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Deadfall (1968)

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

Quotes

Henry Stuart Clarke: I don't want to perpetuate myself.
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Referenced in Naked Angels (1969) See more »

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not as bad as some reviews suggest
14 June 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bryan Forbes wrote and directed 'Deadfall' quite late into his acting/directing career, and managed to make a strange yet compelling film, with an interesting cast and two fabulous pieces of music, a guitar concerto and a moody song for Shirley Bassey to sing over the opening credits.

I'm not saying that this film doesn't have its faults. It does. The whole sexuality angle is handled clumsily and could have been much better. Forbes has the tendency to overdo the extreme close-up, and clearly is more at home with odd angles, photographing at strange perspective, and so on, then he is with moving this jewel heist film plot along.

Michael Caine doesn't really make that much of an impression, more or less sulking his way through the picture. Much better is Eric Portman as the ageing jewel thief with a murky past, although I'm not 100% sure he was the best person for the role. However, there are three scenes which are particularly impressive - the break-in and the orchestral concert, shots of both interlinked, and a long time to have a film going with just music and no dialogue; the interlinking between the love scene between Henry and Fe, and Richard reading up on Henry, alone in his lonely house; and the final scene between Richard and Fe, which is very well done on the part of both actors. There's other good photography, notably the end sequences and any sequence Nanette Newman sidles her way through.

I liked it. A bit on the pretentious side, maybe, but I wouldn't dismiss it entirely.


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