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When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

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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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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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23 August 1971 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite das Oito Badaladas  »

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SEK 2,201,563 (Sweden)
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This adaptation of an Alistair MacLean paperback page-turner was released between the MacLean filmed-novel adaptations Where Eagles Dare (1968) and Puppet on a Chain (1971). See more »

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At the end of the film, Calvert gives the girl a single brick of gold. She remarks that it is only one, and Calvert (straining to hold it) responds "do you know how much these bloody things weigh?!" However, earlier in the film, the deep-sea diver lifts three bars. This is physically impossible even for a strong man. If Calvert could barely lift one bar, then any diver would find three bars totally impossible, even allowing for the extra buoyancy that the bars would have in water. See more »

Quotes

[Uncle Arthur staggers out of a cabin, looking very seasick]
Uncle Arthur: Boats would be wonderful... if only one didn't have to go to sea in them.
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Not bad, not bad, not good enough.
31 January 2002 | by (stockholm, sweden) – See all my reviews

A not bad interpretation of an interesting book by thriller writer Alistair Maclean, who has also written the screenplay in this instance. If this adaptation has anything going for it, it must surely be that it at least attempts to keep to the essential essence of the original novel, which was quite a page-turner. So many adaptations based on books by Maclean have been apparently destroyed in the writing or re-writing stage that little sense remains of the original concept. The thrill is often removed from the thriller. The essence of these books have often been hacked to pieces in an attempt to transform them into something cinematic. When things go wrong, it´s Maclean´s name that gets dragged through the mud!. Were this film to be made today, I believe it could be made much better, but still, it is an enjoyable romp made more enjoyable by the pairing of Anthony Hopkins with the luscious Nathalie Delon. Recommended.


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