ROGUE MALE

ROGUE MALE (1977)

Running Time: 103 mins.                    Rating: 3 ½ Stars/5 Stars

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Clive Donner

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Country: UK

Language: English

Distributor: Miracle Pictures

Cast: Peter O’Toole, John Standing, Alastair Sim, Harold Pinter, Michael Byrne, Mark McManus, Ray Smith, Hugh Manning

It’s 1939, the eve of World War II when relations between England and Germany are at their most tolerable.  We find our hero Sir Robert Thorndyke (Peter O’Toole) stalking/hunting his human prey Adolf Hitler.  It’s easy to see from the inlaid flashbacks that he is seeking revenge for the execution of a female interest.

Foiled by the SS, he is taken prisoner and tortured.  When it is found out who he is, and his relationship to a high up member of England’s Parliament, they plot to make his death out to be an accident to prevent an international incident.  Unsuccessful for them, Sir Robert is able to escape and make his way back England.

Seeking solace, he is awakened to the fact that he is a wanted man and finds himself not only hiding from the Nazis that followed him home but also by the local police as well.  We follow him as he goes “to ground” hiding from the authorities and evading his foreign adversaries and their plot to falsely connect him to a sanctioned assassination.

A pleasantly enhanced remake of the original 1941 Fritz Lang film MAN HUNT, starring Walter Pidgeon.  On the good side it is more in keeping with Geoffrey Household’s novel.  The major complaint I have is the quality of the master used to produce the DVD.  It’s not only grainy; the print is faded and bleeds color, continuing into glitches in the picture as well as sound.

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