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Dreamscape / one sheet / USA

28.02.12

Poster Poster
Title
Dreamscape
AKA
--
Year of Film
1984
Director
Joseph Ruben
Starring
Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly, George Wendt, Larry Gelman
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly, George Wendt, Larry Gelman,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1984
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Drew Struzan
Size (inches)
27 2/16" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
840071
Tagline
Enter a world beyond your wildest imagination where anything can happen | Close your eyes and the adventure begins

Drew Struzan artwork on this poster for the 1984 sci-fi thriller Dreamscape, starring a young and fresh-faced Dennis Quaid, alongside the lovely Kate Capshaw. It also features veteran actors Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow who were, coincidentally, up against each other for the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ prize at the 2012 Academy Awards. Plummer went on to win for the first time in his long career.

Quaid plays psychic Alex Gardner who has been using his skills for personal gain after disappearing from a research project run by Dr. Paul Novotny (Von Sydow). Novotny tracks down Alex and coaxes him into joining his new experiment, which sees psychics’ abilities being used to infiltrate the dreams and nightmares of others. Whilst inside the dreams the psychics are able to influence events with the intention of ridding them of any sleep disorders they’re suffering. Although intended for benevolent purposes, a shadowy government agent (Plummer) clearly has other plans and an ally in the form of deranged psychic (David Patrick Kelly). It’s not long before the life of the President of the USA is in danger and only Alex can save him.

If the idea of infiltrating dreams sounds familiar it’s probably because Christopher Nolan’s 2010 sci-fi masterpiece, Inception, uses a similar conceipt of dream infiltration, although for different purposes and without the use of psychic powers. Despite some notably dodgy effects, Dreamscape is a fun watch and is definitely one of Quaid’s better lead roles. David Patrick Kelly plays a typically excellent bad guy and this was one of several memorable roles for him during the 1980s.

Some of the dreams situations are pretty creepy and well executed, particularly those involving the apocalyptic visions of the President.

Struzan’s artwork features several images taken from dream sequences as well as a couple of the ‘real world’ action scenes in the film. My only criticism of it is that it does make the film look like something of an action-adventure, which is definitely not the case, and the kid depicted as one of the main characters only features for a few brief minutes.

The original trailer is on YouTube.

Pulp Fiction / quad / UK

08.01.14

Poster Poster

It’s hard to believe but Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece Pulp Fiction celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and it’s easy to forget just what an impact it has had on cinema since its release. Whilst certainly not the first film to use a nonlinear, fractured narrative, Pulp Fiction arguably introduced the idea to a wide audience and did it with incredible bravado. Few films (pre-Reservoir Dogs) had characters speaking in such rapid-fire, pop culture-aware dialogue as Tarantino’s creations and few had mixed humour and violence as casually (and cleverly) as this. Blessed with deft editing and a killer soundtrack, all the ingredients combined together to make for a worldwide critical and commercial success, and cemented Tarantino’s reputation as an auteur filmmaker.

The film marked a watershed moment for independent cinema, particularly in the way it was financed and distributed. After Tarantino and screenwriting partner Roger Avary agreed a deal with Jersey Films (the production company part-owned by Danny DeVito) which was beneficial for all parties, the team initially attempted to produce the film with Columbia Tristar. After the script was eventually rejected by them for a litany of reasons, Harvey Weinstein’s Miramax, newly acquired by Disney, stepped in and agreed to finance it. Tarantino’s producing partner Lawrence Bender had the canny idea of paying each of the main actors the same amount per week, no matter their status. Part of the film’s success was in its superb casting of familiar faces playing against type, including Bruce Willis as an amoral boxer, John Travolta as an ageing hitman (Travolta’s career saw a huge boost on the back of this film) and Uma Thurman as a drug-taking wife of a mob boss.

It was an image of a sultry, raven-haired Uma Thurman that was used in (virtually) every market around the world and made for one of the most iconic one sheets of the 1990s (in both teaser and final style formats). For its hugely successful release in the UK, Miramax decided to use the same image of Thurman but adapted it to the landscape format, created a unique title design and also incorporated the dictionary definitions of Pulp and Fiction seen at the start of the film. Note that the packet of Lucky Strikes which had caused the teaser one sheet to be infamously withdrawn (after the cigarette manufacturer complained about its inclusion) has been digitally manipulated to obscure the logo as it was on the final one sheet.

Starcrash / one sheet / USA

29.07.11

Poster Poster
Title
Starcrash
AKA
Scontri stellari oltre la terza dimensione [stellar clashes beyond the third dimension] (Italy) | Star Battle Encounters (Philippines - English title)
Year of Film
1978
Director
Luigi Cozzi
Starring
Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, Robert Tessier, Joe Spinell, Nadia Cassini, Judd Hamilton, Hamilton Camp
Origin of Film
USA | Italy
Genre(s) of Film
Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, Robert Tessier, Joe Spinell, Nadia Cassini, Judd Hamilton, Hamilton Camp,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1979
Designer
Unknown
Artist
John Solie
Size (inches)
27 1/16" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
790050
Tagline
From a vast and distant galaxy... A Space Adventure for all Time!

This American one sheet for Starcrash, Luigi Cozzi’s 1978 Star Wars ‘homage’, has excellent artwork by John Solie, featuring Caroline Munro as the superbly monikered Stella Star. Critically panned on release, it has since gained cult status thanks to the camp script and infamous special effects. It was recently re-released on blu-ray under the ‘Roger Corman Cult Classics’ series. The film also features a score by the late John Barry – I like this bit of trivia on IMDb.

