Cleopatra, the famed Egyptian Queen born in 69 B.C., is shown to have been brought by Roman ruler Julius Caesar at age 18. Caesar becomes sexually obsessed by the 18 year old queen, beds ... See full summary »
Enza, 16, a drop out, is arrested with her older sister, Rosaria, for shoplifting. They're sent to a reformatory run by hard-nosed nuns. The girls tease Enza because she's a virgin. So, on ... See full summary »
Young Helene Junot witnesses the death of her mother at the hands of Nazis. Separated from her brother, Edmund, by the war, Helene goes to work at the chateau of the Count De Ville. There ... See full summary »
Mike is a struggling artist who draws the 'Brenda Starr' strip for the papers. When Brenda comes to life in the strip and sees how unappreciated she is by Mike, she leaves the strip. To get... See full summary »
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Steven E. de Souza
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Louis de Funès,
Eddy Myers, a criminal who absconded from justice in Britain and lives in luxury in Spain under an assumed name, until he is recognized by a young and overly zealous British police officer on holiday. After his extradition to England, Myers offers information about his cronies in return for a reduced sentence, but insists he will only talk to the young officer who was responsible for his arrest in Spain. Thus a cat-and-mouse game between the charismatic and manipulative criminal and his interrogator begins.
I note with interest that this was Americanised into a new TV version with Rob Lowe and Sam Neill, of all people, but I imagine it was a much watered down version of Lynda La Plante's original story.
In 1992, a version clocking in at over three hours came to British screens (and a limited video release thereafter). The story centres around a con in police protection and the relationship and hold he has over the constable on his case. Casting Timothy Dalton as the con, Eddie Myers, was a masterstroke. He's an unhinged, devious, predatory man with dubious sexual leanings. He plays the role wonderfully, giving the character that raw edge while also making him likeable. David Morrissey, in one of his early roles, plays Sgt. Larry Jackson, who can almost be described as 'the prey'. His nervous energy in dealing both with the intensity of close proximity to Myers and his crumbling marriage to Sue (Annabelle Apsion) is well-portrayed.
Penelope Cruz appeared too, as the mysterious Lola, while Timothy West (as the typical scruffy detective, Mac) and Trevor Cooper (as bumbling and impressionable DI Shrapnel) were memorable. The screenplay was based on a real character, albeit with significant artistic licence. It was clever, engrossing, and - for me - La Plante's best work for television.
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