1971

Night Club (1971)

Night Club (1971) Cast: Shamim Ara, Kemal, Aaliya, Talish, Zamurrud, Rangeela Director: Iqbal Yousuf Nutshell:  A murder mystery set in the early 70s Pakistan of Night Clubs and evil western debauchery.     Night Club is a film shot at a time when the nation was transitioning between its colonial past to the fledgling independent state trying to find its identity and make its mark as an ...

Fright (1971)

Fright (1971) Cast: Susan George, Honor Blackman, Ian Bannen, Dennis Waterman Director: Peter Collinson Nutshell:  Susan George babysits for a family with a secret and soon gets embroiled in a terrifying nightmare.  Highly enjoyable and tension filled ride from the pre-internet, pre-cellphone era.  Well worth a revisit.   “Interesting current of sexual energy” – Creature Fea...

Revenge! (1971)

Revenge! (1971) Cast: Joan Collins, James Booth, Ray Barrett, Sinead Cusak, Kenneth Griffith Director: Sidney Hayers Nutshell: In the year of Straw Dogs, this well acted little thriller is a tale of normal folk revealing their dark sides and being unable to control events once they begin to spin out of control.     A family of father, stepmother and three adolescents are in an edgy mood ...

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) Cast:  Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim, Susan Brodrick, Lewis Fiander Director: Roy Ward Baker Nutshell:  A delicious transgender twist on the old Jekyll and Hyde tale with Mr. Hyde being transformed into the murderously evil Sister Hyde.     By the time the 70’s rolled around, Hammer Horror; Britain’s flagship horror production house was flound...

Tehzeeb (1971)

Tehzeeb (1971) Cast: Rani, Shahid, Sabiha, Aalia, Aslam Parvez, Lehri, Rangeela, Tamanna Director: Hassan Tariq Synopsis: Debauched immoral western values wreak havoc on traditional eastern ways     This social drama with a Stinger missile of a message became a runaway smash hit way back in 1971 establishing Rani as a major force on the Urdu scene – especially as it followed up on ...

Al-Assifa (1971)

Al-Assifa (1971) Cast:  Naghma, Sudhir, Haider, Afzal Khan, Nabeela, Aslam Parvez Director:  Riaz Ahmed Writer:  Nasir Adeeb (debut) Synopsis:  Zerqa’s poor cousin is also a spectacularly blatant rip off and miserable successor to an established classic.   In 1969 Producer Director Riaz Shahid scored one of the biggest successes in Pakistani cinema history with potent story of a struggl...

Jane Bond 008: Operation Karachi (1971)

Jane Bond 008: Operation Karachi (1971) Cast: Raza Fazali, Rukhshanda, Tarana, Saqi, Niggo Director: Raza Fazali Synopsis:  Statuesque Beauty plays the lethal Spy Agent 008 on a deadly mission to Karachi.   Back in the 60’s and 70’s Pakistan and its neighbor Iran joined hands to produce a handful of films. Though most had a social angle to them, this particular one was a swinging James Bond c...

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