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Darker Than Amber (1970)

Professional beach bum and 'knight errant' Travis McGee goes up against psychotic body-builder Terry Bartell. McGee pulls out all the stops when he joins a Carribean cruise to bring the killer to justice.

Director:

Robert Clouse

Writers:

John D. MacDonald (novel), Ed Waters (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... Travis McGee
Theodore Bikel ... Meyer
Suzy Kendall ... Vangie / Merrimay
Ahna Capri ... Del (as Anna Capri)
William Smith ... Terry
Janet MacLachlan ... Noreen
Robert Phillips ... Griff
Jane Russell ... Alabama Tigress
James Booth ... Burk
Oswaldo Calvo Oswaldo Calvo ... Manuel
Sherry Faber Sherry Faber ... Nina
Marcia Knight ... Landlady
James H. Frysinger James H. Frysinger ... Dewey Powell
Harry A. Wood Harry A. Wood ... Judson
Jack Nagle Jack Nagle ... Farnsworth
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Storyline

Professional beach bum and 'knight errant' Travis McGee goes up against psychotic body-builder Terry Bartell. McGee pulls out all the stops when he joins a Carribean cruise to bring the killer to justice.

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Travis McGee is having a conference with one of his clients. Business as usual.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1970 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La loi du talion See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Clouse was chosen to be the director of Enter the Dragon (1973) after Bruce Lee watched the choreographed fight scene turn into a real fight on screen between Rod Taylor and William Smith. See more »

Goofs

McGee's Rolls Royce, Miss Agnes, is a British car. It even has a European license plate. But since McGee no doubt registered the car in Florida, the plate is out of place. See more »

Alternate Versions

Television and video versions censor arm breaking fight scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Vangie's Theme
Written by Chip Taylor and John Carl Parker (as John Parker)
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Mystery on the Rocks
28 June 2006 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

If you are a Travis McGee fan, this is one film which belongs in your collection. The movie mirrors the book and the fact leading man Rod Taylor has the role is no surprise as he is perfect for the part. In short the story is of Travis McGee, a Private detective hired to investigate the death of a woman who's sister has been murdered. McGee discoverers the murderer is none other than William Smith who plays Terry Bartell. Smith is awesome in this role and anyone who gazes on that extraordinary physique of his will be impressed his good looks match his formidable strength. Adding to the interest of this film are sympathetic Theodore Bikel as Meyer and Suzy Kendall who doubles as Vangie/Merrimay. Travis and his friends plan an elaborate scheme in which the victim will return to haunt her murderer. What they don't know is that their intended mark is as explosive, unpredictable and dangerous as a lit bundle of dynamite. The final physical confrontation is one of the finest ever recorded on film. So fiercely brutal and bloody that many versions of the movie are highly edited. Rod Taylor at his best and a must film for Taylor fans. ****


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