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Ian McKellen

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MacbethMacbeth (1979)
Dir. Philip Casson
Feat. Ian McKellen, Judi Dench
Excellent version of the 'Scottish play' that translates Trevor Nunn's RSC stage version to television complete with minimalistic staging and some…
Armchair Thriller CollectionArmchair Thriller Collection (1979-1981)
Feat. Ian McKellen, James Bolam, Alun Armstrong
With memorably unsettling opening credits and exceptional performances and direction, this anthology series became a significant hit for Thames…
Priest Of LovePriest Of Love (1981)
Dir. Christopher Miles
Feat. Ian McKellen, Janet Suzman, Ava Gardner
Ian McKellen stars as D.H Lawrence in this biopic, chronicling the author's tempestuous relationship with his wife Frieda (Suzman), and his battle…
Scarlet Pimpernel, The (TV Mini-Series)Scarlet Pimpernel, The (TV Mini-Series) (1982)
Dir. Clive Donner
Feat. Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Ian McKellen
Top–notch mini–series version of the classic tale of The Scarlet Pimpernel – an English nobleman who lived a double–life…
Windmills of the GodsWindmills of the Gods (1988)
Dir. Lee Phillips
Feat. Jaclyn Smith, Robert Wagner, Ian McKellen
As the Cold War rages, the president names Professor Mary Ashley as the new Ambassador to Romania. Mike Slade is appointed to be her assistant. As…
ScandalScandal (1989)
Dir. Michael Caton-Jones
Feat. John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda
Polished dramatisation of events that led to the downfall of politician John Profumo, who engaged in an liaison with a controversial call–girl.
Shadow, TheShadow, The (1994)
Dir. Russell Mulcahy
Feat. Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller
Alec Baldwin plays the suave superhero based on the pulp fiction character created by Walter B. Gibson in 1931. Considered an elegant flop, the…
RestorationRestoration (1995)
Dir. Michael Hoffman
Feat. Robert Downey Jnr., Sam Neill, Meg Ryan
Golden–age English past is again revisited, to when debauched King Charles II was re–throned and decadence reigned. Robert Downey Jnr,…
Jack and SarahJack and Sarah (1996)
Dir. Tim Sullivan
Feat. Richard E. Grant, Samantha Mathis, Ian McKellen
The 'four weddings' formula is tweaked for another Grant – Richard E. (Withnail), who becomes an unwitting solo father after his wife dies.…
Cold Comfort FarmCold Comfort Farm (1996) Recommended
Dir. John Schlesinger
Feat. Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Ian McKellen
A beguiling comedy transpires when a penniless woman of society is forced to live with her yokel cousins. Full of eccentric dialogue and characters,…
Richard IIIRichard III (1996) Recommended
Dir. Richard Loncraine
Feat. Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jnr.
Transposed to a fascist 1930s Britain, Shakespeare's classic tale of power politics easily renews its timeless appeal. Ian McKellen commands every…
RasputinRasputin (1996)
Dir. Uli Edel
Feat. Alan Rickman, Greta Scacchi, Ian McKellen
Richly turned–out costume saga of Rasputin: the enigmatic, unwashed peasant who rose up to become the spiritual guide of the Tsar's family in…
Swept from the SeaSwept from the Sea (Amy Foster) (1997)
Dir. Beeban Kidron
Feat. Vincent Perez, Rachel Weisz, Ian McKellen
Shipwrecked Ukrainian emigree Vincent Perez washes ashore in rugged Cornwall, to the bafflement of the folk, especially after he receives scandalous…
Bent (1997)
Dir. Sean Mathias
Feat. Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau, Ian McKellen
Martin Sherman adapts his award–winning and extensively performed play about Nazi persecution of homosexuals, and the agonizing love story of…
Apt PupilApt Pupil (1998)
Dir. Bryan Singer
Feat. Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro
Creepy version of the Stephen King novella uses its pungent story–hook about a teenager discovering and blackmailing an ex–Nazi living in…
Gods and MonstersGods and Monsters (1998) Recommended
Dir. Bill Condon
Feat. Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave
In one of the more quietly celebrated dramas of the year, Sir Ian McKellen creates a finely shaded, Oscar–nominated role as real–life gay…
David Copperfield (Mini-series)David Copperfield (Mini-series) (2000)
Dir. Simon Curtis
Feat. Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Ian McKellen
Charles Dicken's semi–autobiographical novel (and his own personal favourite) of an aspiring young lad, gets adapted by the BBC, with an…
Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the RingLord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) Aro Favourite
Dir. Peter Jackson
Feat. Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
Monumental fantasy–epic and filmmaking accomplishment for local–boy–made–good Peter Jackson, transmutes the first part of J R…
Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition)Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) (2001)
Dir. Peter Jackson
Feat. Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
Monumental fantasy–epic and filmmaking accomplishment for local–boy–made–good Peter Jackson, transmutes the first part of J R…
Lord of the Rings - The Two TowersLord of the Rings - The Two Towers (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Peter Jackson
Feat. Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
Peter Jackson’s mammoth adaptation of J R R Tolkien’s fantasy classic continues in grand fashion, with increased visual panache and…
X-Men 2X-Men 2 (2002) Recommended
Dir. Bryan Singer
Feat. Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart
A new war between humans and mutants looks to boil over in this sure–footed sci–fi sequel, again steered by dir. Singer. Centred…
Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Extended Edition)Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (Extended Edition) (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Peter Jackson
Feat. Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
Peter Jackson’s mammoth adaptation of J R R Tolkien’s fantasy classic continues in grand fashion, with increased visual panache and dramatic…
Lord of the Rings - The Return of the KingLord of the Rings - The Return of the King (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Peter Jackson
Feat. Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
Peter Jackson's adaptation of J R R Tolkien's fantasy trilogy of 'Middle Earth' reaches its spectacular climax, drawing the story–threads…
Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Extended Edition)Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Extended Edition) (2003) Aro Favourite
Dir. Peter Jackson
Feat. Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen
The final installment in Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of JRR Tolkien's fantasy classic. This version includes an extra 45 minutes of footage.
