Hell Is a City [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The film contains some superb location scenes of the city as it then was, trying to revitalise after the German bombing campaign and the rationing depravations after the war. Baker is superb in the role of a gritty police inspector chasing a murderous thug across Manchester and the nearby moors, whilst attempting to come to terms with his fraught marriage to his lonely wife played by Maxine Audley.
Keep an eye out for Warren Mitchell of 'Death us do Part' fame as a travelling salesman and a fleeting appearance of Doris Speed (Annie Walker in Granada TVs Coronation Street) as a hospital sister.
i haven't seen many "hammer" thrillers, but this is a good place to start.
stanley baker scores as an overworked, frustrated, police inspector who is hunting down a sadistic killer who's broken out of jail and looking for stolen money.
there are a few familiar faces in this one; donald pleasence, billie whitelaw, george a. cooper, warren mitchell.
a tough and somewhat daring film, there is more foul language than i thought, a few minor sexual references and quite nasty violence, but a "P.G" rating is suitable.
it's an added bonus that the film wasn't just based in manchester, but actually filmed there as well. that adds realism.
it is a shame to think that by the mid-60s, stanley baker would end up as the forgotten film star; where as the likes of michael caine and sean connery would prosper to superstardom.
one of the better police thrillers i have seen.
Without the benefit of computer graphics and sophisticated special effects, here we have a fast moving police thriller. The wonderful Stanley Baker plays the lead supported by a cast of talented and experienced mega-stars. The film is violent for its time and the music is atmospheric and effective.
If you like these old gritty movies, you will love this one. It ought to be watched by any film buff if nothing more for than to see just how good a film could be made in those days without the frills of modern technology and it is a lesson in good acting. A splendid British attempt at cops and robbers.
I loved the old cars.
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This early Hammer deserves a remake, but the original will take some beating.Published 7 months ago by Derek M. Fox
Now there's a hyperbolic title for you! This is a glum British police thriller, well done in itself, but nothing special. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Charlie Allnutt
A great little early Hammer noir with a solid performance from the ever dependable Stanley Baker and a lovely turn from the legendary actor Donald Pleasance as a cuckolded... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brad FD