Directed by Mike Hodges
UK 19


  Following Get Carter was never going to be easy, and Hodge threw a lot of fans by changing tack with this comedy effort. Caine appears for the director again, this time as a trash novel author who travels to Malta to help write faded film star Rooney's memoirs. While researching the actor's past, Caine uncovers a scandal involving some of the island's more disreputable characters and becomes involved in a thuggish plot that could have graced one of his own novels. Very funny in places, not least because of Rooney's unusually acute, self-parodying performance and Hodges' deft handling of visual gags.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE


Theatrical Release: November 1972

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DVD Review: MGM - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution MGM Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:35:39 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.13 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 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

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Studio: MGM Home Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2007

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Chapters: 20




Although the MGM DVD is dual-layered and progressive the image is somewhat unremarkable looking hazy in spots with dull colors. The audio is clean and clear and it sports optional subtitles. The screen captures give a fair representation.

There are no extras and I had trouble getting into this film which is unusual as I really like Michael Caine. Needless to say this is not a glowing recommendation but the price is right if you at all have any inkling.

Gary W. Tooze



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