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11 Harrowhouse

  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 1974
  • Aram Avakian
  • 108 mins
  • A

Summary

Crime comedy starring Charles Grodin, Candice Bergen and John Gielgud. A millionaire plans to rob $12 billion worth of diamonds which are stored under the floor of 11 Harrowhouse, the elegant London headquarters of the world's largest diamond merchants. He enlists the help of some friends, but first they have to crack the sophisticated security system.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Adapted from the novel by Gerald A Browne, this overeager comedy foolhardily attempts to send up a style of film-making that was already parodic - the heist caper. Only the bullish playing saves the day, as Aram Avakian's direction is so slipshod that the enterprise has descended into low farce long before the extended chase finale. Hard though Charles Grodin and Candice Bergen try as the ingenious vacuuming jewel thieves, they're totally outclassed by a venerable supporting cast that includes a deliciously embittered James Mason, a gloriously sniffy John Gielgud and an unashamedly barnstorming Trevor Howard. Fun but forgettable.

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Credits

Cast

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ChesserCharles Grodin
MarenCandice Bergen
MeechamJohn Gielgud
Clyde MasseyTrevor Howard
WattsJames Mason
CoglinPeter Vaughan
Lady BoldingHelen Cherry
MillerJack Watson
FitzmauriceJack Watling
Mr WildensteinCyril Shaps
TolandLeon Greene
HickeyJoe Powell

Crew

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DirectorAram Avakian

Details

Theatrical distributor
Fox-Rank
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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