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The Triple Echo

The Triple Echo

Michael Apted (1972)



Our Score
Adapted from a novel by HE Bates and set on a remote farm in 1942, this unlikely drama might have provoked a few unintentional smirks if it hadn't been so sensitively played by Glenda Jackson and Brian Deacon. Michael Apted's careful direction makes the ruse of disguising deserter Deacon as Jackson's sister seem almost credible, while his re-creation of the tranquil wartime countryside makes the abrupt intrusion of vulgar sergeant Oliver Reed all the more foreboding. The bawdy tone of the later stages is as unnecessary as it is unwelcome, but it doesn't detract too much from what has gone before.


Sensitively handled World War Two romance, starring Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed. A lonely farm woman persuades an Army deserter to don drag and pose as her sister when his superior officers begin investigating his disappearance. With Brian Deacon and Jenny Lee Wright.

Cast & Crew

Alice Charlesworth Glenda Jackson
Sergeant Oliver Reed
Barton Brian Deacon
Subaltern Anthony May
Stan Gavin Richards
Christine Jenny Lee Wright
Corporal Kenneth Colley
Shopkeeper Daphne Heard
First girl Zelah Clarke
Compère Colin Rix
Director Michael Apted
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Lenta Prods Guidance: Contains swearing, some violence and a sex scene.


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