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 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Didn't particularly want to be the one to post this here. Lord Attenborough has passed at the age of 90. I met him twice when I worked in theatre and he was more than nice to me. RIP, Charlie would be proud.

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Great director, actor and a real gent.

90 isn't a bad innings but it's still a loss.


 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

RIP Pinkie Brown.

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Oh no, not another one! Not dickie!
Was only just watching Sea of sand last week.
Excellent in Brighton Rock and quite chilling as Christie in 10 Rillington place.

A british movie legend. Still loved him as X in Great Escape.

"...So Herr Bartlett, i hear zat your German ist very good. And alzo your French... Your handz.....Up!--.."

Of all the memories, my horror at him being caught as a ten year old has stayed with me.

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 2:55 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Some fine, fine films from this man.


 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I liked Attenborough as a director, but more so as an actor. I was trying to think of the film in which I first saw him. It was probably THE GREAT ESCAPE, which appeared on American television in 1967. But if that was the film, in my mind he was overshadowed by the American stars of that cast. Much more memorable to me was his appearance in Fox's 1964 British production GUNS AT BATASI, which appeared on U.S. TV in 1968.

Attenborough had the lead role in that film, playing a Regimental Sergeant Major who refuses to turn over a wounded native African officer to rebels in the newly independent country of Batasi. His was the quintessential portrait of the stiff-upper-lip British soldier who does his duty as God and country give him the light to see it. Attenborough won the BAFTA award as Best British Actor that year for both GUNS AT BATASI and SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON.

This one-minute clip tells you all you need to know about Attenborough's character in the film. (The scene starts with a snippet of John Addison's score.)

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I fear that this thread isn't going to get many views since few in the U.S. refer to Attenborough as "Dickie."

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Changed it Bob. I just used that title as he was affectionately known as that here.

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

So sad to hear of his passing. I met him once in 1992 at a test screening of CHAPLIN and we discussed John Barry's beautiful score for that film.

Glad Bob mentioned SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON. He was brilliant in that.


 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 4:25 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

What a great bloke, a prince among men. And what a life! I don't think he ever quite recovered from his daughter & granddaughter dying in the Thailand tsunami, & then a stroke & a fall, & his wife (married in 1945) suffering from dementia. His last few years were pretty horrible, so maybe we shouldn't mourn his death, but celebrate his life

And what a great body of work he left behind.

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

What a rotten shock.

He was a magic talent both as a director and a performer.

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Really sorry to hear this news and his friends and family are in my thoughts. I know he had been ill for some time and was in a care home.

I saw him introduce several of his films at an 80th birthday season at BFI in 2003.

Loved his work with John Barry on L Shaped Room, Seance On A Wet Afternoon and Chaplin.

He introduced John Barry when he received his BAFTA fellowship in 2005.

So many great films, Ghandi, Cry Freedom, The Sand Pebbles, The Great Escape, Oh What A Lovely War, Brannigan (!!) The list is almost endless.

May he Rest In Peace

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   theMaestraX   (Member)

Sad to hear of Sir Richard Attenborough's passing!
A Master Craftsman who has left behind an incredible legacy of work - R.I.P Dickie!
* I also enjoyed reading his Autobiography - Entirely Up To You, Darling!

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

great actor, great director, and looked to be a wonderful person to spend a day with

I would rate Gandhi and Chaplin as 2 of the best bio pics ever done. Both are epic films of epic people.... and Richard Attenborough was epic in his own right.

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Pinkie in BRIGHTON ROCK, his creepy as f**k performance as British serial killer John Reginald Christie in 10 RILLINGTON PLACE ( the fact it's based on real life makes it far beyond the Hannibal Lector nonsense ) a stand out character in THE GREAT ESCAPE, the very little seen SEANCE ON A WET AFTERNOON ( excellent and very creepy John Barry score ), THE SAND PEBBLES, and also directed some bloody fine films. A younger generation might, but I never, think of Jurassic Park when I think of Richard Attenborough. ( I just think DINOSAURS wink )

A sad loss.

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

"Doctor dear Doctor Jurassic Park."

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 6:22 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

I posted about Guns At Batasi a while back and thought I'd repost this. R.I.P. "Big X"

(From the imdb) "An anachronistic martinet Regimental Sergeant Major on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care."

Really good, unsung 1964 John Gullermin (The Blue Max) film with Richard Attenborough's excellent award-winning (BAFTA) performance. Co-starring Jack Hawkins, John Leyton, and Errol John. Movie debut of Mia Farrow. Percy Herbert and Graham Stark are both very amusing in their interactions.

Attenbourough's Sgt, Major Lauderdale is laughed at behind his back for being a martinet-like dinosaur, but when the shit hits the fan, he's the one best able to get the job done.

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

From THE SAND PEBBLES to GANDHI with so many others including MAGIC, JURASSIC PARK and CHAPLIN along the way, what a career of brilliance and Class!

God Bless you Lord Richard and thanks for all the wonderful entertainment and memories!

Jolly Good show my good man!

Rest in Peace!

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 9:55 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Man what a line up of great directors the night Richard won for GANDHI and I loved how in his speech, which has a slight hiccup in this clip, he said to all the directors nominated, "I am honored to be in your company!"

 Posted:   Aug 24, 2014 - 11:06 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Very sorry to hear this.

For me, Attenborough will ALWAYS be John Hammond in JURASSIC PARK -- one of my favourite films of all time, that I've probably seen the most.

But I'm well aware of his other work too, of course, and appreciated him both as an actor and director.

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