Tough Guys (1961)

Region: 2
UPC/Barcode: 5050582480979
Released: 26th March 2007
Release type: Deleted
No. of Discs: 4
Catalogue No: 8248097
Category: Feature, Modern Classic
Format: DVD / Box Set
Classic Cuts Collection: Tough Guys (1961) (Box Set) (Deleted)


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Film information

Based on: Works by Frank Rodney, Budd Schulberg, John D MacDonald, Howard Fast

Story: Four classic films about tough guys and the havoc they cause. Based on the story 'The Cyclists' Raid' by Frank Rodney, the classic biker movie 'The Wild One' (1953) features Marlon Brando famously responding to the question 'What are you rebelling against?' with the retort 'What d'ya got?'. A gang of motorcyclists, led by rebellious Johnny (Brando), ride into a small California town and terrorise the inhabitants. Johnny falls for the local cop's daughter (Mary Murphy), but a rival in his gang (Lee Marvin) and the hostility of the townspeople create too many tensions for anything but a violent climax. In 'The Harder They Fall' (1956), Humphrey Bogart stars in his final screen role as a sports writer who takes a job as publicist for a boxer. The boxer is controlled by the mob, who attempt to force the writer to fix a fight. 'Cape Fear' (1961) stars Robert Mitchum as the sadistic Max Cady (Robert Mitchum), who, fresh out of prison, determines to have his revenge on Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), the lawyer who sent him away. But Cady is clever. He sticks to menacing Bowden's wife and teenage daughter with obscene phonecalls and implied threats, and never does anything that would give the police the right to arrest him. It is therefore Bowden who, in order to protect his family, must go beyond the confines of the law and seek to engage Cady in a direct confrontation. Famed for Mitchum's sinister performance and Bernard Herrmann's atmospheric score, 'Cape Fear' is one of the great classics of the late studio era. It was remade by Martin Scorcese in 1991. Stanley Kubrick's star-studded, historical epic 'Spartacus' (1960) concerns the efforts of the slave-gladiator Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) to lead the slaves of the Roman Empire in a rebellion against their masters. The ranks quickly swell as the slave army makes its way across Italy towards the coast. But the despotic Roman senator Crassus (Laurence Olivier) determines to quell the revolt for his own selfish ends, and the stage is thus set for a tremendous battle.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin, Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Jean Simmons, Mary Murphy, Charles Laughton, Robert Keith, Max Baer, Robert Mitchum, Tony Curtis, Jay Flippen, Michael Lane, Gregory Peck, John Dall, Peggy Maley, Edward Andrews, Harold J. Stone, Jersey Joe Walcott, Carlos Montalban, Polly Bergen, Nina Foch, Ray Teal, Nehemiah Persoff, Lori Martin, John Gavin, Jerry Paris, Martin Balsam, John Ireland, Alvy Moore, Jack Kruschen, Herbert Lom, Hugh Sanders, Telly Savalas, Charles McGraw, John Brown, Woody Strode, Will Wright, Paul Comi, Peter Ustinov, Gil Stratton, Edward Platt, Page Slattery

Directed by: Laslo Benedek, Mark Robson, J. Lee Thompson, Stanley Kubrick

Music by: Alex North, Leith Stevens, Hugo Friedhofer, Bernard Herrmann

Produced by: Stanley Kramer, Philip Yordan, Sy Bartlett, Edward Lewis

Written by: John Paxton, Philip Yordan, Dalton Trumbo, James R. Webb

DVD information

Studio/distributor: UCA

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