International terrorists attempt to kidnap a wealthy couples child. Their plan comes unstuck when, a deadly Black Mamba sent by mistake instead of a harmless snake, escapes, and the terrorists and several hostages are trapped in the boy's London home. A tense evening is had by all as the snake creeps around the house picking off the various characters one by one.Written by
A year after Alan Scholefield's book was published, another book about a Black Mamba, "The Snake" by John Godey (Morton Freedgood, who also wrote "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three") was published. In that book, a Black Mamba is smuggled into New York and escapes when the smuggler is mugged in Central Park. That book was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel by the Mystery Writers of America. See more »
On several occasions Kinski's character calls out loudly to Williamson's character who is standing out in the street but when Williamson replies it is too soft and quiet for him to be heard by Kinski. See more »
The Producers wish to extend their thanks to David Ball, overseer of reptiles at London Zoo, without whose skill and courage in the handling of the deadly Black Mamba, this film could not have been made. See more »
An exciting story with lots of suspenseful moments. Kinsky makes a great villain. Sterling Hayden did seem a bit under the weather, but Nicol Williamson gave an outstanding performance as a very different kind of policeman. I think the reviewers have been far too hard on this thriller. It sure kept me on the edge of my seat.
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