The Man Who Would Be King

  • Directors: John Huston
  • Producers: John Foreman
  • Writers: Rudyard Kipling, John Huston, Gladys Hill
  • Genres: Action, Adventure
  • Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey

While working as a correspondent at the offices of the Northern Star newspaper, Kipling (Christopher Plummer) is approached by a ragged, seemingly crazed derelict, who reveals himself to be his old acquaintance Peachy Carnehan (Michael Caine). Peachy tells Kipling the story of how he and his comrade-in-arms Danny Dravot (Sean Connery) traveled to remote Kafiristan (in modern-day Afghanistan), became gods, and ultimately lost everything.

A few years earlier, the pair of rogues had met Kipling at his office. After signing a contract pledging mutual loyalty and forswearing drink and women until they achieved their grandiose aims, Peachy and Danny set off on an epic overland journey north beyond the Khyber Pass, “travelling by night and avoiding villages”, fighting off bandits, blizzards and avalanches, into the unknown land of Kafiristan (literally “Land of the (Non-Muslim) Infidels”).

They chance upon a Gurkha soldier who goes by the name Billy Fish (Saeed Jaffrey), the sole survivor of a mapping expedition several years before. Billy speaks English as well as the local tongue, and it is he, acting as translator and interpreter of the customs and manners, who smooths the path of Peachy and Danny as they begin their rise, first offering their services as military advisors, trainers, and war leaders to the chief of a much-raided village.

The angry natives pursue him and Peachy. Billy tries to buy time by courageously charging the mob singlehandedly, but the pair are soon captured. Danny is forced to walk to the middle of a rope bridge over a deep gorge; he apologises to Peachy before the ropes are cut. Peachy is crucified between two pine trees, but is cut down the next day when he miraculously survives the ordeal. Eventually, he escapes, though his mind has become unhinged by his sufferings. As Peachy finishes his story, he presents Kipling with Danny’s head, still wearing its crown, thereby proving the tale is true.

The New World

  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Producers: Sarah Green, Terrence Malick
  • Writers: Terrence Malick
  • Genres: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Q Orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

The film begins with a young Native American woman offering a prayer to Mother Earth. While never referred to by name, she is understood to be Pocahontas. The woman and others from her tribe witness the arrival of three ships. It is Virginia, the year 1607, and the ships are part of the Jamestown Expedition, sent by English royal charter to found a colony in the “New World.” Aboard one of the ships we see a man, later identified as Captain John Smith, below decks, in chains. While initially sentenced to death by hanging for his mutinous remarks, once ashore, Smith is pardoned by Captain Christopher Newport, the leader of the expedition.

While the prospects for the settlement are initially bright, disease, poor discipline, supply shortages, and tensions with the local Native Americans (who Newport calls “the naturals” rather than “the savages” used by Radcliffe in the 1995 Disney film) place the expedition in jeopardy. Smith is given the opportunity to restore his reputation by taking a small group of men up river to seek trade while Newport returns to England for supplies. While on this mission, Smith is captured by a group of Native Americans and brought before their chief. After being questioned, the captain is nearly executed but is spared when one of the chief’s daughters (the same young woman from the beginning of the film) throws herself across his body, saving his life.

Embracing her husband, Pocahontas and Rolfe make arrangements to return to Virginia. However, on the outward passage, she falls ill and suddenly dies. The film ends with images of Pocahontas and her young son playing in the gardens of their English estate as Rolfe, in a voice over, reads a letter, addressed to their son about his deceased mother. In the film’s closing moments, Pocahontas says “Mother, now I know where you live”, having found peace through her strength to grow past her wounds, the film ends with images of nature.

The Last Station

  • Directors: Michael Hoffman
  • Producers: Jens Meurer, Chris Curling, Bonnie Arnold
  • Writers: Michael Hoffman, Jay Parini
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Anne Marie Duff, Kerry Condon

The film explores the turbulent final year in the life of the Russian writer and philosopher and his troubled marriage.[1]

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Producers: Samuel Hadida, Amy Gilliam, William Vince, Terry Gilliam
  • Writers: Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Actors: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Waits, with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law

