Michael Caine Collection: Ipcress File Educating Rita Eagle Has..

12/11/2001
  |  Buy to Own: 12/11/2001
  |  430 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Four Michael Caine films ranging from 1965 to 1988. In 'The Ipcress File' (1965) Caine plays Cockney secret service man Harry Palmer in the first of a trilogy of 60s spy capers from the pen of Len Deighton. Here Harry tracks down a missing scientist, only to discover that one of his own superiors is a double agent. 'The Eagle Has Landed' (1976) is John Sturges' adaptation of Jack Higgins' semi-factual novel using an all-star cast. In 1943, a group of Nazi soldiers parachute into Norfolk and infiltrate a small village near the holiday retreat of Winston Churchill. Their plan is to assassinate the British Prime Minister but the villagers are not without initiative and, as their plans get protracted, they find themselves facing moral and practical dilemmas. In 'Educating Rita' (1983) working-class hairdresser Rita (Julie Walters) enrols for an adult education course in literature at her local university, determined to expand her mind. She is assigned alcoholic lecturer Dr Frank Bryant (Caine), and as Rita's horizons broaden she begins to feel stifled by her home life. Simultaneously, Frank's academic career takes a turn for the worse as his drinking increases. Caine and Walters both received Oscar nominations, as did Willy Russell's screenplay. Finally in 'Without a Clue' (1988) Victorian society thrills to the crime-solving adventures of the great Sherlock Holmes, unaware that he is in fact a fictional character created by the real sleuth - Dr Watson (Ben Kingsley) - as a cover for his own detecting abilities. When Scotland Yard request that Holmes help them with their latest, baffling case, Watson is forced to provide him, in the form of weak, drunken actor Reginald Kincaid (Caine).