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When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

In a vein similar to the James Bond movies, British Agent Philip Calvert (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

Director:

Etienne Périer (as Etienne Perier)

Writer:

Alistair MacLean (screenplay) (as Alistair Maclean)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Philip Calvert
Robert Morley ... Sir Arthur Artford Jones ('Uncle Arthur')
Nathalie Delon ... Charlotte
Jack Hawkins ... Sir Anthony Skouras
Corin Redgrave ... Roy Hunslett
Derek Bond ... Lord Charnley
Ferdy Mayne ... Lavorski
Maurice Roëves ... Lt. Williams - Helicopter Pilot
Leon Collins ... Tim Hutchinson
Wendy Allnutt ... Sue Kirkside
Peter Arne ... Capt. Imrie
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... Quinn (as Oliver Macgreevy)
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Durran
Tom Chatto ... Lord Kirkside
Charlie Stewart ... Sgt. Macdonald
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In a vein similar to the James Bond movies, British Agent Philip Calvert (Sir Anthony Hopkins) is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.

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From the author of "The Guns of Navarone" and "Where Eagles Dare", now - See more »


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Trivia

For this, his first major starring role, Sir Anthony Hopkins earned eight thousand British pounds. See more »

Goofs

During Calvert's fight with the bald man at the beginning, you can see that in some shots the actor has been replaced by a stunt double wearing a bald cap. See more »

Quotes

[Uncle Arthur staggers out of a cabin, looking very seasick]
Uncle Arthur: Boats would be wonderful... if only one didn't have to go to sea in them.
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Unpretentious and entertaining
13 June 2005 | by vaughan-birbeckSee all my reviews

I saw this at the cinema when it was first released. I was nine at the time and I notice the DVD has now been released with a '15' certificate. Oh, well. I suppose there are some scenes (helpless men shot from a boat as 'payback' for a dead colleague, a very graphic harpooning) that are best not seen by children. In 1971 it just seemed very exciting (and had an 'A' certificate).

I enjoyed the film when I first saw it and while it seems rather dated now, I think it's still worth viewing. It sets out to provide escapist entertainment and on that level it succeeds. My memories of seeing the film 34 years ago (help!) was of the waves crashing against huge black cliffs and *feeling* the cold dampness of North-West Scotland on the edge of the Atlantic. The locations are very well used indeed, the viewer gets a real sense of place.

The cast perform their roles well, Anthony Hopkins and Robert Morley particularly playing mutual antagonism with some nice comic touches.

One reviewer mentioned that Charles Gray's dubbing of Jack Hawkins's voice seemed a bit slapdash. When Charles Gray was interviewed about dubbing Hawkins (which he did quite regularly after the mid-60's) he said that Hawkins insisted on *speaking* his lines even after his voice was gone. The result was to make his delivery very erratic and therefore difficult to voice-over. Jack Hawkins was one of the best actors we've had (Cruel Sea, Bridge on the River Kwai, Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, etc., etc.) and these supporting roles made a rather sad postscript to his career.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1971 (UK) See more »

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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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