Remembering Oliver Reed

Today should have been Oliver Reed’s 80th birthday but he left this world in 1999 at age 61. To celebrate the occasion I decided to compile a collection of links to various things I’ve written about the man and his work. Some are just bits and bobs while others are more thoughtful considerations of films he appeared in. Reed has been a constant figure of praise here at Cinebeats for the last 12-years. He’s no angel but he is one of my favorite actors and for my money, one of the greatest screen presences of the 1960s and 70s.

  • Oliver Reed at 77: A Conversation
    A lengthy discussion with filmmaker Kent Adamson about working with Reed where we both share observations about the actor’s career and films.
  • Discussing The Devils (1971) with Author Kevin Flanagan 
    A discussion with the editor of Ken Russell: Re-Viewing England’s Last Mannerist where we dive into Ken Russell’s masterpiece starring Oliver Reed.
  • Wine & Wolves: The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
    A piece I wrote for the Turner Classic Movies Wine Club focusing on how wine plays a role in this Hammer horror film starring Oliver Reed in one of his earliest roles.
  • Comic Book of the Week: Curse of the Werewolf
    For a brief period, I shared some film-related comic books at Cinebeats. This post contains pages from Hammer’s Curse of the Werewolf comic.
  • One For All & All For One!
    Director Richard Lester was spotlighted on FilmStruck late last year and I wrote about The Three Musketeers (1974) and its impromptu sequel, The Four Musketeers (1974). Both films star Oliver Reed as the imposing and unforgettable Athos.
  • Ken Russell: In His Own Words
    When director Ken Russell died in 2011 I was heartbroken. I loved the man and his work, which often featured Oliver Reed. I wrote this tribute that includes an abundance of quotes from Russell with an ax to grind and I don’t regret a damn thing. Naturally, Reed gets a mention or two.
  • Equal Shares For All: The League of Gentlemen
    Some thoughts on The League of Gentlemen (1960) featuring a very early appearance from Oliver Reed.
  • Freddie Francis 2019-2007
    In 2007, I wrote this tribute to Freddie Francis who was another favorite director of mine. In it, I single out his film Paranoiac (1963) which contains one of Oliver Reed’s best performances.
    A list of some of my favorite underrated films made in 1965 that includes The Party’s Over with Oliver Reed.
  • Musings on Mad Men
    Mad Men debuted about a year after I launched Cinebeats but it took a few more years before the show really captured the imagination of the general public and started winning critical praise. To my mind, it’s one of the greatest television achievements in recent memory and for better or worse, it helped spur widespread interest in all things mid-century modern. When season 4 of the series concluded in 2010 it was announced that it wouldn’t return for another 16 months and naturally fans were devastated so I compiled some viewing suggestions to keep them occupied. One of the films I recommended was I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname (1967) starring Oliver Reed.
  • Summer Reading Suggestions
    Some book recommendations including a brief review of Robert Sellers’s “What Fresh Lunacy is This?: The Authorised Biography of Oliver Reed.”
  • Favorite DVD Releases of 2011
    In this compilation of mini-reviews, I spotlight the Icons of Suspense Collection from Hammer Films featuring Joseph Losey’s These Are the Damned (1963), which stars Oliver Reed.
  • Favorite DVD Releases of 2008
    Another compilation of mini-reviews and this time I single out the Lovecraftian horror film, The Shuttered Room (1967). In this exceptional Warner Bros. – Seven Arts production Reed returns to the genre that made him a star and delivers a standout performance opposite Carol Lynley.