|THE PUBLIC EYE (aka: FOLLOW ME) (director: Carol Reed; screenwriter: Peter Shaffer/from a play by Peter Shaffer; cinematographer: Christopher Challis; editor: Anne V. Coates; music: John Barry; cast: Mia Farrow (Belinda), Topol (Julian Cristoforou), Michael Jayston (Charles), Margaret Rawlings (Mrs. Sidley), Annette Crosbie (Miss Framer), Dudley Foster (Mr. Mayhew), Michael Barrington (Mr Scrampton), Michael Aldridge (Sir Philip Crouch), Neil McCarthy (Parkinson); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: G; producer: Hal B. Wallis; MCA/Universal Pictures; 1972-UK)|
Topol is tough enough to watch as a leading
man but when he also tries for Peter Sellers
comedy he becomes unbearable."
by Dennis Schwartz
A dullish broad comedy based on the Peter Schaffer play, that is flatly helmed by the acclaimed Brit director Carol Reed ("The Immortal Battalion"/"Oliver!"/"The Agony and the Ecstasy"). It's an odd choice for his last film.
(Michael Jayston) is an uptight prim British
accountant who suspects that his wife Belinda (Mia
Farrow), whom he dearly loves, is having an affair and
hires the eccentric private eye Julian
Cristoforou (Topol) to tail her while
he's working. Unexpectedly the innocent wife and dick
fall for each other.
The breezy film fails because it has no substance and the two main characters try to giggle their way through their uninteresting parts. Though Mia is a natural for her vulnerable role, a miscast Topol is tough enough to watch as a leading man but when he also tries for Peter Sellers comedy he becomes unbearable.
REVIEWED ON 1/15/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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