Great Expectations (1989)

This epic mini series follows the fortunes of young Pip, from a simple act of kindness to an escaped convict, then the invitations of a strange old woman to play with her cold and cruel ward, to his sudden windfall of an inheritance that raises him up to a place in society that he only had dreamt of.

The myriad of colorful characters that he meets along the way are a testament to the brilliant story writing of Charles Dickens as well as the screenwriter who adapted this tome of a book.

5hr. 0min.

In Love & War (2001)

After a mission has gone wrong, British solider Eric Newby (Callum Blue) is captured in WWII Italy.  When Italy is about to be liberated, he and his fellow captives are set to be moved but he injures his ankle and is left behind. He is then taken under the wing of the Italian citizens who hide him. Their kindness and courage in helping him changes his life, as does the love of a lovely Italian girl.

Based on a true story.

1hr. 38min.

Johnny Belinda (1948)

Set during the beginning of the 20th century, the story tells of a young doctor (Lew Ayres) who comes to a small fishing community in Nova Scotia to set up his practice. There he meets mute Belinda (Jane Wyman) the daughter of a gruff farmer (Charles Bickford), who believes that Belinda is witless. The young doctor quickly realizes the girls intelligence and is able to teach her sign language. Belindas’ father is begining to warm towards her when tragedy strikes.

Jane Wymans portrayal of the sweet, deaf-mute girl won her the academy award.

1hr. 42min.

In Search of the Castaways (1962)

Hayley Mills stars as determined Mary Grant, whos fathers’ ship was lost at sea some two years ago. Maurice Chevalier also stars as a french professor who finds a note in a bottle, supposedly written by Captain Grant. This note sets in motion a search that spans the globe. Nothing will stop Mary; not earthquakes, flashfloods or a despicable villain played to perfection by George Sanders.

1hr. 38min.

Prince Valiant (1954)

Valiant is the son of a viking king and queen who have been driven into exile by a traitor. So, Valiant decides to become a knight for King Arthur in order to be able to take back his father’s throne. He finds another villain in Camelot in the person of the mysterious Black Knight. It isnt long before he realizes the culprit is someone from inside the palace, who has a long range plan.  It also isnt long before Valiant has another complication; his falling in love with a beautiful princess (Janet Leigh). Robert Wagner stars as the title character in this exciting adventure film.

1hr. 40min.

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

Based on the novel by Jules Verne, this fascinating film takes you around the globe with Philious Fogg (David Niven) a 19th century gentleman who believes that he can circle the globe in the then unheard of amount of time of just eighty days.  Gigantic bets are made all around the world as to whether he’ll make it or not.  His loyal and clever servant Passepartout (Cantinflas) helps him in and out of many scrapes.  Including the rescueing of a young widowed princess (Shirley Maclaine).

Actually filmed all over the world and an amazing amount of cameos from famous stars, are some of the highlights of this captivating film.

3hrs. 2min.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

One of Irwin Allens’ (of disaster film fame) first films, this story follows a futuristic sub as it races across the world towards the Mariana Trench, where it must set off a rocket that will save the world from being burned to a crisp by an unexplainable ring of fire encircling the earth. Walter Pidgeon stars as the leader of this intrepid group. Co-starring are Peter Lorre and Barbara Eden as the few that believe the plan will work.

1hr. 45min.

The Land Before Time (1988)

In this classic story, LittleFoot is suddenly separated from his grandparents by an earthquake that also mortally wounds his mother. His only chance of reuniting with them is to follow his mother’s instructions to get to the almost mythical Great Valley. Along the way he befriends other young lost dinosaurs that join him on his journey, that is alternatingly poignant, frightening and humorous.

Featuring the classic If We Hold on Together sung by Diana Ross.

1hr. 9min.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

This is the classic Jules Verne tale of a group of people who penetrate the core of the earth.  When Professor Lindenbrough (James Mason) finds a 300 year old message from another professor who, in his time, claimed the center of the earth could be reached, it’s only a moment before Lindenbrough is off. Soon though his quest for science quickly becomes one of survival. With him is young Alec (Pat Boone), Carla (Arhlene Dahl) and Hans (former athlete David Thayer).

With groundbreaking special effects this film brings to life the wonders and possibilities that could be “right under our feet”.

2hr. 10min.