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Man of Violence (aka Moon) [DVD]
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British crime drama in which a soldier of fortune becomes involved with some bent cops searching for missing gold bullion. British mercenary Moon (Michael Latimer) finds himself hired by crooked cops Nixon (Derek Aylward) and Burgess (George Belbin) as they try to get their hands on over 30 million pounds worth of stolen Arab gold, stashed away somewhere in Britain. But violence and treachery soon follow as rival gangsters, along with a sadistic murderer, home in on the prize.
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'The Big Switch' is a thoroughly amateurish attempt at a gangster film, pathetically dated ( as is 'Moon' ) for 1968, considering 'Performance' was made about the same time. This sleazy production boasts a pretty good jazz score by Harry South, a live appearance by 60s band Timebox & some pleasing photography, but it was just too badly acted & scripted to hold my interest. The Hanna Barbera-esque climactic shoot out, staged in a Brighton amusement arcade, is risible, with guns being fired indiscriminately for no apparent reason & a chase scene with lead actor Sebastian Breaks(!) and Virginia Wetherell actually running on the spot at one point.
Filming as Walker did entirely on location, it's the garish period decor that takes centre stage, rather than the hopeless script, inept casting & not particularly attractive abundance of female flesh on display. Promising far more than either is able to deliver, both films were well past their sell-by date when they were made in the late 60s...today they exist as naff ( in Walker's words ) period pieces.
It verges on being categorized as that hallmark of late-sixties/early seventies film-making, a sexploitation film. But its production values raise it a bit above that, and there is probably not enough nudity to rank as sexploitation. But there is a very pleasing amount of attractive skin.
Leading the cast is young Michael Latimer, who you may recognize from The Avengers '67. He was a villain in an episode called 'Positive Negative Man' which also required him, as a conductor of a killing amount of electricity, to appear shirtless. Diana Rigg commented that his pecs weren't developed enough, but they are very pleasing, none-the-less. He was the quintessential 70's star: young, attractive, lean and lightly built, self-possessed. He also starred in Prehistoric Women with Martine Beswick and, for several seasons, on the police series Van der Valk, where he played it much straighter.
Latimer plays a victim here. After a one-night stand with a beautiful woman -- and, right off the bat, a good excuse to take his shirt off -- he is persuaded she is dead, and a gang blackmails him into helping them break a kingpin out of prison.
It's fun, and full of 70's fashions and colors. And, of course, the very pretty Michael Latimer.
Thanks to BFI for bringing the fun Flipside films out. They would have been neglected otherwise.
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I liked the "Man of Violence" movie, including "The Big Switch". Sadly enough I could nog play the Blue Ray disc but I hope it's actually the same content as the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vincent J.F. Klaus