Monday, April 3, 2017

Children of War: A Journey of Healing and Homecoming

Children of War is a feature-length documentary film directed by Bryan Single and released in 2009. Filmed in northern Uganda over a period of three years, the story follows the journey of a group of former child soldiers as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center.
Having been abducted from their homes and schools by the Lord’s Resistance Army—a quasi-religious militia led by international war criminal and self-proclaimed prophet Joseph Kony—the children struggle to confront years of brutal abuse, forced combat and religious indoctrination with the help of a heroic team of trauma counselors. As these fearless allies guide the children forward into new lives, Children Of War illuminates a powerful and cathartic story of forgiveness and hope in the aftermath of war.

Directed byBryan Single
Produced by
  • Bryan Single
  • Farzad Karimi
  • Timothy Beckett
Music by
  • Mark Brandon Hill
  • James Makubuya
CinematographyBryan Single
Edited by
  • Bryan Single
  • Timothy Beckett
Release date
  • November 2009 (2009-11) (USIP)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Soldier Child: Kidnapped Innocence

Since 1990, the people of Northern Uganda have watched in horror as tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes, marched to Sudan, and then trained as child soldiers in a rebel army.
Acholi rebel-leader and religious fanatic Joseph Kony abducts Acholi children indiscriminately, brainwashes them, and then forces them to commit indescribable atrocities against their own families and friends.

Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army

Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army tells the personal story of Nepali boys and girls as they attempt to rebuild their lives after fighting in the Nepalese Civil War. Through the voices of former child soldiers, the film examines why these children joined the Maoists and explores the prevention of future recruitment.
The children describe their dramatic recruitment and participation in the Maoist People’s Liberation Army during the eleven-year civil war between the Maoist insurgents and the Hindu monarch of Nepal. The girls’ stories demonstrate how voluntarily joining the violent Maoist struggle became their only option to escape the gender discrimination and sexual violence of traditional Hindu culture in Nepal. With the major conflict ended and the Maoists in control of the government, these children are now in United Nations cantonments, and return home to communities and families that want nothing to do with them. For many of the children of Nepal’s Maoist Army, the return home can be even more painful than the experience of war.

Directed byRobert Koenig
Produced byRobert Koenig
Brandon Kohrt
Music byHarris Bierhoff
CinematographyScott Ippolito
Edited byRobert Koenig
Distributed byDocumentary Educational Resources
Release date
  • 2008
Running time
56 minutes
CountryUnited States


Friday, March 31, 2017

Truth Has Fallen

A documentary that examines the work of James McCloskey. Mr. McCloskey founded Centurion Ministries, an organization whose mission is to free prisoners who have been wrongfully convicted of murder. It asks how innocent people could be convicted of murder, what could be done to prevent such injustices in the future, and what happens to these innocent people when they are released from prison after years of incarceration? IMDB Summary

The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (1974) (2009)

In New York City, four men armed with submachine guns and using code names (Mr. Blue, Mr. Green, Mr. Grey, and Mr. Brown) and wearing similar disguises, board the Downtown-bound 6 subway train at different station stops. The men take seventeen passengers and the conductor hostage, isolate them in the train's first car and then separate the car from the rest of the train.

Directed byJoseph Sargent
Produced byEdgar J. Scherick
Screenplay byPeter Stone
Based onThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three
by John Godey
StarringWalter Matthau
Robert Shaw
Martin Balsam
Hector Elizondo
Music byDavid Shire
CinematographyOwen Roizman
Edited byGerald B. Greenberg
Robert Q. Lovett
Palomar Pictures
Palladium Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
October 2, 1974
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million
Box office$18.7 million



A man calling himself Ryder hijacks Pelham 123, a New York City Subway 6 train that departed from Pelham Bay Park station at 1:23 p.m. Ryder is accompanied by three other heavily armed men: Bashkim, Emri and former train operator Phil Ramos. They uncouple the front car from the rest of the train and take the passengers hostage. MTA employee Walter Garber is working the Rail Control Center as a train dispatcher and receives a ransom call from Ryder, who demands $10 million in cash be paid within 60 minutes. Ryder warns that every minute past the deadline they force him to wait, he will execute a hostage.

