The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)

The Thirty Nine Steps





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A third film version of 39 Steps broke tradition by remaining faithful to the original John Buchan novel, an intriguing piece of literature roundly ignored by both Hitchcock and the 1959 remake's director Ralph Thomas.

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Michael Robson
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as Richard Hannay

as Sir Edmund Appleton

as Scudder

as Chief Supt Lomas

as Sir Walter Bullivant

as Marshall

as Porton

as Lord Rohan

as Magistrate

as Tillotson

as Lord Belthane

as Woodville

as Admiral

as Police Constable For...

as Lady Nettleship

as Milkman

as The Scott

as Police Constable Sco...
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Far better than Hitchcock's overrated adaptation

Arash Xak

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I actually enjoy more of this version of the Buchan novel than the Hitchcock version, possibly due to the set-pieces like the climax on Big Ben and the paralysis scene in the health spa. Powell is a very good Hannay and I'd be keen to see him as the same character in the TV series that followed. The direction isn't as flashy as the Hitchcock version and it's more like a TV movie than a big screen version but with a strong cast and some good sequences this is well worth checking out.

David Sayers
David Sayers

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Although the Hitchcock version is superior, this does have its moments.

Anthony Valletta

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