Fear Is The Key 1972


Barry Newman made a perfect Kowalski in Vanishing Point, one of the classic car-chase movies, but there’s actually more action, in the form of a whopping twenty minute stunt scene, in this 1972 adaptation of Alistair McLean’s novel. Newman plays John Talbot, who infiltrates a criminal organisation in order to revenge his family, who died in an air-crash. Early roles for Ray McInally and Ben Kingsley, plus a villainous turn from John Vernon, are plus points, but it’s Michael Tuchner’s staging of the chase, with Newman’s brand-new Ford Gran Torino escaping the cops, that gives Fear Is The Key a place in cult-movie history. Roy Budd provides a jazzy score.



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