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Man of Violence (aka Moon) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sebastian Breaks, Nicholas Hawtrey, Virginia Wetherell, Jack Allen, Derek Aylward
  • Directors: Pete Walker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: BFI DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Aug. 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EAKWCA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,038 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Legendary British exploitation director Pete Walker's 1969 quota quickie The Big Switch aka Strip Poker is something of a time capsule that's more interesting for its backdrop of Soho at its seediest and Brighton at its snowiest than for its plot, which Walker readily admits he knocked out in a morning and stole from His Kind of Woman. But where that had Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Raymond Burr and Vincent Price, all the resources of one of Howard Hughes' pet projects and some witty banter, this has Sebastian Breaks, Virginia Wetherall and Derek Aylward, a budget that wouldn't have covered a half-hour TV show and the odd surreal line like "Why don't you do yourself a favour. Join a monastery. Wring out wash leathers for a one-armed window cleaner." The film's biggest name is probably Patrick Allen, and he only provides the film's would-be cynical stage-setting narration ("This, as you may or may not know, is London, headquarters of devaluation, socialism and the perrmissssive so-ciety... and this is where the would-be non-conformists shop... Mr John Carter, the central character of the epic you are about to see, could under the circumstances be described as a misfit."). Despite the dark night exteriors Brian Tufano's available light photography is much better than it has any right to be and time has rendered some of the locations almost exotic in their cut-price way, with Brighton's twice burned-out West Pier making more of an impression in the snowy shootout than the film's obnoxious antihero.Read more ›
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Two early Pete Walker films for the price of one, both presented in 1.33:1 ( not 'widescreen' as the Amazon description has it ), included are 2 versions of 'The Big Switch'- a shorter domestic version & a longer export version which includes a Black stripper routine during the opening credits, longer sex scenes, more nudity & a pathetic would-be torture scene featuring an unlit cigar.

'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.
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I'm all for Flipside dipping into genre films but surely they could have come up with something a bit better than this convoluted, poorly acted Brit gangster caper. (One of Walkers horrors would be far more welcome - House of Whipcord please!) Irritations abound - the fakest looking blood I've ever seen, the wimpiest hardman hero I've ever come across, a plot that is as complex as it is tedious, the same incident (person leaves premises, person is attacked) repeated ad nauseum. The frustrating thing is the picture looks incredible - to think we don't have The Devils, Citizen Kane or Blue Velvet on blu ray, but we've got Man of Violence looking absolutely pristine. This quality at least gives the film watchability - the seedy 70s clubs, pubs and hotel rooms are fascinating to look at. To be honest I gave up on the plot after 40 mins (when the arab business begins) and spent the rest of the film gazing at the decor and waiting for the next bit of fleeting nudity - I really need to get out more. For Flipside completests only.
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Another interesting and, in some ways, rewarding film from BFI Flipside.

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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