Rare Canadian treat for the discerning creditor....
Skip Tracer Can. 1977 Dir: Zale R Dalen
Low budget tale of the ambitious loan agent (tracing 'skips' who have defaulted on payment) culminating in his juggling of customers plight with personal conscience. In UK, first seen on terrestrial television early to mid 1980's on BBC2's forerunner to the Moviedrome collections.
The mental angst of the hunter starts as a positive, but develops over the head of Peterson's central character to demonstrate that pressure can cause compromise and even weaken. It sets out as a study in power, developing into empathy and ultimately redemption. Vancouver is set as an unspectacular backdrop; it's portrayed modesty is a comfort - ordinary City, ordinary people like the Skip Tracer. The violence is justified by the subject matter as are the flirtations with sleaze.
I have been hooked from that first showing and it is now 2012, a good time to edit my original review. Skip Tracer was a promising personal vehicle for Peterson. His character, John Collins, made an impression on me. The man was so natural, it didn't seem like acting at all. Effortless and effective - that is a gift.
I have not given up on getting a DVD copy. I have now been directed to Moving Image Distribution in Canada and they promise to be able to get hold of it as a Region zero DVD. I call upon all the other reviewers on this page to join me in the quest! Lets keep each other informed and rekindle a unique film memory, bordering on an English cult following.
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