Films: Charles Dance

The King's Man

  • 2020
  • UK / US
  • Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
  • Cast: Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Arterton, Charles Dance, Tom Hollander, Stanley Tucci, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson
  • UK release: 14 February 2020

A prequel to the Kingsman franchise set in the early part of the 20th Century.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 11min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Michael Dougherty
  • Cast: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi
  • UK release: 29 May 2019

Long-awaited sequel to 2014's Godzilla reboot.

Underworld: Blood Wars

  • 2 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 31min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Anna Foerster
  • Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Trent Garrett, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, Charles Dance
  • UK release: 3 February 2017

Selene (Beckinsale) makes an alliance with her former coven, which fears an attack from the werewolves. The world's dullest vampires are back, still droning on about the same old back-story, and engaging in poorly staged and repetitive action sequences. Beckinsale does her very best, but this franchise is long overdue for…

Despite the Falling Snow

  • 2 stars
  • 2016
  • UK, Canada
  • 1h 33min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shamim Sarif
  • Written by: Shamim Sarif
  • Cast: Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Antje Traue
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

In Moscow 1959, a spy named Katya (Ferguson) romances a young Kremlin bureaucrat (Reid); in Moscow 1992, Katya's niece Lauren (also Ferguson) seeks the truth about her aunt via elderly Alexander (Dance). Humdrum spy-themed romance with lots of long walks in the snow, unhappy reveals and crap dialogue, which never build to…

Dracula Untold

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 32min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gary Shore
  • Cast: Luke Evans, Charles Dance, Sarah Gadon
  • UK release: 3 October 2014

In this Dracula origin story, Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (Evans), is a warrior and a family man, who sells his soul to protect his people from the Turkish hordes. There's good work from Evans and Gadon and a show-stopping performance from Dance (under layers of prosthetics), but overall it's po-faced and humourless.

St George's Day

  • 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 48min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Frank Harper
  • Written by: Urs Buehler, Frank Harper
  • Cast: Charles Dance, Vincent Regan, Craig Fairbrass
  • UK release: 7 September 2012

Breathless crime thriller: a pair of London gangsters find themselves in deep trouble when they lose a shipment of cocaine bound for a Russian Mafioso in rough seas.

Underworld: Awakening

  • 2012
  • US
  • 1h 28min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein
  • Written by: John Hlavin
  • Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley, Charles Dance
  • UK release: 20 January 2012

When humans uncover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, Vampire warrior Selene leads the resistance against humankind.

Ladies In Lavender

  • 2004
  • UK
  • 1h 43min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Charles Dance
  • Written by: Charles Dance
  • Cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Brühl, Natascha McElhone

Adapted by the thespian from the story by William J Locke, this 1930s-set tale stars the two grand dames of British film, Smith and Dench, as two aeging sisters who share a cottage. But when a Polish violinist ('Goodbye Lenin''s Brühl) is washed up near their home, their staid existence is shattered. Tailor-made for the…

Swimming Pool

  • 2003
  • France / UK
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: François Ozon
  • Written by: François Ozon, Emmanuèle Bernheim
  • Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier

Facing writer's block, abest-selling crime writer goes to her publisher' house in the south of France to find some inspiration. However, distraction arrives in the form of the publisher's unusual and attractive daughter.

Dark Blue World

  • 2 stars
  • 2002
  • Czech Republic / UK / Germany
  • 1h 52min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Jan Svěrák
  • Written by: Zdeněk Svěrák
  • Cast: Ondřej Vetchý, Tara FitzGerald, Oldřich Kaiser, Charles Dance, Kryštof Hádek

This WWII period drama recounts what happened when Czech pilots left their occupied home country to fight alongside the RAF. Centred around two best friends who fall out over a lonely and, presumed, widowed woman, 'Dark Blue World' sadly avoids discussing the Czech government's imprisonment of returning pilots and instead…

Last Action Hero

  • 1993
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John McTiernan
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Charles Dance, Tom Noonan, Austin O'Brien, Art Carney, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, Bridgette Wilson

Alien 3

  • 1992
  • US
  • 1h 54min
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Fincher
  • Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S Dutton, Charles Dance

Ripley crashes on a prison planet and finds that her dealings with the dratted alien are not over yet. Not even close…

Hidden City

  • 1988
  • UK
  • 1h 42min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Stephen Poliakoff
  • Cast: Charles Dance, Cassie Stuart, Bill Paterson

A conspiracy hidden in layers of London's history is slowly uncovered by a middle-class man and his client with a video banned by the government.