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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 4 July 2013
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Gripping

The picture and sound quality are excellent. The film is black and white. The only thing that spoils it (for me) is that it is severely "letterboxed" (Please note: I am writing what I see, not anything about aspect ratio and I do not imply that the aspect ratio is "wrong". I hope you will appreciate that I am trying to give a balanced and helpful view of the product, not only a synopsis of the film.). This, at times, can make the viewing confusing, as there are some scenes where the view is even "shorter". However, the quality of the film, itself, more than makes up for this.

From the outset, the drama moves very quickly and it is essential to pay close attention, otherwise you may miss something.

Stanley Baker is absolutely superb as a man who has been summoned by his father, who was supposed to have died some years previously. He is an "ordinary" man; a jazz musician and composer, so not experienced in investigations or subterfuge.

Full of "red herrings", which deliberately confuse the viewer; you don't know who is doing what or why! The only person to be trusted is Joe Newman (Stanley Baker). He wants to find out what happened to his father and if he is still alive.

The problem is that, seemingly, nobody can be trusted! Joe is confused, on his own and away from home. Will he find out what is actually happening and why he has been summoned by a man he believes is dead?

You will have to find out! I watched the film "on the edge of my chair". The settings and music are very atmospheric and the acting is excellent; only to be expected of Stanley Baker, Peter Cushing and Eric Portman, to name but three of the superb cast!

I was not disappointed! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2013 15:49:10 BDT
Jay Holder says:
I agree with your review. I usually have a short attention span being easily bored especially with spy movies, but this film kept me interested though not glued `til the surprising end. Can`t agree with the negative reviews. Well worth seeing.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2013 11:46:46 GMT
UK Filmbuff says:
It is a pleasant change to receive a well-considered comment. Thank you! I am pleased we share a view on this film.
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