Michael Elphick

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Michael John Elphick (19 September 1946 – 7 September 2002) was an English actor. Elphick was known in the UK for his trademark croaky voice and his work on British television, in particular his roles as the eponymous private investigator in the ITV series Boon and later Harry Slater in BBC's EastEnders. Elphick struggled with a highly publicised addiction to alcohol; at the height of his problem he admitted to consuming two litres of spirits a day, which contributed towards his death from a heart attack in 2002. Description above from the Wikipedia article Michael Elphick, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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The Elephant Man (1980)

TragicClassicDramaticTear-jerker

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Anne Bancroft  •  John Gielgud

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Anne Bancroft  •  John Gielgud

Cry of the Banshee (1970)

In seventeenth century England Lord Whitman wages unending war on what he sees as the ever-present scourge of witchcraft, and many local villagers have suffered at his hands. But one victim uses her occult powers to curse his family, enlisting unknowing help from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Hessler
CAST:  Vincent Price  •  Elisabeth Bergner  •  Essy Persson  •  Hugh Griffith

In seventeenth century England Lord Whitman wages unending war on what he sees as the ever-present scourge of witchcraft, and many local villagers have suffered at his hands. But one victim uses her occult powers to curse his family, enlisting unknowing help from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Hessler
CAST:  Vincent Price  •  Elisabeth Bergner  •  Essy Persson  •  Hugh Griffith

Gorky Park (1983)

Police Inspector Renko tries to solve the case of three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park but finds his attempts to solve the crime impeded by his superiors. Working on his own, Renko seeks out more information and stumbles across a conspiracy involving the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  William Hurt  •  Lee Marvin  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Joanna Pacula

Police Inspector Renko tries to solve the case of three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park but finds his attempts to solve the crime impeded by his superiors. Working on his own, Renko seeks out more information and stumbles across a conspiracy involving the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  William Hurt  •  Lee Marvin  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Joanna Pacula

Hamlet (1969)

Tony Richardson's Hamlet is based on his own stage production. Filmed entirely within the Roundhouse in London (a disused train shed), it is shot almost entirely in close up, focusing the attention on faces and language rather than action.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Richardson
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Nicol Williamson  •  Judy Parfitt  •  Marianne Faithfull

Tony Richardson's Hamlet is based on his own stage production. Filmed entirely within the Roundhouse in London (a disused train shed), it is shot almost entirely in close up, focusing the attention on faces and language rather than action.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Richardson
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Nicol Williamson  •  Judy Parfitt  •  Marianne Faithfull

O Lucky Man! (1973)

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in modern Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lindsay Anderson
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Arthur Lowe

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in modern Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lindsay Anderson
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Arthur Lowe

Quadrophenia (1979)

Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franc Roddam
CAST:  Phil Daniels  •  Leslie Ash  •  Phil Davis  •  Mark Wingett

Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franc Roddam
CAST:  Phil Daniels  •  Leslie Ash  •  Phil Davis  •  Mark Wingett

Richard III (1995)

A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard III descend into madness. Though the setting is transposed to the 1930s, England is torn by civil war, split between the rivaling houses of York and Lancaster. Richard aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Loncraine
CAST:  Ian McKellen  •  Annette Bening  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Kristin Scott Thomas

A murderous lust for the British throne sees Richard III descend into madness. Though the setting is transposed to the 1930s, England is torn by civil war, split between the rivaling houses of York and Lancaster. Richard aspires to a fascist dictatorship, but must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Loncraine
CAST:  Ian McKellen  •  Annette Bening  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Kristin Scott Thomas

The Element of Crime (1984)

Fisher, an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne, a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the field of criminology ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Michael Elphick  •  Esmond Knight  •  Me Me Lai  •  Jerold Wells

Fisher, an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne, a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the field of criminology ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Michael Elphick  •  Esmond Knight  •  Me Me Lai  •  Jerold Wells

The Odd Job (1978)

Arthur Harris is a happily married man who returns from his job to discover that his wife, Fiona, is leaving him. Devastated he gets really drunk and tries to commit suicide. After a few setbacks and while he is trying to electrocute himself with a lamp, the door ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Graham Chapman  •  David Jason  •  Diana Quick  •  Simon Williams

Arthur Harris is a happily married man who returns from his job to discover that his wife, Fiona, is leaving him. Devastated he gets really drunk and tries to commit suicide. After a few setbacks and while he is trying to electrocute himself with a lamp, the door ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Graham Chapman  •  David Jason  •  Diana Quick  •  Simon Williams

Withnail & I (1987)

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Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the country house of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Robinson
CAST:  Richard E. Grant  •  Paul McGann  •  Richard Griffiths  •  Michael Elphick

Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the country house of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Robinson
CAST:  Richard E. Grant  •  Paul McGann  •  Richard Griffiths  •  Michael Elphick

The Krays (1990)