The plot revolves around one thousand year old Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) and his travelling theatre troupe, his “Imaginarium”, which includes sleight-of-hand expert Anton (Andrew Garfield) and dwarf Percy (Verne Troyer), as well as Parnassus’ daughter Valentina (Lily Cole), who travel around England, offering spectators the chance to go through a mirror, into their imagination. The film begins with them putting on one such show, outside a London pub. Their spectators come from people who have just been thrown out of the bar, and one particularly rowdy man boards the stage. Valentina, in an attempt to keep the peace, lures the man into the mirror, then escapes, leaving the man inside. The man is first surrounded by empty bottles of alcohol, signifying his alcoholism. He is taken into the sky by a strange hand-like creature, and then dropped onto an enormous thumbtack. He is then faced with a choice: climb an extremely high mountain, which would take a lot of effort, but ultimately lead to happiness, or the Devil’s choice, go into a small dingy pub located near the mountain. He chooses the latter, whereupon the pub explodes. Outside the Imaginarium, Parnassus knows that the Devil has claimed his soul. Anton talks their way out of trouble with the police, and they set off to another location. On their way there, Anton stops the cart on a bridge, having seen someone (Heath Ledger) ‘dancing’ on the river. They soon deduce it is the shadow of a man hanging, so they get him up, and, while attempting to revive him, a metal pipe comes out of his throat, explaining why he is not dead. After they again set off, the Devil (Tom Waits), whom Parnassus calls Mr. Nick, informs him that the stranger’s name is Anthony Sheppard, and that he ran a children’s charity. Parnassus, believing that the Devil has sent Anthony, furiously demands for him to leave. The next morning, Percy sees that there are several red symbols on the head of Tony, who pretends to have lost his memory. He meets the rest of the troupe, hitting it off particularly with Valentina, while Anton distrusts him. He suggests he joins them, presumably because he is a missing person, a disgraced charity runner, presumed dead, and they agree. Parnassus tells Valentina the story of how he was first visited by the Devil, when he was a young man, amongst many monks constantly speaking the stories of the universe, in the belief that it would be destroyed if the story was stopped. The Devil silences everyone to prove that this is false, but Parnassus insists the story is being spoken somewhere in the world. Frustrated, the Devil makes a wager with him; if Parnassus gathers twelve followers before the Devil, he will grant him eternal life. In the end, the Devil let him win, knowing that there would come a time where people will not listen to his stories. The Devil comes to Parnassus with a change in the wager; instead of Valentina belonging to him once she turned sixteen, if Parnassus is the first to win five souls in the Imaginarium, he will be free of the bargain. However, they have only two days to do this. Tony suggests they liven up the show to attract more spectators, and, by doing this in a shopping centre, they attract a woman into entering the Imaginarium, who, aided by Tony, whose appearance is altered in the Imaginarium (now Johnny Depp), chooses the ‘right’ path. Three others are won, but Tony is chased in the Imaginarium (now Jude Law) by four Russian men. They arrive in a field of ‘ladders to success’, which Tony begins to climb, this being his temptation. The men eventually catch up to him, about to hang him, which Tony prepares for by sliding the metal pipe down his throat again, but notice his change in appearance. His is given away by the red symbols on his forehead, but the Russians are tempted by the Devil. He now has four souls, needing only one more to win the wager. He is led out of the Imaginarium by Anton, despite wanting desperately to go back to the ladders to success. Once they are back, Valentina flees after hearing about the terms of the original bargain. They now have only one hour to win the last soul. Tony volunteers to be the last soul, and he is followed by Valentina into the Imaginarium. After Valentina and Tony (now Colin Farrell) havesex on a boat, they come across a small child, who Tony sees as his temptation. He is then at a convention publicising himself as a successful charity runner, but, Anton, having gone into the Imaginarium as a small child, reveals to Valentina the corrupt nature of his fund, Suffer The Little Children, he beats him up on stage, causing the crowd to chase after him. Meanwhile, Anton falls off a cliff, dying in both the Imaginarium and the real world. Valentina, furious at her father, is faced with two choices, one of which she knows to be the Devil’s. She defiantly chooses the Devil, and he, as a result, wins the wager. The Devil tempts Parnassus again, saying that if he can kill Tony, he will give Valentina back to him. Tony reaches the top of a mountain, with the angry mob close behind him, seeing Dr. Parnassus and a gallows. He sees this as an oppurtunity to escape, and Parnassus offers him two metal pipes, a solid one, and one that breaks quite easily. The one he chooses, Parnassus swallows, and hangs himself. Tonty quickly cuts him down and gets the pipe out of him, putting it down his own throat. As he is being hung, he sees Parnassus spit out a broken pipe, and smiles, but he then spits out a solid pipe, and Tony realises that he will die, just before his is hung and his neck breaks. Parnassus now wanders down the mountain, coming to a signpost, which he sees as another sign of the Devil tempting him. He falls to the ground in despair, and looks up to find himself inadveredly begging in the street. He sees Valentina as she passes, and realises that she is indeed happy. Percy finds Parnassus, and the film ends with them selling miniature Imaginariums on the street, while the Devil tempts the customers, ever searching for a wager.


