Leonard Rossiter (21 October 1926 â€“ 5 October 1984) was a distinguished English actor, known for his comedy roles in two British television series of the 1970s, and for his roles in two Stanley Kubrick films.
Rossiter was born in Liverpool. He began acting when he picked up a girlfriend from her amateur dramatics class and was challenged to do better when he criticised her and her fellow performers. He soon gave up his job in insurance to enroll in repertory theatre and turn professional as an actor at the comparatively late age of 27.
He broke into film roles with Billy Liar in which he plays the title character's boss. This brief role fixed him with audiences as an often flawed and inflexible authority figure - apparently similar to his real-life personality. Through the 1950s and 1960s he established himself as a hugely respected actor in theatre and film, and began to make his presence felt on television, with a semi-regular role as Det-Insp Bamber in the police series Z Cars, as...
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Water is a 1985 comedy film scripted by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais, directed by Clement, and starring Michael Caine. This Handmade Films production was released in U.S. theatres in April 1986 by Atlantic Releasing.The story is set in the in the fictional Caribbean british colony of Cascara. Widely ignored by the British Government, local Governor Baxter Thwaites is having an easy life in his small and peaceful colony. That peace is disturbed when an abandoned oil rig starts delivering water - at the standard of the finest table water brands. Different parties, including Downing Street, the Cascara Liberation Front, the White House and the Cubans take interest in the future of the island and threaten to destroy the cosy way of life enjoyed by the island's inhabitants...The film stars Caine as Baxter Thwaites as a Governor who has 'gone native' (similarly to his role in The Honorary Consul) and Billy Connolly as local biracial activist Delgado, supported by the last performance of...
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Britannia Hospital is a cult film by British director Lindsay Anderson, released in 1982. It stars Malcolm McDowell as Mick Travis, the schoolboy from Anderson's 1968 film If... and 1973's O Lucky Man!.
Travis is now a reporter and intends to film a documentary about Britannia Hospital, where the treatments are as dichotomous as the rich and poor that are its patients. He manages to get into the hospitaI and starts to investigate the sinister scientific experimentation conducted by Professor Millar (Graham Crowden). The professor is expecting the Queen Mother to visit the hospital to inaugurate his new wing, Potter (Leonard Rossiter) struggles to keep control of his hospital as the catering staff go on strike, painters tasked with finishing before Her Majesty's arrival start acting up, while demonstrators start turning up outside the hospital to protest against an African cannibalistic dictator - a VIP patient for the hospital. A riot ensues and the hero's future is decidedly...
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. The film deals with themes of human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life, and is notable for its scientific realism, pioneering special effects, and provocatively ambiguous imagery and sound in place of traditional narrative techniques.
Despite receiving mixed reviews upon release, 2001: A Space Odyssey is today recognized by critics as one of the greatest films ever made. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, and received one for visual effects. It also won the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Best Director and Best Film awards of 1968. In 1991, 2001: A Space Odyssey was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry.
A tribe of prehistoric man-apes is struggling to survive in the dry desert. One morning,...,
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