The Krays is a film based on the lives and crimes of the British gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, twins who are often referred to as The Krays and were active in London in the 1960s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Gary Kemp  •  Martin Kemp  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Tom Bell

The Krays is a film based on the lives and crimes of the British gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, twins who are often referred to as The Krays and were active in London in the 1960s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Gary Kemp  •  Martin Kemp  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Tom Bell

Let Him Have It (1991)

In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which would forever shake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Christopher Eccleston  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Paul Reynolds  •  Eileen Atkins

In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which would forever shake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Christopher Eccleston  •  Tom Courtenay  •  Paul Reynolds  •  Eileen Atkins

Hitler's SS: Portrait In Evil (1985)

The two-part TV movie Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil crystallizes that evil by concentrating on two Berlin brothers. In 1931, Helmut Hoffman (Bill Nighy) a brilliant student and self-styled opportunist, joins Hitler's SS. At the same time, his younger brother Karl ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Goddard
CAST:  John Shea  •  Bill Nighy  •  Lucy Gutteridge  •  David Warner

The two-part TV movie Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil crystallizes that evil by concentrating on two Berlin brothers. In 1931, Helmut Hoffman (Bill Nighy) a brilliant student and self-styled opportunist, joins Hitler's SS. At the same time, his younger brother Karl ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Goddard
CAST:  John Shea  •  Bill Nighy  •  Lucy Gutteridge  •  David Warner

The First Great Train Robbery (1978)

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Alan Webb

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Crichton
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Alan Webb

Pirates (1986)

Captain Red runs a hardy pirate ship with the able assistance of Frog, a dashing young French sailor. One day Capt. Red is captured and taken aboard a Spanish galleon, but thanks to his inventiveness, he raises the crew to mutiny, takes over the ship, and kidnaps ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Cris Campion  •  Damien Thomas  •  Olu Jacobs

Captain Red runs a hardy pirate ship with the able assistance of Frog, a dashing young French sailor. One day Capt. Red is captured and taken aboard a Spanish galleon, but thanks to his inventiveness, he raises the crew to mutiny, takes over the ship, and kidnaps ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Cris Campion  •  Damien Thomas  •  Olu Jacobs

Memed My Hawk (1984)

In 1920s Turkey, a young peasant is smitten with a beautiful young girl, who has been promised in marriage to the fat, dullard cousin of the province's powerful and corrupt governor. When an assassination attempt is made against the official, the young man flees ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Ustinov
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Herbert Lom  •  Denis Quilley  •  Michael Elphick

In 1920s Turkey, a young peasant is smitten with a beautiful young girl, who has been promised in marriage to the fat, dullard cousin of the province's powerful and corrupt governor. When an assassination attempt is made against the official, the young man flees ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Ustinov
CAST:  Peter Ustinov  •  Herbert Lom  •  Denis Quilley  •  Michael Elphick

Which Side Are You On? (1985)

The documentary features the British miners and their family experiences told through songs, poems, pictures and words.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Michael Elphick  •  Paul Copley  •  Dennis Skinner

The documentary features the British miners and their family experiences told through songs, poems, pictures and words.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Michael Elphick  •  Paul Copley  •  Dennis Skinner

The Knowledge (1979)

Four men attempt "The Knowledge" examination to qualify as London taxi drivers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Brooks
CAST:  Mick Ford  •  Kim Taylforth  •  Nigel Hawthorne  •  Michael Elphick

Four men attempt "The Knowledge" examination to qualify as London taxi drivers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Brooks
CAST:  Mick Ford  •  Kim Taylforth  •  Nigel Hawthorne  •  Michael Elphick

The Supergrass (1985)

While taking a holiday in the country with his mother, Dennis hits on a scheme to impress a girl so that she'll go away on a trip with him as his girlfriend. Although he fails to gain any interest from the girl, the police take a great interest in his story. From ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Richardson
CAST:  Adrian Edmondson  •  Jennifer Saunders  •  Peter Richardson  •  Robbie Coltrane

While taking a holiday in the country with his mother, Dennis hits on a scheme to impress a girl so that she'll go away on a trip with him as his girlfriend. Although he fails to gain any interest from the girl, the police take a great interest in his story. From ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Richardson
CAST:  Adrian Edmondson  •  Jennifer Saunders  •  Peter Richardson  •  Robbie Coltrane

Ordeal by Innocence (1984)

Dr. Arthur Calgary visits the Argyle family to return an address book lost some time ago by Jack Argyle, only to find out that Jack has been executed for the murder of his mother. Calgary can prove that Jack was innocent. In spite of opposition from a hostile ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Desmond Davis  •  Alan Birkinshaw
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Sarah Miles

Dr. Arthur Calgary visits the Argyle family to return an address book lost some time ago by Jack Argyle, only to find out that Jack has been executed for the murder of his mother. Calgary can prove that Jack was innocent. In spite of opposition from a hostile ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Desmond Davis  •  Alan Birkinshaw
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Faye Dunaway  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Sarah Miles
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