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Fragment of Fear (1970)

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Reformed drug addict Tim Brett is holidaying in Italy with his aunt. When she is murdered, he tries to investigate, and soon his whole life is out of control.

Writers:

John Bingham (novel), Paul Dehn (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Tim Brett
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Juliet Bristow
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Mr. Copsey (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Flora Robson ... Lucy Dawson
Adolfo Celi ... Signor Bardoni
Roland Culver ... Mr. Vellacot
Daniel Massey ... Major Ricketts
Mona Washbourne ... Mrs. Gray
Arthur Lowe ... Mr. Nugent
Yootha Joyce ... Miss Ward-Cadbury
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Sergeant Matthews
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Mrs. Baird
Mary Wimbush ... 'Bunface'
Philip Stone ... C.I.D. Sergeant
Glynn Edwards ... C.I.D. Superintendent
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Storyline

A young British author is plunged into a nightmare as he tries to solve his aunt's murder in Italy. When threats of violence, mysterious notes and deadly phone calls shatter his life, the police and his girlfriend doubt the story due to his past as a drug addict - even though his life is in danger. Written by alfiehitchie

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Murder in Pompeii. Voices in the night. Despair in the gutter. A phantasmagoria of fright! See more »


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freelance See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The author of the original novel, John Bingham, was not only a well-known writer, but Lord Clanmorris. See more »

Goofs

During the wedding scene, Hemmings' character calls out for Major Ricketts and then switches to Colonel Ricketts by mistake. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Nugent: Your very civil apology merely precipitated a meeting that I'd been instructed to arrange anyway.
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Crazy Credits

The role of Columbus (the pigeon whom Tim feeds outside his window) is credited as being played by "A London Pigeon" See more »

Connections

Featured in Paul Dehn: The Writer as Auteur (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Fragment Of Fear
Written by Johnny Harris
Performed by The Johnny Harris Orchestra
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Is this the worst ever thriller score
3 November 2018 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is a truly awful musical score which ruins the film.You half expect Lee Van Cleer to come riding up the street with a cigarette in his mouth.This is not so much Mickley mousing as Dumbo the Elephant.The only way to get through this is to fast forward as soon as you hear the first bar of music.Other than that this is a reasonable if unmemorable thriller.


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