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The Reckoning (1970)

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Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after five years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is... See full summary »

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Jack Gold

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Patrick Hall (novel), John McGrath (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicol Williamson ... Michael Marler
Ann Bell ... Rosemary Marler
Lilita De Barros Lilita De Barros ... Maria
Tom Kempinski Tom Kempinski ... Brunzy
Kenneth Hendel Kenneth Hendel ... Davidson
Douglas Wilmer ... Moyle
Barbara Ewing Barbara Ewing ... Joan
Zena Walker ... Hilda Greening
Paul Rogers ... John Hazlitt
Gwen Nelson ... Marler's Mother
Christine Hargreaves Christine Hargreaves ... Kath
Ernest C. Jennings Ernest C. Jennings ... Dad (John Joe) (as Ernest Jennings)
Rachel Roberts ... Joyce Eglington
Godfrey Quigley ... Dr. Carolan
Desmond Perry Desmond Perry ... Father Madden
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Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after five years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is confronted with his lost Irish roots. He finds out that his father died because of a fight with some anglo-saxon teddy boys. It becomes "a matter of honour" for him, to take his revenge without involving the British police. Written by Michael Schoemburg <101476.3623@compuserve.com>

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He committed adultery. He ruined his boss. He even tried murder...and lived happily ever after. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1970 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Abrechnung See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Ann Bell who plays Nicol Williamson'wife in the film played Mary Morstan in a Peter Cushing adaption of The Sign of Four, continuing the Sherlock Holmes connections in this movie See more »

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Most of the home street scenes were filmed in Seacombe, Wallasey, but the cutting of the film makes it a rather impressive walk out the a door after the bed-side scene: from Seacombe back-street, north along Birkenhead's Corporation Road, then back across the docks into Seacombe via the Four Bridges, ending up on the Liverpool side in the next cut. See more »

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Sir Miles Bishton: [sneering] I never knew you were Irish, Marler.
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Bravura performance by Nicol Williamson, and a great Jack Gold ensemble film
27 December 2011 | by dan-filson-928-874987See all my reviews

I disagree with the first reviewer - this is a bravura performance by Nicol Williamson and much better than 'Get Carter'. As an indication of how much I respected this film, my father was in the film industry in London at the time and I was in Manchester as a student. I saw the film poorly advertised in a small cinema and felt it was wholly spoiled by the poor performance of the film's marketing and distributors. So much so that on leaving the cinema I telephoned my father at once from a call box and told him how highly I rated it. He may have been startled to hear from me as I was the typical uncommunicative student, never writing home.

The film not only has Williamson but also Rachel Roberts giving a good performance, and the ensemble cast does some fine work - there is a brilliant mocking of life in a Virginia Water type of suburbia where all have quality cars in their drives and trite conversation over canapés. It is critical in its style of the mass demolition of the Liverpool slums and is almost elegiac at what is lost thereby, much in the same way as was The Likely Lads TV series. 'Get Carter' is more vulgar, with Michael Caine producing shotguns and leaving bodies about. Williamson is much more earthy - there is a brutal kicking in the film which really makes you wince.

It's also, in its way, a tribute to a kind of Brendan Behan Irishness that was being squeezed out of Britain's cities - the hard-working, hard-living heavy-drinking workers who actually built things with their muscles as opposed to the prissy types who never dirtied their hands. This is why the Williamson character is such an outcast in his smooth London corporate job (in the heart of a City of London that would over the next 15 years also be transformed) but nonetheless effective in his own rough and ready blunt way.

One superb moment is at the end of the film when Williamson driving his Jaguar at breakneck speed has jumped a Stop sign at a roadworks and is racing down a single track sure that oncoming traffic must be starting his way shortly. He just gets away with it, at the expense of a few traffic cones and similar, and one of those in the car says words to the effect "If you can get away with that, you can get away with anything". As he does (I won't spoil the plot by saying more). This is not a sanitized look at Liverpool but a cold stare. Jack Gold made a great film here and it deserved better of its distributors who did not have faith in the product.


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