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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Hammer Sci-Fi Effort Still Effective.
THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE is a remarkable little black and white film that scores on a number of levels. The sci-fi angle about a machine that can duplicate matter is strongly reminiscent of THE FLY although this is 5 years earlier. The lab scenes involving the machine are imaginatively handled for the time and show the editing prowess of director Terence Fisher who in just...
Published on 3 April 2010 by Chip Kaufmann

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3.0 out of 5 stars Competent at best.
This film's okay,but it's neither spooky enough to be a good horror/sci-fi movie,nor interesting enough to be a good drama.The plot has two childhood friends growing up to become scientists who share a love of Barbara Payton and an interest in cloning,a science that barely existed at the time the film was made.After a few experiments in scenes reminiscent of James Whale's...
Published on 27 Feb 2008 by Johnnybluetime


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Hammer Sci-Fi Effort Still Effective., 3 April 2010
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Chip Kaufmann (Asheville, NC United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Four Sided Triangle [DVD] (DVD)
THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE is a remarkable little black and white film that scores on a number of levels. The sci-fi angle about a machine that can duplicate matter is strongly reminiscent of THE FLY although this is 5 years earlier. The lab scenes involving the machine are imaginatively handled for the time and show the editing prowess of director Terence Fisher who in just a few short years would launch Hammer Horror with CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA. On the surface this is standard sci-fi stuff similar to a TWILIGHT ZONE or an OUTER LIMITS episode but what really sets it apart is the central story of a love triangle with a decidedly novel twist.

Bill, Robin, and Lena are three children from a small village who grow up together. They are the best of friends but when Lena goes to America, the two friends go to college and work on their dream of creating a machine that can make a perfect copy of anything placed in it. A few years later Lena returns and with both men in love with her, she chooses Robin over Bill. Bill then decides to duplicate her in his machine so there will be two Lenas, one for each of them. Unfortunately the duplicate (no clones back then) has the same memories and the same feelings as the original and this leads to a must unusual ending.

The film unfolds in a leisurely way with a narrator/character similar to the one in OUR TOWN. The acting of the three principals especially Barbara Payton in the double role, is quite accomplished. Payton who was known for her sexpot roles and troubled life off screen (she died at only 39), gives the performance of her career and reminds us of how underused she was by American filmmakers. Despite the sci-fi trappings THE FOUR SIDED TRIANGLE, as the title implies, is essentially a love story which packs a surprising emotional punch. Just don't expect Hammer Horror and remember, the film is in black and white.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Competent at best., 27 Feb 2008
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This film's okay,but it's neither spooky enough to be a good horror/sci-fi movie,nor interesting enough to be a good drama.The plot has two childhood friends growing up to become scientists who share a love of Barbara Payton and an interest in cloning,a science that barely existed at the time the film was made.After a few experiments in scenes reminiscent of James Whale's Frankenstein,one of them decides to clone Barbara Payton,because the original has picked his friend.Naturally,tragedy ensues.
Barbara Payton's doesn't exactly set the screen alight and to modern eyes her bleached blonde hairdo is probably the scariest thing in the film.However,Payton aside, it is reasonably well acted and the sets aren't bad and the plot itself is very reminscent of The Fly.Unfortunately,it's all so low key and underplayed that it's easy to get bored.Terence Fisher was usually a competent director rather than a great one and that sums up this film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bill and Robin Hammer out their differences, 15 Feb 2009
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Bill, Robin, and Lena (Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen, and Barbara Payton) where friends since childhood. After diverging lives, they soon combine their talents to build a replicator, a device that can copy anything making a precise copy. Soon Lena must make up her mind as to who she will marry as it was inevitable. She picks Robin leaving bill as odd man out. No worry as Bill envisions a radical plan that we have all ready guesses. What will be the results?

This early Hammer film may have been a precursor to "The Fly" (1958.) At least the technical part. However, I believe as with all good Sci-Fi and many other genres this is a vehicle for people, their emotions, and how we deal with each other. The film is in the old English style and in black and white. It starts out in the tradition of "Our Town" as the local doctor narrates the story to us as a third party.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best early Hammers, 12 Feb 2012
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Following on "Stolen Face", Terence Fisher and his team at Hammer would go on to make this "Four-sided triangle" about two friends playing God in a small British village. Between them a woman, competently played by Barbara Payton, a now largely forgotten actress, who would end up ruined and dying at 40. On what she shows here though she nails the part with talent and enthusiasm. As the Frankenstein-to-be, the haunting Stephen Murray, who has some physical resemblance with Ralph Fiennes and who perfectly conveys the obsession and the tragedy of the part. Fisher directs this low-budget movie with rhythm and enthusiasm, so that this is a very good entry (if not the best) in the "pre-Quatermass" days of Hammer studios. As a bonus on this DVD, the remarkable short "The Right Person" in shiny Technicolor. You can't go wrong!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British Sci-Fi Fun, 15 Feb 2010
This review is from: The Four Sided Triangle [DVD] (DVD)
I found this film a joy. I love hammer films of all genres and this wasn't a disappointment. A sci fi witha love triangle with a dark twist. Enjoy!
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's a SQUARE, 7 Oct 2008
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SiC "siccoyote" (Burton on Trent, Staffs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Four Sided Triangle [DVD] (DVD)
everyone knows if it's got 4 sides (which are all the same size) it's a Square not a triangle.

5'd for Voluptuous Woman.
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