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Checkpoint (1956)

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Stanley Baker's character is sent to steal the plans from another company of their racing car designs, to ensure his employers win the competition. However when opening a safe containing ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steel ...
Bill Fraser
Odile Versois ...
Francesca
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O'Donovan
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Warren Ingram
Maurice Denham ...
Ted Thornhill
Michael Medwin ...
Ginger
Paul Muller ...
Petersen
Lee Patterson ...
Johnny Carpenter
Anne Heywood ...
Gabriela
Anthony Oliver ...
Michael
Philip Gilbert ...
Eddie
MacDonald Hobley ...
Commentator
Robert Rietty ...
Frontier Guard
Andreas Malandrinos ...
Night Watchman
Dino Galvani ...
Hotel Hall Porter
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Storyline

Stanley Baker's character is sent to steal the plans from another company of their racing car designs, to ensure his employers win the competition. However when opening a safe containing the plans, he triggers an alarm leading to a gun battle where he kills a number of people. James Robertson Justice alarmed by the scandal surrounding the killings orders his agent be killed surreptitiously to hide his involvement with the plot. Written by sarah keynes

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120 MPH on a Road Built for an Ox Cart See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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16 January 1957 (Denmark)  »

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Straße des Todes  »

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Gina Lollobridgia and Elsa Martinelli were asked to play Francesa. See more »

Soundtracks

La Tarantelle de Belphegor
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Music by Roch-Albert (pseudonym of Louis Antoine Jullien)
Arranged by Jacob (Will) Kappey
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Nice scenery, not so thrilling car race.
3 June 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film was produced in colour in 1956 at a time when Britain was just emerging from post-war austerity and pleasant motoring trips to the continent were becoming a possibility for the British middle class. The film was made on location and Ralph Thomas the director is clearly anxious to show off the delights of Florence and the Italian lakes. In fact the whole thing is like a Peter Stuyvesant cigarette commercial. It includes a great deal of motor racing from an era when 160 mph racing cars were raced on public roads with huge crowds lining the routes and minimal safety considerations (fits in with the ciggies I guess). The plot is pretty mechanical, the acting, except for Stanley Baker, who was incapable of a bad performance, is pretty routine and the script merely servicable. I have to confess to liking James Robertson Justice, the overbearing boss from central casting, but actually the cars (Aston-Martins) had the meatiest roles. The participation of Aston Martin no doubt accounts for O'Donovan trying to burn some DB3 bodyshells in the opening sequences. Well, it was all a great excuse for some jaded Rank and Aston-Martin employees to catch some Italian sun and one can only hope they enjoyed themselves.


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