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The 39 Steps (2008)





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Rupert Penry Jones headlines this tale of intrigue based on the bestselling novel by author John Buchan. London, 1914: Richard Hanney (Jones) has just returned from a stint in Africa, and he's already bored with life back home. That is, until he crosses paths with a man named Scudder (Eddie Marsan). Shortly after revealing himself to be a British spy, Scudder winds up dead in Hanney's flat, and it appears that Hanney is about to take the fall for the murder. If Hanney can just expose the German espionage ring that Scudder spoke about, perhaps he can prove his innocence. The authorities closing in, Hanney heads for Scotland with Scudder's coded notebook in hand, and finds himself at odds with fiery women's lib advocate Victoria Sinclair (Lydia Leonard). Personality clashes take a backseat to cooperation, however, when Hanney and Sinclair discover evidence of treason at the highest levels, and learn of a plot to invade Great Britain. If they can just identify the traitor in time, perhaps these two unlikely allies can prevent a conflict that could destabilize the entire globe.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Lizzi Mickery, Lizzie Mickery
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 2010
Warner Home Video - Official Site

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Rupert Penry-Jones
as Richard Hannay
Lydia Leonard
as Victoria Sinclair
David Haig
as Sir George Sinclair
Patrick Malahide
as Professor Fisher
Patrick Kennedy
as Harry Sinclair
Eddie Marsan
as Scudder
Alex Jennings
as Capt. Kell
Steven Elder
as Vicar/Wakeham
Werner Daehn
as Ackerman
Del Synnott
as London Constable
Roger de Courcey
as Ventriloquist
David Gallacher
as Professor's Butler
James Bryce
as Concierge at Club
Stewart Preston
as Waiter at Club
Sandy Neilson
as Old Man in Club
Barbara Downie
as Woman on Stairs
George Docherty
as Train Policeman
Sean Kane
as Town Hall Policeman
Mitchell Fleming
as Little Boy
Charlotte Fleming
as Little Girl
Allan Sawers
as Sergeant at Stirling...
David McDowell
as Sentry at Stirling C...
Michael Stokes
as German Accomplice
Paul Comrie
as German Accomplice
Johnny Meres
as Station Attendant
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Pretty good. Nothing spectacular.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The 39 Steps is a likable made for BBC film based on the book by John Buchan. The Alfred Hitchcock version is a classic and this film takes a smarter approach than the film-makers did that remade Psycho. Rather than being a shot by shot remake, it's pretty different than the Hitchcock version even if the plot is a lot alike. I also think Rupert Penry-Jones did a fine job in the lead as a man mistaken as a murderer of a spy and on the run from police.

Jim Woehr

Super Reviewer


Television Film
BBC One, December 2008

John A

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