Monday, 18 August 2014

Remembering Robin Williams

Compiled by Ellie Ritchie from Film-Picks

After the recent passing of Robin Williams, let's look back at nine of his most loved performances.


In an American reworking of the French classic Cage Aux Folles, a gay nightclub owner pretends to be straight when his son brings home his ultra-conservative future in-laws. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are the homosexual couple who have a mid-life crisis when Williams' straight son (from a one-off heterosexual experience) decides to get married. The bride-to-be is the daughter of a ultra-conservative senator (Gene Hackman) whose colleague has just died in bed with an under-age black prostitute! While Hackman and wife Dianne Wiest are en route to the flat above Williams' gay night-spot to vet their prospective 'in-laws', crowds of TV news crews are only a pace behind.

One Hour Photo

Robin Williams gives a genuinely chilling performance as a lonely photo processor who develops a decidedly unhealthy obsession with one of his customers (Connie Nielsen) and her family. Michael Vartan is the husband who tips him over the edge in this intelligent psychological thriller from Never Let Me Go director Mark Romanek.


In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey Abu battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine from the schemes of the evil sorcerer Jafar. Aladdin's whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery.

Mrs Doubtfire

Robin Williams stars in this smash comedy as an unemployed voice-over artist who disguises himself as a matronly Scottish housekeeper to keep an eye on his ex-wife (Sally Field) and kids. Williams calls on all his manic energy to juggle his dual personalities while a pre-Bond Pierce Brosnan lays on the charm as Field's new boyfriend. Home Alone and Harry Potter director Chris Columbus call the shots - and makes the best use of Aerosmith's 'Dude Look Like a Lady' in movie history.


A heartwarming and heartbreaking medical drama starring Robin Williams as a shy neurologist who uses a miracle drug to 'awaken' patients who have been trapped in a catatonic state for decades. Set in 1969, it is the true story of Leonard, the first patient to respond to the treatment, movingly played by Oscar nominee Robert De Niro. Sympathetic yet unsentimental direction from 'Big' Penny Marshall put the film in the running for Best Picture.

Good Morning Vietnam

Saigon, 1965. Sporting a non-issue uniform and a not-by- the-book attitude, airman disc-jockey Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams) arrives in sweltering Southeast Asia to take up his post as morning D.J. on the local Armed Forces Radio network. Brought in by the military to boost morale among the troops, Cronauer wastes little time in launching a few unexpected changes on the government-controlled airwaves.


Forgetful Professor Phillip Brainard inadvertently creates "flying rubber" in his lab, misses his wedding date repeatedly, and is menaced by bungling goons hired by a jealous rival out to steal his lady and his invention. Producer and co-screenwriter John Hughes renders the Disney classic, "The Absent-Minded Professor" for the digital-effects crowd, dusting it with the slapstick hyperbole of his "Home Alone" films and "modern" touches like Brainard's sassy floating personal robot, Weebo. Meanwhile, the flubber itself takes on a life of its own, executing a musical production number.


Young Judy and Peter Shepherd discover the board game Jumanji in their new house. But when they begin to play they release wild animals along with Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), a grown man who has been trapped inside the game since he was 12 years old. Together they must seek out Alan's friend Sarah (Bonnie Hunt) and re-enter the game to win. In doing so they have to face elephants, lions, and the big game hunter Van Pelt.

Good Will Hunting

A true motion picture phenomenon, this triumphant story was nominated for 9 Academy Awards(R) winning Oscars for Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor) and hot newcomers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Best Original Screenplay). The most brilliant mind at America's top university isn't a student...he's the kid who cleans the floors! Will Hunting (Damon) is a headstrong, working-class genius who's failing the lessons of life. After one too many run-ins with the law, Will's last chance is a psychology professor (Williams), who might be the only man who can reach him!

Compiled by Ellie Ritchie from