A once-murderous sea captain — Solomon Kane — is holed up in a monastery in retreat from the devil, whom he fears is coming for his soul. Kane soon learns, however, that the path to redemption lies in defending those who are weak.
A ruthless mercenary renounces violence after learning his soul is bound for hell. When a young girl is kidnapped and her family slain by a sorcerer’s murderous cult, he is forced to fight and seek his redemption slaying evil.
James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, Pete Postlethwaite, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Alice Krige, Mackenzie Crook, Patrick Hurd-Wood, Jason Flemyng
After returning home from the First Crusade, battle-weary knight George (James Purefoy) agrees to find a princess (Piper Perabo) who’s gone missing. The brave knight and his friend Elmendorf (Bill Treacher) locate the princess but soon find themselves tangling with dangerous enemies as well as an incredible dragon. Patrick Swayze stars as an evil warlord who is set to marry the beautiful princess and Michael Clarke Duncan stars as Tarik, the Moor.
Joan Plowright, Patrick Swayze, Michael Clarke Duncan, Piper Perabo, James Purefoy, Bill Treacher
Produced for the BBC in 2001, The Mayor of Casterbridge is the second British miniseries version of Thomas Hardy’s 1886 novel (the first was filmed in 1978). This time, Ciarán Hinds stars as Michael Henchard, an unemployed drunkard who, in a moment of greedy delirium, sells his wife, Susan (Juliet Aubrey), and their infant daughter, Elizabeth Jane, to a passing sailor — for a price of five pounds. Sobering up the next day, Henchard conducts a frenzied search for his family, only to find that they have already gone. Swearing off liquor, Henchard promises to re-invent himself as a solid and dependable citizen. He succeeds so thoroughly in this endeavor that, 18 years later, he has risen to the rank of mayor of Casterbridge. About to make his reformation complete by wedding attractive young Lucetta (Polly Walker), Henchard is aghast to discover that his wife and now-grown daughter (played as an adult by Jodhi May), have returned home. Hounded by his conscience, Henchard bends over backward to make amends to his loved ones — only to revert to his old, disreputable self when things go terribly wrong. Meanwhile, a new intrigue has blossomed vis-à-vis a romantic triangle involving Elizabeth Jane, Lucetta, and handsome, righteous Donald Farfrae (James Purefoy).
James Purefoy, a personal favorite of mine, plays a significant role in this film.
On the same night that his family comes to town, Henchard meets an optimistic Scotsman, Donald Farfrae (Purefoy), who has developed a technique to restore bad grain. The mayor persuades Farfrae to become his manager, and he also confides in the younger man. Later on, Henchard grows terribly jealous of Farfrae- an even-tempered, fair-minded man (unlike the mayor). Just as in Hardy’s other works (i.e. Far from the Maddening Crowd, Jude the Obscure, and Tess of the D’Urbervilles) you will find lies, mysterious letters, sudden revelations, strong females, and a lot of drama. There are secrets at every turn in this story, so check it out for yourself!
Rome star James Purefoy steps into the impeccably tailored suit of the Regency England dandy who forever changed male fashion in director Philippa Lowthrope’s adaptation of author Ian Kelly’s acclaimed biography. In an era when men relied on powders and perfumes in order to appear well groomed and attractive, Beau Brummell’s comparatively simplistic regiment of common-sense elegance and frequent washing was downright revolutionary. Matthew Rhys co-stars as Lord Byron. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
The Hollow Crown brings together four filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s History Plays – Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. Starting in the year 1399, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play. Kings, with their families and followers, are threatened by rebellion and conflict.
The story takes us from the Royal Court at Westminster to battlefields in England and France. These rich films are woven with the finest of Shakespeare’s poetry and are filmed in the architecture and landscape of the period.
King Richard is called upon to settle a dispute between his cousin Henry Bolingbroke and Thomas Mowbray. Richard calls for a duel but then halts it just before swords clash. Both men are banished from the realm. Richard visits John of Gaunt, Bolingbroke’s father, who, in the throes of death, reprimands the king. After seizing Gaunt’s money and land, Richard leaves for wars against the rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim back his inheritance. Supported by his allies, Northumberland and the Duke of York, Bolingbroke takes Richard prisoner and lays claim to the throne. (download – large 1.2 gig)
Henry IV – Part 1 (airs July 7th) BBC2
Episode 2 of 4
Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes
The heir to the throne, Prince Hal, defies his father, King Henry, by spending his time at Mistress Quickly’s tavern in the company of the dissolute Falstaff and his companions. The King is threatened by a rebellion led by Hal’s rival, Hotspur, his father Northumberland and his uncle Worcester. In the face of this danger to the state, Prince Hal joins his father to defeat the rebels at the Battle of Shrewsbury and kill Hotspur in single combat.