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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 ... 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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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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Taglines:

Michael Caine plunges into the world of the adulterous... the treacherous... and the perverse! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Nanette Newman and Director Bryan Forbes were married. See more »

Quotes

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

References Lost Command (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The Meeting
(uncredited)
Composed by John Barry
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A neglected, wonderful film, apparently a thriller, but filled with interesting and troubling subplots.
21 October 1999 | by bobbybeySee all my reviews

I first came across this film in Ankara, Turkey in the 1970's and have been looking for it since. It's a "heist" film on the surface, a cat burglar after jewels. But it's far more than this, with troubling, dark sexual overtones. It features the actual "deadfall" against the background of Aranjuez' guitar concerto, and the suspense is terrific, especially the acting, with Caine at his underplaying best, and Eric Portman stealing the show with a subtle, great performance. Why this film is not a cult classic I don't know, unless its dark side is too much for viewers. It's really unforgetable, as proven by its 25 year hold on my imagination.


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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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