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Terence de Marney ...
Johnnie 'The Croucher' Thompson
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Beryl
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Gerald Lawson ...
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John Watts ...
Big Fighting Boy
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Tommy McGovern
James McKechnie ...
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All tooled up and nowhere to go
29 November 2015 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is a genuine curate's egg of a film. Parts of it ambitious and well done (London location shooting, night crowd scenes) but at times horrendously let down by inexplicable and perhaps remediable misjudgements. As another reviewer notes, the problems are in the "climax". Master story-teller Charles Dickens dealt with the problem of combining the calm reflections of a hero in the face of on-rushing doom in "Tale of Two Cities" by having a narrator voice what the hero would have said had he had the time. Here on-rushing doom slows then halts, the furious fusillade stops, night falls and time obligingly waits until the central figures have leisurely shared (post-coital even?) cigarettes, reminiscenses and jokes before the central figure with a final puff restarts the clock. And regrettably a lovely young Eleanor Summerfield's expressions throughout this "climax" - amused interest, detached anticipation, moderate surprise - are in complete dissonance with the action.

Is it sacrilege to suggest that the film particularly the ending should be re-edited and the original confined to a locked vault? It would then be a worthy 6/10


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