Sunday, November 15, 2009

Vintage Trailer of the Week 41

"PRODUCED BY DAVID PUTTNAM" sits proudly beneath the title card at the end of this trailer in an only barely perceptibly smaller font. Meanwhile there is no mention of the Director David Dury. But Dury does Puttnam proud with this slick and gripping conspiracy thriller, the ending of which absolutely devastated my 14 year old self when I watched it on TV many years ago. A whip-thin, shockingly handsome Gabriel Byrne showed he had what it took to be a leading man and Gretta Scachi and Denholm Elliot provide classy support. I love any film set in late 70s/early 80s London, all concrete and bleak Thatcherite gloom, and this is no exception. Dury went on to a long and distinguished career in British TV drama.



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