Ian McDiarmid

Ian McDiarmid is a Scottish actor and director best known for portraying Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. He has received an Olivier Award for Best Actor and a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performances. Wikipedia

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Return of the Jedi (1983)

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Luke Skywalker leads a mission to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt, while the Emperor seeks to destroy the Rebellion once and for all with a second dreaded Death Star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Marquand
CAST:  Mark Hamill  •  Harrison Ford  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Billy Dee Williams

Luke Skywalker leads a mission to rescue his friend Han Solo from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt, while the Emperor seeks to destroy the Rebellion once and for all with a second dreaded Death Star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Marquand
CAST:  Mark Hamill  •  Harrison Ford  •  Carrie Fisher  •  Billy Dee Williams

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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The evil Darth Sidious enacts his final plan for unlimited power -- and the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker must choose a side.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Hayden Christensen  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Natalie Portman  •  Ian McDiarmid

The evil Darth Sidious enacts his final plan for unlimited power -- and the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker must choose a side.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Hayden Christensen  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Natalie Portman  •  Ian McDiarmid

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

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Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can be the first to swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Michael Caine  •  Glenne Headly  •  Anton Rodgers

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can be the first to swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Michael Caine  •  Glenne Headly  •  Anton Rodgers

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

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. Locals believe the culprit to be none other than the legendary Headless Horseman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Ian McDiarmid  •  Casper Van Dien  •  Michael Gough

New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. Locals believe the culprit to be none other than the legendary Headless Horseman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Ian McDiarmid  •  Casper Van Dien  •  Michael Gough

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Liam Neeson  •  Ian McDiarmid

Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Liam Neeson  •  Ian McDiarmid

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

Following an assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi investigate a mysterious plot that could change the galaxy forever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Natalie Portman  •  Hayden Christensen  •  Christopher Lee

Following an assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi investigate a mysterious plot that could change the galaxy forever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Natalie Portman  •  Hayden Christensen  •  Christopher Lee

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Mark Hamill  •  Harrison Ford  •  Carrie Fisher  •  David Prowse

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Mark Hamill  •  Harrison Ford  •  Carrie Fisher  •  David Prowse

Restoration (1995)

An aspiring young physician, Robert Merivel found himself in the service of King Charles II and saves the life of someone close to the King. Merivel joins the King's court and lives the high life provided to someone of his position. Merivel is ordered to marry his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Meg Ryan  •  Sam Neill  •  David Thewlis

An aspiring young physician, Robert Merivel found himself in the service of King Charles II and saves the life of someone close to the King. Merivel joins the King's court and lives the high life provided to someone of his position. Merivel is ordered to marry his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Hoffman
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Meg Ryan  •  Sam Neill  •  David Thewlis

Dragonslayer (1981)

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The sorcerer and his apprentice Galen are on a mission to kill an evil dragon to save the King’s daughter from being sacrificed according to a pact that the King himself made with the dragon to protect his kingdom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Robbins
CAST:  Peter MacNicol  •  Caitlin Clarke  •  Ralph Richardson  •  John Hallam

The sorcerer and his apprentice Galen are on a mission to kill an evil dragon to save the King’s daughter from being sacrificed according to a pact that the King himself made with the dragon to protect his kingdom.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Robbins
CAST:  Peter MacNicol  •  Caitlin Clarke  •  Ralph Richardson  •  John Hallam

Richard's Things (1980)

Following her husband's death, a wife discovers and confronts her husband's lover. Their mutual pain, love, envy and jealousy bring them together in an unexpected emotional and physical relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Harvey
CAST:  Liv Ullmann  •  Amanda Redman  •  Tim Pigott-Smith  •  Peter Burton

Following her husband's death, a wife discovers and confronts her husband's lover. Their mutual pain, love, envy and jealousy bring them together in an unexpected emotional and physical relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Harvey
CAST:  Liv Ullmann  •  Amanda Redman  •  Tim Pigott-Smith  •  Peter Burton

Chernobyl: The Final Warning (1991)

True story about the tragic nuclear power plant accident in Chernobyl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Jon Voight  •  Jason Robards  •  Sammi Davis  •  Annette Crosbie

True story about the tragic nuclear power plant accident in Chernobyl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Jon Voight  •  Jason Robards  •  Sammi Davis  •  Annette Crosbie

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once again as the journey of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle begins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.J. Abrams
CAST:  Daisy Ridley  •  John Boyega  •  Adam Driver  •  Oscar Isaac

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once again as the journey of Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle begins.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.J. Abrams
CAST:  Daisy Ridley  •  John Boyega  •  Adam Driver  •  Oscar Isaac

