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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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
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Written By: Michael Robson
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Robert Powell
as Richard Hannay
David Warner
as Sir Edmund Appleton
John Mills
as Scudder
Eric Porter
as Chief Supt Lomas
George Baker
as Sir Walter Bullivant
Andrew Keir
as Lord Rohan
Robert Flemyng
as Magistrate
David Collings
as Tillotson
John Welsh
as Lord Belthane
Edward de Souza
as Woodville
John Grieve
as Police Constable For...
Joan Henley
as Lady Nettleship
Leo Dolan
as Milkman
Artro Morris
as The Scott
Paul Jerricho
as Police Constable Sco...
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Far better than Hitchcock's overrated adaptation

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer


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

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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