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Deadfall (1968)

Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices, the Moreaus, attempt to steal diamonds from the château of millionaire Salinas. However, Henry's partners in crime aren't the most emotionally stable people.

Director:

Bryan Forbes

Writers:

Desmond Cory (novel), Bryan Forbes (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Henry
Vladek Sheybal ... Dr. Delgado
Emilio Rodríguez ... Police Captain (as Emilio Rodriguez)
David Buck David Buck ... Salinas
Carmen Dene Carmen Dene ... Masseuse
Geraldine Sherman Geraldine Sherman ... Receptionist
Giovanna Ralli ... Fe
Eric Portman ... Moreau
Leonard Rossiter ... Fillmore
Nanette Newman ... The Girl
Reg Howell Reg Howell ... Spanish Chauffeur
John Barry ... Orchestra Conductor
Renata Tarragó Renata Tarragó ... Solo Guitarist (as Renata Tarrago)
Carlos Pierre Carlos Pierre ... Antonio
Santiago Rivero ... Armed Guard
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Cat burglar Henry Clarke and his accomplices, the Moreaus, attempt to steal diamonds from the château of millionaire Salinas. However, Henry's partners in crime aren't the most emotionally stable people.

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Michael Caine Stood on a Wall...Michael Caine Had a Deadfall! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angustia mortal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Source novelist Desmond Cory and theme song singer Dame Shirley Bassey have lived in Cardiff, Wales. See more »

Quotes

Henry Stuart Clarke: I don't want to perpetuate myself.
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Connections

Referenced in Naked Angels (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

My Love Has Two Faces
Sung by Shirley Bassey
Lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Music by John Barry
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It sure ain't Gambit
14 July 2001 | by Popey-6See all my reviews

After seeing this, I could be persuaded why Caine's is so well known for making dud decisions as to the choice of his films. While comparisons are inevitably made with the earlier and strictly played for laughs Gambit, this is a thief movie with no humour whatsoever and as the film progresses from intrigue to jealousy, and then from drudgery to death.

Overdirected? Most critics say so, but in the main, this was one of the aspects I most liked about the film. An early scene where Caine talks to the a youthful Leonard Rossiter can be noted for the lack of any shot of them both together in conversation. Others however, are sheer melodrama and should never have made it to the final cut.

Interesting for early Caine fans only, as thereafter the attractiveness fades and only the director, Bryan Forbes, nice man as he is, can really be left to carry the can, so to speak. Speeding to a climax which is just plain odd, the film rather leaves too much detail unexplained. While it appears easy to fill in the gaps, not enough time elapses between the final revelations and the dramatic close, to believe that not one of the characters could have really thought sensibly about all of this, and therefore not taken such drastic actions. Bewildering though not without charm.


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