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Deadfall (1968)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  11 September 1968 (USA)
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Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices the Moreaus attempt to steal diamonds from the château of millionaire Salinas. However, Henry's partners in crime aren't the most emotionally stable people.

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Complete credited cast:
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Henry Stuart Clarke
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Fé Moreau
Eric Portman ...
Richard Moreau
David Buck ...
Salinas
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Fillmore
Geraldine Sherman ...
Delgado's Receptionist
Carlos Pierre ...
Antonio
Vladek Sheybal ...
Dr. Delgado
Renata Tarrago ...
Guitar Soloist
Nanette Newman ...
Girl
Emilio Rodríguez ...
Police Captain
Carmen Dene ...
Masseuse
Reg Howell ...
Spanish Chauffeur
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Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Santiago Rivero ...
Armed Guard
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Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices the Moreaus attempt to steal diamonds from the château of millionaire Salinas. However, Henry's partners in crime aren't the most emotionally stable people.

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Last film of Eric Portman. See more »

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Henry Stuart Clarke: I don't want to perpetuate myself.
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Michael Caine stars in tepid cat burglar thriller...
6 July 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

DEADFALL is a lushly photographed suspense story with a cat burglar theme, wallowing in a full bodied John Barry score--especially during the major heist involving MICHAEL CAINE's high climbing bit where he's breaking into a playboy's mansion. Clever editing permits cross-cutting between a concert hall suite and the burglary in progress. GIOVANNA RALLI is the pretty Italian woman married to the mastermind of the burglary--ERIC PORTMAN--an aged homosexual.

After the main burglary, the story sags from mid-point onward with talky scenes between Caine and Ralli where she talks about her failed marriage and revelations of a sordid kind. All of this leads toward a downbeat ending with explanations made that are supposed to be shocking but don't have the desired impact because by then the pace of the film has become too lethargic.

ERIC PORTMAN gets the best lines but the dialog is hardly up to the caliber of Tennessee Williams and that's what is needed here, considering the sort of material the story deals with.

Summing up: Handsomely photographed on locations in England and Spain, it's a so-so crime caper after a solidly suspenseful burglary. The John Williams score is its biggest asset.


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