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Vernon Dobtcheff

Born: August 14, 1934, Nîmes - France

Vernon Dobtcheff is a Franco-British actor.

Dobtcheff was born in Nîmes, France, to a family of Russian descent. He attended Ascham Preparatory School in Eastbourne, Sussex, England, in the 1940s, where he won the Acting Cup.

One of his many television roles was as the Chief Scientist in the “Doctor Who” series “The War Games” in 1969, in which he became the first actor ever to mention the Time Lords by name. He also appeared in “Blake's 7” episode “Shadow” as the Chairman of the Terra Nostra in 1979.

In his 2006 memoir Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, British actor Rupert Everett describes an encounter with Dobtcheff on the boat train to Paris, and reveals his extraordinary reputation as the “patron saint” of the acting profession, stating that Dobtcheff “was legendary not so much for his acting as for his magical ability to catch every first night in the country”.

Widely travelled and prone to pop up in the most unlikely of locales, if unable to attend an opening night, Dobtcheff would still endeavour to send the cast a card wishing the production good luck.

Dobtcheff appeared in the “Doctor Who” audio drama “The Children of Seth” in which he plays the role of Shamur.

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Zarafa (2012)

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| 78 Min

Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure, and a throwback to a bygone era of hand-drawn animation and epic storytelling set among sweeping CinemaScope vistas of parched desert, wind-swept mountains and open skies. Under the cover of darkness a small boy, Maki, loosens the shackles that bind him and escapes into the desert night. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe – and an orphan, just like him – as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Hassan takes them to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt, who orders him to deliver the exotic animal as a gift to King Charles of France.

67 2012 78
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Another Woman's Life (2012)

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France |
| 97 Min

When the fun loving Marie sets her eyes on brooding comic book artist Paul, it sets off the kind of romantic sparks that quickly culminate in the bedroom. But the next morning brings its share of surprises as Marie crawls out of bed to discover her life flash-forwarded fifteen years down the road: Not only has she been married to Paul all this time, but she’s now the mother of a little boy the head of a powerful multinational investment firm and the proprietor of a fabulous apartment overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Quickly Marie discovers that all her achievements have not brought happiness.

64 2012 97
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The Borgias (2011)

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USA |
Hungary |
| 60 Min

Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth for himself and his family.

79 2011 60
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Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)

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| 96 Min

Russian inmate Boyka, now severely hobbled by the knee injury suffered at the end of Undisputed 2. No longer the feared prison fighter he was, he has declined so far that he is now good only for cleaning toilets. But when a new prison fight tournament begins - an international affair, matching the best fighters from prisons around the globe, enticing them with the promise of freedom for the winner - Boyka must reclaim his dignity and fight for his position in the tournament.

75 2010 96
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Priceless (2006)

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France |
| 104 Min

A beautiful young gold-digger mistakes a lowly hotel clerk as a rich and therefore worthwhile catch.

71 2006 104
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An American Haunting (2005)

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United Kingdom |
USA |
| 91 Min

Based on the true events of the only case in US History where a spirit caused the death of a man.

50 2005 91
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Empire of the Wolves (2005)

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France |
| 128 Min

When the young detective Paul Nerteaux finds the third slashed female corpse of illegal Turkish immigrants, he decides to ask for support to the experienced dark retired detective Jean-Louis Schiffer to chase the serial killer. Together, they infiltrate in the Turkish mafia trying to find the answer to the crimes. Meanwhile, the worker Anna Heymes is being submitted to a brain treatment and has severe headaches and glimpses of memories and visions. When these two parallel events collide, disclose that the Turkish organization \The Wolves\ is behind them.

59 2005 128
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Before Sunset (2004)

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Romance |
USA |
| 77 Min

Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon to find out if they belong together.

81 2004 77
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Deja Vu (1998)

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| 117 Min

L.A. shop owner Dana and Englishman Sean meet and fall in love at first sight, but Sean is married and Dana is to marry her business partner Alex.

70 1998 117
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M. Butterfly (1993)

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| 101 Min

In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.

68 1993 101
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Vincent and me (1990)

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Adventure |

While sketching one day, 13 year old Jo encounters a mysterious art dealer who buys a few of her drawings and commissions her to do some more. Some time thereafter she reads a news story about a million dollar sale of some drawings of a young Vincent Van Gogh. She enlists the aid of some friends and heads to Amsterdam in search of the mystery man. Or, should she go to 19th century Arles in search of Vincent himself?

67 1990 0
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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Adventure |
USA |
| 127 Min

When Dr. Henry Jones Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Indiana must team up with Marcus Brody, Sallah and Elsa Schneider to follow in his father s footsteps and stop the Nazis from recovering the power of eternal life.

83 1989 127
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Little Girl in Blue Velvet (1978)

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Romance |
| 108 Min

An old surgeon falls in love with an intellectual underage girl.

65 1978 108
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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Movie
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Adventure |
Thriller |
United Kingdom |
| 125 Min

Russian and British submarines with nuclear missiles on board both vanish from sight without a trace. England and Russia both blame each other as James Bond tries to solve the riddle of the disappearing ships. But the KGB also has an agent on the case.

71 1977 125
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March or Die (1977)

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United Kingdom |
| 107 Min

The French Foreign Legion, in the early 20s, is tasked to protect a group of Archaeologists in the middle east. After scenes depicting the hardship of day-to-day Foreign Legion life, and the ragtag collection of people who join, the local Arabs take offence at the Archaeologists and declare Jihad. A large battle takes place, with the inevitable last stand.

63 1977 107
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Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

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Thriller |
United Kingdom |
| 128 Min

In 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before.

73 1974 128
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The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

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| 122 Min

Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed. Lucentio, a student and the son of a wealthy Pisan merchant, has fallen in love with Bianca. He poses as a tutor of music and poetry to gain entrance to the Baptista household and to be near Bianca. Meanwhile, Petruchio, a fortune-hunting scoundrel from Verona, arrives in Padua, hoping to capture a wealthy wife. Hortensio, another suitor of Bianca, directs Petruchio's attention to Katharina. When Hortensio warns him about Katharina's scolding tongue and fiery temper, Petruchio is challenged and resolves to capture her love. Hortensio and another suitor of Bianca, Gremio, agree to cover Petruchio's costs as he pursues Katharina.

72 1967 122



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