J. Lee Thompson

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Lee Thompson  (1 August 1914 – 30 August 2002), better known as J. Lee Thompson, was an English film director, active in England and Hollywood. Description above from the Wikipedia article J. Lee Thompson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

The fifth and final episode in the Planet of the Apes series. After the collapse of human civilization, a community of intelligent apes led by Caesar lives in harmony with a group of humans. Gorilla General Aldo tries to cause an ape civil war and a community of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Lew Ayres  •  Bobby Porter  •  Richard Eastham

The fifth and final episode in the Planet of the Apes series. After the collapse of human civilization, a community of intelligent apes led by Caesar lives in harmony with a group of humans. Gorilla General Aldo tries to cause an ape civil war and a community of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Lew Ayres  •  Bobby Porter  •  Richard Eastham

Cape Fear (1962)

Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Polly Bergen  •  Lori Martin

Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Polly Bergen  •  Lori Martin

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Don Murray  •  Joyce Haber  •  Ricardo Montalban

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Don Murray  •  Joyce Haber  •  Ricardo Montalban

Eye of the Devil (1967)

A French nobleman deserts his wife because of an ancient family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Niven  •  Sharon Tate  •  David Hemmings

A French nobleman deserts his wife because of an ancient family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Niven  •  Sharon Tate  •  David Hemmings

Mackenna's Gold (1969)

A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Omar Sharif  •  Camilla Sparv  •  Julie Newmar

A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Omar Sharif  •  Camilla Sparv  •  Julie Newmar

Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

A group of army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the deserts of North Africa during the second world war. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer when he reaches Alexandria.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  John Mills  •  Anthony Quayle  •  Sylvia Syms  •  Harry Andrews

A group of army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the deserts of North Africa during the second world war. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer when he reaches Alexandria.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  John Mills  •  Anthony Quayle  •  Sylvia Syms  •  Harry Andrews

Taras Bulba (1962)

Ukraine, 16th century. While the Poles dominate the Cossack steppes, Andrei, son of Taras Bulba, a Cossack leader, must choose between his love for his family and his folk and his passion for a Polish woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Tony Curtis  •  Yul Brynner  •  Sam Wanamaker  •  Brad Dexter

Ukraine, 16th century. While the Poles dominate the Cossack steppes, Andrei, son of Taras Bulba, a Cossack leader, must choose between his love for his family and his folk and his passion for a Polish woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Tony Curtis  •  Yul Brynner  •  Sam Wanamaker  •  Brad Dexter

North West Frontier (1959)

In the rebellious northern frontier province of colonial India, British Army Captain Scott, a young prince and the boy's governess escape by an obsolete train as they are relentlessly pursued by Muslim rebels intent on assassinating the prince.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Kenneth More  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Herbert Lom  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White

In the rebellious northern frontier province of colonial India, British Army Captain Scott, a young prince and the boy's governess escape by an obsolete train as they are relentlessly pursued by Muslim rebels intent on assassinating the prince.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Kenneth More  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Herbert Lom  •  Wilfrid Hyde-White

Brotherly Love (1970)

In this British tragi-comedy taking place among emotionally bankrupt upper-class Scottish countrymen, Peter O'Toole plays Sir Charles Henry Arbuthnot Pinkerton Ferguson, a mentally disturbed Scotsman, living on his uncared-for farm, who also harbors an incestuous ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Susannah York  •  Michael Craig  •  Harry Andrews

In this British tragi-comedy taking place among emotionally bankrupt upper-class Scottish countrymen, Peter O'Toole plays Sir Charles Henry Arbuthnot Pinkerton Ferguson, a mentally disturbed Scotsman, living on his uncared-for farm, who also harbors an incestuous ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Peter O'Toole  •  Susannah York  •  Michael Craig  •  Harry Andrews

Yield to the Night (1956)

Locked in her cell, a murderer reflects on the events that have led her to death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Diana Dors  •  Yvonne Mitchell  •  Michael Craig  •  Marie Ney

Locked in her cell, a murderer reflects on the events that have led her to death row.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Diana Dors  •  Yvonne Mitchell  •  Michael Craig  •  Marie Ney

What a Way to Go! (1964)

A four-time widow discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  Paul Newman  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Dean Martin

A four-time widow discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  Paul Newman  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Dean Martin

Murphy's Law (1986)

A tough police detective escapes from custody handcuffed to a foul-mouthed car thief after being framed for the murder of his ex-wife. He must now find the real killer and prove his innocence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Kathleen Wilhoite  •  Carrie Snodgress  •  Robert F. Lyons

