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Innocent Bystanders [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Stanley Baker, Donald Pleasence, Dana Andrews
  • Directors: Peter Collinson
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By socrates17 on 6 Jan 2009
Format: VHS Tape
Cold and brutal spy thriller with great performances all 'round.
Gradually, the few remaining films that deserve DVD releases are coming out, but the few that are left are the most obscure and therefore the least likely.
Push for this one. It's worth it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R E Iliffe on 3 July 2013
Format: DVD
If you are a devotee of cold-war thrillers, whether in literature or in film, this is a gem of its type. Stanley Baker gives a nicely restrained performance as John Craig, an ageing spy who, it is generally agreed, is now only useful as a diversion to benefit of the latest crop of hotshot agents coming up through the ranks.

Abandoned to the tender mercies of the CIA by his boss, Loomis, payed by Donald Pleasance. Craig decides he's up for one last job - for profit and in retaliation against Loomis. Craig goes on to illustrate the old saying that youth and strength may lose to age and treachery.

Grittier than James Bond, this is closer in tone to the literary (not film version) Matt Helm, and is a film adaptation of a book of the same name by James Mitchell who, writing as James Munro, authored the 'Callan' series of books and TV episodes in the early 1970's.

Notably this film has what I consider to be the best on-screen fight scene I've seen. It isn't very long but is a million miles from the sort of choreography we normally see in action adventures; indeed the fight could not be long given that one believes the protagonists mean it: in theory Craig is practising unarmed combat in the gym against an odious junior agent. One quickly becomes aware that the two men dislike each other; neither is a nice guy, and both would only say 'oops!' if the other were crippled in a 'training accident'. Steven Segal, Bruce Willis, eat your heart out!

A must watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ka Thomas on 26 Jan 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have just finished watching this quality spy thriller and I reckon it is a Brit film that really needs to be seen by a wider audience. It is based on a book by James Mitchell who created the classic TV spy series 'Callan',

It stars one of Britain's finest actors, Stanley Baker as the over the hill agent John Craig who is sent on a dangerous mission by his boss Donald Pleasance. Pleasance is brilliant in this role and his deadpan delivery, especially at his member's club, is really amusing.

Playing Baker's fellow agents are Derren Nesbitt (Special Branch) and Sue Lloyd. Nesbitt and Baker have a nasty fight in the beginning of the movie which is well handled by the director Peter Collinson (The Italian Job). The film overall is quite violent but it was 1972 and this isn't quite James Bond!

We see the American secret service getting involved. Played by Dana Andrews (he doesn't look too drunk in this film) and Cec Linder (Felix Leiter in 'Goldfinger'). They supervise a "torture" scene for Craig which is a bit unbelievable. The "US locations" are obviously filmed in London and outside the Pinewood Studios building!

The genuine location filming was shot in Turkey and adds some class to what must have been a fairly low budget movie. Well, low budget compared to a Bond movie.

Warren Mitchell, who is really on top form, steals the movie for me. Not bad seeing he is up against the likes of Stanley Baker. There is quite a bit of humour in what is quite a violent movie. I laughed out aloud a couple of times, it is generally a well written script.

Unintentionally funny moment: when Baker takes a shower he comes out all wet. Yet his dodgy toupee is completely dry! :lol:

If you haven't seen this movie I advise you to check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Dec 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Coming at the tail-end of Bondmania and based on the last in a series of novels by the creator of Callan, 1972’s Innocent Bystanders is a messy spy thriller with a standard issue undercurrent of cynicism that works in fits and starts as it tries to have its cake and eat it. It’s the kind of film where the exposition setting up the plot is constantly intercut with scenes of Stanley Baker and Sue Lloyd indulging in some athletic target practice to keep the audience from being bored by all that talking. That’s about all they indulge in because not only is Baker’s spy over the hill but, thanks to some over zealous KGB torturers, his love life is well and truly ruined, which is a surprisingly bold move for an actor with such an alpha male reputation. It’s not something the film initially shies away from in a surprisingly good torture scene that plays on the character’s impotence and memory of his earlier ordeal by having his new tormenters never actually turn on the power but simply let his imagination do all their work for him. Unfortunately one reason it stands out is that much of the first half hour is pretty badly directed by The Italian Job’s Peter Collinson, who has a particularly tough time with the genuine violence: it’s the kind of film where someone will be shot in the head only to produce woefully unconvincing screen blood or a gulag escapee will be shot at close range by four machinegun toting guards only to get up and be shot again two more times in a clumsy bit of ‘stage’ dying that draws unintentional laughter. Johnny Keating’s score doesn’t help much either, at times turning into Thunderball to try to make mundane scenes like opening a bank deposit box seem exciting but simply making things seem overwrought instead.Read more ›
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