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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 »

Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two stills from the film, one showing Harold Pelham reaching across for his seat-belt and the other showing a close-up of his hand fastening the seat-belt buckle, were used a part of a road safety campaign to persuade people always to wear their seat belts. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

Hildegard Neil appearing as Eva Pelham by permission of the Royal Shakespeare Co. See more »

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A truly hilarious semi-psychedelic thriller
10 February 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A collector's item this one - you very rarely see a film as absurd yet enthralling as this. The plot is fabulously illogical, but it provides an opportunity to see Roger Moore in a role far more interesting than James Bond, as pin-striped executive Harold Pelham. Except that he plays TWO Harold Pelham's - one nice, dull, and sexually inadequate; the other a cavalier and sinister Romeo. This means a lot of Moore chasing round London insisting "I'm Harold Pelham!", and a climactic and weirdly psychedelic car-chase involving nice Pelham and nasty Pelham. If this hasn't yet acquired a cult following, it ought to.


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