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Fear Is the Key (1972)

Director: Michael Tuchner

Writer: Robert Carrington

From novel by: Alistair MacLean

Keywords: Thriller

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ben Kingsley
31-Dec-1943   Gandhi
Barry Newman
7-Nov-1938   Petrocelli
Dolph Sweet
18-Jul-1920 8-May-1985 Chief Carl Kanisky on Gimme a Break!
John Vernon
24-Feb-1932 1-Feb-2005 Dean Wormer in Animal House


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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