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The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)

GP | | Thriller | 18 February 1970 (UK)
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Harold Pelham encounters a duplicate of himself in the aftermath of a car crash. After that moment his life is upset.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hildegard Neil ...
Eve Pelham
Alastair Mackenzie ...
Michael Pelham
Hugh Mackenzie ...
James Pelham
Thorley Walters ...
Frank Bellamy
Tony Alexander
Olga Georges-Picot ...
Julie Anderson
Dr. Harris - Psychiatrist
John Welsh ...
Sir Charles Freeman
Edward Chapman ...
Laurence Hardy ...
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Gerald Sim ...
Ruth Trouncer ...
Miss Bird, Pelham's secretary


While driving one evening, Harold Pelham appears possessed and has a car accident. While on the operating table, there even appears to be two heartbeats on the monitor. When he awakes, Pelham finds his life has been turned upside-down: he learns that he now supports a merger that he once opposed, and that he apparently is having an affair. People claim they have seen him in places that he has never been. Does Pelham have a doppelganger - or is he going insane? Written by Jack Yan <jack.yan@jyanet.com>

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Release Date:

18 February 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Luta de Um Homem  »

Box Office


£400,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie is considered a "doppelganger" picture. A Doppelgänger (or doppelgänger or doppelgaenger or doppelganger) is a double or look-a-like of a living person who is an alter-ego exact composite of the individual whose character is quite often portrayed as an evil or badder version of one's own self. See more »


Just before Pelham's car crashes near the beginning of the film, he forces a Mercedes to move aside from the outside lane to the middle lane, then within seconds he crashes into a barrier. No such barrier would exist on a British motorway and the sequence of events would have led to the Mercedes crashing anyway had this car not been forced to change lanes by Pelham. See more »


The Doppelganger: [on the phone] This is Pelham speaking, who is this?
Harold Pelham: I'm Pelham I'm speaking from my office... Who are you?
The Doppelganger: I told you, I am Pelham.
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Crazy Credits

"(By permission of the Royal Shakespeare Co.)" underneath Hildegard Neil's name in the end credits. See more »


Remake of The Case of Mr. Pelham (1948) See more »

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What WOULD you do if it happened to you?
10 November 2003 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

if ever a cumulative rating for a movie was insane it is THIS one! 5.3? yeah right. It's a 7 - end of story!

Long before Moore's incarnation as 007, this is arguably near the top of Moore's filmography. After Harold Pelham has a near-death experience following an auto accident, he makes what appears to be a stoic recovery. It is only with the passage of time that he begins to notice subtle occurrences that don't seem to dovetail with his own personality. Either he is losing his mind or there is something remarkably rotten in the state of Denmark. Friends and business acqaintances swear they have interacted with him, moments BEFORE he arrives at work...his wife notices a radical change in him and ultimately the inescapable truth presents itself - he has a doppelganger!

Call it far-fetched..its about the only weak point in the flick. Moore is just brilliant as he unravels in the face of his doppelganger's one-upmanship. The final scenes where he confronts his "twin" are riveting and should silence the tidal wave of critics who insist Moore could never act!

A few years ago it was rumored that the film was to be re-made in New Zealand (Peter Jackson?) as DOPPELGANGER, with no less a personage than Travolta in the lead, and he would certainly do the role justice. Since then, heard nothing.

This flick is well worth your effort finding somewhere, even on video.

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