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Stephen Frears feature debut is a real humdinger as Bingo caller comedian Albert Finney lives in a world of private eyes when he suddenly becomes involved in a real case. Lovely pastiche of classic film noir with Finney excelling in the lead . Fears would work in TV until the 80s before going back to the big screen and as usual he delivers the goods showing again how underrated he is as a director.
Albert Finney is in his usual top form in Stephen Frears's devilishly comic directorial debut.
Wanted to be funny and interesting....should have just picked interesting.
albert finney channels his inner bogart in this crime drama.
I love Albert Finney but Humphrey Bogart he ain't.
It's legacy is that it probably served as massive inspiration for Dennis Potter's masterpiece, The Singing Detective. On its own, the black comedic dialogue soon wears thin and the story is too dull to take seriously. Worth a look for some true early 70s atmospherics and if you drift in and out you may enjoy the odd bit of dialogue.
Rubbish. A Brit tribute to American Pulp Fiction reads like a poor pastiche of a Jack Vettriano painting. Falls flat and the Albert Finney character is unlikeable without any charm whatsoever.
Dreary and uneven blend of mystery, comedy, and drama--Finney as Bogie!!
A perfect blend of humor, mystery, and drama. The films plays up some stereotypes even as it undermines them. In that regard this is a rare film indeed.