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Siege of Sydney Street (1960)

Siege of Sydney Street

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A real-life incident became the basis for this highly fictionalized drama about a January 1911 confrontation between political anarchists and London police in that city's Whitechapel district that resulted in an infamous, blazing gun battle. Sara (Nicole Berger) is an orphaned Russian girl who works as a singer in a nightclub. There she meets Peter (Peter Wyngarde), anarchist leader of expatriate Latvians agitating for the independence of their home country following the failed revolt of 1905. At first, Sara is sympathetic to Peter and his cause, but she soon discovers that the rebels are using whatever means necessary, including robbery and murder, to raise money for their crusade, and that Peter himself has an overly pragmatic, callous attitude toward the taking of innocent life. The group's nefarious activities have attracted the attention of London police, and an inspector, Mannering (Donald Sinden) goes undercover with the anarchists in order to help bring them to justice. Mannering feels sympathy for Sara and befriends her, coming to understand her lonely attraction to Peter. The gang's violent onslaught continues unabated and results in a raid that pits gang members against hundreds of armed police. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Cast

Donald Sinden
as Inspector John Manne...
Peter Wyngarde
as Peter the Painter
T.P. McKenna
as Lapidos
Tutte Lemkow
as Dmitrieff
Maurice Good
as Gardstein
Christopher Casson
as Police Commissioner
Harry Brogan
as Old Harry
Alan Simpson
as Uniformed Police Ins...
Bart Bastable
as Sgt. Tucker
Joe Lynch
as Sgt. Todd
Anne Sharp
as Woman on Estate
Bill Foley
as 1st Detective
Aiden Grennell
as 2nd Detective
Jimmy Sangster
as Winston Churchill
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The acting was stiff.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
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