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cult (kult) n. [< L. cultus, care] 1. a system of religious worship 2. devoted attachment to a person, principle, etc. 3. a sect - cult´ism n. - cult´ist n.
clas·sic (klas´ik) adj. [< L. classis, class] 1. being an excellent model of its kind 2. of art, literature, etc. of the ancient Greeks and Romans 3. balanced, formal, simple, etc. 4. famous as traditional or typical - n. 1. a literary or artistic work of the highest excellence 2. a creator of such a work 3. a famous traditional ot typical event - the classics ancient Greek and Roman literature - Webster's New World Dictionary
Timeless cult classic movies (motion pictures)/animations with poster art, tagline, and box-print plot summary.
12 Monkeys 1995
"Future is history."
Between sanity and madness, fantasy and reality, past and future, comes an adventure beyond imagination. Cole (Bruce Willis) arrives at a mental hospital, claiming to be a time traveler from year 2035. His mission is to save humanity from a killer virus that will devastate the future world population. A psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe) initially classifies Cole as delusional, but she soon joins him in an adventure that will take them to limits of human comprehension. As they race to unravel the secret of the 12 Monkeys, their paths cross with a nut-case mental patient (Brad Pitt) and a renowned scientist. Before long, Cole begins to question his own sanity in a chaotic world that offers many questions but few answers. 130min. Rated R. Director: Terry Gilliam

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
"An epic drama of adventure and exploration."

156min. (premiere cut) Rated: PG-13. Director: Stanley Kubrick

A Clockwork Orange 1971
"Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence, and Beethoven."
A brutal face stares at us, filling the screen. Slowly camera pulls back. Alex sits on a couch of the Korova Bar surrounded by white sculptures of naked submissive women. He sips milk laced with drugs to "sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence." A harrowing journey through a near future world of decaying cities, murderous punks, and nightmarish technologies of crime and punishment. Kubrick makes of Anthony Burgess' novel a savage and satiric morality play centering on Alex (Malcolm McDowell), who fights, robs, rapes, and kills like any conscienceless young predator. Captured and imprisoned, he undergoes treatment to condition him, render him safe, a "clockwork orange" healthy and whole on outside, but crippled within by reflex mechanisms beyond his control. But when Alex's cure leaves him defenseless to the revenge of his victims, what can society do for (or to) Alex next? It is a question that always galvanizes viewers of this disturbing odyssey. 137min. Rated R. Director: Stanley Kubrick. Composer: Walter Carlos
AKIRA 1988
"Neo-Tokyo is about to explode!"
In 2019, 31 years after a devastating global nuclear war, mankind is on the brink of total annihilation. In a world populated by rival motorcycle gangs and petty politicians, a powerful psychic force, known as AKIRA, suddenly resurfaces in Neo-Tokyo. Tetsuo, a young inexperienced biker, driven beyond boundaries of sanity by power of AKIRA, is forced to conjure up demons laying within his subconscious. 124min. Rated R. Director: Katsuhiro Otomo (comic creator). Composer: Yamashiro Shoji (Geinoh Yamashiro-Gumi)
Alien 1979
"In space no one can hear you scream."
A commercial spaceship (Nostromo) crew lands on a planet to investigate a distress signal. During their exploration, they are freaked to see some strange extraterrestrial findings - an egg farm, Space Jockey, and other relics. After a horrific accident, they leave the planet, but a deadly clever creature sneaks aboard the spaceship, and all of the crew, but one, perish. This is the first film in series, which includes Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), and Alien Resurrection (1997). 117min. Rated R. Director: Ridley Scott. Visual Artist: H.R. Giger
Better Off Dead 1985
"Teenage life has never been darker... or funnier."
