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The Reckoning (1969)

 -  Drama  -  1969 (UK)
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Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after 37 years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Michael Marler
Ann Bell ...
Rosemary Marler
Lilita De Barros ...
Maria
Tom Kempinski ...
Brunzy
Kenneth Hendel ...
Davidson
Douglas Wilmer ...
Moyle
Barbara Ewing ...
Joan
Zena Walker ...
Hilda Greening
Paul Rogers ...
John Hazlitt
Gwen Nelson ...
Michael's Mother
Christine Hargreaves ...
Kath
Ernest C. Jennings ...
Dad John Joe
Rachel Roberts ...
Joyce Eglington
Godfrey Quigley ...
Dr. Carolan
Desmond Perry ...
Father Madden
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Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after 37 years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is confronted with his lost Irish roots. He finds out that his father died because of a fight with some anglo-saxon teddy boys. It becomes "a matter of honour" for him, to take his revenge without involving the British police. Written by Michael Schoemburg <101476.3623@compuserve.com>

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The last cinema film of Malcolm Arnold See more »

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(at around 32 mins) Marler sips his fresh pint of stout, leaving it about 2 inches from the top of the glass. In the next shot, the stout is within an inch of the top of the glass. See more »

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A Powerful, Bravura Picture
2 December 2012 | by (Hove, England) – See all my reviews

I am in complete agreement with dan-filson-928-874987: THE RECKONING (which could almost be called a lost film now)is a powerful drama with a bravura performance by Nicol Williamson at its heart. Williamson specialised in being hard to like: he relished the negative attributes of every character he played. His performances tend to be quite broad, but the complete absence of sentimentality keeps them fresh. In THE RECKONING director Jack Gold keeps theatricality at bay. The powerful ending described by dan-filson-928-874987 is a fresh memory for me even after 40 years. Yes, there are similarities to GET CARTER: but CARTER is a genre picture, and THE RECKONING is a character drama. Both films are highly accomplished, but comparing them doesn't really shed much light on either, in my opinion. Time for Columbia or the BFI to get hold of a master and issue this on DVD.


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