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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Philip Calvert
... Sir Arthur Artford Jones ('Uncle Arthur')
... Charlotte
... Sir Anthony Skouras
... Roy Hunslett
... Lord Charnley
... Lavorski
... Lt. Williams - Helicopter Pilot
... Tim Hutchinson
... Sue Kirkside
... Capt. Imrie
Oliver MacGreevy ... Quinn (as Oliver Macgreevy)
Jon Croft ... Durran
... Lord Kirkside
... Sgt. Macdonald
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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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26 March 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite das Oito Badaladas  »

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The second film to be released in 1971 that was based on an Alistair MacLean novel, the other being Puppet on a Chain (1971). MacLean's novel "Bear Island" was also published in 1971. See more »

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When gunmen shoot at a helicopter which is supposedly crashing, the smoke disappears into their guns. This shows the film was run backwards and the helicopter was taking off. In the film's trailer (available with the DVD) the shot is run correctly. See more »

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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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Unpretentious and entertaining
13 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this at the cinema when it was first released. I was nine at the time and I notice the DVD has now been released with a '15' certificate. Oh, well. I suppose there are some scenes (helpless men shot from a boat as 'payback' for a dead colleague, a very graphic harpooning) that are best not seen by children. In 1971 it just seemed very exciting (and had an 'A' certificate).

I enjoyed the film when I first saw it and while it seems rather dated now, I think it's still worth viewing. It sets out to provide escapist entertainment and on that level it succeeds. My memories of seeing the film 34 years ago (help!) was of the waves crashing against huge black cliffs and *feeling* the cold dampness of North-West Scotland on the edge of the Atlantic. The locations are very well used indeed, the viewer gets a real sense of place.

The cast perform their roles well, Anthony Hopkins and Robert Morley particularly playing mutual antagonism with some nice comic touches.

One reviewer mentioned that Charles Gray's dubbing of Jack Hawkins's voice seemed a bit slapdash. When Charles Gray was interviewed about dubbing Hawkins (which he did quite regularly after the mid-60's) he said that Hawkins insisted on *speaking* his lines even after his voice was gone. The result was to make his delivery very erratic and therefore difficult to voice-over. Jack Hawkins was one of the best actors we've had (Cruel Sea, Bridge on the River Kwai, Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, etc., etc.) and these supporting roles made a rather sad postscript to his career.


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