After his girlfriend (Amanda Wyss) ditches him for a boorish ski jock, Lane Myer (John Cusack) decides he is "better off dead." His increasingly inept suicide attempts bring him only more agony and embarrassment, but "with one look" of a french exchange student, Monique, Lane beats the odds and ends up a winner. 98min. Rated PG-13. Director: Steve Holland. Composer: Rupert Hine
Blade Runner 1982: Director's Cut

Dialogue Transcription - 1980 + 1981 ScreenPlay (Compressed)
Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) prowls the steel and microchip jungle of 21st century Los Angeles. He's a "blade runner" stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment is to kill them... their crime is wanting to be human. Based on Philip K Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 117min. Rated R. Director: Ridley Scott. Composer: Vangelis. Visual Artist: Syd Mead

Glossary (from Fan Club Magazine, Vol.1, No.1):

  • Blade Runner - Nickname given to police detectives specially trained in the use of the Voight-Kampff. Their specific function is to track down and eliminate any replicants that manage to escape into human society and attempt to pass as real human beings. Official name of the Blade Runner division is Rep-Detect.
  • Off-World Emigration Program - OEP recruits suitable candidates for supervisorial jobs in off-world colonies as incentives to those who meet health, age and educational requirements. Unqualified candidates are rejected.
  • Replicant - A genetically engineered creature composed entirely of organic substance. Animal replicants (animoids) were developed first for use as pets and beasts of burden after most real animals became extinct. Later, humanoid replicants were created for military purposes and for the exploration and colonization of space. Tyrell Corporation recently introduced the Nexus 6, the supreme replicant, much stronger and faster than, and virtually indistinguishable from, real human beings. Earth law forbids replicants on the planet, except in the huge industrial complex where they are created. The law does not consider replicants human and therefore accords them no rights nor protection.
  • Esper - A high-density computer with a very powerful 3-dimensional resolution capacity and a cryogenic cooling system. Police cars and Deckard's apartment contain small models which can be channeled into the large one at police headquarters. This big apparatus is well-worn, retro-fitted part of the furniture. Among other functions, it can analyze and enlarge photos, enabling investigators to search a room w/o being there.
  • Methuselah Syndrome - A glandular condition that accelerates the aging process. A 10 year old suffering from this disease could become a 40 year old in 5 years.
  • Voight-Kampff Machine - An advanced form of lie detector measuring contractions of the iris muscle and changes in airborne particles emitted from the body. The bellows were designed for the latter function and given the machine a menacing sinister effect. V-K is used primarily by blade runners to determine if a suspect is truly human or not, by measuring the degree of his/her emphatic response through carefully worded questions and statements.
  • EMS Recombination - A technique used for altering the genetic code prior to cloning. Ethyl Methane Sulfonate is an aklylating agent and a potent mutagen.
  • Spinner - Generic term for all flying cars in use around the year 2020. Only specially authorized people and police are licensed to operate these remarkable vehicles, which are capable of street driving, vertical lift-off, hovering, and high speed cruising. Spinners are powered by three engines: conventional internal combustion, jet and anti-gravity.
  • 4th Sector - Smoky part of town - dead bodies in dark alleys, mysterious transactions on street corners, sex, drugs, and murder for sale. Place includes 'Animoid Row' where handmade animals of all sorts can be purchased with or w/o serial numbers.
BraveHeart 1995
The life of William Wallace who leads a Scottish rebellion against the English King Edward I in the 13th century. Rated R. Director: Mel Gibson
Breaking Away 1979
Four high school graduates (Dave, Mike, Cyril, and Moocher) living in Bloomington, Indiana have a tumultuous relationship with Indiana University students. Known as "Cutters" for their families work in cutting stone, the four are challenged at the end in the Little 500 bicycle relay. They eventually find their own identity and become proud for who they are and where they are from. 100min. Rated PG. Director: Peter Yates
Conan the Barbarian 1981
"Thief. Warrior. Gladiator. King."
Through history of mankind, the times that are most recorded in mythology and song are those of great deeds and fantastic adventures. Such time was the Hyborean Age. Such a tale is the story of "Conan the Barbarian." Cimmerian Conan is captured as a child after his parents' savage murder by raiding Vanir led by Thulsa Doom, head also of malignant snake-cult of Set. 15 years' of agony, first chained to the Wheel of Pain grinding grain, and then enslaved as a pit fighter, forged a magnificent body and indomitable spirit. Freed miraculously one day by his owner, Conan with his companions Subotai (the Mongol) and Valeria (Queen of Thieves) sets forth upon his quest to learn the "riddle of steel," which his father has prophesied, will confer ultimate power; and to kill arch-villian Thulsa Doom. 128min. Rated R. Director: John Milius. Composer: Basil Poledouris
Dances With Wolves 1990
"Inside everyone is a frontier waiting to be discovered."
