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on 21 December 2014
Hunting around for some new films to watch over the festive period, I ran my eye down some filmographies of various stars I've enjoyed watching in the past. Stanley Baker, of Zulu fame, was one of those, and I came up with this, which I'd never heard of, much less seen. It's really very good. Baker stars alongside Peter Cushing, ably supported by a small but strong cast including the likes of Nigel Green (also of Zulu fame), Eric Portman, and an uncredited Brian Wilde (later much better known for Mr Barrowclough in Porridge, and Foggy Dewhurst in Last of the Summer Wine).
Baker plays Joe Newman; until he left Germany, aged 9 with his mother, Joachim Deutsch; the son of Kurt Deutsch, a German officer who Joe believes died 20 years earlier. When he receives a phone call that tells him his father is alive, he arrives in Bavaria, only to find his father's funeral has taken place a few days previously... Of the plot (and plot really is the appropriate word here!), I shall say no more except to state the obvious - as with any thriller, very little is what it seems to be...
Based on a 1959 ITV serial, this film has an excellent story, with several twists & turns, that is well handled by the director & cast, is wholly believable, and has a very decent ending too. It's not an action-packed thriller, by any means, but it's none the worse for that. When the biggest criticism I can find to make is that Niall MacGinnis' Irish brogue is ever-present under his German accent, you can take it as read that you've the opportunity to pick up a top-notch film for very few pennies indeed!