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When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

In a vein similar to James Bond movies, British Agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

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Etienne Périer (as Etienne Perier)

Writer:

Alistair MacLean (screenplay) (as Alistair Maclean)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Philip Calvert
Robert Morley ... Sir Arthur Artford Jones ('Uncle Arthur')
Nathalie Delon ... Charlotte
Jack Hawkins ... Sir Anthony Skouras
Corin Redgrave ... Roy Hunslett
Derek Bond ... Lord Charnley
Ferdy Mayne ... Lavorski
Maurice Roëves ... Lt. Williams - Helicopter Pilot
Leon Collins ... Tim Hutchinson
Wendy Allnutt ... Sue Kirkside
Peter Arne ... Capt. Imrie
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... Quinn (as Oliver Macgreevy)
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Durran
Tom Chatto ... Lord Kirkside
Charlie Stewart ... Sgt. Macdonald
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Storyline

In a vein similar to James Bond movies, British Agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

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From the author of "The Guns of Navarone" and "Where Eagles Dare", now - See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

48 godzin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elliott Kastner offered Orson Welles the role of Sir Anthony Skouras. The deal was forty thousand dollars for one week's work, with an extra five thousand dollars for living expenses. Jack Hawkins would eventually play the part. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, in the castle, Calvert shoots a man with a crossbow. When he walks away his hands are empty. When he walks into the next room he has a carbine with him. See more »

Quotes

Philip Calvert: [trying to get past an armed guard] Now listen, you've got to distract the guard.
Sue Kirkside: [naively] How?
Philip Calvert: [starts unlacing the front of her blouse] Guess.
Sue Kirkside: [slaps him] Stop.
Philip Calvert: All I want you to do is distract that guard.
Sue Kirkside: What if he doesn't fancy me?
Philip Calvert: Oh, that's all we need - is a guard that's queer.
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Likable and entertaining
17 August 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While When Eight Bells Toll is not a masterpiece in my eyes, I myself would hardly call it a dud. Perhaps a little too short, and I do agree that some of the fight scenes leave you wanting more and some scenes such as the wooden boat exploding do make you raise your eyebrows as if to say "just why did they do that?", however there is a huge amount to redeem it.

I have to say When Eight Bells Toll is likable and entertaining for what it is. It has superb location shooting and a rousing score. It has an interesting and exciting plot, brisk pacing, decent direction and sharp and cynical dialogue. It also has the great Anthony Hopkins playing a role atypical to any other he's played. No-nonsense and a hero in a sense, Calvert as a character is very entertaining and likable and Hopkins is exactly that too. Even better is Robert Morley who provides a deliciously comic turn as Calvert's spy-master, while Nathalie Delon is beautiful and luscious as the lovely Charlotte.

Overall, an entertaining film. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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