A tough police detective escapes from custody handcuffed to a foul-mouthed car thief after being framed for the murder of his ex-wife. He must now find the real killer and prove his innocence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Kathleen Wilhoite  •  Carrie Snodgress  •  Robert F. Lyons

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)

During the Cold War, John Goldfarb crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz, soon discovers that Goldfarb used to be a college football star. So he issues him an ultimatum: coach his country's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Richard Crenna  •  Jim Backus

During the Cold War, John Goldfarb crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz, soon discovers that Goldfarb used to be a college football star. So he issues him an ultimatum: coach his country's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Shirley MacLaine  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Richard Crenna  •  Jim Backus

Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998)

This documentary was shown as part of the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable TV channel's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of Planet of the Apes (1968). We learn how the original French novel was transformed into the first film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Burns  •  David Comtois
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Charlton Heston  •  Richard D. Zanuck  •  John Chambers

This documentary was shown as part of the American Movie Classics (AMC) cable TV channel's celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of Planet of the Apes (1968). We learn how the original French novel was transformed into the first film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Burns  •  David Comtois
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Charlton Heston  •  Richard D. Zanuck  •  John Chambers

For Better, for Worse (1954)

In postwar London a young graduate and his girlfriend decide to marry. Her well-to-do parents are not convinced, but they agree once he has got a £5.10.0 job and a 30/- a week single-room flat. The newly-weds find money fearfully tight, the flat cramped, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Susan Stephen  •  Cecil Parker  •  Eileen Herlie

In postwar London a young graduate and his girlfriend decide to marry. Her well-to-do parents are not convinced, but they agree once he has got a £5.10.0 job and a 30/- a week single-room flat. The newly-weds find money fearfully tight, the flat cramped, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Dirk Bogarde  •  Susan Stephen  •  Cecil Parker  •  Eileen Herlie

Murder Without Crime (1950)

A man gets in trouble when he accidentally kills and covers up a murder of a girl he meets after a big fight with his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Dennis Price  •  Derek Farr  •  Patricia Plunkett  •  Joan Dowling

A man gets in trouble when he accidentally kills and covers up a murder of a girl he meets after a big fight with his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Dennis Price  •  Derek Farr  •  Patricia Plunkett  •  Joan Dowling

Return from the Ashes (1965)

A Jewish woman, Dr. Michele Wolf, interred in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII returns to her Paris home after the war's end. She's unaware that her husband, the handsome gigolo and chess master Stanislaw Pilgrin, has been having an affair with her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Maximilian Schell  •  Ingrid Thulin  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Herbert Lom

A Jewish woman, Dr. Michele Wolf, interred in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII returns to her Paris home after the war's end. She's unaware that her husband, the handsome gigolo and chess master Stanislaw Pilgrin, has been having an affair with her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Maximilian Schell  •  Ingrid Thulin  •  Samantha Eggar  •  Herbert Lom

As Long as They're Happy (1955)

The suburban peace of the Bentley household is shattered when John Bentley is informed by his wife Stella that their two married daughters, Pat and Corrine are in trouble and need funds to come home and bring their husbands, Peter, a penniless Parisian artist and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Jack Buchanan  •  Janette Scott  •  Diana Dors  •  Brenda De Banzie

The suburban peace of the Bentley household is shattered when John Bentley is informed by his wife Stella that their two married daughters, Pat and Corrine are in trouble and need funds to come home and bring their husbands, Peter, a penniless Parisian artist and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Jack Buchanan  •  Janette Scott  •  Diana Dors  •  Brenda De Banzie

No Trees in the Street (1959)

Based on the play by Ted Willis, the film is set in the years just before World War II, when England hadn't completely dug itself out of the worldwide depression. Melvyn Hayes is featured as an aimless teenager, who tries to escape his squalid surroundings by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Sylvia Syms  •  Herbert Lom  •  Melvyn Hayes  •  Ronald Howard

Based on the play by Ted Willis, the film is set in the years just before World War II, when England hadn't completely dug itself out of the worldwide depression. Melvyn Hayes is featured as an aimless teenager, who tries to escape his squalid surroundings by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Sylvia Syms  •  Herbert Lom  •  Melvyn Hayes  •  Ronald Howard

St. Ives (1976)

A dabbler-in-crime and his assistant hire an ex-police reporter to recover some stolen papers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  John Houseman  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Maximilian Schell

A dabbler-in-crime and his assistant hire an ex-police reporter to recover some stolen papers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  John Houseman  •  Jacqueline Bisset  •  Maximilian Schell
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