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The Deadly Game (1982)

Retired Lawyers amuse themselves by prosecuting, defending and judging a hapless traveler.


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Cast overview:
... Howard Trapp
... Gustave Kummer
... Emile Carpeau
... Bernard Laroque
Alan Webb ... Joseph Pillet
... Nicole
Brian Croucher ... Pierre
... Helen Trapp


Almost a filmed version of a stage play, complete with curtain call. Howard Trapp, seeking shelter from a storm in the Swiss Alps, finds himself playing the accused in a legal game. Gustave Kummer as prosecution gradually delves into Howard's past unearthing a 'murder' for which Howard must defend his life. Written by T. Sullivan <sulli@tfn.net>

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22 July 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy kis társasjáték  »

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This television adaptation of James Yaffe's unsuccessful Broadway play of 1961 was made in England as an American co-production with the BBC; the producers and director were American, but the technical crew was British. See more »

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Tightly Constructed Murder Mystery
10 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best murder mysteries ever made. A bunch of old retired British lawyers decide to play a "game" and put a stranded young American tourist on trial for murder. The plot raises fascinating questions about murder and morality. And will the old Brits actually execute their guest if they convict him? Just when you've recovered from one plot twist, they drop in another one, and the surprise ending is BRILLIANT! The acting is exceptional, with legendary British actors such as Robert Morley and Trevor Howard playing off against a young George Segal (now legendary himself) as the naive American tourist. This great, great film seems to have completely disappeared after its routine rotation on HBO twenty years ago. It deserves wider and more current distribution.

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