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The Walking Stick (1970)

GP | | Crime, Drama, Romance | April 1970 (UK)
A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leigh Hartley
Jack Foil
Erica Dainton
Douglas Dainton
Arabella Dainton
Bridget Turner ...
Sarah Dainton
Ted Sandymount
Bertie Irons
David Savile ...
David Talbot
Derek Cox ...
Guard #1
Harvey Sambrook ...
Guard #2
Gwen Cherrell ...
Mrs. Hartley
Walter Horsbrugh ...
Mr. Maitland (as Walter Horsburgh)
Basil Henson ...
Insp. Malcolm


A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her life she is truly happy. This happiness is short lived, however, as little by little she discovers her partner has been lying to her about his past. It is soon revealed that he and his friends have been planning to rob the auction house that she works for and they require her inside knowledge in order to pull off the crime. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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polio | based on novel | See All (2) »


Some men will ask anything. See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

April 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A sétabot  »

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The first film to feature Stanley Myers' "Cavatina" theme (later re-used to more famous advantage in 'The Deer Hunter'). See more »


Deborah: Of course you can. What's love!? love is sex, hate, ambitious, selfishness, you name it.
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References Wild Strawberries (1957) See more »


Ebb Tide
Music by Robert Maxwell and Carl Sigman
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A Movie Never To Be Forgotten
25 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

Curtailing evil, criminal intentions, a dashing young man, Leigh, seduces and persuades the dreary, moderate polio victim Deborah Dainton into falling in love with him. Deborah leads a neatly organized life, and is obligated to see it being reduced to shreds when she discovers her boyfriend is part of a gang who intends to rob the auction house in which she works in. That's when Deborah has to come to grips with the fact that Leigh may have maintained a relationship with her solely for the benefit of the heist.

This is an utterly unforgettable study on bitterness, hope and disappointment. We get to witness the magnificence of Eggar's performance as her character slowly discovers what Leigh - David Hemmings - truly had in mind when they began living together. And how Eggar manages to show that her bad leg does not stop her from being as tricky - if not trickier - than the good for nothing Leigh.

'The Walking Stick' is an emotionally-charged melodrama that does not appeal to tacky tearjerker clichés. Everything is beautifully executed in a low-key, calm and yet gut-wrenchingly real manner, with an emotionally disarming ending that will leave you sobbing.

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