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Author Topic: Fear is the Key (Michael Tuchner, 1972)  (Read 3837 times)

Mart85

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Fear is the Key (Michael Tuchner, 1972)
« on: 13 Dec 2007 - 20:35 »

Spotted this over at xploitedcinema



'Following the death of his family in an airplane crash, underwater salvage expert John Talbot (Barry Newman) hatches an elaborate scheme to bring those responsible to justice. After staging the phony murder of a police officer, he kidnaps Sarah Ruthven (Suzy Kendall), the heiress to a petroleum fortune.

His exploits attract the attention of the criminal mastermind behind his family's demise, who hires him to recover the valuables aboard a recently crash-landed plane. This tightly plotted thriller, based on Alistair MacLean's bestselling novel, contains one of cinema's lengthiest car chases, clocking in at a full 20 minutes.'

Sounds pretty good.  Anyone seen it?
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Re: Fear is the Key (Michael Tuchner, 1972)
« Reply #1 on: 13 Dec 2007 - 21:40 »

I have this - bought the Optimum disc but haven't seen it.

I seem to remember Magnus being something of a fan though...
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Re: Fear is the Key (Michael Tuchner, 1972)
« Reply #2 on: 14 Dec 2007 - 10:09 »

I´ve read the book! (probably seen the film in my early teens as well, was quite a MacLean-fan in those days, well well...)
I watched another film based on one of his books this summer, PUPPET ON A STRING starring swedish entertainer Sven-Bertil Taube as a typical eurospy-agent, pretty basic but has an breathtaking, and really looong, boatchase in Amsterdam canals, all the rest of the film is like a excuse for that...
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Re: Fear is the Key (Michael Tuchner, 1972)
« Reply #3 on: 14 Dec 2007 - 10:14 »

I was referring to FDSMedia Magnus, mate  :P
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Re: Fear is the Key (Michael Tuchner, 1972)
« Reply #4 on: 14 Dec 2007 - 12:28 »

Martin how much is it on Xploited? It's on Play for £9.99 at the moment:

http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/3438477/Fear-Is-The-Key/Product.html

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Re: Fear is the Key (Michael Tuchner, 1972)
« Reply #5 on: 14 Dec 2007 - 14:39 »

Paul, yeah i know. Alistair MacLean was big in Sweden.
any other of the films based on his novels worth seeing again...? (Not counting WHERE EAGLES DARE, GUNS OF NAVARONE + the sequel).
Anyone remember how BEAR ISLAND, NIGHT WITHOUT END (if this is correct english title?), WHEN EIGTH BELLS TOLL etc. stand as films. Seem to recall that the western with Charles Bronson, BREAKHEART PASS, was pretty good and had a great fightscene on top of a train... Must have been at least 15 years since i last saw any of these....
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Re: Fear is the Key (Michael Tuchner, 1972)
« Reply #6 on: 14 Dec 2007 - 18:08 »

If you want to see the film, certainly pick up the Optimum disc, it looks STUNNING! Not a hint of damage and only the lightest grain:

Thought the film was okay at best, doesn't compare well with the book, but the car chase is certainly worth the price of admission:

Fear is the Key - fully reviewed.


For more MacLean I also recommend When Eight Bells Toll - a much better film, written by MacLean himself.
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Re: Fear is the Key (Michael Tuchner, 1972)
« Reply #7 on: 14 Dec 2007 - 19:22 »

It's $24.95 over at xploited Richard.

Thanks for the info fellas sounds like it's worth a rental at least.
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