Peter Finch

Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch (28 September 1916 – 14 January 1977) was an English-Australian actor. He is best remembered for his role as crazed television anchorman Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor, his fifth Best Actor award from the BAFTA, and a Best Actor award from the Golden Globes. He was the first of two people to win a posthumous Academy Award in an acting category; the other was fellow Australian Heath Ledger. Description above from the Wikipedia article Peter Finch, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia. ​

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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

A cargo aircraft crashes in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for a replacement aircraft they will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Peter Finch  •  Hardy Krüger

A cargo aircraft crashes in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for a replacement aircraft they will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Aldrich
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Richard Attenborough  •  Peter Finch  •  Hardy Krüger

Network (1976)

Thought provokingInsightfulSuspensefulPowerful

When veteran anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Faye Dunaway  •  William Holden  •  Peter Finch  •  Robert Duvall

When veteran anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Faye Dunaway  •  William Holden  •  Peter Finch  •  Robert Duvall

Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

Bathsheba Everdine, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and becomes romantically involved with three widely divergent men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Julie Christie  •  Terence Stamp  •  Alan Bates  •  Peter Finch

Bathsheba Everdine, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and becomes romantically involved with three widely divergent men.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Julie Christie  •  Terence Stamp  •  Alan Bates  •  Peter Finch

First Men in the Moon (1964)

The world is delighted when a spacecraft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, but are shocked when the astronauts discover an old British flag and a document declaring that the moon is taken for Queen Victoria proving that the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nathan H. Juran
CAST:  Edward Judd  •  Martha Hyer  •  Lionel Jeffries  •  Miles Malleson

The world is delighted when a spacecraft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, but are shocked when the astronauts discover an old British flag and a document declaring that the moon is taken for Queen Victoria proving that the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nathan H. Juran
CAST:  Edward Judd  •  Martha Hyer  •  Lionel Jeffries  •  Miles Malleson

Raid on Entebbe (1976)

Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Peter Finch  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Saxon

Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Peter Finch  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Saxon

Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

Recently divorced career woman Alex Greville begins a romantic relationship with glamorous mod artist Bob Elkin, fully aware that he's also intimately involved with middle-aged doctor Daniel Hirsh. For both Alex and Daniel, the younger man represents a break with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Glenda Jackson  •  Murray Head  •  Peggy Ashcroft

Recently divorced career woman Alex Greville begins a romantic relationship with glamorous mod artist Bob Elkin, fully aware that he's also intimately involved with middle-aged doctor Daniel Hirsh. For both Alex and Daniel, the younger man represents a break with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Glenda Jackson  •  Murray Head  •  Peggy Ashcroft

The Battle of the River Plate (1956)

Action-packed

In the early years of the World War II, the Royal Navy is fighting a desperate battle to keep the Atlantic convoy routes open to supply the British Isles, facing the great danger posed by the many German warships, such as the Admiral Graf Spee, which are scouring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  John Gregson  •  Anthony Quayle  •  Peter Finch  •  Ian Hunter

In the early years of the World War II, the Royal Navy is fighting a desperate battle to keep the Atlantic convoy routes open to supply the British Isles, facing the great danger posed by the many German warships, such as the Admiral Graf Spee, which are scouring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  John Gregson  •  Anthony Quayle  •  Peter Finch  •  Ian Hunter

The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Jo, the mother of seven children, divorces her second husband in order to marry Jake, a successful but promiscuous screenwriter. Though they are physically and emotionally compatible, they are slowly torn apart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Clayton
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Peter Finch  •  James Mason  •  Janine Gray

Jo, the mother of seven children, divorces her second husband in order to marry Jake, a successful but promiscuous screenwriter. Though they are physically and emotionally compatible, they are slowly torn apart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Clayton
CAST:  Anne Bancroft  •  Peter Finch  •  James Mason  •  Janine Gray

Lost Horizon (1973)

While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La. Hidden from the rest of the world, Shangri-La is a haven of peace and tranquility for world-weary ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Jarrott
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Sally Kellerman  •  George Kennedy

While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La. Hidden from the rest of the world, Shangri-La is a haven of peace and tranquility for world-weary ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Jarrott
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Sally Kellerman  •  George Kennedy

The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)

Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by henchmen of Prince John. Robin takes up the life of an outlaw, gathering together his band of merry men with him in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin
CAST:  Richard Todd  •  Joan Rice  •  Peter Finch  •  James Hayter

Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by henchmen of Prince John. Robin takes up the life of an outlaw, gathering together his band of merry men with him in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Annakin
CAST:  Richard Todd  •  Joan Rice  •  Peter Finch  •  James Hayter

The Wooden Horse (1950)

