Fear Is the Key (1972)|
Director: Michael Tuchner
Writer: Robert Carrington
From novel by: Alistair MacLean
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Review by anonymous (posted on 17-Mar-2006)
I remember reading the book as a kid
and, later, coming across this film late one night on TV. Based on Al
Maclean's novel of the same title, it became one of my favorite films.
It boasts a pretty impressive cast - Barry Newman playing it very
understated opposite the likes of John Vernon and a very fresh faced
Ben Kingsley -- and the action, although delivered in fits and starts,
grips you all the way. The car chase is terrific and holds its own
against even the likes of Bullitt's now legendary sequence. Time Out
labels it 'sexless' but, frankly, it's refreshing to see a film that
doesn't have a standard issue love interest, complete with half time
sex scene, prior to the final reels. It's not 'Ghandi', either and it
doesn't say anything profound. What it does do is bring a damn good
yarn to the big screen in an honest, sit-back-and-be-entertained way.
If you can find it, give it a look see -- they really don't make them
like this any more.
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