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Deadfall (1968)

Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices, the Moreaus, attempt to steal diamonds from the château of millionaire Salinas. However, Henry's partners in crime aren't the most emotionally stable people.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Desmond Cory (novel), Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Henry
Vladek Sheybal ... Dr. Delgado
Emilio Rodríguez Emilio Rodríguez ... Police Captain (as Emilio Rodriguez)
David Buck David Buck ... Salinas
Carmen Dene Carmen Dene ... Masseuse
Geraldine Sherman Geraldine Sherman ... Receptionist
Giovanna Ralli ... Fe
Eric Portman ... Moreau
Leonard Rossiter ... Fillmore
Nanette Newman ... The Girl
Reg Howell Reg Howell ... Spanish Chauffeur
John Barry ... Orchestra Conductor
Renata Tarragó Renata Tarragó ... Solo Guitarist (as Renata Tarrago)
Carlos Pierre Carlos Pierre ... Antonio
Santiago Rivero ... Armed Guard
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Storyline

Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices, the Moreaus, attempt to steal diamonds from the château of millionaire Salinas. However, Henry's partners in crime aren't the most emotionally stable people.

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Michael Caine Stood on a Wall...Michael Caine Had a Deadfall! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angustia mortal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both the film's source novelist Desmond Cory and the movie's theme song singer Shirley Bassey have both lived in the same city of Cardiff in Wales. See more »

Quotes

Henry Stuart Clarke: I don't want to perpetuate myself.
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Connections

Referenced in Naked Angels (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Romance For Guitar And Orchestra
Soloist Renata Tarragó (as Renata Tarrago)
Composed by John Barry (uncredited)
Recorded by London Philharmonic Orchestra (as The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
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A winner, though dismissed as a loser at the time
28 March 2005 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

Bryan Forbes is an underrated director, almost forgotten today for a string of well reviewed films that ended with this one. The good reviews did that is. Perhaps at the time the direction seemed "overboard" but by today's standards of course it is merely stylish. It features lots of interesting camera angles, almost like a Joseph Losey film at times visually, and a lot of well written dialog.

Caine is very good. He played a series of almost expressionless villains and near-villains in the late 1960's. This roll is one of those, crook who falls for the wrong woman, deals but he totally sells it. Even the tone of his voice is different than you'd expect. He also gets to display both surprise and rage towards the end which gives the character more of a place to go than in the more highly regarded say Harry Palmer films and the soon to be made and good but over rated GET CARTER. He really makes the film work.

The odd character relationships also help a great deal as does John Barry's music. Fans of his probably know the main robbery scene is inter cut with a specially composed piece of pseudo classical music he wrote and which the scene was edited to later. It's a fascinating sequence and not like anything else Barry ever composed and worth watching for any fan of film music, meaning music in a film connected and interacting with it, not just as a CD to buy and enjoy. The whole score has a touch of the Spanish setting the film lushly invokes. You do have to ignore the lyrics and slightly heard it before nature of the Title song.

This is not an action crime film, more of a corrupted souls and the crimes they commit type of approach with an interesting Spanish setting. It's disguised film noir with realistic occasionally funny dialog and cool oddball sinister angles and editing choices that maybe play better today than at the time. Well worth watching, but good luck finding it.


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