The best bit of this is that very few of the stellar cast were known to cinema viewers when this came out in 1957. It didn't end there, though.
We should face facts-every cliche in the book is in here, the special effects consist of repeated speeded-up film of stunt driven lorries hurtling round the same corners and country roads, meeting nothing more than pre-war Ford cars en route and Irish-American Patrick McGoohan's Irish accent is almost as unconvincing as Lithuian Herbert Lom's comic Italiano.
It's a rip-roaring film, moves along fast, has a supporting cast, apart from Herbert Lom, of William Hartnell, Jill Ireland,Sean Connery, Alfie Bass, Sid James & Gordon Jackson, and is only missing a loveable Cockney rogue amongst the lorry drivers, plus David MacCallum looking about 16!!
Yeh, it's violent and downright nasty at times, but so is life occasionally, as it was back then, too. You'll forgive it for all the above, plus the battle between ex-crim new Driver Stanley Baker, slowly smouldering beneath the bloody great chips on either shoulder that made him such a well-balanced individual, and top driver Red, Mr McGoohan, who is an even more combustible method-acting psychopath, who resembles dear old Robert Newton when he really gets aflame AND manages to have a thundering all-Gaelic punch-up with Stanley & STILL keep a lit fag in his mouth for most of the time!!
This really is one to savour-sometimes for the right, sometimes for the wrong reasons. But definitely one to savour!