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A Sight For Sore Eyes
alanbriscoe4 June 2002
This is another splendid episode in Brian Clemens's "Thriller" anthology. The story centres around a group of assassins taking over a school for the blind to give them a good vantage point to launch an attempt on the life of a visiting statesman. When the only sighted member of staff is murdered by one of the assassins, the blind students have to find a way to disarm the killers, against all the odds ...

Not for the first time Clemens uses blindness as a theme to create great tension, suspense and toil against apparent impotence. The viewer has to guess how the students can succeed. The fear factor isn't actually as high as in other stories but the tale is very engaging and typically played and directed to a great level. Sinead Cusack is marvellously engaging as Sally, one of the students. The scene in which she obliviously "looks" through a window as her teacher is shot dead is incredibly memorable. Peter Vaughn is, as always, superb in a sinister role as one of the assassins. The episode also provides an early sighting of Dennis Waterman, just before his big breakthrough in "The Sweeney".

Another clever theme is the squabbling between two of the killers, and intriguingly the motives for their mission are never made clear.

The only real gripes are the conclusion, which is adequate but not wholly effective, and some very wooden radio and TV reports on the statesman's visit. However this is still a very fine effort, should you be lucky enough to be able to see it.
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I can see clearly now
Paul English8 September 2005
'The Eyes Have It' is probably the joint highpoint of Thriller's first series - the other being 'The Colour Of Blood'. It is one of the most memorable episodes and will remain in your mind long after the closing credits. It was the first episode of Thriller I saw - as a repeat back in the early 1980s and it made a huge impression on my 9 year old mind.

The premise is simple but devastating in its execution. A band of three terrorists take refuge in a school for the blind where they have identified an ideal vantage point from which to assassinate a visiting head of state. To gain access they are forced to murder the head of the school and in a particularly vivid scene, this dastardly act occurs in full view of Sally (expertly played by Sinead Cusack). Gradually she realises that something is amiss and has difficulty in convincing her fellow students that they may in danger. However they find that their pooled resources can be quite effective despite their handicap and the action moves towards an unforgettable and dramatic climax.

The assassins are convincing - particularly the menacing Peter Vaughan as Anderson. Doubtless many viewers will remember him as the aggressive jewellery fence who ridicules a young thief's honesty in the McVities Fruit Goldgrain advertisements of the mid 1970s. 'Nick 'em? I bought 'em' 'He bought 'em!!!'

Well done to Shaun O'Riordan for some great directing - 'The Eyes Have It' is an outstanding episode and deserves to be seen by everyone.
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One of the best of a superb UK TV series that tops most US shows.
rixrex16 December 2006
A series that can beat nearly anything currently on US television. I would rate it as good as the best modern series around, such as Prison Break and 24, and better than Lost in my opinion. Taken in the context of the time, 1973-76, this UK television series still has an edge over same time US series. This particular episode left me wondering why American TV and Film productions cannot develop stories that have such great potential in the plot AND actually live up to it? There is enough tension and turns here to make the most jaded viewer take notice. When was the last time a slow-paced and languid story still left you on seat's edge? That takes a GOOD PLOT, SUPERB ACTING, WELL-DONE DIRECTION AND EDITING! Things sorely lacking in modern thrillers that rely upon sudden shock, loud noise and music, and grisly gore effects to terrify an audience. In those you can find time to go to the restroom and not miss anything or care, in this thriller, you will not want to leave at all. Do yourself a favor and pick up the DVD of the complete series available from UK sellers on ebay and other places, and give your Hitchcock series and Twilight Zone tapes a rest, for this is the equal to them.
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Another cracking Thriller
Paul Evans29 December 2017
The premise is certainly different, a school for the blind is used as the base for an assassination, the only person with sight is killed. The residents must use their senses to defeat the criminals.

This is another fantastic episode from Thriller's first series, following on from File under Fear in real style. So much suspense and tension, you're watching just waiting for Sally to discover the body, you're waiting to see how the students can tackle the terrorists, it is so cleverly worked. Peter Vaughan is fabulous as always, he always managed to play the bad guy with such vigour, he is sinister, but so measured, a great performance. Sinead Cusack is the reverse, so fragile and soft, but dogged and brave, she makes Sally such a great character. I thought the subplot of the antagonism between the terrorists was clever also, and key in many ways to the plot.

Some great moments including the arrival of the Police, Sally's desperation to speak to them, and the moment where George Mullard is shot and Sally watches blankly, so much to intrigue.

Very watchable, 8/10
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