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Years ago I saw this movie on television here in the United States. Although a fairly standard "private eye investigation - "who done it," the costumes and cinematography were gorgeous. Chad Everett. Anjanette Comer, and Joanne Dainton (where's she been?) never looked better. Chad is at his best playing a calm, self assured, leading man (Joe Gannon on Medical Center, among others). Also, the British have a seemingly inexhaustible supply of great character actors (Roy Kinnear, etc.) who do such great memorable work with small roles. I would like to see this movie released to DVD. Does anyone out there know anything about this possibility?
In reply to an earlier review Network DVD are going to release this on
DVD on the 1st November 2010.
I remember seeing this TV movie on ITV one Christmas in the mid 1970s and thought it was fairly reasonable ITC fare. I have to agree with another reviewer that it was not difficult to work out who the culprit was, I can even remember the plot pretty well all these years later. I am looking forward to getting the DVD to see what I think of it some 35 years later. Network are initially releasing 'The Firechasers' as a "web site exclusive" so it won't be available at online stores like Amazon for a while yet.
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Watched this late at night once with my mate in Newport.
It knocked spending a night in Newport into the second worst thing I've done in my life.
The plot was fairly standard - for an episode of the Bill.
There was nothing else on so we watched it till the end.
Not so much a 'Who done it?' but a 'Why do it in the first place?'
One of the 'highlights' for me is that it stars Roy Kineer, who I think didn't get enough film work. He's the only person I recognised in the cast and is the only one that I remember being in it. He took photos of fires. Which was a major plot twist.
I thought the lighting was good.
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