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The Black Panther (1977)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  26 December 1977 (UK)
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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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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
Michael Barrington
Lila Kaye
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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26 December 1977 (UK)  »

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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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believable and very grim
18 September 2013 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Although I have tagged this as 'liked', I don't think that's quite the word. Impressive, believable and very grim this is a virtual reenactment of real events that I remember well and took place only a couple of years before the film was made. A little bit of stylish photography, a bit of humour, just something to relieve the dull horror and it would have been possible to enjoy the film more.

What we have, though, is a unique cinematic impression of a real series of violent attacks and kidnap. The original newspaper reporting at the time presented a most unpleasant picture and here it is honestly and accurately represented on film. Everybody does well but the male lead is exceptional and the poor young girl victim almost too believable. You won't like it but as an example of gritty 70s UK cinema it is a great example.


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