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The Black Panther (1977)

A gung-ho ex-military man pursues a secret life of crime, culminating in the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.

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Debbie Farrington ...
Lesley Whittle
Marjorie Yates ...
Neilson's Wife
Sylvia O'Donnell ...
Neilson's Daughter
Andrew Burt ...
Lesley's Brother
Alison Key ...
Lesley's Sister-in-Law
Ruth Dunning ...
Lesley's Mother
David Swift ...
Det. Chief Superintendent
Delia Paton
Gerry Sundquist
Ruth Kettlewell
Graham Ashley
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A gung-ho ex-military man pursues a secret life of crime, culminating in the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.

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Ian Holm was originally offered the role of Donald Neilson and agreed to accept providing a meeting of reassurance could be arranged between the family of Lesley Whittle and himself. The Whittle family however had distanced themselves from the film and Holm withdrew from the production. See more »

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Quite creepy
24 November 2002 | by (middlesbrough, england) – See all my reviews

Everything about THE BLACK PANTHER screams out 'crimewatch uk re-inactment'....yet for some perverse reason it works. DONALD SUMPTER plays NEILSON to perfection, he is arrogant, not a warm family man, yet comes accross as human enough to make mistakes, that you or i would make (if we decided to rob post offices, or kidnap) Based on true events, THE BLACK PANTHER is a very dark movie, that portrays its central character as neither a good OR bad guy. The fact that he has an army record, and collects millitary equipment, may shed some light on this guys anger.If he only planned his robberies as good as his hideouts and training, he may not have had to resort to kidnapping. As it is, his character can be likened to JON FINCHs performance in FRENZY, allbeit, a little crazier.

Another good low budget british crime movie, would be (the hard to obtain) COLD LIGHT OF DAY(1989), featuring another criminal named NEILSON...denis neilson (the guy who kept dead mens bodys under his floorboards)

Big lee gives THE BLACK PANTHER 8 out of 10


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