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Fear Is the Key (1972)

Following the death of his family in an aeroplane 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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... John Talbot
... Sarah Ruthven
... Vyland
... Jablonsky
... Royale
... Ruthven
... Larry
Elliott Sullivan ... Judge Mollison
Roland Brand ... Deputy
... FBI Man
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Following the death of his family in an aeroplane 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.


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26 December 1972 (UK)  »

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This Alistair MacLean filmed adaptation was made and released in the same year (1973) as MacLean's novel 'The Way to Dusty Death' was first published. See more »

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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 »

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From Sea Bed To Surface
Written by Roy Budd
Produced by Jack Fishman
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Unpredictable to the very end.
8 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

Fine actioner based on Alistair MacLane's novel holds a few surprises for those lucky enough to catch this underrated gem. An unorthodox and at times bitty script is held together by an amiable cast including a young Ben Kingsley (debuting with a full head of hair) surprisingly in his only film before his Oscar winning performance of 'Ghandi' ten years later.

The screenplay is a crafty one, with Barry Newman ploughing through the first half of the film seemingly out of control and playing a role hauntingly similar to his one in 'Vanishing Point' keeping the viewer guessing what's going to happen next and why. After a slightly boggy, espionage filled middle act the film coolly builds to a dramatic nail-biting finale and it is only here in the film's dying moments do you actually discover the truth. Though the ending may not quite reach some viewers expectations, it does wrap things up succinctly, making the thrills on the way (including a fine car chase that bursts from a courthouse breakout) all the more worthwhile.


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