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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Henry Stuart Clarke
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Fé Moreau
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Richard Moreau
David Buck ...
Salinas
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Fillmore
Geraldine Sherman ...
Delgado's Receptionist
Carlos Pierre ...
Antonio
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Dr. Delgado
Renata Tarragó ...
Guitar Soloist (as Renata Tarrago)
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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Michael Caine plunges into the world of the adulterous... the treacherous... and the perverse! See more »

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Both Freddie Jones and Maxine Audley were attached to this project at one stage See more »

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Henry Stuart Clarke: I don't want to perpetuate myself.
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Referenced in A Time to Love (1971) See more »

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The Last Deadfall
Composed by John Barry
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A winner, though dismissed as a loser at the time
28 March 2005 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Bryan Forbes is an underrated director, almost forgotten today for a string of well reviewed films that ended with this one. The good reviews did that is. Perhaps at the time the direction seemed "overboard" but by today's standards of course it is merely stylish. It features lots of interesting camera angles, almost like a Joseph Losey film at times visually, and a lot of well written dialog.

Caine is very good. He played a series of almost expressionless villains and near-villains in the late 1960's. This roll is one of those, crook who falls for the wrong woman, deals but he totally sells it. Even the tone of his voice is different than you'd expect. He also gets to display both surprise and rage towards the end which gives the character more of a place to go than in the more highly regarded say Harry Palmer films and the soon to be made and good but over rated GET CARTER. He really makes the film work.

The odd character relationships also help a great deal as does John Barry's music. Fans of his probably know the main robbery scene is inter cut with a specially composed piece of pseudo classical music he wrote and which the scene was edited to later. It's a fascinating sequence and not like anything else Barry ever composed and worth watching for any fan of film music, meaning music in a film connected and interacting with it, not just as a CD to buy and enjoy. The whole score has a touch of the Spanish setting the film lushly invokes. You do have to ignore the lyrics and slightly heard it before nature of the Title song.

This is not an action crime film, more of a corrupted souls and the crimes they commit type of approach with an interesting Spanish setting. It's disguised film noir with realistic occasionally funny dialog and cool oddball sinister angles and editing choices that maybe play better today than at the time. Well worth watching, but good luck finding it.


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