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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Brett
Juliet Bristow
Mr. Copsey
Lucy Dawson
Signor Bardoni
Roland Culver ...
Mr. Vellacot
Daniel Massey ...
Maj. Ricketts
Mona Washbourne ...
Mrs. Gray
Mr. Nugent
Miss Ward-Cadbury
Derek Newark ...
Sgt. Matthews
Patricia Hayes ...
Mrs. Baird
Philip Stone ...
CID Sergeant
CID Superintendent


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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Release Date:

September 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Freelance  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

The role of Columbus (the pigeon whom Tim feeds outside his window) is credited as being played by "A London Pigeon" See more »


Fragment Of Fear
Written by Johnny Harris
Performed by The Johnny Harris Orchestra
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Superb music score
30 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

British cult classic with a memorable music score by Johnny Harris featuring a small tight group of top class jazz players including Harold McNair on screaming flute. Re-recorded cuts from this soundtrack feature on the 1970 Johnny Harris - Movements album (issued on CD by Warner Bros in 2002) which is highly recommended. Including flute and bongo driven main theme "Stepping Stones" (named after the secret society in the film) which has developed a life of it's own - used by Levi Jeans on it's Kung Fu TV ad in 1997, featured on film soundtracks, used by the BBC as the theme to a season of seventies cult film and played in clubs by DJ's to jazz, funk and northern soul crowds for four decades! P.S. This film is now on DVD from Columbia in the US. Now if only Sony Film Music can see sense and release the TRULY AMAZING score on CD for the first time ever please. At least three well known cult soundtrack record labels WANT to do it. Hello Sony. P.P.S. The reviews criticising the music written by chrisdfilm and a few other fools are total bs, ignore that garbage!! Great Film and a TRULY AMAZING SCORE!!!

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