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The 39 Steps (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  28 December 2008 (UK)
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Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull. Yet it's more then he bargained for when secret agent, Scudder, bursts ... See full summary »

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Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull. Yet it's more then he bargained for when secret agent, Scudder, bursts into his room and entrusts him a coded notebook with map, concerning the impending start of World War I. In no time both German agents and the British law are chasing him, ruthlessly coveting the Roman numerals code, which Hannay believes he must crack himself. Masquerading as a liberal party pundit, Richard also gets stuck with parliamentary candidate Sir George Sinclair's sister Victoria. They must survive with the secrets and decide who they can trust and how to keep it from others. Written by KGF Vissers

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As the film is set before the start of the Great War in 1914, the featured biplane could not display red, white and blue RAF roundels as they were not introduced until December 1914: some months after the Great War had begun. See more »

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Richard Hannay: So, what's the story?
Scudder: [hesitantly] I am a freelance agent for the British Secret Service Bureau.
Richard Hannay: My housekeeper told me you were an accountant.
Scudder: I don't make a habit of telling people that I'm a spy. Last night I was supposed to meet someone from the Bureau to exchange information, but it was a double-cross. Obviously I've been betrayed. I've been on the trail of a German espionage ring and I've tracked down their headquarters to a village in Scotland.
Richard Hannay: [sarcastically] You should contact the Weekly...
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The 39 Painfully PC Steps
2 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was an hour and a half of my life I'm never going to get back. The first thrill-free version of The 39 Steps. No hanging from Big Ben, no daring escape on the Forth Bridge (give it credit he does dangle from a 12 foot fire escape down a London back alley for a bit), no tense scene with the Memory Man, and no sparkling dialogue. Instead we get something that is so clod-hoppingly right on I'm convinced it must have been written by Harriet Harman under a pseudonym. Hannay switches from resourceful well-intentioned everyman to sexist buffoon to quavering wimp to suit the whims of the scriptwriter as his suffragette sidekick performs all the heroics. A lame rip-off of the crop duster sequence from North By Northwest demonstrates the level of imagination on offer. The scenery was quite nice.


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