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Guns of Darkness

  • Drama
  • 1962
  • Anthony Asquith
  • 99 mins
  • A

Summary

An English couple head for the border during a South American revolution - along with the leader who has just been overthrown. Drama, starring Leslie Caron and David Niven.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A minor film from director Anthony Asquith, but extremely interesting nonetheless, despite the all-too-obvious overuse of Elstree interiors, doubling for a swampy South America where pacifist planter David Niven and pregnant wife Leslie Caron find themselves aiding revolutionaries. As with Asquith's similar "moral dilemma" movies Carrington VC and Orders to Kill, this promises more intellectually than it delivers cinematically, although the novel on which John Mortimer's confused screenplay is based, Francis Clifford's Act of Mercy, is very good indeed. Niven's motivation seems unclear, and his character's boorishness makes him hard to like, let alone understand, while Caron's part is seriously underwritten. There's excellent support, though, from David Opatoshu and James Robertson-Justice.

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Credits

Cast

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Tom JordanDavid Niven
Claire JordanLeslie Caron
Hugo BryantJames Robertson-Justice
President RiveraDavid Opatoshu
HernandezDerek Godfrey
BastianRichard Pearson (1)
Mrs BastianEleanor Summerfield
Dr SwannIan Hunter (1)
Lieutenant GomezSandor Eles
GabrielSteven Scott
Gabriel's cousinTutte Lemkow
Nightclub singerDorita Sensier

Crew

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DirectorAnthony Asquith

Details

Theatrical distributor
Mondial Films Ltd
Language
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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