A young man Robert Graves(played by a fresh faced Tim Curry), arrives at a cricket match in the grounds of a mental hospital where he is to be the scorer. A doctor(Robert Stephens), introduces him to a man called Crossley, who is to score the match alongside him. Graves then listens as Crossley recounts a tale of how he met a man called Anthony Fielding(John Hurt),who is one of the players on the pitch, and how he became a part of Fielding's life, and from then on the film drifts back and forth from the cricket match to the story Crossley is telling.
This film has a haunting, dreamlike quality to it, and is pretty unique in its approach. Their is no cohesive narrative, and leaves the viewer with as many questions as answers. Thats a good thing in my opinion. The lines between fantasy and reality are constantly blurred, and after watching this your senses will be reeling.
Jerzy Skolimowski directs with great visual flair and Alan Bates is great as the charismatic Crossley.
A real treat. 5 out of 5. The DVD release by Prism has no extras, but the picture and sound quality are excellent, which is especially important in the case of this film