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The Trap (1966)

A fur trapper takes a mute girl as his unwilling wife to live with him in his remote cabin in the woods.


Sidney Hayers


David D. Osborn (story and screenplay) (as David Osborn)


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Complete credited cast:
Rita Tushingham ... Eve
Oliver Reed ... La Bete
Rex Sevenoaks ... The Trader
Barbara Chilcott Barbara Chilcott ... Trader's Wife
Linda Goranson ... Trader's Daughter
Blain Fairman Blain Fairman ... Clerk
Walter Marsh ... Preacher
Joseph Golland Joseph Golland ... Baptiste (as Jo Golland)
Jon Granik Jon Granik ... No Name
Merv Campone Merv Campone ... Yellow Dog
Reg McReynolds Reg McReynolds ... Captain (as Reginald McReynolds)


A fur trapper takes a mute girl as his unwilling wife to live with him in his remote cabin in the woods.

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July 1967 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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The piece of music used as Oliver Reed canoes down river (also called "The Trap") is now used by UK broadcaster The BBC for its coverage of The London Marathon. See more »


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Enjoyable film with attractive main cast , rousing score , colorful cinematography and gorgeous outdoors from British Columbia
7 October 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Interesting Western based on a story and screenplay by David Osborn . A fur trapper nicknamed La Bete or The beast (Oliver Reed) arrives in a Canadian village after three winters in the snow ; having missing annual auction , he takes a mute girl (Rita Tusingham who does not utter a single word in the entire film) as his unwilling wife to live with him in his remote cabin in the woods . The picture narrates the odyssey of an adventurer that dreary of civilization lives in nature becoming into mountain man , a young who is part of the wildlife of the landscape , he is an expert hunter who shoots efficiently his preys and turning into a feared new myth named ¨La Bete¨ . Meanwhile , the girl early develops his senses from his first feeble and failed attempts at survival to become a skillful trapper .

Solid frontier western with exciting events , violent fights , emotions , thrills and spectacular outdoors . From the initiation until the final are proceeded continuous battles against nature and a survival fighting versus wintry wilderness , savage Indians , wildlife such as wolves and bear , among others . The story is a crossover of various films , the battle against nature of ¨Adventures of Jeremiah Johnson¨ and ¨Man of a wilderness land¨ along with ¨Taming of the shrew¨ theme , as well as the obstinacy and stubbornness of a misfit couple who discusses and contends with no rest . The magnificent cast is starred by an excellent Oliver Reed , a simple , brute man with violent tendencies and Rita Tushingam who plays a perfect role as an agreeable and sensitive mute young girl . Splendid cinematography in Panavision and glimmer color by Robert Krasker (expert cameraman on super-productions as The Cid , Fall of Roman Empire , Heroes of Telemark and The third man) as is reflected on spectacular outdoors filmed in sighting , rousing natural parks and filmed on location in Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada (village) , Hollyburn Film Studios, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Pinewood Studios, England . However , being necessary a right remastering because of the film-copy is washed-out . Special mention to a lively and evocative musical score by Ron Goodwin , the piece of music used as Oliver Reed canoes down river is now used by UK broadcaster The BBC for its coverage of The London Marathon.

The motion picture was professionally directed by Sidney Hayers . He entered cinema world in the early 1940s and began his directing career with ¨Violent Moment¨ in 1958 and carried out second-unit directing labors on epic films like ¨A night to remember¨ (1958) and ¨A bridge too far¨(1977). The journeyman director's roster of credits also includes episodic TV on both sides of the Atlantic , a multitude of TV movies and episodes such as A team , Baywatch , Knight Rider , T.J. Hooker , Hunter , Remington Steele , Magnum P.I . Furthermore , he directed acceptable films such as ¨Night of eagle¨, ¨Circus of horrors¨, ¨Assault¨ , ¨Finders keepers¨, ¨The Southern star¨ and of course ¨The trappers¨ .

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