Fear Is the Key

Fear Is the Key

Michael Tuchner (1972)

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Barry Newman pursues stolen jewels as well as vengeance for his wife and child who died aboard a hijacked plane in this fast-paced thriller based on an Alistair MacLean novel. Director Michael Tuchner enlivens the action with some well-staged set pieces, while Newman makes the most of his role as the adrenaline-charged hero. It also marks the screen debut of Ben Kingsley, who rather surprisingly made no other movie until Gandhi nearly ten years later.


A man gets caught up in international terrorism while avenging the death of his wife and child. Run-of-the-mill thriller based on an Alistair MacLean novel, starring Barry Newman, Ben Kingsley (in his feature film debut) and Ray McAnally.

Cast & Crew

John Talbot Barry Newman
Sarah Ruthven Suzy Kendall
Vyland John Vernon
Jablonski Dolph Sweet
Royale Ben Kingsley
Ruthven Ray McAnally
Larry Peter Marinker
Judge Mollison Elliott Sullivan
Director Michael Tuchner
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: K L Prods (Jay Kanter)Guidance: Contains some violence and swearing. Available on: video