|DEADFALL (director/writer: Bryan Forbes; screenwriter: novel by Desmond Cory; cinematographer: Gerry Turpin; editor: John Jympson; music: John Barry; cast: Michael Caine (Henry Clarke ), Giovanna Ralli (Fé Moreau ), Eric Portman (Moreau), Nanette Newman (Girl), David Buck (Salinas), Carlos Pierre (Antonio); Runtime: 120; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Paul Monash; Salamander; 1968-UK)|
|"A failed attempt at an Alfred
Hitchcock suspense thriller."
by Dennis Schwartz
failed attempt at an Alfred Hitchcock suspense
thriller. Director-writer Bryan Forbes ("Whistle
Down The Wind"/"The L-Shaped Room"/"Of Human Bondage")
adapts from the novel by Desmond Cory. The dreary pic
is also ludicrous, pretentious, humorless and poorly
acted. It's an insufferable romantic melodrama that
poses as a heist pic.
alcoholic Michael Caine leaves the sanatorium and
becomes romantically involved with Giovanna
Ralli. She's married to his burglary partner
Eric Portman, a former French resistance fighter, who
is a homosexual. Portman's boy toy is the young
Spaniard Carlos Pierre.
pic is framed around a finale jewel heist among the
three principals. They rob the château of
the playboy millionaire David Buck. But the
heist is secondary to the illicit affair. The dark
secret revealed is that hubby's wife is also his
daughter. This, of course, leads to a suicide pact
among the principals.
hard to figure out what Forbes was trying to say in
this messy pic, but whatever it was it didn't register
with me as a convincing Freudian psychological
REVIEWED ON 10/29/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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