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Fragment of Fear (1970)

Reformed drug addict Tim Brett is holidaying in Italy with his aunt. When she is murdered, he tries to investigate, and soon his whole life is out of control.

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Tim Brett
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Juliet Bristow
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Mr. Copsey
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Lucy Dawson
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Signor Bardoni
Roland Culver ...
Mr. Vellacot
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Maj. Ricketts
Mona Washbourne ...
Mrs. Gray
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Mr. Nugent
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Miss Ward-Cadbury
Derek Newark ...
Sgt. Matthews
Patricia Hayes ...
Mrs. Baird
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Bunface
Philip Stone ...
CID Sergeant
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CID Superintendent
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A young British author is plunged into a nightmare as he tries to solve his aunt's murder in Italy. When threats of violence, mysterious notes and deadly phone calls shatter his life, the police and his girlfriend doubt the story due to his past as a drug addict - even though his life is in danger. Written by alfiehitchie

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Murder in Pompeii. Voices in the night. Despair in the gutter. A phantasmagoria of fright! See more »

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

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September 1971 (USA)  »

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Trivia

During production on British Rail's Waterloo & City tube line, a train ran into the buffer stops at the end of the line at Bank station. David Hemmings, Gayle Hunnicutt, and 10 extras suffered minor injuries. See more »

Quotes

Tim Brett: Either I am mad and all this isn't happening to me, or else I'm sane and it is.
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The role of Columbus (the pigeon whom Tim feeds outside his window) is credited as being played by "A London Pigeon" See more »

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Stepping Stones
Written by Johnny Harris
Performed by The Johnny Harris Orchestra
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Fragment of insanity
17 April 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ex-junkie author David Hemmings (Tim) is chilling out in Italy and agrees to meet his aunt Flora Robson (Lucy) for lunch in Pompeii. I'm afraid that's not going to happen – Robson doesn't make it. She's been strangled. Hemmings wants to find out more about her aunt's life and pursues his own investigation back in London. However, there is a network called 'The Stepping Stones' that seems hell-bent on preventing him from discovering anything. He's a marked man unless he drops his curiosity.

It's a tense film if a little complicated at times as you're never quite sure who's who. Basically, suspect everyone who Hemmings comes into contact with. The cast are good and the story unravels well but the ending just didn't do it for me. I wanted something better as things don't get resolved in the manner I had wanted. And the music by Johnny Harris is laughably inappropriate. I see that some nutter has previously referred to it as a superb music score. He clearly has no knowledge of how to score a film. The film leaves unanswered questions and that was a let-down for me.


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