Free inside Mail tomorrow the rather excellent film The Graduate and on Sunday Austin Powers. Neither have been freebies before. Then continuing one a day for 12 days in pick ups from Tesco and Sainsbury's (interestingly no longer WH Smiths)
The Elephant Man
Nominated for eight Oscars and starring movie giants John Hurt as the Elephant Man and Anthony Hopkins as a well meaning surgeon, this is an extraordinary and intensely moving true story of bravery and humanity. Forced into circus sideshows and spurned by polite society, the Elephant Man attempts to fit into a world ruled by Victorian sensibilities.
Mr & Mrs Bridge
Husband and wife team, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward star as Mr & Mrs Bridge, an affluent and conservative couple living in 1930s Kansas who feel the pressure on their already stale marriage as their children leave home to pursue their own lives. This is the touching story of a family staying together against all the odds.
The Cotton Club
The Cotton Club is award winning director Francis Ford Coppola's acclaimed take on the crime-filled underworld of the infamous jazz age. The Cotton Club is the place to be. Gangsters mingle with the rich and famous and very beautiful people. Richard Gere gives an inspired performance as a young musician who is dranw into this glittering world where violence hides beneath the glamour.
The Lion In Winter
Starring Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn as King Henry II of England and his formidable wife Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, this film follows the story of their quest to determine who should be the future King of England. The relationship between them is fiery and their passions turn from tenderness to fury as they scheme and cajole their three sons.
Julie Christie plays the part of Darling in this story of a stylish, amoral model in 1960's London, during the era which saw the ascension of the model girl to the status of international idol. The men in her life, willingly or involuntarily, help her on the way to the top. Also stars Dirk Bogarde as a TV interviewer and Laurence Harvey as a cynical advertising executive.
El Cid, starring Hollywood giants Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, is a tribute to one of history's greatest legends. This dazzling spectacle, with a cast of thousands, fills the screen with action and romance - from knights in armour jousting on horseback to massive battles on sea and land, where columns of warriors stretch across the horizon.
Clive Owen heads a strong cast in this atmospheric thriller of sexual and financial temptation set in London's gambling world. Jack Manfred (Owen) is an aspiring writer going nowhere fast. Against his better judgement and to make ends meet he takes a job as a croupier but is soon drawn into the glamour and intrigue of the casino, with disasterous results.
Based on a novel by Rumer Godden, Black Narcissus stars Deborah Kerr and Jean Simmons as nuns dedicated to the Indian mission in which they work. Obstacles in the life of a nun's community high in the Himalayas range from a cynical British Agent to suspicious natives. The mission prospers, but often at the expense of spiritual progress.
A Town Like Alice
This is a tale of endurance, cruelty and comradeship with two of British cinema's top stars, BAFTA winner Virgin McKenna and Oscar winner Peter Finch. It tells the story of a group of women befriended by a touch Australian POW, who are captured by the Japanese in Malaya during World War II and are forced to endure appalling hardships as they trek through the jungle.
Based on the novel by LP Hartley, The Go-Between links the prsent and the past taking on ageing bachelor back to the long hot summer when he was twelve and lost his boyish hear to a beautiful, headstrong young woman who used his adoration to suit her own purposes. Starring cinemas favourites Julie Christie and Alan Bates.
Farewell My Lovely
The neon-drenched, smoke-filled LA of 1941 forms the background for this acclaimed adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel. Philip Marlowe (Robert Mitchum) has two cases on his books - and they may not be as unconnected as they seem. Before he knows it, Marlowe finds himself surrounded by murder, intrigue and a secret but deadly connection.
The Cassandra Crossing
A terrorist infected with a deadly virus boards the Stockholm to Geneva Express and exposes everyone onboard to the disease. With an all-star cast including Sophia Loren, Burt Lancaster and Richard Harris, this film tells the spectacular and terrifying story of 1,000 doomed passengers trapped aboard a plague-infested train and the race against time to save them.