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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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A motion picture with the hard edge of today! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nacht ohne Zeugen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pendulum Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Judge Kinsella: On your last appearance before me, Mr. Sanderson, it was my unpleasant duty to sentence you to death in the electric chair. Now, the duty I have before me now is in some respects even more unpleasant. I have no quarrel with the principle of law involved, it's a good and wise application of our constitutional guarantees, but in this case, it results in turning loose upon society a degraded and immoral person.
Judge Kinsella: [he continues] There's no doubt that in the first half of the twentieth century, we - ...
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Soundtracks

THE PENDULUM SWINGS BOTH WAYS
Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by The Letterman
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Proud of My Great Uncle Stanley
22 February 2011 | by weeds526See all my reviews

Check out the top of the Pendulum IMDb page, and you'll see a guy by the name of Stanley Niss, who wrote and produced this movie. He was my father's mother's brother, or great uncle. I recently learned more about my Great Uncle, and I was finally able to dig up my grandma's VHS copy of Pendulum in her condo. Just the fact that they were able to get a movie centered around a rapist rated only PG is enough of an accomplishment, but seeing George Peppard star surprised me even more.

So, I popped it in my 18 inch VHS TV and watched. Well, it's the 60's alright, the music, the sets, the wardrobes, the chain smoking, there's no denying that. But all in all, I liked it as a standard courtroom drama, the actors did well with their roles, and though I'm biased, I liked it well enough, and it kept me excited throughout.

Afterwards, I looked online and searched for some movie reviews, and saw that Roger Ebert himself reviewed upon its release, though he panned it. Gave it one and a half stars, and called my Great Uncle Stanley's script "written ineptly." Oh well. I had a good time, and I have a small piece of my family history in my hands now.


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