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The Triple Echo (1972)

R | | Drama, War | 17 November 1972 (UK)
Deserting soldier dresses as a woman to escape detection; liking the female role he goes to a dance with another soldier and is exposed.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Robin Chapman (screenplay), H.E. Bates (story "The Triple Echo")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenda Jackson ... Alice
Oliver Reed ... the Sergeant / Sergeant
Brian Deacon ... Barton
Anthony May Anthony May ... Subaltern
Gavin Richards Gavin Richards ... Stan
Jenny Lee Wright Jenny Lee Wright ... Christine
Kenneth Colley ... Provo Corporal (as Ken Colley)
Daphne Heard Daphne Heard ... Shopkeeper
Zelah Clarke ... First Girl
Colin Rix Colin Rix ... Compere
Ioan Meredith Ioan Meredith ... Guard
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Storyline

Barton is a soldier in WW2 England; he meets Alice, who is looking after her farm single-handed as her husband is a prisoner of the Japanese. Barton stays overnight and they get friendly, and he decides to desert and stay with Alice. They become lovers. As a cover, she tells people in the village that her sister is staying with her, and Barton dresses the part. He has mixed feelings about the feminine role but evidently grows accustomed to it. Eventually an army sergeant comes to the farm, and is glad to learn that there are two unattached women there; he has sexual designs on them. Alice rebuffs him and he concentrates on Barton, as "Cathy". Barton is flattered by the attention, and foolishly agrees to go to a Christmas dance at the army base with the sergeant, obviously not realising that sexual activity will be involved, despite Alice's warnings. At the party, Barton realises what is developing, but can't escape, and the Sergeant won't take no for an answer. Written by Hazel Freeman <hazel@tguk.net>

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Would you go A.W.O.L. with this man?

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier in Skirts See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Unusual love story is seldom certain what tone to take
24 July 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Glenda Jackson once again proves to be the British equivalent of Bette Davis--in fact, "The Triple Echo" might have been an ideal vehicle for Davis had it been produced two decades earlier. In 1942 Wiltshire, a farm woman mourning the capture of her husband by the Japanese befriends a young soldier passing across her land; after several visits, they become intimate and he decides to go "over the hill," but their affair is complicated by his being cooped up, hiding in the house all day. What's more, she has dressed him in her clothes and begins telling the people in town that her sister is now staying with her. Maddening story begins as jaunty fare, takes a turn into melodrama and ends on a tragic note, with the young soldier now in full drag and fending off the advances of a randy tank sergeant. Jackson retains her stubbornly sensible dignity, even when the plot goes off the rails. She's a decent, forthright, romantic-minded woman, a salt-of-the-earth type who can be mother, big sister and lover at different intervals. As the pushy sergeant who won't take no for an answer, Oliver Reed has a one-note bullying role, and director Michael Apted never steps in to scale him back. ** from ****


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