Family • Kids and Family, Sci-Fi, UR
This ingeniously small-scale sci-fi adventure of a tiny, shiny alien ball-being with strange powers and a taste for electricity, crisps and custard, was released the same year as Star Wars, and foreshadows E.T., but was made for just a fraction of the cost of either. It was produced for The Children's Film Foundation, makers of intelligent, fun films for British kids, from the 1950s to the 1980s.
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Haunters of the Deep
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Johnny on the Run
A superb early work by illustrious British director Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, You Only Live Twice) which follows orphaned Polish refugee Janek, who runs into trouble in the shape of two scheming thieves.