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Modesty Blaise (1982)

The plot, set in what appears to be Los Angeles, involves Modesty and Willie preventing the kidnap of a young girl who turns out to be a computer genius and has been working for Tarrant's ... See full summary »

Director:

Reza Badiyi (as Reza Badigi)

Writers:

Peter O'Donnell (based on characters created by), Stephen Zito
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ann Turkel ... Modesty Blaise
Lewis Van Bergen ... Willie Garvin
Keene Curtis ... Sir Gerald Tarrant
Sab Shimono ... Weng
Douglas Dirkson ... Jack Fraser
Carolyn Seymour ... Debbie DeFarge
Charles Cioffi ... Leo Bazin
Sarah Rush ... Emma Woodhouse
Hector Elias ... Placido
Jan Van Reenen Jan Van Reenen ... Narvick
Leonard Bremen ... Sun Bather
Jeff Chayette Jeff Chayette ... Bartender
Richard Marion Richard Marion ... Solitary Man
Pearl Shear Pearl Shear ... Mrs. Turner
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Akira
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The plot, set in what appears to be Los Angeles, involves Modesty and Willie preventing the kidnap of a young girl who turns out to be a computer genius and has been working for Tarrant's agency. Although both Modesty and Willie's back stories are given as described by O'Donnell, no explanation is provided for their North American accents or presence in California. Tarrant, as an operative of an American secret service, naturally does not have his knighthood. The super-computer they have been developing has been stolen by Debbie Defarge to use to make a killing on the New York stock exchange. Willie's knife-throwing skills and Modesty's habit of ripping off the lower part of her dress when called to action are faithfully reproduced, as is much of the banter between Willie and Modesty, but in other ways, the characters bear little resemblance to O'Donnell's literary creations. Another attempt to adapt the comic strip took place in 2003 with the release of My Name is Modesty. Written by Sahib Dino Jr.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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This pilot was in production during the second season of Cagney & Lacey by producer Barney Rosenzweig. See more »

Quotes

[Modesty and Willie lead Emma through a seedy bar to the secret entrance to Modesty's house]
Emma Woodhouse: Interesting, uh, place.
Modesty Blaise: It's Willie's idea of chic. The regulars fight with knives, the bartender steals, the cooks find ways to burn hardboiled eggs, but what can you do - it keeps them off the streets.
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Strike two!
14 September 2003 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

I remember watching this when it premiered on tv. It was the pilot for a potential series, adapting the Modesty Blaise comic strips. At that point, I had read about the Modesty Blaise strips, but hadn't seen any full stories and was aware of the campy 60's film. Thankfully, I was able to eventually read the comic strips and novels and erase the poor taste this film left in my mouth.

I only saw the film once, but I mainly remember a scene, early on, where Ann Turkel rips off part of her skirt to fight a thug. She had great legs, so no problem there; and, it was something Modesty did quite often in the strips. My only other memories are of the low budget look and rather lackluster story. I can't even recall the details, but it seems like it revolved around a criminal attempting to blackmail the government (I don't even think it was the British government, like the comics).

Turkel may have been a great model, but she wasn't much of an actress. Keene Curtis was seen in numerous tv shows of the period, usually as authority figures. He was a good, workman-like actor. Lewis Van Bergin was especially miscast as Willie Garvin, as he didn't come across as particularly tough. Van Bergin would later star in another short-lived attempt at adapting a comic series, Sable, based on Mike Grell's Jon Sable, Freelance. He always seemed to deliver his dialogue out of the side of his mouth.

All I can say is that I hope the third time is the charm. Modesty Blaise was a great series with terrific characters. It deserves better than this.


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