Michael Caine Collection: Ipcress File Educating Rita Fourth...

20/10/2003
  |  Buy to Own: 20/10/2003
  |  427 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Four Michael Caine films ranging from 1965 to 1987. 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. 'Kidnapped' (1971) is Delbert Mann's adaptation of the R.L. Stevenson novel, set during the 18th century, which sticks close to the text. David Balfour (Lawrence Douglas) is a recently orphaned young man from a tiny Highland village and the true heir to the title of Master of the Shaws. His uncle Ebenezer (Donald Pleasance) has designs on the title so hires Captain Hosean (Jack Hawkins) to dispose of his nephew. However, David is rescued by rebel Alan Breck (Caine), who is fighting for Scotland's independence from the English but after several escapades Alan realises that his fight is doomed, whereas David manages to foil his uncle's evil plans. 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, 'The Fourth Protocol' (1987) is a Cold War thriller adapted by Frederick Forsyth from his own bestseller. When Soviet spy Valeri Petrofsky (Pierce Brosnan) is charged with bringing about the demise of NATO, he decides his best bet is to detonate an American nuclear bomb at a British air base. The only man who can stand in his way is veteran counter-espionage expert John Preston (Caine), but he must fight the opposition of his bosses before they agree to take the threat seriously.