Directed byTony Scott
Produced by
  • Tony Scott
  • Todd Black
  • Jason Blumenthal
  • Steve Tisch
Screenplay byBrian Helgeland
Based onThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three
by John Godey
  • Denzel Washington
  • John Travolta
  • John Turturro
  • James Gandolfini
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
CinematographyTobias A. Schliessler
Edited byChris Lebenzon
  • Relativity Media
  • Scott Free Productions
  • Escape Artists
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • June 12, 2009
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$100 million
Box office$150.2 million

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

You've Been Trumped

You've Been Trumped is a 2011 documentary by British filmmaker Anthony Baxter. The film documents the construction of a luxury golf course on a beach in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, by developer Donald Trump, and the subsequent struggles between the locals and Donald Trump and Scottish legal and governmental authorities.
When it was announced that the documentary was to be given its British television premiere on BBC Two on 21 October 2012, Trump's lawyers contacted the corporation to demand that the film should not be shown, claiming that it is "defamatory" and "misleading". The screening went ahead. The BBC defended its decision, noting that Trump had repeatedly refused to be interviewed in conjunction with the film.

Directed byAnthony Baxter
Produced byRichard Phinney
  • Donald Trump
  • Michael Forbes (farmer)
Release date
  • 3 May 2011 (2011-05-03) (Hot Docs Canadian International
    Documentary Festival)
  • 21 October 2012 (2012-10-21) (United Kingdom)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£18,191

The Making of Trump

This 2-hour HISTORY special delves into The Donald's past, filling in the details and digging up the truth behind his legendary rise, fall and comeback. IMDB

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A Dangerous Game: Donald Trump vs. The Environment

A Dangerous Game is an explosive documentary from filmmaker and investigative reporter Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped), which examines the eco-impact of luxury golf resorts around the world. Featuring exclusive interviews with Alec Baldwin, Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Donald Trump, the film takes viewers on a globe-spanning journey to a World Heritage site in Croatia; the extravagant desert city of Dubai, the explosion of new but supposedly illegal courses in China and back to the filmmaker's native Scotland, where Donald Trump continues his controversial building. -Kino Lorber


Breaking Point: The War for Democracy in Ukraine

Just days after the revolution in Ukraine, the country was invaded by Russia. Ukrainians of all backgrounds rallied to the country’s defense, in the process creating a new sense of Ukrainian nationhood. Breaking Point depicts these turbulent events, at times heroic, at times tragic, through the eyes of people who lived them. -Dark Hallow Films

Friday, March 24, 2017

Майдан (Maidan Uprising in Ukraine)

A look at the 2013 and 2014 civil unrest in the Ukrainian capital's central square.

The film explores and follows the protests and violence in Kiev's Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) which lead to the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Directed bySergei Loznitsa
Produced bySergei Loznitsa
Maria Baker
CinematographySergei Loznitsa
Serhiy Stetsenko
Mykhailo Yelchev
Edited bySergei Loznitsa
Danielius Kokanauskis
Atoms & Void
Distributed byUnited States:
The Cinema Guild
ARP Sélection
Release date
  • 21 May 2014 (2014-05-21) (Cannes)
  • 12 December 2014 (2014-12-12) (USA)
Running time
130 minutes


Orange Revolution

If the world remembers one image from Ukraine's Orange Revolution, it is the terribly scarred face of opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, a result of near-fatal poisoning. But the story of this historic election is far more intricate, intriguing, and resonant. 


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

For No Good Reason

For No Good Reason is a 2012 American-British documentary film about Ralph Steadman, directed by Charlie Paul. The film was in competition for the Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 BFI London Film Festival.
It premiered at the 2012 London Film Festival, and was released in 2014 in the United States.

Directed byCharlie Paul
Produced byLucy Paul
StarringRalph Steadman
Johnny Depp
Richard E. Grant
Terry Gilliam
Jann Wenner
Music byEd Harcourt
Sacha Skarbek
Jason Mraz
Thom Crawford
CinematographyCharlie Paul
Edited byJoby Gee
Release date
  • October 12, 2012 (2012-10-12) (London Film Festival)
  • April 25, 2014 (2014-04-25) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States


Friday, March 17, 2017

West Side Story

In the summer of 1957 in the West Side's Lincoln Square neighborhood in Manhattan, there is tension between a white American gang, the Jets, led by Riff, and a Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, led by Bernardo. After a brawl erupts, Lieutenant Schrank and Officer Krupke arrive and break it up. The Jets decide to challenge the Sharks to a rumble at an upcoming dance for neighborhood control.

