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The Walking Stick (1970)

A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her ... See full summary »

Director:

Eric Till

Writers:

Winston Graham (novel), George Bluestone (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Leigh Hartley
Samantha Eggar ... Deborah Dainton
Emlyn Williams ... Jack Foil
Phyllis Calvert ... Erica Dainton
Ferdy Mayne ... Douglas Dainton
Francesca Annis ... Arabella Dainton
Bridget Turner Bridget Turner ... Sarah Dainton
Dudley Sutton ... Ted Sandymount
John Woodvine ... Bertie Irons
David Savile David Savile ... David Talbot
Derek Cox Derek Cox ... Guard #1
Harvey Sambrook Harvey Sambrook ... Guard #2
Gwen Cherrell Gwen Cherrell ... Mrs. Hartley
Walter Horsbrugh Walter Horsbrugh ... Mr. Maitland (as Walter Horsburgh)
Basil Henson Basil Henson ... Insp. Malcolm
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A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her life she is truly happy. This happiness is short lived, however, as little by little she discovers her partner has been lying to her about his past. It is soon revealed that he and his friends have been planning to rob the auction house that she works for and they require her inside knowledge in order to pull off the crime. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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polio | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Some men will ask anything. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1970 (UK) See more »

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A sétabot See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first film to feature Stanley Myers' "Cavatina" theme (later re-used to more famous advantage in 'The Deer Hunter'). See more »

Quotes

Deborah: Of course you can. What's love!? love is sex, hate, ambitious, selfishness, you name it.
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Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971) See more »

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Cavatina
Composed by Stanley Myers
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Icon turns seedy.
29 November 2005 | by richard-meredith27See all my reviews

David Hemmings was THE Icon of Swinging 1960's London following his performance in 'Blow Up'. Here he plays Leigh, a slightly sinister seedy artist in 1969/ 70's London, who picks up Deborah (a very beautiful Samantha Eggar) at a fashionable party in Hampstead.

Leigh is a sordid betrayer and crook who may be only using Deborah to gain access to the auction house she works in. When she realises this, Deborah proves to be capable of dealing with the problem and her walking stick, far from eliciting sympathy for her minor disability, proves to be a prop for her strengths.

It is a good example of British Cinema. A strong storyline, originally by author Winston Graham, is moved along by well lit, deep technical images of a London that has in the case of the West India Dock sequences disappeared. And unlike modern films it is not afraid of silence. The music is sparse and appropriate (check out the guitar solo. Isn't it familiar?).

This is a film to buy and watch when the alternative on a wet Bank Holiday is endless 'Carry-On' or Sitcom spin-off films being shown back-to-back on TV.


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