EmileEmile (2003)
Dir. Carl Bessai
Feat. Ian McKellen, Deborah Kara Unger, Tygh Runyan
A worthy homage to Bergman's WILD STRAWBERRIES, with McKellen here playing a retired professor, whose journey back to his roots in Canada stirs up a…
AsylumAsylum (2005)
Dir. David Mackenzie
Feat. Natasha Richardson, Ian McKellen, Joss Ackland
Tense psychological thriller from the dir. of YOUNG ADAM that owes plenty to the master Hitch, with Natasha Richardson in fine form as a bored…
NeverwasNeverwas (2005)
Dir. Joshua Michael Stern
Feat. Ian McKellen, Aaron Eckhart, Brittany Murphy
Emotive, 'realist' fairytale concerns a psychiatrist (Eckhart) who discovers the magical world his deceased father (Nolte) wrote about in a Lewis…
X-Men 3: The Last StandX-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006)
Dir. Brett Ratner
Feat. Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart
Third entry in the X–MEN series maintains the intensity with a raft of new mutants – of various persuasions – and an intriguing new…
Da Vinci Code, TheDa Vinci Code, The (2006)
Dir. Ron Howard
Feat. Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen
Adapted from Dan Brown's blockbusting novel, this rollicking, if over–weighty adventure has an American historian (Hanks) getting dragged into…
Golden Compass, TheGolden Compass, The (2007)
Dir. Chris Weitz
Feat. Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Ben Walker
Visually magnificent fantasy epic adapted from the first installment in Philip Pullman's controversial "His Dark Materials" trilogy traverses similar…
King LearKing Lear (2007)
Dir. Trevor Nunn
Feat. Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, Sylvester McCoy
The Royal Shakespeare Company's 2007 adaptation sees McKellen as his commanding best in the titular role, with an equally terrific performance from…
Prisoner, The (TV Series)Prisoner, The (TV Series) (2009)
Feat. Ian McKellen, Jim Caviezel, Hayley Atwell
Fuzzy re–imagining of the '60's cult classic has Caviezel retire from his New York based desk job only to wake up the next day in the desert…
Hobbit, The - An Unexpected JourneyHobbit, The - An Unexpected Journey (2012) Recommended
Dir. Peter Jackson
Feat. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth with this epic first chapter in The Hobbit saga, which follows Bilbo Baggins' quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf…
Hobbit, The - The Desolation of SmaugHobbit, The - The Desolation of Smaug (2013) Recommended
Dir. Peter Jackson
Feat. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
Chapter two of Peter Jackson's epic adaptation of The Hobbit, which sees the party's quest to reclaim their homeland from Smaug continue. Bilbo…
Vicious (TV Series)Vicious (TV Series) (2013)
Feat. Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi have a right 'ol time playing a couple of sardonic queers in this cheesy British sitcom.
X-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Recommended
Dir. Bryan Singer
Feat. Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
This latest installment in the X–Men saga sees Wolverine travel back in time to prevent a world changing event.
Hobbit, The - Battle of Five ArmiesHobbit, The - Battle of Five Armies (2014) Recommended
Dir. Peter Jackson
Feat. Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
Spectacular concluding chapter of the trilogy has Bilbo and company forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely…
Mr. HolmesMr. Holmes (2015) Recommended
Dir. Bill Condon
Feat. Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada
An intriguing take on the great detective's final years with Ian McKellen in his element as the retired Sherlock Holmes who, dealing with early…
All is TrueAll is True (2018)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
Kenneth Branagh plays William Shakespeare in his final days in this impressively cast biopic, set following a tragic fire which burns down the Globe…

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