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Checkpoint (1956)

After killing a few Italian cops during a burglary, a thief hired by a British car racing company must flee to Switzerland disguised as a race car driver during a rally.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writer:

Robin Estridge (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steel ... Bill Fraser
Odile Versois ... Francesca
Stanley Baker ... O'Donovan
James Robertson Justice ... Warren Ingram
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Ted Thornhill
Michael Medwin ... Ginger
Paul Muller ... Petersen
Lee Patterson ... Johnny Carpenter
Anne Heywood ... Gabriela
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Michael
Philip Gilbert ... Eddie
MacDonald Hobley MacDonald Hobley ... Commentator
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ... Frontier Guard
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Night Watchman
Dino Galvani Dino Galvani ... Hotel Hall Porter
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Storyline

Stanley Baker's character is sent to steal the plans from another company of their racing car designs, to ensure his employers win the competition. However when opening a safe containing the plans, he triggers an alarm leading to a gun battle where he kills a number of people. James Robertson Justice alarmed by the scandal surrounding the killings orders his agent be killed surreptitiously to hide his involvement with the plot. Written by sarah keynes

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120 MPH on a Road Built for an Ox Cart See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1957 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Straße des Todes See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Rank Films Distributors released this film in the USA on a double bill with The Black Tent (1956). See more »

Quotes

Warren Ingram: I'm a businessman - not a gangster!
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Soundtracks

La Tarantelle de Belphegor
(uncredited)
Music by Roch-Albert (pseudonym of Louis Antoine Jullien)
Arranged by Jacob (Will) Kappey
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Running With the Devil
23 April 2017 | by bnwfilmbuffSee all my reviews

The stars of this movie are the beautiful cinematography of the Italian towns and vistas and the great stock footage of the vintage Euro racing cars. The story itself is pretty far-fetched. James Robertson Justice owns a British racing team that he wants badly to displace the Italians as champions. So he dispatches Stanley Baker to Italy to hire the key designer away from the competitive team. Instead, Baker blows up the Italian plant and kills several inept policemen during his theft of the race car blueprints. Making this all the more unbelievable is that Justice knew Baker was a crook when he hired him! There's a lot of silly womanizing and drinking on the part of the drivers that must be sifted through not to mention the love story between Steel and Versois. While the ending is somewhat exciting, this one is really mainly for racing enthusiasts.


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