Directed by Bryan Forbes
UK 1968


  A jewel thief (Caine) falls in love with the wife (Ralli) of his homosexual accomplice (Portman). She has been mentally scarred by her father's membership of the Gestapo, and her husband, a former French resistance fighter, is buggering a gigolo. And then, bugger moi, it transpires that the wife is also her husband's daughter, and they all commit suicide happily ever after. Replete with a Shirley Bassey theme tune and a 20-minute John Barry guitar concerto to accompany the robbery.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE


Theatrical Release: September 11th, 1968

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DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:59:44
Video 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Isolated score and soundtrack
• Featurette: The John Barry Touch: The Music of a Master
• trailers of other films

DVD Release Date: October 17th, 2006

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Chapters: 28




This image transfer looks quite good - 1.66 anamorphic and progressive with no untoward manipulations on a dual-layered DVD. Fairly dark, damage free and sharp. Audio is clear but the accents can be trying at times. There are optional subtitles in English or Spanish.

As well as the outstanding Barry musical score - isolated for listening pleasure - there is a featurette on the composer The John Barry Touch: The Music of a Master that focuses on him briefly touching upon this film.

The film's promise falls somewhat short of expectation, but Caine at his craft is always watchable and Giovanna Ralli is pretty easy on the eyes. There were some inventive camera angles but the sum of the parts don't really add to the whole. Still, reasonably priced to give it a try... just don't expect too much.

Gary W. Tooze


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