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Checkpoint (1956)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 16 January 1957 (Denmark)
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.


Ralph Thomas


Robin Estridge (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steel ... Bill Fraser
Odile Versois ... Francesca
Stanley Baker ... O'Donovan
James Robertson Justice ... Warren Ingram
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 ... Frontier Guard
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Night Watchman
Dino Galvani Dino Galvani ... Hotel Hall Porter


Stanley Baker's character is sent by his British employer to persuade an Italian racing car designer to defect. His visit to the Italian factory goes horribly wrong and many are killed. His employer devises a daring scheme to get him safely out of the country. Written by pete bond

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There's a Gun At Your Ribs and Not Enough Gas to Make It to the Next Checkpoint See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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


In the first five minutes a factory alarm is silenced by firing a shot at a security guard. See more »


Warren Ingram: I told you to do nothing illegal!
O'Donovan: Let's not be pompous Ingram. We're both crooks, in our own ways.
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La Tarantelle de Belphegor
Music by Roch-Albert (pseudonym of Louis Antoine Jullien)
Arranged by Jacob (Will) Kappey
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User Reviews

Enjoyable and fast paced thriller
2 June 2006 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

I taped Checkpoint when Channel 4 screened it one afternoon earlier this year (2006) and quite enjoyed it.

A man, O'Donovan breaks into a car factory to steal some plans for new models of racing cars to ensure his company wins the forthcoming race. But things go wrong and gets spotted resulting in him killing a security guard and several coppers who were sent to see what was going on at the factory after an alarm was triggered. The factory then catches fire. Later, O'Donovan enters the race himself and threatens his driver with a gun and both end up in a cliff hanging position, literally...

This movie contains some great Italian scenery and nice to see some classic cars too.

A great cast: Stanley Baker (Zulu) as O'Donovan, James Robertson Justice (Mobey Dick, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Anthony Steel, Maurice Denham, Odile Versois, Michael Medwin and Anne Heywood.

Watch out for Checkpoint in TV listings, doesn't seem to have been released on video or DVD anywhere. A treat.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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