Crime and Punishment (2002)

John Simm stars in this adaptation of Dostoyevsky's tragic masterpiece - a profound drama of redemption and a thrilling detective story of the soul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Jarrold
CAST:  John Simm  •  Ian McDiarmid  •  Kate Ashfield  •  Lara Belmont

John Simm stars in this adaptation of Dostoyevsky's tragic masterpiece - a profound drama of redemption and a thrilling detective story of the soul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Jarrold
CAST:  John Simm  •  Ian McDiarmid  •  Kate Ashfield  •  Lara Belmont

Hillsborough (1996)

Drama based on the real life events of April 1989, when ninety-six Liverpool supporters were crushed to death during an F.A. Cup Semi-Final match against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium. This movie follows three Liverpudlian families ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles McDougall
CAST:  Ricky Tomlinson  •  Christopher Eccleston  •  Maurice Roëves  •  Mark Womack

Drama based on the real life events of April 1989, when ninety-six Liverpool supporters were crushed to death during an F.A. Cup Semi-Final match against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium. This movie follows three Liverpudlian families ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles McDougall
CAST:  Ricky Tomlinson  •  Christopher Eccleston  •  Maurice Roëves  •  Mark Womack

The Beginning: Making 'Episode I' (2001)

The entire process of making Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) is shown here in this documentary. From pre-production through post-production, we get to see visual effects meetings, John Williams' music sessions, and even the storm that wiped out the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Shenk
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Jake Lloyd  •  Natalie Portman  •  Steven Spielberg

The entire process of making Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) is shown here in this documentary. From pre-production through post-production, we get to see visual effects meetings, John Williams' music sessions, and even the storm that wiped out the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Shenk
CAST:  George Lucas  •  Jake Lloyd  •  Natalie Portman  •  Steven Spielberg

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deception (1999)

In the ninth film in the series, in September 1916, young Indiana Jones - going by the alias of "Henri Defense" - has become a motorcycle courier stationed near the trenches at Verdun. His friend Remy is still in the trenches, and both grow more disillusioned about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Roeg  •  René Manzor
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Ronny Coutteure  •  Domiziana Giordano  •  Ian McDiarmid

In the ninth film in the series, in September 1916, young Indiana Jones - going by the alias of "Henri Defense" - has become a motorcycle courier stationed near the trenches at Verdun. His friend Remy is still in the trenches, and both grow more disillusioned about ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Roeg  •  René Manzor
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Ronny Coutteure  •  Domiziana Giordano  •  Ian McDiarmid

Macbeth (1979)

Macbeth is a 1978 videotaped version of Trevor Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company production of the play by William Shakespeare. Produced by Thames Television, it features Ian McKellen as Macbeth and Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. The TV version was directed by Philip ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Casson
CAST:  Judi Dench  •  Ian McKellen  •  John Woodvine  •  Marie Kean

Macbeth is a 1978 videotaped version of Trevor Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company production of the play by William Shakespeare. Produced by Thames Television, it features Ian McKellen as Macbeth and Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. The TV version was directed by Philip ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philip Casson
CAST:  Judi Dench  •  Ian McKellen  •  John Woodvine  •  Marie Kean

Annie: A Royal Adventure (1995)

Annie is back! Along with her friends Molly, Hannah, her dog Sandy, and her wealthy father Oliver Warbucks. They take a trip to England where Oliver Warbucks is going to be Knighted by the King. Annie and the gang stumbles onto a wicked scheme led by an evil ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Toynton
CAST:  Ashley Johnson  •  Joan Collins  •  George Hearn  •  Ian McDiarmid

Annie is back! Along with her friends Molly, Hannah, her dog Sandy, and her wealthy father Oliver Warbucks. They take a trip to England where Oliver Warbucks is going to be Knighted by the King. Annie and the gang stumbles onto a wicked scheme led by an evil ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Toynton
CAST:  Ashley Johnson  •  Joan Collins  •  George Hearn  •  Ian McDiarmid

Margaret (2009)

A detailed and compelling portrait of one of the most formidable characters in British politics as she faces her final days in power. The year is 1990 and Margaret Thatcher's support within the government is wavering - her hold on the premiership hangs in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Kent
CAST:  Lindsay Duncan  •  Ian McDiarmid  •  Roger Allam  •  Kevin McNally

A detailed and compelling portrait of one of the most formidable characters in British politics as she faces her final days in power. The year is 1990 and Margaret Thatcher's support within the government is wavering - her hold on the premiership hangs in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Kent
CAST:  Lindsay Duncan  •  Ian McDiarmid  •  Roger Allam  •  Kevin McNally
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