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Fear Is the Key (1972)

Following the death of his family in an airplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a certain... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Tuchner

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Robert Carrington (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barry Newman ... John Talbot
Suzy Kendall ... Sarah Ruthven
John Vernon ... Vyland
Dolph Sweet ... Jablonski
Ben Kingsley ... Royale
Ray McAnally ... Ruthven
Peter Marinker ... Larry
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Judge Mollison
Roland Brand Roland Brand ... Deputy
Tony Anholt ... FBI Man
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Storyline

Following the death of his family in an airplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a certain tycoon who has been approached by the culprits to help them retrieve the cargo of the lost plane. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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In the right hands, fear is the deadliest weapon of all.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Medo é a Chave See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

KLK, Anglo-EMI See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Closing credits: Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. All characters and events in this film are fictitious. See more »

Goofs

Lights on the car which were broken when the car arrives on the beach during the chase are fixed when the car leaves the beach. See more »

Soundtracks

Bayou Blues
(uncredited)
Written by Roy Budd
Produced by Jack Fishman
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Good thriller but lacks the power of the book
1 October 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Drawn from Alistair McLean's book of the same name this is a solid thriller that twists and turns nicely throughout. Barry Newman is good as Talbot, the character who finds himself drawn into shady dealings. While the mobsters are adequate (including an early appearance by Ben Kingsley!).

The twist are good but if you've read the book it really takes away from the movie as there is not a whole lot else to hold the interest. However the twists keep you guessing what people's motives are almost up till the end - having said that it's not in the league of Se7en or Usual Suspects so don't expect too much.

The ending is a strange anti-climax to the film, I won't give it away but it is rather muted considering the plot up till that point.

Overall a good story but let down by a lack of any real extended tension and a disappointing conclusion. Turn off the TV and go and read the book - it's much better!


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