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The McGuffin 

A penurious film critic begins to wonder if his increasingly complicated life isn't rather like the plot of a Hitchcock film.


Colin Bucksey


Michael Thomas (screenplay), John Bowen (based on novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Dance ... Paul Hatcher
Ann Todd ... Mrs. Forbes-Duthie
Mark Rylance ... Gavin
Bill Shine ... From The Rear Window
Neville Phillips ... From The Rear Window
Paul McKenzie Paul McKenzie ... From The Rear Window
Ray Shell ... From The Rear Window
Francis Matthews ... Silver-Haired Gent
Stephen Ruff Stephen Ruff ... Mickey Rooney
Roger Lloyd Pack ... David Power
Sue Peacock Sue Peacock ... Newscaster
Brian Glover ... Man in Brown
Chris Langham ... Detective
Phyllis Logan ... Anne
Anna Massey ... Nina


Hatcher is a film critic and he's seen too many movies. So when he looks from his rear window and sees a blonde menacing the old lady opposite, it's all too familiar. He gets rapidly and fatally drawn into a mangled net of blackmail, violence and evil deeds in high places - just like the kind of film he loves reviewing. But this time the danger's all too real, or is it? Written by GusF

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From Voyeur To Victim....




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Another Fuzzy 1980's British movie
7 September 2008 | by pyenmeSee all my reviews

I will be glad to add my views of this movie - as part of my "Charles Dance Collection". I researched to find his films, and have now seen a few, obscure, movies that puzzle me. This one qualifies for my puzzlement. Dance is a good actor, who got stuck in many fuzzy 80's movies that were attempts to be "art" - and missed the mark, in my opinion (see "Hidden City" or "Shortcut to Paradise"). First, the homage to Hitchcock just got distracting. Second, there were no sympathetic characters. Third, not enough meaningful talking, which is something I keep finding in 80's British movies (not that there aren't plenty of silly American movies from the same period, mind you...) - and I know not all movies can be Merchant and Ivory - but I keep thinking Dance could have made more of a mark on cinema if he had been more mainstream Hollywood or British - I would love to know what happened that he was not. Maybe he chose more stage than film? In any case, this one was a disappointment to me, even for my eclectic side.

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