True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Lee
CAST:  Leo Genn  •  David Tomlinson  •  Anthony Steel  •  David Greene

True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Lee
CAST:  Leo Genn  •  David Tomlinson  •  Anthony Steel  •  David Greene

The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)

The flamboyant Victorian wit (Peter Finch) sues the Marquess of Queensberry for a sodomy slur, but it boomerangs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Hughes
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Yvonne Mitchell  •  James Mason  •  Nigel Patrick

The flamboyant Victorian wit (Peter Finch) sues the Marquess of Queensberry for a sodomy slur, but it boomerangs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Hughes
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Yvonne Mitchell  •  James Mason  •  Nigel Patrick

Judith (1966)

A Jewish woman is recruited to help track down a German commander who was her former husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Peter Finch  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Hans Verner

A Jewish woman is recruited to help track down a German commander who was her former husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Mann
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Peter Finch  •  Jack Hawkins  •  Hans Verner

The Shiralee (1957)

An Australian "swagman" finds his wife with another man, so he takes the daughter, Buster, with him. On the road together, going from town to town and from farm to farm, father and daughter explore new depths of understanding and bonding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Norman
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Dana Wilson  •  Elizabeth Sellars  •  George Rose

An Australian "swagman" finds his wife with another man, so he takes the daughter, Buster, with him. On the road together, going from town to town and from farm to farm, father and daughter explore new depths of understanding and bonding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Norman
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Dana Wilson  •  Elizabeth Sellars  •  George Rose

Elephant Walk (1954)

The young bride of a rich planter finds herself the only white woman at Elephant Walk tea plantation, British Ceylon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Peter Finch  •  Dana Andrews  •  Abraham Sofaer

The young bride of a rich planter finds herself the only white woman at Elephant Walk tea plantation, British Ceylon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Peter Finch  •  Dana Andrews  •  Abraham Sofaer

Windom's Way (1957)

A doctor's sophisticated wife joins him at his remote Asian practice to try and patch up their marriage. Increasingly violent friction between local rubber plantation workers and the authorities force both parties to make decisions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Mary Ure  •  Natasha Parry  •  Robert Flemyng

A doctor's sophisticated wife joins him at his remote Asian practice to try and patch up their marriage. Increasingly violent friction between local rubber plantation workers and the authorities force both parties to make decisions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Mary Ure  •  Natasha Parry  •  Robert Flemyng

Passage Home (1955)

Set in 1931, the film takes place aboard a merchant ship, briefly harboured in South America. A young woman (Diane Cilento) boards the ship as a passenger, resulting in disharmony among the superstitious crew members. Virtuous seaman Anthony Steel protects the girl ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Ward Baker
CAST:  Anthony Steel  •  Peter Finch  •  Diane Cilento  •  Cyril Cusack

Set in 1931, the film takes place aboard a merchant ship, briefly harboured in South America. A young woman (Diane Cilento) boards the ship as a passenger, resulting in disharmony among the superstitious crew members. Virtuous seaman Anthony Steel protects the girl ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Ward Baker
CAST:  Anthony Steel  •  Peter Finch  •  Diane Cilento  •  Cyril Cusack

Bequest to the Nation (1973)

Set before the Battle of Trafalgar, this is the story of relationship between Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton during the Napoleonic Wars.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Cellan Jones
CAST:  Glenda Jackson  •  Peter Finch  •  Michael Jayston  •  Anthony Quayle

Set before the Battle of Trafalgar, this is the story of relationship between Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton during the Napoleonic Wars.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Cellan Jones
CAST:  Glenda Jackson  •  Peter Finch  •  Michael Jayston  •  Anthony Quayle

The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961)

A female doctor in the Congo is torn between two loves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  Angie Dickinson  •  Peter Finch  •  Roger Moore  •  Errol John

A female doctor in the Congo is torn between two loves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  Angie Dickinson  •  Peter Finch  •  Roger Moore  •  Errol John

Make Me an Offer! (1954)

A struggling antiques dealer (Peter Finch) thinks he has found the answer to his problems when he stumbles across a precious vase amid a range of other less desirable items. The trouble is, the owners of the vase are pretty shrewd themselves and are not keen on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cyril Frankel
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Adrienne Corri  •  Rosalie Crutchley  •  Finlay Currie

A struggling antiques dealer (Peter Finch) thinks he has found the answer to his problems when he stumbles across a precious vase amid a range of other less desirable items. The trouble is, the owners of the vase are pretty shrewd themselves and are not keen on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cyril Frankel
CAST:  Peter Finch  •  Adrienne Corri  •  Rosalie Crutchley  •  Finlay Currie
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