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Film Four

(last updated Tue 23 Dec 2008, 05:25 GMT)

Red River
1948 Howard Hawks' superior Western chronicling the growing conflict between tough Texan rancher John Wayne and his rebellious foster son Montgomery Clift during a long-distance cattle drive. The older man's terse methods and unyielding outlook cause anger among his men — prompting the upstart to take action, and leading the pair inexorably into confrontation. Co-starring Walter Brennan, Joanne Dru and Coleen Gray

Christmas Carol: The Movie
2001 Joyful animated adaptation of Dickens' classic, telling the familiar tale of the poverty-stricken Cratchits and miserly Mr Scrooge as they prepare for Christmas — little suspecting what fate has in store for them. Simon Callow provides the voice for Scrooge, as well as playing Dickens himself in a live-action framing device. A host of big-name stars offer their vocal talents, including Nicolas Cage, Kate Winslet, Rhys Ifans, Jane Horrocks, Michael Gambon and Juliet Stevenson, and there are songs from Charlotte Church

Black Narcissus
1947 Five British nuns establish a school and hospital on a remote mountainside in the Himalayas, where loneliness, isolation and frustration take their toll. Stunning, stylised Oscar-winning drama from legendary directorial team Powell and Pressburger. Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, Flora Robson and Jean Simmons are among the superb cast

In & Out
1997 An Oscar winner announces on national TV that his former schoolteacher is gay, causing uproar in the close-knit community where he grew up, and forcing the beleaguered tutor to convince his family, fiancee and pupils that he's not. Side-splitting comedy, starring Kevin Kline, Matt Dillon, Tom Selleck and Joan Cusack — who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance

Australia Special
Director Baz Luhrmann and stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman discuss the making of the epic romantic drama

Mr & Mrs Smith
2005 A couple struggle to keep their marriage interesting until they learn they have something in common — they are both assassins. When their employers demand they kill each other, their rocky relationship suddenly becomes even more complicated. Comedy adventure, starring Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn and Adam Brody

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
1996 Baz Luhrmann's exuberant adaptation of the famous romantic tale. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes take the lead roles of the “star-cross'd lovers” torn apart by their feuding families, who go to desperate lengths to ensure they'll be together for ever. Excellent support comes courtesy of Pete Postlethwaite, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Paul Sorvino and Miriam Margolyes

Offside (PG) 2006 Iranian comedy drama, set against the backdrop of a World Cup qualifying football match in Tehran. Women are forbidden by law to attend the game or even enter the stadium — but several teenage female football fans are not about to let that stop them, and try to sneak into the ground by disguising themselves as boys. Starring Sima Mobarak-Shahi and Safar Samandar

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