6.7/10
434
12 user 15 critic

The Black Panther (1977)

A gung-ho ex-military man pursues a secret life of crime, culminating in the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.

Director:

Ian Merrick

Writers:

Michael Armstrong (film written by), Joanne Leighton (original treatment)
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sumpter ... Donald Neilson
Debbie Farrington ... Lesley Whittle
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ... Neilson's Wife
Sylvia O'Donnell Sylvia O'Donnell ... Neilson's Daughter
Andrew Burt Andrew Burt ... Lesley's Brother
Alison Key Alison Key ... Lesley's Sister-in-Law
Ruth Dunning Ruth Dunning ... Lesley's Mother
David Swift ... Det. Chief Superintendent
Michael Barrington
Lila Kaye
Delia Paton Delia Paton
Edwin Apps
Gerry Sundquist
Ruth Kettlewell Ruth Kettlewell
Graham Ashley Graham Ashley
Edit

Storyline

A gung-ho ex-military man pursues a secret life of crime, culminating in the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

What you are about to see is TRUE...it actually happened!

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Donald Neilson, la jena di Londra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Impics Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although subsequently acclaimed for being a mature and responsible reconstruction of events on its UK home video release in 2012, the film caused such a huge media controversy on its initial release in the UK in 1977 amid claims that it was a sordid exploitation film that many local councils banned the film sight unseen and it was pulled from distribution shortly after its release. Ironically the film briefly touches on the irresponsible reporting by many of those same papers in a feeding frenzy during the Lesley Whittle kidnapping that many blame for causing the death of Donald Neilson's final victim. See more »

Goofs

When Neilson walks into the Kidderminster shopping centre in 1974, the M.E.B. showroom is advertising 'Jubilee Offers' for the Silver Jubilee year of 1977, when the film was made. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Meeting the Panther (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

True to life
7 January 2001 | by santamanSee all my reviews

Living in the surrounding area of where the crimes took place I was pleased to find that the film followed the truth of what actually happened very closely.I enjoyed the film immensely,I thought it was well acted and well shot.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed