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The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)

In March 1914, a mining engineer named Richard Hannay tries to prevent Prussian agents from executing a political assassination designed to trigger World War I.

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Don Sharp

Writers:

Michael Robson (screenplay), John Buchan (novel)
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A contemporary setting of John Buchan's classic novel - Engineer Richard Hannay finds himself caught up with analyst Kate Maybury, as they race against the clock to save the country from the Thirty Nine Steps.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Powell ... Hannay
David Warner ... Appleton
Eric Porter ... Lomas
Karen Dotrice ... Alex
John Mills ... Scudder
George Baker ... Sir Walter Bullivant
Ronald Pickup ... Bayliss
Donald Pickering ... Marshall
Timothy West ... Porton
Miles Anderson ... David
Andrew Keir ... Lord Rohan
Robert Flemyng ... Magistrate
William Squire ... Harkness
Paul McDowell Paul McDowell ... McLean
David Collings ... Tillotson
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Storyline

The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbours, Colonel Scudder, bursts into his rooms one night and tells him a story that Prussian 'sleeper' agents are planning to pre-start World War I by murdering a visiting foreign minister. However, Scudder is murdered and Hannay is framed for the death by the 'sleepers'. Fleeing to Scotland Hannay attempts to clear his name and to stop the agents with the aid of Alex Mackenzie but not only is he is chased by Chief Supt Lomas for Scudder's death but by the agents who is headed by Appleton who has managed to hide himself in a high-placed position in the British Government... Written by Anonymous

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 39 Steps See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,046,332, 31 December 1980

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,046,332, 31 December 1980
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place from March 3 to March 15, 1914. See more »

Goofs

The train in which Hannay travels to Scotland is far too modern. The coaches were built by the LMS railway company which was formed in 1924 and the loco was built after WW2. See more »

Quotes

Hannay: I thought he was a harmless lunatic!
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: Closing credits epilogue: Edward Appleton was convicted of treason in May 1914.

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Not the story as written
2 March 2011 | by hgregor-991-286108See all my reviews

R Houghton's review claims that "...with this version, we finally get the story as it was written."

This is a very long way from true. To note only three departures, the thirty-nine steps of the original text do not refer to the steps leading up to Beg Ben, but to a staircase leading from a house in Bradgate down to the sea; in the original text, Scudder is knifed in Hannay's flat; and the scene of Hannay clinging to the hands of the clock appears nowhere in Buchan's novel.

But all that said, this production is a fine piece of work in its own right, having great pace, style and atmosphere, and with some first-class acting from Robert Powell.


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