4.7/10
121
2 user 4 critic

The Big Switch (1968)

Not Rated | | Crime | April 1968 (UK)
Playboy John Carter is implicated in the murder of a blonde from a discotheque and is forced by gangsters into posing for pornographic photographs.

Director:

Pete Walker

Writer:

Pete Walker
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

British Sexploitation/Sex Comedy. Lord Wingate, aquitted after appearing in court for fraud, starts up a 'finishing school' to teach girls how to extract money from rich men, in return for ... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Derek Aylward, Rose Alba, Bob Andrews
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A deranged serial killer infiltrates a popular club and slowly starts killing cocktail waitresses.

Director: Gus Trikonis
Stars: Bruce Watson, Laura Hippe, Katie Saylor
For Men Only (1967)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A sophisticated London fashion columnist takes a job with a small-town publisher and "moral crusader", much to the dismay of her rich, jealous boyfriend. The "crusader", however, turns out to be not quite what he says he is.

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: David Kernan, Andrea Allan, Derek Aylward
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A naive couple leave their small town for success in London's adult entertainment culture.

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Robin Askwith, Janet Lynn, Jess Conrad
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

German version of Pete Walker's "For Men Only" with extra footage directed by Günter Hendel.

Directors: Günter Hendel, Pete Walker
Stars: David Kernan, Andrea Allan, Derek Aylward
Tiffany Jones (1973)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Light-hearted and occasionally unclothed adaptation of a British comic strip in the over-the-top, on-beyond-Bond spy fantasy vein.

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Anouska Hempel, Ray Brooks, Susan Sheers
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A mercenary joins forces with 2 crooked cops in an attempt to steal a fortune in gold bullion from a corrupt Arab country.

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Michael Latimer, Luan Peters, Derek Aylward
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Hans a young German journalist arrives in London to write an article about au-pair girls, but is requested by friends to investigate the whereabouts of their teenage daughter Greta.

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Tristan Rogers, Karen Boyes, Alan Curtis
Anthem (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A young writer and his attractive wife looking to climb the social ladder move to an affluent area outside of Scottsdale AZ. Little do they know . . . Once you say yes . . . it s hard to say no later.

Directors: Jeff Harman, Buzz Remde
Stars: Sarah Ludington, Sarah Ludington, Jose Rosete
Teenage Tramp (1973)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Wayward and uninhibited young runaway Kim has fallen in with a bad crowd. Kim decides to flee said crowd and goes to the west coast to reunite herself with her uptight and neurotic ... See full summary »

Director: Anton Holden
Stars: Robin Lane, Alisha Fontaine, Anthony Massena
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Actors rehearsing a show at a mysterious seaside theater are being killed off by an unknown maniac.

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Ray Brooks, Jenny Hanley, Luan Peters
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A successful rock lyricist becomes romantically involved with a girl he picks up hitchhiking only to learn that she is only fourteen. Her parents take action against him.

Director: Pete Walker
Stars: James Aubrey, Alison Elliott, Mark Burns
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Sebastian Breaks Sebastian Breaks ... John Carter
Virginia Wetherell Virginia Wetherell ... Karen
Jack Allen ... Hornsby-Smith
Derek Aylward Derek Aylward ... Karl Mendez
Erika Raffael Erika Raffael ... Samantha
Douglas Blackwell Douglas Blackwell ... Bruno Miglio
Julie Shaw Julie Shaw ... Cathy
Jane Howard Jane Howard ... Jane
Roy Sone Roy Sone ... Al
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... Gerry
Brian Weske ... Mike
Gilly Grant Gilly Grant ... Sally
Desmond Cullum-Jones Desmond Cullum-Jones ... Chief Inspector
Edit

Storyline

A crime drama centering on a playboy gambler who has a passionate one-night stand with a beautiful woman. During the night, he briefly leaves and when he returns, finds her dead. Not wanting his name in the papers, the man tries to avoid the police. He soon finds himself victimized by extortionists, headed by his own boss and the girl, who only feigned death. They try to force him into breaking a notorious crime lord out of prison, but he is not so easily swayed.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Strip Poker See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Aston Martin DB6, registration NUV13E, which appears 53 minutes in parked at the block of flats in Brighton, would later be Moon's transport in Walker's film Man of Violence (1970) See more »

Alternate Versions

An "export" version was released with extra nudity from Gilly Grant. See more »

Connections

Featured in Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Entertaining "B" Picture
10 December 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Big Switch (1968)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

John Carter (Sebastian Breaks) is a playboy who meets up with a beautiful blonde lady. The two plan on meeting in her room but when John arrives he finds her dead and before long he is accused of the crime. It doesn't take long for him to realize that the mob was behind the murder and now he must go up against them.

THE BIG SWITCH is an early film from director Pete Walker who is best remembered for a number of horror films that he made in the 1970s. I guess the best way to describe this movie is that it's a low-budget, wannabe James Bond that runs just 68-minutes and features a bit more sleaze than you'd normally expect from a film from this era. Is it a masterpiece? Not at all but it's a mildly entertaining spy picture.

I think the best thing that the film has going for it is the fact that it's just 68-minutes and it goes by rather quickly. Breaks makes for an interesting lead and I thought he added some fun to the picture. The villains are pretty much your standard bad guys but they too are mildly entertaining. Where the film really stands out is with the female nudity, which there is quite a bit of including some full frontal scenes.

THE BIG SWITCH will mainly appeal to fans of the director who want to see what he was doing before the horror pictures. There's nothing overly great about the movie but it was entertaining for what it was.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed