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Fear Is the Key (1972)

Following the death of his family in an airplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a certain... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Tuchner

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Robert Carrington (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barry Newman ... John Talbot
Suzy Kendall ... Sarah Ruthven
John Vernon ... Vyland
Dolph Sweet ... Jablonsky
Ben Kingsley ... Royale
Ray McAnally ... Ruthven
Peter Marinker ... Larry
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Judge Mollison
Roland Brand Roland Brand ... Deputy
Tony Anholt ... FBI Man
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Storyline

Following the death of his family in an airplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a certain tycoon who has been approached by the culprits to help them retrieve the cargo of the lost plane. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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In the right hands, fear is the deadliest weapon of all.


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14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1973 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Angst is de sleutel See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Anglo-EMI, KLK See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After appearing in this movie, Sir Ben Kingsley did not appear in theatrical movies until Gandhi (1982) where he won the Best Actor Academy Award. In-between these two movies, Kingsley worked in theatre and television. See more »

Goofs

Lights on the car which were broken when the car arrives on the beach during the chase are fixed when the car leaves the beach. See more »

Soundtracks

The Swamp
Written by Roy Budd
Produced by Jack Fishman
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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One of those great movies nobody has heard of !
23 July 2006 | by p-jacksonturnerSee all my reviews

This is one of my favourite movies of the 70's and in my opinion , very underrated. I certainly think it has the best car chase , ie; when the car is dented , it remains so in the next shot , not back to showroom condition ! ( the one in Bullitt is perhaps the coolest , but how many times does McQueen pass that green Beetle ! ) along with the great Roy Budd soundtrack. Barry Newman is great in the lead role , and although the plot is a bit far-fetched in places, it is great entertainment and has a good twist at the end , but I do think the underwater scenes looked a bit like the bottom of a goldfish pond ! One of those great movies nobody has heard of ! This is available on DVD in Scandinavian countries so grab a copy.


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