  • Directors: Shane Acker
  • Producers: Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, Jim Lemley
  • Writers: Shane Acker, Pamela Pettler, Ben Gluck
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, War
  • Actors: Elijah Wood, John C Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau

9 takes place in a world parallel to our own, in which the very legacy of humanity is threatened. A group of sapient rag dolls, living a post-apocalyptic existence find one of their own, 9 (Wood), who displays leadership qualities that may help them to survive.

The conflicted but resilient group includes 1 (Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Connelly), a brave warrior.[4][5] The trailer also depicts 3 and 4 as identical, hooded rag dolls whose numbers are on their front, and 8 as a hulking warrior, whose number is marked on his right shoulder unlike the others, who bear their numbers on their backs.


  • Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson
  • Producers: Jonas Rivera
  • Writers: Bob Peterson, Ronnie del Carmen, Thomas McCarthy
  • Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Jordan Nagai

Carl Fredricksen (Edward Asner) is a retired 78-year-old balloon salesman. When Carl was a child, he met and eventually married a girl named Ellie who grew up in a small midwestern town. Ellie always dreamed of visiting South America, but she died before she got a chance. Now, when developers threaten to move him into an assisted living home, Carl decides to fulfill his promise to Ellie. To accomplish this, he uses a huge number of balloons to make the house fly – but unwittingly takes a chubby eight-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell with him. The two opposites match up for thrilling adventures as they encounter wild terrain, unexpected foes, and all the terrifying creatures that wait in the Venezuelan jungle.[2]

The Sound of Music

  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Producers: Robert Wise
  • Writers: Autobiography, Maria von Trapp, Book of musical, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, Screenplay, Ernest Lehman
  • Genres: Biography, Drama, Family, Musical
  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

In Salzburg, Austria, Maria, played by Julie Andrews, is studying to become a nun but Reverend Mother (Peggy Wood) is not sure if convent life is right for her, and sends her temporarily to be the governess to seven children of a widower naval commander, Captain Georg Ritter von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Maria and the Captain immediately disagree on the way the children are treated; the Captain has been raising them according to the principles of military discipline, while Maria wants them to enjoy life as children while they can. The children are Liesl (16) (Charmian Carr), Friedrich (14) (Nicholas Hammond), Louisa (13) (Heather Menzies), Kurt (11) (Duane Chase), Brigitta (10) (Angela Cartwright), Marta (7) (Debbie Turner), and Gretl (5) (Kym Karath).

The children, mischievous and initially hostile to Maria, eventually come to love her when she introduces them to the pleasures of music and singing. After a confrontation between Maria and the Captain, at the end of which he orders her to return to the abbey, he unexpectedly hears the children singing. He softens, tells Maria that she was right, and asks her to stay. One of the Captain’s friends, Max Dettweiler (Richard Haydn), tries to persuade the Captain to let the children perform in his concert. Maria finds herself falling in love with the captain, who seems likely to marry to The Baroness Elsa Schraeder (Eleanor Parker), a very wealthy baroness. The Baroness becomes jealous of Maria and convinces her to leave during a grand party at the house, by exploiting Maria’s inner conflict about becoming a nun and her discomfort at the Captain’s obvious affection towards her.

The Third Reich takes power in Austria as part of the Anschluss and tries to force Captain von Trapp back into military service. The Captain, unwilling to serve the Reich, delays the matter by insisting to Zeller (Ben Wright), the Gauleiter, or party leader for the district, that he is part of the von Trapp Family Singers and must appear with them during a performance at the Salzburg Music Festival, in a guarded theater. After they fail to appear for their curtain call, a search party is formed to track the family fugitives. Rolfe alone discovers the von Trapps hiding in a cemetery at Maria’s old convent, and after a brief confrontation with the Captain, alerts his fellow soldiers to their presence. The soldiers give chase as the family flees, but they are unable to catch up with the von Trapps: their vehicles have been sabotaged by the nuns at the Maria’s former abbey. The von Trapps are free. The film ends with the von Trapps hiking over the Alps to Switzerland.

National Treasure

  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, John Turteltaub
  • Writers: Story by, Jim Kouf, Oren Aviv, Charles Segars, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Screenplay by, Marianne Cormac Wibberley
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Nicholas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Jon Voight, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Plummer, Yves Michel Beneche, Jason Earles

The story centers on Benjamin Franklin Gates (Cage), an amateur cryptologist with a mechanical engineering degree from MIT and an American history degree from Georgetown who comes from a long line of treasure hunters that believe in the legend of a fantastic treasure trove of artifacts and gold, hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States, and forgotten to all but a few. The first clue was given to Ben’s great-great-great-great grandfather Thomas Gates (Jason Earles) by Charles Carroll, the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence, saying simply, “The secret lies with Charlotte”.

