Screen Goddess Collection: Jean Simmons

  |  Buy to Own: 14/01/2008
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Four-film box set featuring one of Hollywood's most enduring leading ladies. 'Spartacus' (1960) concerns the efforts of the slave-gladiator Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) to lead the slaves of the Roman Empire in a rebellion against their masters. The ranks quickly swell as the slave army makes its way across Italy towards the coast. But the despotic Roman senator Crassus (Laurence Olivier) determines to quell the revolt for his own selfish ends, and the stage is thus set for a tremendous battle. In the comedy 'Divorce American Style' (1967), Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds star as Richard and Barbara Harmon, a typical American couple, together for 17 years. But lately things have become too predictable and stale. The once loving couple spends their evenings arguing, their marriage quickly unravelling. They visit a marriage counsellor to no avail, and when Richard pays a drunken visit to a prostitute (Lee Grant), they split up. But the Harmons find their newly-single lifestyle isn't going to be easy. Richard meets Nelson (Jason Robards) who plays matchmaker for his ex-wife Nancy (Simmons), figuring he won't have to pay alimony if she's re-married to Richard. Barbara falls for Big Al (Van Johnson) a car dealer with a mother fixation - but when Barbara and Richard are reunited at a nightclub one evening, they come to the realisation that even though they didn't have a perfect marriage, it was a lot better than their divorce. In 'A Bullet is Waiting' (1954), a policeman and his prisoner survive their plane crashing in the mountains and seek shelter in a remote hut inhabited by a man and his daughter. Winona Ryder stars in 'How to Make an American Quilt' (1995) as a young graduate who is spending the summer with her grandmother and great aunt in order to finish her thesis and mull over a marriage proposal. Complications arise when she meets sexy Leon, and to help her decide who to plump for, the women of her grandmother's quilting circle tell stories of their own lives and loves.