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Fear Is the Key (1972)

PG  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  December 1972 (UK)
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Following the death of his family in an aeroplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a ... See full summary »

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Following the death of his family in an aeroplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. He plans to get close to a certain tycoon who has been approached by ... See full summary »

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Following the death of his family in an aeroplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a certain tycoon who has been approached by the culprits to help them retrieve the cargo of the lost plane. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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In the right hands, fear is the deadliest weapon of all.


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SEK 4,111,251 (Sweden)
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This Alistair MacLean filmed adaptation was made and released in the same year (1973) as MacLean's novel 'The Way to Dusty Death' was first published. See more »

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Lights on the car which were broken when the car arrives on the beach during the chase are fixed when the car leaves the beach. See more »

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Formula movie that worked very cleverly
25 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a formula movie, make no mistake. It is an action-adventure, with a mystery, so I won't spill the plot. It begins with the same male hero we see in all movies made after 1940, a man so vicious and mean that the movie's idea is to turn your thinking around about the guy. And after the first few minutes you think "There is no way this guy could ever be anything but a punk", and they "getcha"! A very wonderful turnabout. The character in the movie is the key, and the screen writing, directing, and acting are superb. It maybe the only movie that you ever see that changes your mind about a character from the start, and maybe the best example of a movie which does so. What is extraordinary is that this movie has never resurfaced, and never got the credit it deserved. The end is one of the best Hollywood endings ever since "Charade".


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