Vintage Sundays

Vintage Sundays: Jack Nicholson Season

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As the iconic actor approaches his 80th birthday, Vintage Sundays – our weekly showcase of classic films – dedicates a season to the three time Academy Award winner with the slow drawl and the shark’s grin, Jack Nicholson.

We screen six treasures from Nicholson’s astounding body of work, including a re-release of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Explore the season by selecting a title below, or scroll to the bottom of the page and select your local Picturehouse Cinema.


Sunday 16 April

Batman (15)

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Director: Tim Burton.
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Bassinger, Jack Palance. US 1989. 126 mins.

Possibly the most effectively hyped film in the history of the medium, but also a sombre, gothic and intelligent slice of synthetic mythology, superbly designed (by Anton Furst) and instilled with sufficient moral and thematic ambiguities to make the Caped Crusader as sinister as the evil he confronts. Michael Keaton’s subtle, understated performance in the title role sets an effective contrast to Jack Nicholson’s Joker, an extended variety-turn, malevolent and hilarious by turns.


Sunday 23 April

The Last Detail (18)

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Director: Hal Ashby.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Carol Kane, Michael Moriarty, Randy Quaid. USA 1974. 99 mins.
Jack Nicholson stars as Billy ‘Bad Ass’ Buddusky, one of two Naval Petty Officers who are assigned to accompany a young Naval prisoner (Quaid) on his way to incarceration. Nicholson is as charmingly off centre as always, like a man who wasn’t in the least bit interested in his own fate yet always knew deep down he was destined for stardom.

Sunday 30 April

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (15)

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Director: Milos Foreman.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman. USA 1975. 133 mins.

Jack Nicholson is the ingenious, heroic free spirit R.P. ‘Mac’ McMurphy, who leads an uprising in the men’s ward of a mental hospital, run by heartless Nurse Ratched (Fletcher). Adapted from Ken Kesey’s best-selling 1962 novel and produced by Saul Zaentz (Amadeus, The English Patient) and Michael Douglas (his first producer role), the brilliant supporting cast includes Danny DeVito – in his first major role – as Martini, Brad Dourif (Billy Bibbit), Christopher Lloyd (Taber) and Will Sampson as Chief Bromden.


Sunday 7 May

Chinatown (15)

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Director: Roman Polanski.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. USA 1974. 125 mins.

Los Angeles, 1937. Private detective Jake Gittes discovers murder, corruption and enigma when he is lured into an apparently simple investigation of adultery and estrangement. Rooted in a palpable evocation of time and place and in a mordant sense of the dark underside of American history, CHINATOWN became the classic detective film of the 1970s.


Sunday 14 May

Easy Rider (18)

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Director: Dennis Hopper.
Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza, Karen Black. USA 1969. 95 mins. Colour.
Hopper’s low-budget movie of odyssey and alienation at the time of Vietnam, whose success brought Hollywood to its knees by initiating a disastrous cycle of imitative youth pictures. Great rock/folk rock score –  and a star-making performance from Jack Nicholson as the drunken lawyer who hitches along for the ride.

Sunday 21 May

The Shining (15)

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Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd. UK/USA 1980. 144 mins.

Kubrick’s superb essay on fluorescent-lit horror, with its combination of bleak comedy, creepy atmosphere and sumptuously horrible visuals, was an instant classic.


Find your cinema…

Clapham Picturehouse

Crouch End Picturehouse

East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café

Greenwich Picturehouse

Hackney Picturehouse

Picturehouse Central, London’s West End

Stratford Picturehouse, London

Little Theatre Cinema, Bath

Picturehouse at National Media Museum, Bradford

Duke of York’s, Brighton

Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

Cameo, Edinburgh

Exeter Picturehouse

Cinema City, Norwich

Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool

Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford

Harbour Lights, Southampton

City Screen, York


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