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Figures in a Landscape (1970)

Two escapees are on the run in the wilderness of an unspecified country. Wherever they go, they are followed by a menacing black helicopter.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Robert Shaw (screenplay), Barry England (from a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Shaw ... MacConnachie
Malcolm McDowell ... Ansell
Henry Woolf ... Helicopter Pilot
Christopher Malcolm ... Helicopter observer
Andy Bradford ... Soldier (as Andrew Bradford)
Warwick Sims Warwick Sims ... Soldier
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Soldier (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Robert East ... Soldier
Tariq Yunus Tariq Yunus ... Soldier
Pamela Brown Pamela Brown ... Widow
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Storyline

Two escapees (Robert Shaw and Malcolm McDowell) are on the run in an unspecified but seemingly Latin-American country. Everywhere they go they are observed and hounded by a menacing black helicopter. Written by Jonathon Dabell <BC602070@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1971 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Figuras en un paisaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Malaga, Andalucia, Spain See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This project was in the works for a long time before the film finally emerged. There were various changes of cast and director, and many writers, including James Mitchell and Stanley Mann, produced drafts of the script before Robert Shaw, who was also a novelist, agreed to do a final rewrite immediately before shooting was due to begin. Although he assured Joseph Losey that he would finish it before the first day of shooting, he did not, in fact, complete it until the end of filming, with changes being seemingly made almost every day. The film was a box-office failure and was mostly shown in Britain in a heavily-cut version, although television showings have been complete. See more »

Soundtracks

Cartagena
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Music by Julián Palanca
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A Rare Classic
9 April 2008 | by penfeverSee all my reviews

Inspired by the minimalist theater-driven film-making of the period, Figures in a Landscape is much more interesting than its competition (Tomorrow, Losey's own "The Servant). Why? Because of the helicopter, of course!

Robert Shaw, always inspired, is here particularly so, all but frothing at the mouth as he drags his weary carcass over the mountains, from nowhere, to nowhere, until the endless desert itself seems more and more like a stage for their mad performance.

An inversion of the often static fare of the period that still displays serious acting chops. Recommended.


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