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The Very Edge (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 June 1963 (Ireland)
A young married woman finds herself being stalked by a sinister psychopath.

Director:

Cyril Frankel

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Leslie Bricusse (original material), Vivian Cox (original material) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Geoffrey Lawrence
Anne Heywood ... Tracey Lawrence
Nicole Maurey ... Helen
Jack Hedley ... Inspector McInnes
Jeremy Brett ... Mullen - The Intruder
Maurice Denham ... Crawford
William Lucas ... Inspector Davis
Gwen Watford ... Sister Holden
Barbara Mullen ... Dr. Shaw
Peter Madden ... Sergeant Williams
Patrick Magee ... Simmonds
Pauline Delaney ... Selina's Mother
Verina Greenlaw ... Selina
Ian Curry Ian Curry ... Railway Porter
Brian Weske ... Ticket Clerk
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A young married woman finds herself being stalked by a sinister psychopath.

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No woman should see this film without a man!

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1963 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher do Próximo See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Despite the fact that he was born in Dublin, Richard Todd was 43 before he made his first movie in Ireland. See more »

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Wasted opportunities.
20 February 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Very Edge is directed by Cyril Frankel and written by Leslie Bricusse and Vivian Cox. It stars Richard Todd, Anne Heywood, Jack Hedley, Jeremy Brett, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Denham, William Lucas and Patrick Magee. Music is by David Lee and cinematography by Robert Huke.

After she is assaulted in her own home by unhinged admirer Mullen (Brett), Tracey Lawrence (Heywood) struggles to keep control of her marriage to Geoffrey (Todd), who himself doesn't quite know how to react to Tracey's trauma. More pressing is that Mullen is still on the loose and clearly isn't going to go away...

It should be better, there is so much promise on offer of a real frightening "stalker" movie, but it ultimately ends up as a standard meller. Where it does score favourably is with the character strands that deal with a once happy marriage coming apart at the seams post the trauma incident. Things are further complicated by husband Geoffrey's French personal assistant, Helen (Maurey), who senses the time is right to confess her passions for Geoff!

Lurking around the dark corners of this emotionally bubbling human stew is Mullen, a genuinely twitchy and edgy menace of frightening capabilities, with the character brilliantly realised by future Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett. It's all built competently by Frankel, brick by formulaic brick, right up to a roof top finale which brings the audience of the time the expected results. Magee is unfortunately only used sparingly, but with Heywood and Brett giving riveting readings, the staid acting elsewhere doesn't hurt the picture. While David Lee's music is excellent, a constant low tone plinking of foreboding menace.

A wasted opportunity? Yes, pretty much, but some value to be found in certain quarters. 6.5/10


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