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The Walking Stick (1970)

A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her ... See full summary »

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Eric Till

Writers:

Winston Graham (novel), George Bluestone (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Leigh Hartley
Samantha Eggar ... Deborah Dainton
Emlyn Williams ... Jack Foil
Phyllis Calvert ... Erica Dainton
Ferdy Mayne ... Douglas Dainton
Francesca Annis ... Arabella Dainton
Bridget Turner Bridget Turner ... Sarah Dainton
Dudley Sutton ... Ted Sandymount
John Woodvine ... Bertie Irons
David Savile David Savile ... David Talbot
Derek Cox Derek Cox ... Guard #1
Harvey Sambrook Harvey Sambrook ... Guard #2
Gwen Cherrell ... Mrs. Hartley
Walter Horsbrugh Walter Horsbrugh ... Mr. Maitland (as Walter Horsburgh)
Basil Henson Basil Henson ... Insp. Malcolm
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A young woman's highly ordered and structured life is turned upside-down when she meets a handsome stranger at a party. Friendship soon develops into romance and for the first time in her life she is truly happy. This happiness is short lived, however, as little by little she discovers her partner has been lying to her about his past. It is soon revealed that he and his friends have been planning to rob the auction house that she works for and they require her inside knowledge in order to pull off the crime. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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polio | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Some women will do anything a man asks... See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A sétabot See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first film to feature Stanley Myers' "Cavatina" theme (later re-used to more famous advantage in 'The Deer Hunter'). See more »

Quotes

Deborah: Of course you can. What's love!? love is sex, hate, ambitious, selfishness, you name it.
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References Wild Strawberries (1957) See more »

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Cavatina
Composed by Stanley Myers
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Too drawn out
2 December 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

There may be some people who will object to the core premise of "The Walking Stick" by saying that they've seen the same basic premise in other movies before. I don't object to seeing the same premise again as long as the story is retold professionally and with a fresh light. Indeed, one strength the movie has is that the performances are very good - Eggar and Hemmings manage to make their characters believable. Unfortunately, the script and direction are another matter. The story takes way too much time to get from one major plot turn to another - a lot of fat could have been trimmed before shooting started. Also, the direction for the most part is a little too low key. I'm not asking for a great deal of flashiness, but a little more life should have been put into the movie. I am not saying this is an awful or bad movie, but it is kind of disappointing.


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