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The Trap

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1966
  • Sidney Hayers
  • 101 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic adventure starring Rita Tushingham and Oliver Reed. Nineteenth-century Canada: after three years in the Canadian wilderness, a trapper decides to find a wife. He marries Eve, the mute housekeeper of a trader. She serves him well, but yearns for her old life in the settlement.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Made at the height of the Swinging Sixties, this surprisingly moving drama was a distinct change of pace for stars Oliver Reed and Rita Tushingham. Set in Canada in the 1880s, it traces the relationship of fur trapper Reed and the waif-like Tushingham, a mute he purchases at a wife auction. Acting almost solely with her enormous eyes, Tushingham gives a genuinely affecting performance and, as impatience turns to understanding and ultimately affection, Reed also demonstrates a mellow side that he too rarely allowed us to see. Director Sidney Hayers makes their bloodcurdling adventures wholly believable, and ultimately the tragedy of the tale is heartrending. Cinematographer Robert Krasker's views of the snowy mountains are often majestic and the music (from composer Ron Goodwin) is now better known as the theme for the TV coverage of the London Marathon.

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Credits

Cast

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EveRita Tushingham
Jean La BêteOliver Reed
TraderRex Sevenoaks
Trader's wifeBarbara Chilcott
Trader's daughterLinda Goranson
ClerkBlain Fairman
PreacherWalter Marsh
BaptisteJo Golland

Crew

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DirectorSidney Hayers

Details

Released on
1966-09-15
Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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