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Pendulum (1969)

When police captain Frank Matthews is accused of murdering his adulterous wife and her lover he avoids arrest and sets out to find the killer.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writer:

Stanley Niss
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Capt. Frank Matthews
Jean Seberg ... Adele Matthews
Richard Kiley ... Woodrow Wilson King
Charles McGraw ... Deputy Chief John P. Hildebrand
Madeleine Sherwood ... Mrs. Eileen Sanderson
Robert F. Lyons ... Paul Martin Sanderson
Frank Marth ... Lt. Smithson
Marj Dusay ... Liz Tennant
Paul McGrath ... Senator Augustus Cole
Stewart Moss ... Richard D'Angelo
Isabel Sanford ... Effie
Dana Elcar ... Det. J.J. 'Red' Thornton
Harry Lewis ... Brooks Elliot
Mildred Trares Mildred Trares ... Mary Schumacher
Robin Raymond ... Myra
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Storyline

On the evening of his decoration for bringing a murderer to justice, Washington DC Police Captain Frank Matthews' wife, and her lover are murdered in bed. Jailed as the prime suspect, with the aforementioned murderer released on a technicality Matthews escapes in search of the man he believes to be the real killer. Written by David Fowler

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Taglines:

how far can a policeman go? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Robert F. Lyons's film debut. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, under the main titles, the taxicab starts out as a 1964 Plymouth. Upon arrival at its destination, the car has changed to a 1968 Plymouth. See more »

Quotes

Adele Matthews: There's no reason to be jealous.
Capt. Frank Matthews: I'm not jealous.
Adele Matthews: Then what do you call it?
Capt. Frank Matthews: I won't have you making a damn monkey out of me.
Adele Matthews: So, it's your vanity.
Capt. Frank Matthews: If you call objecting to my wife having relations with her ex-lovers, God
[she slaps his face; he slaps her back]
Capt. Frank Matthews: knows how many, vanity, then it's my vanity.
Adele Matthews: [embracing him] I love you. I love you. Really, I do.
[they fall on the bed]
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

THE PENDULUM SWINGS BOTH WAYS
Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by The Letterman
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Underrated film
5 March 2013 | by Johnboy1221See all my reviews

This movie is incredibly underrated. The performances are all top notch, from Peppard and Seberg down to the smallest role, though Seberg's part is short. In my opinion, Madeleine Sherwood and Robert F. Lyons deserved Oscar nominations for their performances. They were flawless and mesmerizing as the white trash woman and her psycho son. I couldn't take my eyes off them when they were on screen. I so wish the movie was available on DVD! This film should have made a star of Robert F. Lyons. I have no idea why it didn't. It's well-written and believable, nicely directed. Someone please put this out on DVD! I want to watch this again and again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pendulum See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pendulum Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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