Directed byRobert Wise
Jerome Robbins
Produced byRobert Wise
Screenplay byErnest Lehman
Based onWest Side Story by
Jerome Robbins
Leonard Bernstein
Stephen Sondheim
Arthur Laurents
StarringNatalie Wood
Richard Beymer
Rita Moreno
George Chakiris
Russ Tamblyn
Music byLeonard Bernstein
Irwin Kostal
CinematographyDaniel L. Fapp, A.S.C.
Edited byThomas Stanford
The Mirisch Corporation
Seven Arts Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • October 18, 1961
Running time
152 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$6 million
Box office$43.7 million



In 1924, Roxie Hart sees star Velma Kelly perform ("All That Jazz") at a Chicago theater. Wanting stardom for herself, she begins an affair with Fred Casely, who claims to know the manager. After the show, Velma is arrested for killing her husband Charlie and sister Veronica, who were in bed together. A month later, Casely admits to Roxie that he has no showbiz connections and just wanted her body. Enraged, she shoots him dead. She convinces her husband, Amos, to take the blame, telling him she killed a burglar in self-defence. As Amos confesses to the detective, Roxie fantasizes that she is singing a song devoted to her husband ("Funny Honey"). However, when the detective brings up evidence that Roxie and Casely were having an affair, Amos recants; Roxie furiously admits what really happened and is arrested. Ambitious District Attorney Harrison announces he will seek the death penalty.

Directed byRob Marshall
Produced byMartin Richards
Screenplay byBill Condon
Based onChicago
by Bob Fosse
Fred Ebb
by Maurine Dallas Watkins
StarringRenée Zellweger
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Richard Gere
Queen Latifah
John C. Reilly
Music byJohn Kander
CinematographyDion Beebe
Edited byMartin Walsh
Producer Circle Co.
Zadan/Meron Productions
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • December 10, 2002 (2002-12-10) (Samuel Goldwyn Theater)
  • December 27, 2002 (2002-12-27) (United States)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$45 million
Box office$306.8 million

Moulin Rouge!

In the year 1900, a British writer named Christian (Ewan McGregor), suffering from depression, begins writing on his typewriter ("Nature Boy"). As Christian narrates, the film flashes back to one year earlier upon Christian's move to the Montmartre district of Paris to become a writer among members of the area's Bohemian movement. He soon discovers that his neighbours are a loose troupe of performers led by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo). Toulouse-Lautrec and the others ask for Christian's help, and his writing skills allow them to finish their proposed show, "Spectacular Spectacular", that they wish to sell to the owner of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent). The group arrives at the Moulin Rouge as Zidler and his "Diamond Dog Dancers" perform for the audience ("Zidler's Rap Medley"). Toulouse arranges for Christian to see Satine (Nicole Kidman), the star courtesan, in her private quarters to present the work, unaware that Zidler is promising Satine to the wealthy and unscrupulous Duke of Monroth (Richard Roxburgh), a potential investor in the cabaret ("Sparkling Diamonds").

Directed byBaz Luhrmann
Produced by
  • Martin Brown
  • Baz Luhrmann
  • Fred Baron
Screenplay by
  • Baz Luhrmann
  • Craig Pearce
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Ewan McGregor
  • John Leguizamo
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Richard Roxburgh
  • David Wenham
Music byCraig Armstrong
CinematographyDonald M. McAlpine
Edited byJill Bilcock
  • Bazmark Productions
  • Angel Studios
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 9 May 2001 (2001-05-09) (Cannes)
  • 24 May 2001 (2001-05-24) (Australia)
  • 1 June 2001 (2001-06-01) (United States)
Running time
128 minutes
  • Australia
  • United States
Budget$52 million
Box office$179.2 million


French Cancan

Set in 1890s Paris, Henri Danglard is the owner of a cafe, which features his mistress, Lola, as a belly dancer. Losing money, Henri finds himself in Montmartre and finds that the old-fashioned can-can is still being performed there. Inspired, Henri comes up with a new business scheme that aims to revive the can-can, featuring a new dancer, Nini, a laundress he meets by chance.

Directed byJean Renoir
Produced byLouis Wipf
Written byJean Renoir
André-Paul Antoine
StarringJean Gabin
Françoise Arnoul
María Félix
Music byGeorges Van Parys
CinematographyMichel Kelber
Edited byBorys Lewin
Distributed byGaumont Film Company
Criterion Collection
Release date
9 April 1955
Running time
104 minutes
Box office4,075,306 admissions (France)


La Vie en Rose

The film is structured as a largely non-linear series of key events from the life of Édith Piaf. The film begins with elements from her childhood, and at the end with the events prior to and surrounding her death, poignantly juxtaposed by a performance of her song, "Non, je ne regrette rien".
The film opens with Édith as a small child in 1918, crying after being teased by other children. Her mother stands across the alley singing, busking for change. Édith's mother writes to her child's father, the acrobat, who is fighting in the trenches of World War I battlefields, informing him that she is leaving Édith with her mother so she can pursue the life of the artist. Her father returns to Paris and scoops up a sick Édith, then in turn leaves the child with his own mother, who is a madam of a brothel in Normandy. Now living as a child in a brothel, surrounded by the often brutal and demeaning business of prostitution, Édith is taken under the wing of the women there, especially Titine, a young troubled redhead who becomes emotionally attached to the little girl. Titine sings to, plays with, and tenderly cares for Édith through travails including an episode of keratitis-induced blindness.

