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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding thriller
I recorded this onto video when it was on tv in the UK. Within the first few minutes, I realised it was going to be a great story.
The acting is outstanding, particularly Bernard Hill. The storyline is complex without being labrynthine, and thrilling without being sensationalist.
It starts quite quietly and then just builds up the tension until it's almost...
Published on 17 Nov 2005 by Ben Brangwyn

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but heavily edited.
I've not seen Bellman and True since seeing it broadcast in the 1980s; it's a forgotten and overlooked classic.

For those unfamiliar with the plot, it is basically the story of a computer expert who, via the kidnap of his son, is blackmailed into helping a gang of villains overcome a sophisticated bank security system. Bearing in mind that it's now over twenty...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but heavily edited., 31 Aug 2009
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I've not seen Bellman and True since seeing it broadcast in the 1980s; it's a forgotten and overlooked classic.

For those unfamiliar with the plot, it is basically the story of a computer expert who, via the kidnap of his son, is blackmailed into helping a gang of villains overcome a sophisticated bank security system. Bearing in mind that it's now over twenty years old, it's still a very worthy film - the acting and direction is good, with Bernard Hill playing the lead.

There are a couple of negative points to be mentioned here. Firstly, the sound and transfer quality isn't great on this version - a fact that of course becomes all the more obvious if you are watching it on any relatively up to date kit. Depending upon how you look at it, and I'm inclined to be generous here, that does kind of add to the period feel.

However, I'm less able to live with the fact that, for whatever reason, it has been heavily edited from the broadcast version - and the chopping hasn't been done with any great subtlety. It's not easy be specific without giving too much away, suffice it to say that one vital scene towards the end of the film particularly looses tension as a result of the editing.

That said, this is a budget release of a largely forgotten work so I suspect that there's never going to be the demand for a remastered version - you have to accept a few compromises at this sort of price. On the grounds that I'm pleased to see this available at all, it gets three stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding thriller, 17 Nov 2005
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Ben Brangwyn (Bath, B&NES United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bellman And True [DVD] (DVD)
I recorded this onto video when it was on tv in the UK. Within the first few minutes, I realised it was going to be a great story.
The acting is outstanding, particularly Bernard Hill. The storyline is complex without being labrynthine, and thrilling without being sensationalist.
It starts quite quietly and then just builds up the tension until it's almost unbearable. You never really know the final conclusion until the credits have fully rolled.
About once a year I'll put this in the video and enjoy the ride. And every time, it's a thrill.
Totally recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Story and acting by Bernard Hill, 15 Nov 2010
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This was an excellent film when first shown and it's still great.

I remember seeing it in the cinema and later on on TV, the TV version had a few extra scenes (it was a two-parter). This is the Cinema feature version.

Loved watching it again recently.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BELLMAN AND TRUE--LOST CLASSIC., 2 Oct 2010
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sam lowry (gtr manchester uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bellman And True [VHS] (VHS Tape)
ALTHOUGH THIS IS ONLY THE "SHORT"(UNDER 2HRS)VERSION OF BELLMAN AND TRUE--IT IS WORTH SEEKING OUT FOR BERNARD HILL'S PORTRAYAL OF A COMPUTER GENIUS HILLER, WITH A DRINK PROBLEM, WHOSE STEP-SON HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED, BY GANGSTERS, WHOM USE HILLER TO MASTERMIND THE BREAKING-IN OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM OF A LONDON BANK.
HILL AS USUAL IS TERRIFIC--HE WAS RIDING HIGH AFTER "BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF", AND I'M PRETTY SURE HE HAD ALSO RECENTLY PLAYED JOHN LENNON FOR THE BBC, AND HAD JUST COME OFF "SURRENDER"--ALAN BLEASDALE'S BLEAK BLACK COMEDY SET IN A LIVERPOOL NIGHTCLUB,CO-STARRING RAY MCANALY(THIS IS ALSO UNAVALIABLE ON DVD).
THIS SHORT VERSION IS GOOD--BUT FOR CRIMINAL REASONS, THE FOUR HOUR CUT, IS STILL NOT AROUND.
BELLMAN AND TRUE HAS THE SAME TONE AS NEIL JORDAN'S "MONA LISA", WITH VERY GRITTY VIOLENCE, AND A 'FABLE'FEEL TO IT.
HILL IS SUPPORTED BY A GOOD CAST LED BY RICHARD HOPE, KEN BONES(AS A VERY NASTY HEAVY), AND KIERON O'BRIEN.
THE FILM WAS DIRECTED BY RICHARD LONCRAINE--HE HAD ALREADY DIRECTED THE MISSIONARY, AND WENT ONTO WIMBLEDON-PAUL BETTANY, AND HARRISON FORD'S FIREWALL(OF WHICH THERE WAS AN APPARENTLY AN UNHAPPY SET).
SO IF ANYONE CAN TELL US WHEN THIS "FULL" MOVIE IS GOING TO BE RELEASED IN ITS FULL VERSION--LET US KNOW.
BY THE WAY THERE IS A VERY GOOD JOKE ABOUT A CERTAIN MAURICE MICKLEWHITE...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat viewing., 6 Aug 2014
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Bernard Hill played his role to the full, from the start of the film to the very surprising ending. Intriguing story with a twist. Excellent,,,,!!!
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