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Doomwatch

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1972
  • Peter Sasdy
  • 88 mins
  • A

Summary

Mystery thriller starring Ian Bannen and Judy Geeson. When Dr Del Shaw, from the scientific watchdog group Doomwatch, arrives on a small island off the Cornish coast to investigate the effects of oil pollution, he encounters hostile villagers, who are frightened and suspicious of strangers. After stumbling upon a child's body hastily buried in the woods, he realises that the villagers have something to hide.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A spin-off from the modish ecological BBC TV series - a more fact-based version of The X-Files - this mystery thriller crash-landed unhappily in the swamp of horror instead of on the firmer ground of science fact or fiction. John Paul, Ian Bannen and Judy Geeson look suitably intense as an investigation into the effects of a sunken oil tanker on the inhabitants of an island off the Cornish coast uncovers something nastily mutated in the biological woodshed. It's risibly alarmist, certainly, but the environmental dangers it pinpoints are only too topical.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Del ShawIan Bannen
Victoria BrownJudy Geeson
Dr QuistJohn Paul
Dr RidgeSimon Oates
AdmiralGeorge Sanders
HartwellPercy Herbert
Sir Henry LaytonGeoffrey Keen
VicarJoseph O'Conor
Mrs StrakerShelagh Fraser
Dr Fay ChantryJean Trend
BradleyJoby Blanshard
Ferry skipperGeorge Woodbridge
Brian MurrayBrian Anthony
Mrs MurrayRita Davies
Bob GilletteJames Cosmo
Tom StrakerMichael Brennan
BrewerNorman Bird
Miss JohnsonConstance Chapman

Crew

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DirectorPeter Sasdy

Details

Theatrical distributor
Tigon Pictures Ltd.
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains some swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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