"Checkpoint", another very welcome DVD release of a vintage British title, is an entertaining thriller with a motor racing background which has an excellent cast of familiar faces. James Robertson Justice is good but cast completely against type. I was interested to see Lee Patterson, the appealing hero of many 'B' thrillers of the period as one of the drivers. Odile Versois was the leading lady of several British films of this era and now, sadly, it's rather hard to see why as she has a rather bland personality and only average looks.
It's filmed in Eastman Colour, a system not quite as vivid as Technicolor, but the views of Italy are still excellent. The interior of Odile Versois' apartment is gloriously 1950's modern and would look good in any retro or vintage store today!
The plot has relatively few surprises, but is well enough done and the short running time suits it. I thought the ending was actually rather sudden and it looked as though there could have been another scene after it, to round it off!
Again, this is well worth a look - it's so good that these more unusual vintage British movies are making it to DVD - as another reviewer has said, let them keep on coming! Michael Craig's "House of Secrets" made the same year as this, would be great!!