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When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

GP  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  30 April 1971 (Ireland)
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In a vein similar to Bond movies, a British agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sir Arthur Artford Jones ('Uncle Arthur')
Nathalie Delon ...
Charlotte
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Roy Hunslett
Derek Bond ...
Lord Charnley
Ferdy Mayne ...
Lavorski
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Lt. Williams - Helicopter Pilot
Leon Collins ...
Tim Hutchinson
Wendy Allnutt ...
Sue Kirkside
Peter Arne ...
Capt. Imrie
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Quinn (as Oliver Macgreevy)
Jon Croft ...
Durran
Tom Chatto ...
Lord Kirkside
Charlie Stewart ...
Sgt. Macdonald
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In a vein similar to Bond movies, a British agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

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30 April 1971 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite das Oito Badaladas  »

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SEK 2,201,563 (Sweden)
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This movie was made and released about five years after its source novel of the same name by Alistair MacLean was first published in 1966. 'When Eight Bells Toll' was MacLean's eleventh novel and this movie was the sixth film adaptation of one of MacLean's stories. See more »

Goofs

During the customs inspection, the hijackers are dressed as customs officers. However, only one of them is wearing the cap badge of a Customs & Excise officer. The other is wearing the cap badge of a Royal Navy Officer. When this man leaves the boat (the other hijacker not being visible) his cap badge has now changed to a Customs & Excise badge. See more »

Quotes

[Uncle Arthur is discussing the work involved in dealing with the bullion robbers]
Philip Calvert: I have everybody breathing down my neck: the Admiralty, the Government, the Americans... and the insurance assessors. Grubby little men with gabardine raincoats and dandruff.
Philip Calvert: Well I don't have dandruff, Sir, if it's any consolation.
Uncle Arthur: Yes, I don't think you need demonstrate your questionable attitude to authority *quite* so early.
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Unpretentious and entertaining
13 June 2005 | by (Scarborough, England) – See all my reviews

I saw this at the cinema when it was first released. I was nine at the time and I notice the DVD has now been released with a '15' certificate. Oh, well. I suppose there are some scenes (helpless men shot from a boat as 'payback' for a dead colleague, a very graphic harpooning) that are best not seen by children. In 1971 it just seemed very exciting (and had an 'A' certificate).

I enjoyed the film when I first saw it and while it seems rather dated now, I think it's still worth viewing. It sets out to provide escapist entertainment and on that level it succeeds. My memories of seeing the film 34 years ago (help!) was of the waves crashing against huge black cliffs and *feeling* the cold dampness of North-West Scotland on the edge of the Atlantic. The locations are very well used indeed, the viewer gets a real sense of place.

The cast perform their roles well, Anthony Hopkins and Robert Morley particularly playing mutual antagonism with some nice comic touches.

One reviewer mentioned that Charles Gray's dubbing of Jack Hawkins's voice seemed a bit slapdash. When Charles Gray was interviewed about dubbing Hawkins (which he did quite regularly after the mid-60's) he said that Hawkins insisted on *speaking* his lines even after his voice was gone. The result was to make his delivery very erratic and therefore difficult to voice-over. Jack Hawkins was one of the best actors we've had (Cruel Sea, Bridge on the River Kwai, Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, etc., etc.) and these supporting roles made a rather sad postscript to his career.


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