The times when Tele 5 was primarily known for trash spectacles from the Asylum forge are long gone. In the meantime, the station has developed into a veritable gold mine for film lovers, because insider tips, classics and real cult films can be discovered here every week. This is also the case today, September 22nd. At 8:15 p.m., Tele 5 will first show John Carpenter’s “The Rattlesnake”, followed immediately by the iconic comic book adaptation “Sin City” with Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen and Jessica Alba.
A very powerful program, isn’t it? While “The Rattlesnake” got 4.5 out of 5 possible stars in the official DashFUN review and thus just missed the masterpiece status, “Sin City” got the absolute highest rating with 5 out of 5 stars! However, there is a catch: Unfortunately, both films are shown on Tele 5 tonight in a shortened version. “The Rattlesnake” is missing a little more than a minute, and “Sin City” can be expected to be missing more than 6 (!) Minutes (via cut reports). Of course, this really spoils the fun – especially in the case of the comic adaptation.
If you really want to see “The Rattlesnake” and “Sin City” in the uncensored version – which is right – you now have two options: Either you tune in to the nightly repeat (“Sin City” airs on September 24th). 12:55 a.m., “The Rattlesnake” at 11:50 p.m.). Or you can easily switch to online retailers such as Amazon, where both films are available on Blu-ray and DVD:
» “The Rattlesnake” on Blu-ray and DVD at Amazon*
» “Sin City” on Blu-ray and DVD at Amazon*
In “The Rattlesnake” the world is on the brink of nuclear war in 1997 and the former cultural metropolis of New York has been transformed into a huge prison island surrounded by high walls. There are no guards in the prison itself, instead the inmates have to organize themselves. Former war hero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is to be shipped to this juggernaut for robbing a nuclear weapons depot, but on the day of his incarceration, Air Force One crashes over New York City.
Only the President (Donald Pleasence) can save himself with the help of a capsule at the last moment. Since access by the army is impossible, the President is in the power of the “Duke” (Isaac Hayes). Snake Plissken is then made an offer: He goes undercover to jail, gets the head of state out and gets his sentence pardoned. To increase Plissken’s motivation, a detonator is implanted in him, which detonates after a period of 24 hours…
Sin City focuses on three loosely connected episodes. Hartigan (Bruce Willis) is a cop who advocates decency and morality. A day before his retirement, the crazed child molester Roark Jr. (Nick Stahl) kidnaps eleven-year-old Nancy (Makenzie Vega, later: Jessica Alba). The only problem is that Roark Jr. is the son of the local senator (Powers Boothe).
Marv (Mickey Rourke) is a bear of a man. His hands are weapons that bring death if used. He doesn’t have many friends, only the attractive Goldie (Jaime King) gets involved with him. He himself does not know how he came to this happiness. But Marv’s liaison with Goldie doesn’t last long – after a night of love, he wakes up next to her dead body.
The third episode is all about Dwight (Clive Owen). When he realizes that the waitress Shellie (Brittany Murphy) is being threatened by Jack (Benicio Del Toro), he intervenes. But that’s just where the trouble begins. Jack is so furious that he drives to Sin City’s red light district to blow off some steam. When he attacks the prostitute Becky (Alexis Bledel) there, his life is forfeited. The women of Old Town are notorious for not putting up with that, especially their leader Gail (Rosario Dawson) and swordswoman Miho (Devon Aoki). With Jack a cop and Dwight still involved, things only spiral out of control…
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