Directed byOlivier Dahan
Produced byAlain Goldman
Written byIsabelle Sobelman
Olivier Dahan
StarringMarion Cotillard
Gérard Depardieu
Sylvie Testud
Music byChristopher Gunning
CinematographyTetsuo Nagata
Edited byRichard Marizy
Légende Films
Distributed byPicturehouse (US)
Release date
  • 8 February 2007 (2007-02-08) (Berlinale)
  • 14 February 2007 (2007-02-14) (France)
  • 6 June 2007 (2007-06-06) (United States)
Running time
140 minutes
Budget$25 million
Box office$86.3 million


The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

T.S. Spivet (Kyle Catlett) is a 10-year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. He lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother (Helena Bonham Carter) who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles; his father (Callum Keith Rennie), a cowboy born a hundred years too late; and his 14-year-old sister (Niamh Wilson) who dreams of becoming Miss America. His twin brother Layton (Jakob Davies) died in an accident involving a firearm in the family's barn, which no one ever speaks of. T.S. was with him, measuring the scale of the gunshots for an experiment, and he doesn't understand what happened. One day, T.S. receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian Institution, telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his invention of a perpetual motion machine and that he is invited to a reception in his honor where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a freight train across the United States to reach Washington, D.C.
During his journey, he meets a hobo in the trainyards of the midwest, outruns or outwits a number of railroad security guards, and then is picked up hitchhiking by an 18-wheeler trucker who let's him off at the Smithsonian in Washington. He ulitimately gives his speech for the Baird prize to a room full of well-dressed guests, and discusses the death of his brother.

Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet
Produced by
  • Frédéric Brillion
  • Gilles Legrand
Screenplay by
  • Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Guillaume Laurant
Based onThe Selected Works of T.S. Spivet
by Reif Larsen
  • Helena Bonham Carter
  • Judy Davis
  • Callum Keith Rennie
  • Kyle Catlett
Music byDenis Sanacore
CinematographyThomas Hardmeier
Edited byHervé Schneid
  • Epithète Films
  • Filmarto
  • France 2 Cinéma
  • France Télévisions
  • Orange Cinéma Séries
  • Tapioca Films
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
  • 28 September 2013 (2013-09-28) (DSSIFF)
  • 16 October 2013 (2013-10-16) (France)
  • 31 July 2015 (2015-07-31) (USA)
Running time
105 minutes
  • France
  • Canada
  • Australia
Box office$9.5 million


Thursday, March 16, 2017


Lucy is a 24-year-old American woman living and studying in Taipei, Taiwan. She is tricked into working as a drug mule by her new boyfriend whose employer, Mr. Jang, is a Korean mob boss and drug lord. Lucy delivers a briefcase to Mr. Jang containing a highly valuable synthetic drug called CPH4. After seeing her boyfriend shot and killed, she is captured. A bag of the drug is forcibly sewn into her abdomen and that of three other drug mules who will also transport the drug for sale in Europe. While Lucy is in captivity, one of her captors kicks her in the abdomen, breaking the bag and releasing a large quantity of the drug into her system. As a result, she begins acquiring increasingly enhanced physical and mental capabilities, such as telepathy, telekinesis, mental time travel, and the ability not to feel pain or other discomforts. She kills off her captors and escapes.

Directed byLuc Besson
Produced byVirginie Besson-Silla
Written byLuc Besson
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Choi Min-sik
  • Amr Waked
Music byÉric Serra
CinematographyThierry Arbogast
Edited byJulien Rey
  • EuropaCorp
  • TF1 Films Production
  • Canal+
  • Ciné+
  • TF1
Distributed by
  • Universal Pictures (US/International)
  • EuropaCorp Distribution (France)
Release date
  • July 25, 2014 (2014-07-25) (United States)
  • August 6, 2014 (2014-08-06) (France)
Running time
90 minutes
  • France
  • English
  • Korean
  • French
Budget$40 million
Box office$463.4 million


The Manchurian Candidate (1962) The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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During the Korean War, the Soviets capture a U.S. platoon and take them to Manchuria in Communist China. Some days later, all but two of the soldiers return to the U.S. lines and Staff Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey) is credited with saving their lives in combat by his fellow platoon members. Upon the recommendation of the platoon's commander, Captain Bennett Marco (Frank Sinatra), Raymond is awarded the Medal of Honor. When asked to describe him, Marco and the other soldiers automatically respond, "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life." Deep down, however, they know that Shaw is a cold, sad, unsympathetic loner.

