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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.


Robert Clouse


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


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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


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.


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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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Technical Specs


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arrow created a "special" shirt design called "The McGee" for Taylor to wear. When the movie flopped, so did the shirt. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Blue Nude (1978) See more »


Vangie's Theme
Written by Chip Taylor and John Carl Parker (as John Parker)
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Good movie, but hard to see
25 February 2004 | by bobhaySee all my reviews

This is indeed a good movie--a tidy, well-acted and -directed thriller with a good "take" on Travis McGee by the rock-solid and dependable Rod Taylor. But it is a tough one to get to see in its entirety, as some of the other reviewers have noted. Even the commercial prints have a running time of 91 minutes, and they are obviously and clumsily cut (here's a clue: the background music and sound jump drastically). No doubt this is because the violence is graphic for a film of this vintage, although that doesn't explain why it almost impossible to find a complete 93-minute copy here in the 21st century. I found one through a guy who knew a guy and so on--a Dutch copy with Dutch subtitles--and after 30 years of poking around (I was doing other things, too, during these decades) I finally got to see the whole movie. And it was worth it, as it almost always is to see the entire work, as the director (Clouse's next film was "Enter the Dragon") intended it. Some might think 2 minutes out of a film is no big deal (although they might gripe if you handed them a novel with 2 or 3 percent of its pages torn out) but this is too good a movie to snip. And although there have been bigger, longer, bloodier, more you-name-it fights, no two men on screen have ever looked like they are really, desperately trying to hurt each other as much as Rod Taylor and William Smith in the climactic fight in this movie. If you can find it, watch it. Good luck.

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