Monday, July 3, 2017

Count Five and Die (1957)

Director: Victor Vicas

Writers: David Pursall, Jack Seddon, Barry Wynne

Composer: John Wooldridge

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Annemarie Duringer, Nigel Patrick, David Kossoff, Rolf Lefebvre, Larry Burns, Anthony Ostrer, Claude Kingston

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A true story of undercover agents

Plot: American and British counter-espionage combine to convince the Germans the cross-channel invasion will be in the Netherlands instead of France.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Supposedly based on a true story, this British war spy thriller isn't as thrilling as it maybe could've been.  The story is OK but it's not much compelling and it makes me wonder if the real events were more interesting than what's on screen.  All of the actors do a fine job but so much of the picture feels by the numbers.  The ending was very good, though, and those final ten minutes are the best in the film but by then I was waiting for the picture to end.  It was shot in 2:35 Cinemascope but the print I have was fullscreen and a dirty one at that.  I might have a better impression of it sitting in a theater watching the original aspect ratio but you work with what you have available to you.  You can watch the entire film above courtesy of YouTube.

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