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Something to Hide (1972)

A man having marital problems with his shrewish wife picks up a young, pretty and pregnant hitchhiker. Before he knows it, he's in over his head and mixed up in violence and murder.


Alastair Reid


Nicholas Monsarrat (novel), Alastair Reid




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Harry Field
Shelley Winters ... Gabriella
Colin Blakely ... Blagdon
John Stride John Stride ... Sergeant Tom Winnington
Linda Hayden ... Lorelei
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Dibbick
Rosemarie Dunham Rosemarie Dunham ... Elsie
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ... Miss Bunyan
Jack Shepherd ... Joe Pepper
Graham Crowden ... Lay Preacher
Johnny Shannon Johnny Shannon ... Lorry Driver
Patricia Denys Patricia Denys ... Shopgirl
Susan Richards ... 1st Old Lady
Gwen Nelson ... 2nd Old Lady
Madoline Thomas Madoline Thomas ... 3rd Old Lady


A man having marital problems with his shrewish wife picks up a young, pretty and pregnant hitchhiker. Before he knows it, he's in over his head and mixed up in violence and murder.

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These People Have Something in Common. They Have ... Something to Hide See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shattered See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Wight, England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Avton Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The US video release SHATTERED contains a cut version at 85 min. The full film was issued on tape in the UK in 1982 and runs 92 PAL, about 95 min NTSC. See more »


Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 5 (1998) See more »


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Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Arranged by Roy Budd
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Low British thriller with three superb performances
26 November 2011 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This low-watt British thriller has never got a decent release either on DVD or VHS, despite strong performances from three great character actors.

Peter Finch is, of course, best known for playing a crazed news anchor-man "Howard Beal" in "Network", a role for which he won a post-humous Academy Award. But his other famous role was as a beleaguered husband in "The Pumpkin Eater", a role very similar to the one he plays here. Shelley Winters plays his nagging, shrewish wife. She is good as always, but doesn't have nearly enough screen time. The real surprise though is Linda Hayden, famous for playing sexy, evil (and oft-naked) vixens in movies like "Blood on Satan's Claw". Unfortunately, her best movie, "House on Straw Hill" was actually banned in Britain back in the day and, as a result, has been barely released outside it. And her earlier collaboration with director Alistair Reid, "Baby Love", is also problematic since she debuted in this rather sexy role at the tender age of 15.

Finch plays a decent, well-meaning husband whose life is entirely destroyed by his own horribly bad decisions and two different female harpies--his wife Shelly winters and Linda Hayden, a very pregnant hitchhiker he picks up. Instead of playing her usual sexy and evil, Hayden is just plain evil here, and never has a pregnant woman seemed so menacing. I won't give away the plot, but Finch's character soon has at least one body on his hands as his life spins into blackly comic, vortex nightmare.

I saw the crappy, cut VHS version of this (the only one currently available), but even so it is a quite entertaining movie. It certainly deserves better.

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