Witness David Hasselhoff battling space droids with a ‘lightsword’ on YouTube.

Check out the original trailer on YouTube (edited by the great Joe Dante) and bear witness to the quality of the effects.

Director Eli Roth has recorded a commentary to the trailer on the Trailer From Hell site.

Up / one sheet / teaser / USA

17.05.11

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Hanover Street / one sheet / USA

08.03.17

Poster Poster
Title
Hanover Street
AKA
--
Year of Film
1979
Director
Peter Hyams
Starring
Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Alec McCowen, Richard Masur, Michael Sacks, Patsy Kensit, Max Wall, Shane Rimmer, Keith Buckley, Sherrie Hewson
Origin of Film
UK
Genre(s) of Film
Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Alec McCowen, Richard Masur, Michael Sacks, Patsy Kensit, Max Wall, Shane Rimmer, Keith Buckley, Sherrie Hewson,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1979
Designer
Unknown
Artist
John Alvin
Size (inches)
27 1/16" x 41"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
790064
Tagline
Love hasn't been like this since 1943. | It was a time of courage and honor - of passion and sacrifice. This is the story of two people swept up in that time - who met - and fell in love.

John Alvin artwork features on this American one sheet for the Anglo-American wartime romantic film Hanover Street. The film was directed by Peter Hyams (Outland, Timecop) and was originally intended to star Kris Kristofferson. When the actor pulled out of the project, deciding instead to go on tour with his band, he was replaced by Harrison Ford. Luckily for the production, Ford was already over in Europe as he was shooting Force 10 from Navarone, another World War II-set film. Lesley-Anne Down plays Margaret, a British nurse with whom Ford’s American airman becomes romantically involved. 

The plot is described on IMDb:

During the Second World War, an American Pilot stationed in England meets a young British nurse during an air raid on London. The two instantly fall in love, despite the fact that the young Nurse is already married; a secret she keeps hidden from her American lover. After being shot down behind enemy lines, while being assigned to ferry a British agent into France, the American pilot realizes that his secret agent cargo is in fact his lover’s husband, and that the two must now work together in order to survive.

The film was apparently a reasonable box-office hit, thanks to the draw of Harrison Ford, but was largely critically mauled. It has garnered something of a following in the years since thanks to the well-staged flying sequences that used actual World War II bombers (B-25 Mitchells).

The late American designer and artist John Alvin was responsible for over 135 film poster designs over a thirty year period. Alvin painted many unforgettable pieces of artwork, including Blade Runner and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. The gallery of his posters on IMPAwards gives you an idea of the range of his work. Alvin sadly passed away too early, just shy of his 6oth birthday (in 2008), but his fantastic designs will live on for generations to come.

To see the posters I’ve collected by Alvin click here.

Pulp Fiction / B2 / white style / Japan

17.05.11

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Pulp Fiction / one sheet / final / USA

17.05.11

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The Insider / quad / UK

18.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Insider
AKA
Révélations (France)
Year of Film
1999
Director
Michael Mann
Starring
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Roger Bart, Rip Torn, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Perri
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Roger Bart, Rip Torn, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Perri,
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
--
Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1999
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
30" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
DS
Tagline
Warning: Exposing the Truth May Be Hazardous

The Insider / one sheet / advance / Pacino / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Insider
AKA
Révélations (France)
Year of Film
1999
Director
Michael Mann
Starring
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Roger Bart, Rip Torn, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Perri
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Roger Bart, Rip Torn, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Perri,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Advance - Pacino
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1999
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
26" x 39 7/8"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Warning: Exposing the Truth May Be Hazardous

12 Monkeys / one sheet / teaser / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
12 Monkeys
AKA
Twelve Monkeys (alternative title)
Year of Film
1995
Director
Terry Gilliam
Starring
Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Jon Seda, Joey Perillo, David Morse, Frank Gorshin
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Jon Seda, Joey Perillo, David Morse, Frank Gorshin,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Teaser
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1995
Designer
Concept Arts
Artist
--
Size (inches)
26 6/8" x 39 11/16"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
They're coming.

The Insider / one sheet / advance / Pacino / Nov. 5 / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Insider
AKA
Révélations (France)
Year of Film
1999
Director
Michael Mann
Starring
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Roger Bart, Rip Torn, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Perri
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Roger Bart, Rip Torn, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Perri,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Advance - Pacino - Nov. 5
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1999
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
26 15/16" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Warning: Exposing the Truth May Be Hazardous

The Insider / one sheet / advance / Crowe / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
The Insider
AKA
Révélations (France)
Year of Film
1999
Director
Michael Mann
Starring
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Roger Bart, Rip Torn, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Perri
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Roger Bart, Rip Torn, Bruce McGill, Michael Gambon, Gina Gershon, Philip Baker Hall, Paul Perri,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Advance - Crowe
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1999
Designer
Unknown
Artist
--
Size (inches)
26 15/16" x 39 15/16"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
--
Tagline
Warning: Exposing the Truth May Be Hazardous

12 Monkeys / one sheet / final / USA

17.05.11

Poster Poster
Title
12 Monkeys
AKA
Twelve Monkeys (alternative title)
Year of Film
1995
Director
Terry Gilliam
Starring
Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Jon Seda, Joey Perillo, David Morse, Frank Gorshin
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer, Jon Seda, Joey Perillo, David Morse, Frank Gorshin,
Type of Poster
One sheet
Style of Poster
Final
Origin of Poster
USA
Year of Poster
1995
Designer
Concept Arts
Artist
--
Size (inches)
26 6/8" x 39 6/8"
SS or DS
DS
NSS #
950215
Tagline
The future is history