Using sophisticated computer arctic weather models, Ben, with his friend Riley Poole (Bartha) and financier Ian Howe (Bean), finds the wreckage of a Colonial ship, the Charlotte, containing a meerschaum pipe engraved with a riddle. After examining the riddle, Ben deduces that the next clue is on the back of the Declaration of Independence. While Ben sees gaining access to such a highly guarded artifact as an obstacle, Ian finds no problem in stealing it. In the standoff, Ian escapes and the Charlotte explodes with Ben and Riley inside, nearly killing them.

They attempt to warn the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and Dr. Abigail Chase (Kruger) at the National Archives, but no one takes them seriously, believing it to be too heavily guarded to be under any threat. Ben thinks otherwise, however, and decides to steal it to keep it from Ian. Ben and Riley manage to steal the Declaration during a 70th anniversary-gala, just before Ian arrives. Dr. Chase, who is holding a replica, is kidnapped by Ian who thinks she has the real one, and Ben has to engage in a car chase to rescue her. As she will not leave without the Declaration, and Ben will not let her leave with it, she is forced to go along with them.

When they leave through the second exit and the FBI arrives, Ben discovers that the chief investigator, Special agent Peter Sadusky (Keitel), is a Freemason. Ben proposes to give the treasure to various museums around the world, with credit being given to the entire Gates family and Riley, with Dr. Chase not being penalized for the theft of the Declaration. However, Sadusky says that someone has to go to prison for the theft of the Declaration, so they fly to Boston, where Ian and his men are breaking the lock to gain entry to the Old North Church. FBI agents emerge from hiding and arrest them under charges of “kidnapping, attempted murder, and trespassing on government property.” The U.S. government offers Ben and his friends 10% of the treasure, but Ben only takes 1% and splits it with Riley. With his share, Ben and Abigail buy a mansion once owned by a man who knew Charles Carroll, and Riley buys a red Ferrari 360 Spider. The film ends with Abigail giving Ben a map and when he curiously asks what it leads to she just smiles a suggestive grin.

Twelve Monkeys

  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Producers: Charles Roven
  • Writers: Screenplay, David Peoples, Janet Peoples, Chris Marker
  • Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer

James Cole (Bruce Willis) is a convicted criminal living in a grim post-apocalyptic future. In 1996-1997, the Earth’s surface was contaminated by a virus so deadly that it forced the surviving population to live underground. To earn a pardon, Cole allows scientists to send him on dangerous missions to the past to collect information on the virus, thought to be released by a terrorist organization known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. If possible, he is to obtain a pure sample of the original virus so a cure can be made. Throughout the film, Cole is troubled with recurring dreams involving a chase and a shooting in an airport.

On Cole’s first trip, he arrives in Baltimore in 1990, not 1996 as planned. He is arrested and hospitalized in a mental institution on the diagnosis of Dr. Kathryn Railly (Stowe). There, he encounters Jeffrey Goines (Pitt), a fellow mental patient with animal rights and anti-consumerist leanings. Cole tries unsuccessfully to leave a voice mail on a number monitored by the scientists in the future. After a failed escape attempt, Cole is restrained and locked in a cell, but then disappears, returning to the future. Back in his own time, Cole is interviewed by the scientists, who play a distorted voice mail message which gives the location of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys and states that they are responsible for the virus. He is also shown photos of numerous people, including Goines. The scientists then send him back to 1996.

On their way to the airport, they learn that the Army of the Twelve Monkeys is a red herring; all they have done is delay traffic by releasing all the animals in the zoo. At the airport, Cole leaves a last message telling the scientists they are on the wrong track following the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, and that he will not return. He is soon confronted by Jose (Jon Seda), an acquaintance from his own time, who gives Cole a handgun and instructions to complete his mission. At the same time, Railly spots the true culprit behind the virus – Dr. Peters (David Morse), an assistant at the Goines virology lab, about to embark on a tour of the cities which Cole had earlier memorized as being the path of the viral outbreak. Cole, while fighting through security, is fatally shot as he tries to stop Peters. As Cole dies in Railly’s arms, she makes eye contact with a small boy – the young James Cole witnessing his own death; the scene that will replay in his dreams for years to come. Dr. Peters, safely aboard, sits down next to the lead scientist from the future (Carol Florence), who introduces herself with: “Jones is my name. I’m in insurance.” A young James Cole is taken back to his parents’ car, where in the back seat he stares at a plane taking off.