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Chance Meeting (1959)

Blind Date (original title)
In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, causing Van Rooyer to become prime-suspect for the Scotland Yard.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Ben Barzman (screenplay), Millard Lampell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hardy Krüger ... Jan Van Rooyen (as Hardy Kruger)
Stanley Baker ... Inspector Morgan
Micheline Presle ... Lady Fenton
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Inspector Westover
Gordon Jackson ... Sergeant
Robert Flemyng ... Sir Brian Lewis
Jack MacGowran ... Postman
Redmond Phillips ... Police Doctor
George Roubicek ... Police Constable
Lee Montague ... Sgt. Farrow
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Storyline

Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer hurries to keep a rendezvous with Jacquleine Cousteau, an elegant, sophisticated Frenchwoman, slightly his elder, whose relationship with him had turned from art student into one of love trysts. He arrives and is confronted by Detective Police Inspector Morgan who accuses him of having murdered Jacqueline. Morgan listens sceptically to the dazed denials of Van-Rooyen as he tells the story of his relationship with the murdered woman. Morgan, after hearing the story, realizes that the mystery has deepened and it becomes more complicated when the Assistant Commissioner, Sir Brian Lewis, explains that Jacqueline was not married but was being kept by Sir Howard Fenton, a high-ranking diplomat whose names must be kept out of the case. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A motion picture brilliantly, mysteriously different... as man is to woman! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chance Meeting See more »

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Budget:

£138,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: all characters and events in this film are fictitious. any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm A Lonely Man
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Sung by Hardy Krüger
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A measured mystery
23 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I wouldn't say this is a film to stimulate the senses, not one packed with energy, but it's success lies very much in its subtlety, delivery and superb performances.

It's a wonderfully stylish film, it looks so good, from the very bright start to the rather downbeat conclusion. The story is fed out very slowly, with the story unravelling teasingly slowly. As a mystery it works well, what seems so obvious initially isn't quite the case, so much more is happening, with a twist waiting.

Great performances, Hardy Kruger was fantastic in the lead role. Very much a battle of the classes, with a hugely socialist element on show, but it fits in well.

Very enjoyable, slick movie. 8/10


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