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The Reckoning (1970)

Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after five years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is... See full summary »

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Jack Gold

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Patrick Hall (novel), John McGrath (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicol Williamson ... Michael Marler
Ann Bell ... Rosemary Marler
Lilita De Barros Lilita De Barros ... Maria
Tom Kempinski Tom Kempinski ... Brunzy
Kenneth Hendel Kenneth Hendel ... Davidson
Douglas Wilmer ... Moyle
Barbara Ewing Barbara Ewing ... Joan
Zena Walker Zena Walker ... Hilda Greening
Paul Rogers ... John Hazlitt
Gwen Nelson ... Marler's Mother
Christine Hargreaves Christine Hargreaves ... Kath
Ernest C. Jennings Ernest C. Jennings ... Dad (John Joe) (as Ernest Jennings)
Rachel Roberts ... Joyce Eglington
Godfrey Quigley ... Dr. Carolan
Desmond Perry Desmond Perry ... Father Madden
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Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after five years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is confronted with his lost Irish roots. He finds out that his father died because of a fight with some anglo-saxon teddy boys. It becomes "a matter of honour" for him, to take his revenge without involving the British police. Written by Michael Schoemburg <101476.3623@compuserve.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1970 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Abrechnung See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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The last cinema film of Malcolm Arnold See more »

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Most of the home street scenes were filmed in Seacombe, Wallasey, but the cutting of the film makes it a rather impressive walk out the a door after the bed-side scene: from Seacombe back-street, north along Birkenhead's Corporation Road, then back across the docks into Seacombe via the Four Bridges, ending up on the Liverpool side in the next cut. See more »

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A Powerful, Bravura Picture
2 December 2012 | by ChuckTurnerSee all my reviews

I am in complete agreement with dan-filson-928-874987: THE RECKONING (which could almost be called a lost film now)is a powerful drama with a bravura performance by Nicol Williamson at its heart. Williamson specialised in being hard to like: he relished the negative attributes of every character he played. His performances tend to be quite broad, but the complete absence of sentimentality keeps them fresh. In THE RECKONING director Jack Gold keeps theatricality at bay. The powerful ending described by dan-filson-928-874987 is a fresh memory for me even after 40 years. Yes, there are similarities to GET CARTER: but CARTER is a genre picture, and THE RECKONING is a character drama. Both films are highly accomplished, but comparing them doesn't really shed much light on either, in my opinion. Time for Columbia or the BFI to get hold of a master and issue this on DVD.


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