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The 39 Steps  [DVD]
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Third big-screen adaptation of John Buchan's classic novel. Mining engineer Richard Hannay (Robert Powell) is on a brief visit to England when his neighbour Colonel Scudder (John Mills) warns him that foreign 'sleeper' agents are at work, planning to pre-empt global war by murdering a foreign dignitary. When Scudder is murdered by the agents Hannay finds himself under suspicion by the police, and goes on the run in a bid to both prove his own innocence and expose the enemy spies.
It's not the 1935 Hitchcock classic, but this sturdy 1978 adaptation of John Buchan's The Thirty Nine Steps is still a rollicking good adventure. In keeping with the Boys' Own derring-do of the story (set in Edwardian London and the Scottish Highlands), the movie maintains a brisk pace that's interrupted only for tea or cocktails. Robert Powell is Richard Hannay, the man who unwittingly becomes embroiled in a dastardly Prussian plot to assassinate the Greek Prime Minister. Framed for murder, Hannay must flee to Scotland and attempt to clear his name whilst outwitting the prune-faced Prussian agents. Among all the deftly choreographed action sequences and careful period settings there's a strong vein of humour in the film, and if it wasn't for the numerous murders there would be little reason for PG certification. The grand dénouement comes with the realisation that the predicted time for the assassination is linked to Big Ben; unlike the earlier movie this version climaxes memorably with Powell hanging from the clock's minute hand. It might not be Hitchcock behind the lens, but it's still jolly good fun. --Joan ByrneSee all Product Description
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Fine performances by all actors particularly the late John Mills adds to the drama.Combine this with the period costumes and vehicles and you have an all round classic.Brilliant!
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This is the second remake of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock version, and is set in a different time period to the others. It is an enjoyable remake, with Robert Powell playing a good part. If you are a fan of the other two, and haven't seen this one then this is worth watching, or if you like period films, then you should enjoy this.
Picture Quality is good overall. The fog sequence at the start is a bit murky, but this is the way it was filmed, and looked the same in the cinema on it's original release, so no problem. Colours are natural, and there are no problems with the sound. This dvd transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1.
ever since .A varied, and pacey story it maintains viewer interest completely. A good Old-fashioned type of Spy Thriller.
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A timeless classic. Some acting a bit wooden, but great plot and storyline.Published 1 month ago by PhilB
This 1978 movie of the old Hitchcock thriller is absolutely the best version of this classic ever produced. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian Hughes