- Actors: Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stephanie Powers, Ross Martin
- Directors: Blake Edwards
- Format: Subtitled, PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish
- Dubbed: German, Italian
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
- DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2011
- Run Time: 118 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003GCVWYM
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From acclaimed director Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) comes this shocking tale of suspense. Kelly Sherwood (Academy Award® nominee Lee Remick, 1962, Best Actress, Days of Wine and Roses) works as a bank teller in 1960s San Francisco when she is threatened by a shadowy, asthmatic man (Ross Martin, TV’s “The Wild Wild West”), who demands that she steal $100,000 from her bank. When the man threatens the lives of Kelly and her sister, FBI Agent John Ripley (Glenn Ford, 3:10 to Yuma) is put on the case. The investigation sends Ripley on a wild goose chase through the streets of San Francisco, leading to a thrilling climax during a baseball game at Candlestick Park, featuring actual members of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
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in several real locations of the San Francisco bay area.
The film comprises all the essential ingredients of a contemporary crime thriller,
except for gratuitous explosions and gore.
It is tightly directed and very suspenseful, and it is undeniably
superior to most contemporary Hollywood fare.
This is a morally and socially conservative film:
F.B.I. performs with clockwork precision, without turf-wars with the local police.
All citizens-except for the Oriental woman-cooperate fully with the investigation.
A female artist of dubious moral fiber is murdered, because she doesn't
confide to the police.
Even a police informer heeds the call of his conscience!
The most complex character of the film is the villain: An asthmatic murderer
who takes pity on an invalid child. Ross Martin, of "The Wild Wild West" TV series, gives a chilling performance in this role.
This is bare-bones DVD edition, without any extras, not even a trailer.
However, image quality is excellent-as viewed on a 46" LCD screen.
the pacing could be tightened up a bit - The story could be compressed into a shorter time frame. But the performance are first class including a young Stephanie powers as Remick's sister who has a scary ( by 1962 standards) ordeal with the villain and the score by Henry Mancini effectively add to the tension. Recommended for thriller fans .
Film begins with bank teller Kelly Sherwood (Remick) driving home through night time San Francisco, over head shots capturing the cityscape for backdrop purpose. Henry Mancini's haunting soundtrack hovers over Kelly's car in spectral fashion, until she arrives home in Twin Peaks and enters her garage, things fall silent as she gets out the car. She senses she's not alone, and she's right. A man whose face is obscured grabs her and puts one hand over her mouth, he tells her in his asthmatic voice that he knows everything about her and her young sister, and that if she doesn't do as she is told then pain, misery and death awaits them. She's to steal $100,000 from the bank where she works, he will even cut her in for 20%, what a swell fella eh?
It's a brilliant opening, stylish film making meets a thematic atmosphere full of fear, tension and sexual menace. What follows is a superbly crafted movie, a bona fide thriller that is concerned with characterisations, concerned with wringing out maximum amounts of suspense by way of suggestions and conversations, there is no need to spill blood here, the threat and the fear is palpable throughout. The police procedural aspects of the story, headed by Ford's trusty and stoic detective, are played out with intelligence and always hold fascination appeal. Especially as the little snatches of time we spend with the villain leaves us in no doubt about how cruel and vile he can be.
Edwards takes his time to build the story, stopping every once in a while to unfurl a special scene to reinforce the drama. Stand outs include a classic sequence in a room of mannequins and a genuinely chilling piece where our villain dresses in drag. Then there is the justifiably lauded finale played out at Candlestick Park during the culmination of a major league baseball game, thrilling in its execution and a fitting closure to the screw tightening approach favoured by Edwards. All the while Mancini's musical accompaniments act as a foreboding presence, dovetailing with the themes and characterisations at work in the play.
Visually it's also impressive, filmed in gritty black and white, Edwards uses intense close-ups to ramp up the tension, dallies with angles to enforce emotional turmoil, while Lathrop always keeps the lenses stark, the contrasts rich and the use of angled shadows is most striking. Cast are superb, Remick makes for a strong heroine in spite of the constant peril she faces, Ford is a bastion of strength and virtue and Powers exudes youthful vulnerability without appearing as a whiny adolescent. Then there is Martin, turning in one of the most menacing villain turns of the 60s, it's a lesson in how to play evil without actually being extremely physical. As the character shifts from being a murdering predator to a man of heart who cares for a girlfriend's child, Martin convinces enough to make it a frightening proposition.
Highly recommended. 8/10