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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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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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Trivia

Joseph Losey replaced Peter Medak See more »

Quotes

Ansell: I'll tell you what though Mac, there'll be no more games from now on.
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Soundtracks

Cartagena
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Music by Julián Palanca
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Definitely worth the wait
2 June 2005 | by fellowdroogieSee all my reviews

I spent quite a few pennies to get my hands on this film as it was consigned to oblivion after its brief cinematic release some 35 years ago, and it was money well spent. They certainly don't make them like this anymore. From the off you're thrown into this situation with Shaw and McDowell as two convicts on the run and being pursued by a menacing black helicopter through hostile, mountainous terrain. The aerial cinematography is breathtaking at times, more real than anything you see on the silver screen today, and quite frightening too. The chase becomes personal, with one character hell-bent on destroying the enemy and the other just wanting to escape. It's compellingly brilliant - beautifully shot, in most parts, and well acted. There are some lengthy sequences which the majority of todays directors, and actors, would struggle to pull off without CGI. It does have flaws, most films do, but there are enough positives here and it's a shame it ended up as another of those 'lost' films. Okay we don't find out where they are, although it was shot in Spain, or what crimes they have committed, so what? It's a bloody good film, though I can't help but think, what a film it could have been.


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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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2.35 : 1
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