A Union soldier in the American Civil War (1861-1865) accidentally becomes a war hero and uses his new lieutenent status to request a transfer to a far western outpost, away from the war. Alone on the prairie, he slowly becomes friends with a Sioux tribe, learns their ways and eventually turns his back on encroaching colonial civilization. Based on Michael Blake's novel. 223min. (director's cut) Rated PG-13. Director: Kevin Costner. Composer: John Barry
Excalibur 1981
"Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a man."
The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table receives its most impressive screen treatment. All elements of Sir Thomas Malory's classic Le Morte Darthur are here: Arthur removing Excalibur from the stone; the Round Table's noble birth and tragic decline; the heroic attempts to recover the Holy Grail; and wizard Merlin and sorceress Morgana, medieval alchemists who wield powers of nature and must yield to a new age of logic and science. 143min. Rated R. Director: John Boorman. Composer: Carl Orff
Exorcist, the 1973
A young girl becomes possessed by a demon. Her mother sees the evil changes in her daughter and goes to a priest, who recommends an exorcism. Based on William Peter Blatty's novel. Rated R. Director: William Friedkin
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986
Adventures of a wisecrack student (Matthew Broderick) who skips high school for a perfect clear day off with his two friends, driving a classic red Ferrari, visiting the Art Institute and Sears Tower, attending a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and participating in the German-American parade. Director: John Hughes
Fly, the 1986
A scientist, Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), is transformed into a human-fly by inventing, then testing, teleportation pods funded by the company he works for, while falling in love with a journalist (Geena Davis). Based on Geogre Laagelaan's novel. Rated R. Directer: David Cronenberg
Gremlins 1984
"Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous."
An inventor gives his son a small rare cute creature (mogwai) for Christmas that he bought from a Chinatown shop, warned to keep the pet away from bright light, water, and feeding after midnight. Rated PG. Director: Joe Dante. Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
Lord of the Flies 1963
A group of schoolboys are marooned on a deserted island after a plane crash. An allegory of the intrinsic corruption of human nature, it chronicles the boys' descent from a state of relative innocence to one of revengeful barbarism. Based on Sir William (Gerald) Golding's novel. Director: Peter Brock
Mad Max 1979
"Maximum force of the future."
It's sometime in the near future. Interstate highways have become white-line nightmares, stage for a strange death game between nomad bikers and a handful of cops in supercharged cars with an abundance of weaponry. Weary of the carnage, top cop Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) resigns from the police force to travel cross-country with his wife and child. But just as dark memories of past are erased, a chance meeting with a renegade band of cyclists starts Max on a path of explosive vengeance. A brilliant mix of action and emotion, bringing a hazy vision of an apocalyptic world into stark, startling focus. 93min. Rated R. Director: George Miller. Composer: Brian May
Mad Max 2 (Road Warrior) 1981
"In the future, cities will become deserts, roads will become battlefields and the hope of mankind will appear as a stranger."
A full-throttle epic of speed and carnage that rockets you into post-nuclear future meets mythological past. Meet up with Max, heroic loner who drives the roads of outback Australia in an unending search for gasoline (guzzoline). Arrayed against him and other scraggly defenders of a fuel-depot encampment are bizarre warriors commanded by Humungus, ruler of the wasteland, notorious for never taking prisoners when they can pulverize them instead. 95min. Rated R. Director: George Miller
Mosquito Coast 1986
"Allie Fox followed his dream to the Mosquito Coast. He planned a paradise. He created a Hell."
A brilliant, but iconoclastic, inventor takes his family to live a new utopian life in the jungles of Central American, away from what he considers a decaying American civilization, inventing an ice factory. The same restlessness that makes him an inventor also makes him continually dissatisfied with their situation, and he begins to push for more change and larger sacrifices from his family. Things do not go as he expects, and everyone around him experiences hardship. Based on Paul Theroux's novel. 117min. Rated PG. Director: Peter Weir
Ninja Scroll 1993
"Feudal Japan - a time of danger, intrigue, and deception."
