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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 ... Soldier
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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The Bird Has Come For Its Prey. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

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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

Malcolm McDowell remarked upon Robert Shaw's alleged competitive streak. During filming, McDowell claimed that Shaw used to challenge him to running races. See more »

Quotes

Ansell: I'll tell you what though Mac, there'll be no more games from now on.
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Cartagena
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Music by Julián Palanca
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Oblique, yet gripping thriller
23 February 2016 | by WoodyandersSee all my reviews

Rugged maniacal brute MacConnachie (a fabulously ferocious and galvanizing performance by Robert Shaw) and wimpy intellectual Ansell (a sound portrayal by Malcom McDowell) are a couple of escaped fugitives who are on the run in some unspecified foreign country. The pair find themselves being relentlessly pursued by an ominous black helicopter.

Director Joseph Losey makes excellent and inspired use of the harsh, sprawling, and desolate countryside. Shaw's stark and intriguing script eschews pretense and exposition in favor of stripping down the premise to its mean'n'lean existential essentials whereby the plot basically becomes a gritty meditation on survival and the ruthless extremes people will resort to in order to stay alive in a hostile and pitiless world. Shaw and McDowell play off each other exceptionally well as a couple of radically contrasting fellows who are forced to depend on each other so they can persevere through a grueling ordeal that's beyond their control or understanding. Several scenes involving close calls with the helicopter register as quite dangerous and hence are positively harrowing to watch. The striking widescreen cinematography by Guy Tabary, Henri Alekan, and Peter Suschitzky offers a wealth of breathtaking aerial shots. Recommended viewing.


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