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A grossly underestimated,and unfairly forgotten film....
In a role tailor-made for Stanley Baker - especially with John Crawford as his nemesis - barrel-chested Howard Keel in his first post-musical role does rather well as the strong, taciturn Donovan, determined to take his chance to get the man who framed him. As his fellow-con, the vicious Peebles, Cyril Cusack is suitably creepy, and Anne Heywood, in the token helpless-girl role has the personality to avoid being vaccuous. Only Harry H.Corbett as the injured prison guard, fails to convince, defeated both by his pompous role and his doubtful Canadian accent. The whole film is underwater, and the studio scenes are interwoven perfectly with stock footage of the actual floods the film portrays. This is ,to my mind,cinema story-telling at its best, a well-written screenplay ,characters clearly delineated without undue exposition, plotting that holds the interest, and a tense climax. If Stanley Baker had starred in it, perhaps it would not have been so grossly underestimated and so unjustly forgotten.
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