Jubei is a masterless ninja who travels the land alone, hiring his services to those with gold or a worthy cause. His abilities have served him well, but a plot to overthrow the government threatens to end his wandering ways and possibly his life. When a small village succumbs to a plague, a team of ninjas are sent to investigate, and realize that all is not as it seems. Ambushed, they are wiped out by a man-monster with incredible powers, leaving only one alive - Kagero, a female ninja, whose touch brings instant death. Jubei saves her from a fate worse than death, and unwittingly becomes drawn into web of treachery. He's soon faced with his greatest challenge - an enemy for whom death holds no fear, with power to destroy Jubei's world. An all-out bloodbath when ninja warriors come face-to-face in this tribal war. 94min. Rated R. Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Planet of the Apes 1968
"Somewhere in the universe, there must be something better than man!"
Four NASA astronauts journey through space, eventually crashing on a planet with intelligent humanoid apes and primitive humans. One astronaut, Taylor (Charlton Heston), survives to learn the history of this upside-down planet, joined by a primitive female human (Nova). The film inspired four sequels: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), as well as a TV and animated cartoon series. Based on Pierre Boulle's novel. 112min. Rated R. Director: Franklin Schaffner
Platoon 1986
A middle-class college student named Chris (Charlie Sheen) joins the Vietnam War (1959-1975) effort and learns all about the horrors of guerilla warfare. Rated R. Director: Oliver Stone
Quest for Fire 1982
"A science fantasy adventure."
Set in the Stone Age, a neandertal tribe living in a cold mountainous climate finds fire by a lightning strike. When the tribe is ambushed for the fire by another class of stronger, less intelligent, humanoids (possibly australopithecines), the survivors retreat to cold swamp marshes where their fire is lost. The tribe decides to send out three strong males to bring back fire. Those three adventure across vast plains to encounter sabre-toothed lions, giant mammoths, bears, cannibal humanoids, and a more advanced homo-habilis tribe, finding fire, saving and welcoming a female homo-habilis, and finally returning home with more knowledge and wisdom. 97min. Rated R. Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
River Runs Through It, a 1992
A story of a Montana Methodist family raising two sons. Paul (Brad Pitt) becomes a journalist who likes to drink, gamble and fish, while Norman (Craig Sheffer) studies to become a professor of literature. Though they fight and grow apart, the brothers and their father share the common bond of fly-fishing on the Blackfoot river, which is seen as an allegory for life. Based on Norman MacLean's novel. 123min. Rated PG. Director: Robert Redford. Composer: Mark Isham
Seven 1995
"7 deadly sins. 7 ways to die."
About two detectives on trail of a vicious serial killer who chooses victims according to the 7 deadly sins (envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, and wrath). Methodical, exacting, and grotesquely creative, the killer plans each murder down to finest detail. As detectives close in, he patiently awaits final confrontation, determined to complete his bloody masterpiece of terror. 136min. Rated R. Director: David Fincher
Shining, the 1980
A writer, Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson), is hired as caretaker of Overlook hotel for the winter near Denver, Colorado. With his wife and son, he hopes to find peace and quiet for his work. As ghosts haunt the hotel, the young son becomes more aware of his "shining," whereas Jack sees his "shining" as reality and becomes a flipped-out psycho maniac. The sane mother tries to handle the situation. Based on Stephen King's novel. Rated R. Director: Stanley Kubrick
Silence of the Lambs 1991
"From the terrifying best seller."
FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is sent to interview imprisoned killer Dr. Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). She hopes he might reveal info about another crazed killer known only as "Buffalo Bill" who is abducting young women, starving them, and then killing them. Lecter's brilliant mind is intrigued by Starling, and he begins giving her mystifying clues which could be helpful or merely a game. Terror builds as "Buffalo Bill" grabs another victim and the countdown to death begins again. Finding the madman means Starling must get inside Lecter's mind. To stop the killer, she must enter a terrifying race against death. 118min. Rated R. Director: Jonathan Demme
Star Wars (Episode IV): A New Hope 1977
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Captain Han Solo (Harrison Ford) team together with the droid duo, R2-D2 and C-3PO, to rescue the princess and restore justice in the galaxy. 124min. Rated PG. Director George Lucas
Star Wars (Episode V): Empire Strikes Back 1980
Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca face attack by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth. While Han and Leia escape in the Millenium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Yoda. Only with the Jedi Master's help will Luke survive when the dark side of the Force beckons him into an ultimate duel with Darth Vader. 128min. Rated PG. Director: Irvin Kershner
Star Wars (Episode VI): Return of the Jedi 1983
After rescuing Han and Leia from certain doom at the hands of crime lord Jabba the Hutt, Luke rejoins Yoda. Only by completing his Jedi training can he become a true Jedi Knight and defeat Darth Vader and the dark side of the Force. 134min. Rated PG. Director: Richard Marquand. Composer: John Williams
Time Bandits 1981
"... they didn't make history, they stole it!"
A troupe of dwarves (Randall, Fidgit, Wally, Og, Strutter, and Vermin) are challenged with the task of patching up the handiwork of a Supreme Being who was forced to create the world in six days. Instead the greedy dwarves, joined by an English schoolboy, steal the priceless map of the universe and are swept away on a whirlwind adventure through time and space encountering bizarre incarnations of Napoleon, Robin Hood (John Cleese), Agamemnon (Sean Connery), and others. 110min. Rated PG. Director: Terry Gilliam
Time Machine, the 1960
"You will ORBIT into the fantastic future!"
A scientist invents a time machine in England during the late Victorian 19th century, traveling into the future during World War I (1914-1918), World War II (1939-1945), and the year 802701, where he is shocked to see the world populated with monsters. Based on H.G. Wells' novel. 103min. Rated PG. Director: George Pal
Disney's Tron 1982
"A world inside the computer where man has never been. Never before now."
Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a video-game programmer whose pioneering new ideas are stolen by computer wizard Dillinger, is transported by laser-tag inside a complex video-game network by attempting to expose Dillinger by a computer system hack. Inside the machine, he joins in a quest to release the hero (Tron) from captivity to do battle with Sark. Influenced by William Gibson's sci-fi literature. 96min. Rated PG. Director: Steven Lisberger
Witness 1985
A young Amish boy, Samuel (Lukas Haas), witnesses a murder at a Philadelphia train station. He and his widowed mother, Rachel (Kelly McGillis), report the crime to a on-site detective, John Book (Harrison Ford). All become in danger when the murderer (Danny Glover) is also a detective. They hide out in a safe Amish community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Director: Peter Weir. Composer: Maurice Jarre
Upcoming: A Christmas Story, Biloxi Blues, Blue Lagoon, Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986, Clash of the Titans, Colors, Dominique and Eugene, DragonSlayer, Dungeons and Dragons (Animated Series), Evil Dead, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Fall Down, Fright Night, Full Metal Jacket 1987, Heat, HighLander, Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien Animation), Interview With the Vampire, King of the Hill 1993, La Femme Nikita, Legend, Logan's Run 1976, Predator, Princess Bride, Robot Carnival, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1964 (Stop-motion Animated Christmas Special), Sixth Sense, Someone to Watch Over Me 1987, Stand by Me, Terminator 1984, Transformers (Original Series + Movie), Wall Street
Filed: 3 O'Clock High, American Werewolf in London, BeastMaster, Big 1988, Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992, Color Purple 1985, Crocodile Dundee, Cyborg, Die Hard, Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story, Enemy Mine, Eyes Wide Shut, Fire in the Sky, Ghost in the Shell, Good Will Hunting 1997, Gladiator, Goonies, the Graduate 1967, Greystroke: Man of the Apes, Heavy Metal (Animation), HellRaiser, Ice Pirates, Lost Boys, Lucas, National Lampoon's European Vacation, Nemesis, North Shore, Poltergeist, Rising Sun, Shawshank Redemption 1994, This Boy's Life, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Wanderers

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