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Fear Is the Key (1972)

A man is in radio contact with his family when their airplane is shot down. He wants those responsible and becomes a criminal to get a job as deep sea diver with those salvaging the plane's cargo.

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 ... Jablonski
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.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Medo é a Chave See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

KLK, Anglo-EMI See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

EMI poster artwork had Barry Newman's clothing half-off revealing a muscular torso. 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

In Search Of The Key
(uncredited)
Written by Roy Budd
Produced by Jack Fishman
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra
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Formula movie that worked very cleverly
25 January 2007 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

This is a formula movie, make no mistake. It is an action-adventure, with a mystery, so I won't spill the plot. It begins with the same male hero we see in all movies made after 1940, a man so vicious and mean that the movie's idea is to turn your thinking around about the guy. And after the first few minutes you think "There is no way this guy could ever be anything but a punk", and they "getcha"! A very wonderful turnabout. The character in the movie is the key, and the screen writing, directing, and acting are superb. It maybe the only movie that you ever see that changes your mind about a character from the start, and maybe the best example of a movie which does so. What is extraordinary is that this movie has never resurfaced, and never got the credit it deserved. The end is one of the best Hollywood endings ever since "Charade".


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