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The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)

GP  -  Mystery | 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

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

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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Stalked by fear and terror - night and day! See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Release Date:

18 February 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Luta de Um Homem  »

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Budget:

£400,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Just over a year from its initial release its writer/director Basil Dearden also died in a car accident. See more »

Goofs

As Pelham drives at high speed along the M4 motorway, he passes the same light blue Sunbeam Alpine and a red car at least four times. See more »

Quotes

Harold Pelham: Espionage isn't all James Bond on Her Majesty's Secret Service. Industry goes in for it too, you know.
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Hildegard Neil appearing as Eva Pelham by permission of the Royal Shakespeare Co. See more »

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A man haunted by his own James Bond persona
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this film to be a pleasant surprise, considering the low rating here. I enjoyed the plot (reminded me of the Mirror Image TZ episode) the acting was well done and I was never bored for a moment. This film could definitely be given a remake, maybe ending instead with the uptight Pellham watching his happy family with the liberated Pellham, and deciding it was best for him to start a new life somewhere else. The real ending to this film is okay, if it had ended 5 seconds earlier then it would be a pretty typical climax but that side-ache that the cooler Pellham feels for a moment could be a number of things (including the uptight one taking his body back.) It is fascinating that this was made before Moore's tenure as Bond, yet he mentions James Bond in one scene (the first film he mentions those two words) and it is funny how the cooler Pellham resembles a suburban James Bond. This is given new levels of meaning, since part of Bond's charm is that he is what other guys want to be, and in this film one man gets that wish. The part may be perfect for Moore, just separate the elements of his cool yet uptight secret agent and you have the two characters on screen. Very well done.


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