All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Who was that lady I saw you outwit last night? That was no lady...That was 'Mum' Wilberforce, ...
Meet "The Unholy Five"...The Most Befuddled Set of Assorted Thugs That Ever Fouled Up a Million Dollar Bank Robbery!! A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two room apartment in an isolated house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group's mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they are plotting to rob a bank and plan to use Mrs. Wilberforce's naiveté and her Victorian sensibilities to their advantage
The Ladykillers is a brilliant crime comedy from the 50s. The ladykillers, a band of criminals, all with distinct appearances and personalities, and an old lady make this movie much more fun than I expected. The plot is amazing, the writing is great. In every single scene, everything that can go wrong-goes wrong. I actually meant to see the Coens version, but after I started the movie and realized it was the original, I said what the hell and watched this. Boy, am I glad that I did! Strongly recommended.
Professor Marcus: "What's that? Who's talking?"
Mrs. Wilberforce: "Well, it's only General Gordon. He belonged to my late husband. I had four."
Professor Marcus: "Husbands?"
Mrs. Wilberforce: "No, parrots. And now I've only three."
Professor Marcus: "Parrots!"
Boasting a killer cast of some of the finest names in British film history, this classic Ealing Studios caper is well worth your time. It is delightfully dark, macabre even as a gang of thieves headed by Alec Guinness's Professor Marcus make a base of sweet little old lady Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), making her complicit in their criminal plan at the same time. What Marcus and his gang don't account for though is the 'human element', their greatest adversary just so happens…
Who knew that a movie about exploiting an old lady could be this much fun?
The Ladykillers is nothing more than a calamity of errors. Five oddball characters lead by Alec Guinness decide to rent a room from an oblivious old lady and fool her into helping them steal £60,000. From the first minute I laid eyes on Guinness' appearance I knew this movie was going to be good - oh god that smile, he looks so hilariously deranged I couldn't help but laugh. In fact I liked all the characters in this movie, the five criminals are all completely different - you've got the big and dumb henchmen, the dark and mysterious rogue, the shifty and nervous right hand…
"I'm not chasing any parrot! I don't care if he's a field marshall!"
Remember those iconic Looney Toon where Yosemite Sam tries to woo the Grandma...this one reminded of that! featuring a buck toothed Alec Guiness who looks like a thinner version of Elmer Fudd! a brilliant supporting including an early role for the legendary Peter Sellers..Great one liners whilst short and sweet...far superior to the listless remake!
I saw the Coen brothers remake after it received a lot of press that this film was being remade. I hadnt seen the original but I love the dark brand of comedy the Coen brothers produce. However, when I watched the Coen brothers version of this film I was not overly enamoured. So when I came to watch the original I did so with bated breath. I couldn't imagine the Coen brothers doing a bad remake so I assumed the original material was bad. Oh how wrong I was...
This film is incredibly dark and exceptionally well put together. There are some superb camera shots and the director knows what he is doing. The way characters are introduced and the…
I was left slightly disappointed by The Ladykillers after all the built-up hype over the years. It stands up fairly well against most other Ealing comedies of the era, but not necessarily Ealing films in general (for instance, something like the comparable Kind Hearts & Coronets is in an entirely different league). As a black comedy, its basic template pitch of a sinister crew undercover as a musical quintet (lead by Guinness' criminal mastermind) exploiting the naivety of, and ultimately proving no match for, a sweet (but somewhat exasperating) old lady (and her off-kilter residence) is certainly comic gold, on a widely popular scale. Katie Johnson's Mrs Wilberforce is an iconic creation, and following the reveal that these men are no…
PETER SELLERS and extremely funny movie what else can i say, is too damn funny
A group of crooks hide out in the house of an eccentric but sweet little old lady and find themselves in a bit of a pickle. I've actually seen the Coen Brothers remake of this film, the one starring Tom Hanks. To tell you the truth, I quite liked that film. Of course, I've never seen the original until now. They are both different films, both tell the essentially same story but manages to both be funny in different ways. This comedy from Ealing Studios is truly quite funny with terrific performances from Katie Johnson as the sweet old lady and the ensemble of criminals that include Alec Guinness, Herbert Lom and Peter freakin' Sellers.
Few cinematic institutions rival Ealing, I can only suggest the two in Hammer and the Shaw Brothers, and unlike those two an awful lot of Ealing is still fresh to this day. The Ladykillers is up there with their very best.
On a side note, how bloody good was British Cinema in the 50s?
Billed as a comedy but never plays for laughs, instead using subtle situational gags to garner the big laughs. A character piece that works without exposition and a sharp witted crime caper. Great cast, flawlessly written classic; thats The Ladykillers.
Love the Terry Gilliam intro on the new studio canal release, worth the price of admission alone. But its the ladykillers, doesn't really need the help.
I was planning to watch the Coens' remake of The Ladykillers so I figured I should watch the original film first. It's good, but I don't really understand exactly why they targeted the old lady's house in this one. Am I missing something?
60th Anniversary edition has some nice extras.
Near as dammit perfect....but you knew that anyway
The way Guinness goes from entertainingly daffy to stone cold terrifying in the final stretch is remarkable. Also fun to see Peter Sellers before he was Peter-fucking-Sellers.
A classic example of British humor at work.
RIght off the bat, Alec Guinness is a creepy looking dude. It is alluded to in the film this character might be mentally unstable, or that he may have been in a mental institution, but his mental state is told far more in his eyes and face then in his backstory.
This film is a comedic romp about a gang of thieves that have a plan to steal a good deal of money. They decide to rent a room from a sweet little old lady, and use it to work out their scheme, and hole up after the crime.
The lady gives…
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!