Films: Martin Sheen

Princess of the Row

  • 2019
  • US
  • Directed by: Max Carlson
  • Cast: Martin Sheen, Edi Gathegi, Ana Ortiz

A runaway foster child stops at nothing to live with the only family she knows: her homeless father.

Trash

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • UK / Brazil
  • 1h 54min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura
  • UK release: 30 January 2015

In the Brazilian favelas, a trio of teenagers (Tevez, Weinstein and Luis) try to solve a mystery. Curtis' script and Daldry's simplistic and saccharine approach make the film hopeful, which is fine, but also less moving and honest than it could be; it's also excessively long.

The Way

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Emilio Estevez
  • Cast: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger

Estevez's second film, following the impressive Altman-like Bobby, is a wholesome piece about faith, grief and mortality starring Sheen as an American doctor who arrives in the Pyrenees following the death of his adult son (Estevez). He meets a plethora of characters in this quiet, contemplative film.

Imagine That

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Karey Kirkpatrick
  • Written by: Ed Solomon, Christopher Matheson
  • Cast: Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Yara Shahidi, Ronny Cox, Marin Hinkle, Nicole Ari Parker, Martin Sheen, Bobb'e J Thompson

Pedestrian but passably old-fashioned Disney-style recession parable starring Murphy as a successful financial executive who has more time for his blackberry than his seven-year-old daughter (Shahidi). When his career falters he finds himself drawn towards his daughter's imaginary world.

Love Happens

  • 1 star
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Brandon Camp
  • Written by: Brandon Camp, Mike Thompson
  • Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Frances Conroy, Dan Fogler, Martin Sheen, Judy Greer

Aniston adds more fuel to the fire that she's a one hit wonder with this muddled, befuddled not very rom and not very com mess with Eckart.

Bobby

  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Emilio Estevez
  • Written by: Emilio Estevez
  • Cast: Harry Belafonte, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H Macy, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater

Writer-director Estevez turns his attentions to the assassination of another Kennedy, JFK's little brother. The action takes place at the scene of the crime - the Ambassador Hotel in LA on 5 June 1968 - and follows the impact on 22 fictional characters. It's hit and miss, but does ably mix archive footage with fictional…

The Departed

  • 3 stars
  • 2006
  • US
  • 2h 31min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, and Alec Baldwin

This remake of the Hong Kong triad thriller 'Infernal Affairs' is not as good as the Scorsese classics but still hooks right to the very last shot with a distinguished cast - DiCaprio finally finding a role that suits and several superb set pieces along the way.

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

  • 1991
  • US
  • 1h 36min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
  • Written by: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper
  • Cast: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando
  • UK release: 6 December 1991

Documentary exploring the mysterious goings-on surrounding the making of Francis Ford-Coppola's film Apocalypse Now. The production was plagued by problems with casting, budget and script, almost destroying the career of the acclaimed director.

Wall Street

  • 1987
  • US
  • Directed by: Oliver Stone
  • Cast: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah

Ambitious stockbroker Bud (Sheen, C) is torn between his loyalty to his blue-collar union leader dad Carl (Sheen, M) and the charisma of ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Douglas).

Apocalypse Now

  • 5 stars
  • 1980
  • US
  • 2h 33min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Albert Hall

Vietnam as 'the ultimate trip'. We follow US Army assassin Sheen downriver and deeper into the Heart of Darkness ruled over by Brando's mad Colonel Kurtz. Alternately pretentious and visually overpowering (the Valkyries helicopter attack, for example), the film's grandiloquent folly pierces right to the bone of the…

Apocalypse Now Redux

  • 4 stars
  • 1979/2001
  • US
  • 3h 22min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Written by: Novella:, Joseph Conrad, Screenplay:, John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola
  • Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Aurore Clement, Christian Marquand

Coppola's new, longer cut of his Vietnam war masterpiece includes more of Duvall's crazy chopper commander Kilgore, a second encounter with the Playboy Bunnies, a new sequence set on a remote French plantation adding historical background and Brando expounding upon the insanity of war. It isn't an improvement, but…

Badlands

  • 5 stars
  • 1973
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Terrence Malick
  • Written by: Terrence Malick
  • Cast: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

Rarefied, lyrical US filmmaker Terrence Malick's stunning and mega-influential 1973 crime spree drama is brought back to life in a beautiful new 35mm print.