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4.0 out of 5 stars Games Only Two Can Play
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Twin brother and sister Jacki and Julian(Judy Geeson and Martin Potter) live in a bizarre fantasy world of secret parlour games and childlike innocence. After moving into a luxurious Chelsea house, they are soon sought out and 'adopted' by charismatic small-time criminal Clive Landseer(Alexis Kanner), who has a gambling debt...
Published on 28 Jun 2010 by Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett

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2.0 out of 5 stars Two's a Crowd
I wouldn't be so withering to say it's totally useless, but it is fairly bad in virtually every respect. The things that prevent it from being cast into the outer-darkness are: 1) A dignified performance by Michael Redgrave who is clearly aware his dignity is in danger, and anyway he's supposed to be playing a dignified man who ultimately has none. That's also a little...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Games Only Two Can Play, 28 Jun 2010
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Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett "vampire lover" (Dracula's Crypt) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Goodbye Gemini - Digitally Remastered 1970 [DVD] (DVD)
!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

Twin brother and sister Jacki and Julian(Judy Geeson and Martin Potter) live in a bizarre fantasy world of secret parlour games and childlike innocence. After moving into a luxurious Chelsea house, they are soon sought out and 'adopted' by charismatic small-time criminal Clive Landseer(Alexis Kanner), who has a gambling debt as long as his arm and a sexual appetite to match. Clive seeks to control and manipulate his new playthings, much to the horror of Julian, who has barely suppresed incestuous desires for his sister. However, once one of Clive's rather less forgiving creditors comes calling, the games take a rather unsavoury turn, including blackmail and threats of violence, leading the twins to carry out a terrible act of violence...
This very fine psychological thriller is a welcome addition to my DVD library. Digitally remastered and lovingly presented, it is probably Alan Gibson's best film, although I am also very fond of his two Hammer Dracula entries. The two lead roles are in the capable hands of Geeson and Potter, the former proving once again that she was the British horror scream queen who really could act. As good as their performances are though, the film belongs to Alexis Kanner. His is an extraordinary performance, one so vital to the film, that after the character Clive's bloody exit, the film loses its impetus and meanders towards its downbeat ending.
There are other incidental pleasures to be taken from the film such as the great verbal jousting between the characters played by Freddie Jones and Sir Michael Redgrave and the great soundtrack and sets. Nevertheless, the film never quite recovers from the loss of its most interesting, complex character.
Despite its flaws I would recommend this film, especially to those who are fans of British psychological horrors as this is one of the most intriguing examples of the genre. Another reason to recommend this would be the very welcome inclusion of an audio commentary by Geeson. 4 out of 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars unusual thriller, 17 April 2013
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I'd heard of this for years but never got to see it before.
A bit weird to be honest, but the two leads are good in it, and it does offer a bit of a diversion from the usual thriller pattern in that there are two people involved in the mayhem and madness.
A curio, but an interesting film which should have appeal to people who like a taste of the bizarre in their movie choices, and like older films.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two's a Crowd, 30 Dec 2013
This review is from: Goodbye Gemini - Digitally Remastered 1970 [DVD] (DVD)
I wouldn't be so withering to say it's totally useless, but it is fairly bad in virtually every respect. The things that prevent it from being cast into the outer-darkness are: 1) A dignified performance by Michael Redgrave who is clearly aware his dignity is in danger, and anyway he's supposed to be playing a dignified man who ultimately has none. That's also a little plus. A comment on political expediency we see amongst the careerists then and now. 2) Judy Geeson who was probably better than most of the dross she was in. If the British film industry was any good in 1970, she would have been at least the Carey Mulligan of her time. 3) London is always interesting and it's photographed well at times. However, in terms of plot, it is pointlessly and trendily elliptical and illogical. The acting is of the wooden Hammer Horror kind which might be ok for the supporting cast if Peter Cushing were the still actorly centre of a wooden Transylvanian world. The appalling sideburns and moustaches and daft sub-plot concerning hopeless Clive and 'hard-man' Rod (Mike Pratt) are another minus.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There is a reason why this is a little known film, 3 Aug 2011
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This film is not well known because it is very poor. Judy Geeson tries her best, but she finds a partner in Martin Potter whose inert presence sucks the life from every scene. This is a shame, because the film is well put together technically, and is only let down by a slow and self-indulgent plot and the poor acting from all but Freddie Jones and Michael Redgrave. As for Alexis Kanner? Hailed by some as the hero of the day, in fact he presents as a cross between Tony Newley and Richard Harris, with neither the charm nor the talent of either. His performance (leaving aside his extraordinary accent) is not exactly awful, but make no mistake, it doesn't have what it takes to transform this sensationalist nonsense into a 'hidden gem'. This film certainly has pretentions to be a tense psychological drama, but don't let a re-master and a DVD commentary catch you believing that, 40 years on, it has suddenly achieved those ends.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time Warp back to the late 60's, 24 Oct 2012
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I saw this film when it was originally released, sometime in 1969 or 1970, shortly after I moved to London.

To my recollection, the cinema release has the film starting on board a Pan Am jet, however, this DVD release starts the film on the Pan Am passenger bus transporting the Twins into central London.

I understood this DVD release was the original, uncut, theatrical release, but it seems to be cut.

Also, depending on what reviews you read; Jules is 'beaten and raped' at one point, however this is not shown, so perhaps more lost footage.

Because almost 43 years have passed, when I finally watched the DVD last night, it was like a new film. I could hardly recall any of the plot (except the missing opening sequence).

For modern day viewers with 21st century mores, I would say this film and its direction will seem dated and implausible.

Only really recommended to people of a 'certain age' who want to remind themselves that the 'Swinging Sixties' were not actually as cool as they remember the period.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE EVIL TWINS, 1 Jun 2011
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A GOOD AND ( RARE FILM ) NOT SEEN FOR MANY YEARS.
A YOUNG MARTIN POTTER AND JUDY GLEESON STAR !!!
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