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Four Desperate Men (1959)

The Siege of Pinchgut (original title)
An escaped prisoner is trying to clear his name.


Harry Watt


Harry Watt (adapted by), Inman Hunter (from an original story by) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Aldo Ray ... Matt Kirk
Heather Sears ... Ann Fulton
Neil McCallum ... Johnny Kirk
Victor Maddern ... Bert
Carlo Giustini ... Luke (as Carlo Justini)
Alan Tilvern ... Superintendent Hanna
Barbara Mullen ... Mrs. Fulton
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Pat Fulton
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Police Commissioner (as Kenneth Warren)
Grant Taylor ... Constable Macey
Deryck Barnes Deryck Barnes ... Sergeant Drake (as Derek Barnes)
Richard Vernon ... Under Secretary
Ewan MacDuff Ewan MacDuff ... Naval Captain (as Ewan Macduff)
Martin Boddey ... Brigadier
Max Robertson Max Robertson ... Motorcycle Policeman


An escaped prisoner is trying to clear his name.

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THE MOST CHILLING ULTIMATUM EVER HURLED AT THE SCREEN!..."do what I say or I'll blow the whole city to hell!" (U.S. newspaper ad for "Four Desperate Men") See more »


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Carlo Giustini was dubbed by the distinctive voice of Robert Rietty. See more »


There is an extended sequence of policemen (not necessarily even "marksmen") shooting with rifles and hitting individuals on the island. The distance seems to be half a mile or more, and is highly impracticable. In addition for some time they are lying in position on bridge girders and elsewhere long before the order to prepare to shoot; this is hardly realistic. See more »

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EAling goes out with a bang
7 September 2014 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

One of the previous reviewers stated erroneously that Ealing only lasted 20 years.That is completely wrong.A studio has been on the present site for around 100 years.In 1930 a company was formed called Associated Talking Pictures headed by Basil Dean.This made films for release by Radio Pictures.Trouble was Radio wanted them as supports for their American imports whereas Dean wanted them for top of the bill.So they split from Radio.Dean was ousted in 1938 because he liked to use his wife,Victoria Hopper,in colossal flops such as "Whom The Gods Love".It was at this point that Balcon,who had left MGM British became head of the studios,the name changed to Ealing and it became world famous.However by 1955 various problems beset Balcon and he had no option but to sell the studios,where films are made to this day.Balcon had a distribution deal with MGM and rented space at their Boreham Wood studios,where the likes of "Davy" and "Dunkirk" were made.However MGM was in turmoil and Balcon left for ABPC who distributed this film.However films had moved on since his heyday and so the company was disbanded at the end of the year.It is actually a rather good film,even if Aldo Ray is less than convincing as an Aussie.It is an entertaining film and a fine testament to Ealing and Balcon.

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Release Date:

21 August 1959 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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