Directed byJohn Frankenheimer
Produced by
  • George Axelrod
  • John Frankenheimer
Screenplay byGeorge Axelrod
Based onThe Manchurian Candidate
by Richard Condon
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Laurence Harvey
  • Janet Leigh
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Henry Silva
  • James Gregory
Narrated byPaul Frees
Music byDavid Amram
CinematographyLionel Lindon
Edited byFerris Webster
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • October 24, 1962
Running time
126 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.2 million
Box office$7.7 million (domestic)

2004 version

Major Bennett "Ben" Marco (Denzel Washington) is a war veteran who begins to doubt what is commonly known about his famous U.S. Army unit. During the Gulf War, Sergeant First Class Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) supposedly rescued all but two members in his unit, of which Marco was the commanding officer. Shaw became a war hero and was awarded the Medal of Honor, launching his political career.

Directed byJonathan Demme
Produced by
  • Jonathan Demme
  • Ilona Herzberg
  • Scott Rudin
  • Tina Sinatra
Screenplay by
  • Daniel Pyne
  • Dean Georgaris
Based onThe Manchurian Candidate
by Richard Condon
The Manchurian Candidate
  • Denzel Washington
  • Meryl Streep
  • Liev Schreiber
  • Jon Voight
Music byRachel Portman
CinematographyTak Fujimoto
Edited by
  • Carol Littleton
  • Craig McKay
Scott Rudin Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • July 30, 2004
Running time
130 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$80 million
Box office$96.1 million


Running from Crazy

Mariel comments early in the film on the fact that seven family members have committed suicide, including Ernest and Margaux. Ernest shot himself a few months before his granddaughter Mariel was born.
The film includes excerpts from lengthy footage filmed by Margaux in 1983, called by a reviewer the "most riveting depictions of the Hemingway clan". It demonstrates the contrast between the two sisters: Margaux's modeling and acting career ultimately collapsed, and in 1996 she died of a drug overdose just days before the 35th anniversary of her grandfather's suicide, while Mariel's early career was successful. In the documentary, Mariel describes her own experience with depression and thoughts of suicide, which she says she has overcome, and talks of her difficulties in dealing with sometimes abusive family members, and with the mental illness of her sister Muffet, diagnosed with "bipolar schizophrenia".

Directed byBarbara Kopple
Produced byBarbara Kopple
Oprah Winfrey
David Cassidy
Lisa Erspamer
Erica Forstadt
StarringMariel Hemingway
Margaux Hemingway
Jack Hemingway
Langley Crisman
Dree Crisman
Joan Hemingway
Bobby Williams
CinematographyAndrew Young
Edited byMichael Culbya
Mona Davis 
Cabin Creek Films
Release date
  • January 7, 2013 (2013-01-07) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • November 1, 2013 (2013-11-01) (United States)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$33,300 (domestic


U raljama života (In the Jaws of Life)

(No English subtitles)

This movie, based in part on the popular novel, tells two tales about modern women. One is Stefica Cvek, average and lonely girl who is desperately trying to find the man of her dreams. The other story is about a woman director who is making the movie abozt Stefica and has the same problem.

IMDB Summery

Account of a middle-aged female filmmaker who is producing a soap opera titled "The jaws of life." The story of the filmmaker and the story of the soap opera progress side by side and begin to converge.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Night of the Demon (UK) / Curse of the Demon (US)

Night of the Demon is a 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. An adaptation of the M. R. James story "Casting the Runes" (1911), the plot revolves around an American psychologist investigating a satanic cult suspected of more than one murder.
The film's production was turbulent due to artistic differences between producer Hal E. Chester on one side and Tourneur and writer Charles Bennett on the other. Although the original plan was not to show a literal demon, producer Chester inserted a monster over the objections of the writer, the director, and lead actor Dana Andrews. To accelerate the pace, the film was trimmed down to 83 minutes (and retitled Curse of the Demon) in the US where it played the second half of a double feature bill with both The True Story of Lynn Stuart and The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958).

Directed byJacques Tourneur
Produced byFrank Bevis
Screenplay by
  • Charles Bennett
  • Hal E. Chester
  • Dana Andrews
  • Peggy Cummins
  • Niall MacGinnis
Music byClifton Parker
CinematographyTed Scaife
Edited byMichael Gordon
Distributed byColumbia
Release date
  • 17 December 1957
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom