British commandos hunting terrorists (presumably in post-war Cyprus), Tom Courtenay (title role) loses his cool, chastised by Corporal Lamb (Harry Landis), the key moment in Private Potter, 1962, from Ronald Harwood's screenplay.
Terrific scenes by Eric Thompson (Emma's dad, as Captain Knowles), first with accused Tom Courtenay (title character), then with his C-O (James Maxwell), from Private Potter, 1962, directed by Casper Wrede.
Soldier Tom Courtenay (title character), whose scream amid battle cost the life of a colleague, tries to explain to The Padre (Ralph Michael) how he saw God, in Private Potter, 1962.
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The small town of Junction is the proud home of “The World’s Largest Stool.” John Stevens, a doctoral candidate in roadside attractions, travels to Junction, anxious to authenticate the stool as a true piece of art. Unbeknownst to John, there has been an act of vandalism against the statue of the town’s founder, and Curtis Gorfurter, Junction’s police chief, has concluded it must be the work of a terrorist. John drops off pictures of the stool in town for development and, wishing to have them enlarged, leaves a note, “BLOW UP.” To Chief Gorfurter this can only mean that the terrorist’s target is the stool. The Chief enacts the Junction Freedom Act and institutes a town color alert, instantly raising it from brick to tangerine. Soon, the Chief, John and the Chief’s sexually frustrated girlfriend are caught in a game where common sense has taken a holiday. Played with all seriousness and a caustic dead pan humor, director Jay Martel’s Terrorists offers a biting satire on fear gone berserk. While laugh out loud funny, it is also a serious statement on how hysteria can take away our civil liberties, even with the best of motives. A serious comedy about life in post-9/11 America.
Played with all seriousness and a caustic dead pan humor, director Jay Martel's Terrorists offers a biting satire on fear gone berserk. A serious comedy about life in post-9/11 America.
The fun starts when a group of A.T.S. girls are posted to a light ack-ack command post on a remote part of the English coast.
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