Journey Into Fear
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|Genre||Mystery & Suspense|
|Contributor||JOURNEY INTO FEAR|
|Runtime||1 hour and 40 minutes|
U.S geologist Graham (Sam Waterston) discovers a rich oil deposit in the mountains of Turkey that creates a dangerous conflict between Turks and Arabs interests. His life suddenly in peril, Graham tries to escape aboard a boat with the assistance of a Mr. Kupelkin (Zero Mostel) of the Turkish embassy. The passengers he encounters include a singer, Josette (Yvette Mimieux), who may also be a prostitute; and a bickering couple, Mr. and Mrs. Mathews (Shelly Winters & Stanley Holloway), all the while Graham aware that someone aboard is determined to kill him.
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 108.41 Grams
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Actors : JOURNEY INTO FEAR
- Studio : DARK FORCE ENTERTAIN
- ASIN : B08PXJZJ13
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 38,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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My copy was slightly marred by the fact that the retaining clip was broken, so the disc rattles around, but that's not a reflection on the product overall. I'd have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the interlacing.
The plot, which is updated from Eric Ambler's 1940 novel, concerns a petroleum engineer named Graham whose discovery of oil deposits in Turkey leads to several murder attempts to keep his discovery from becoming known. Most of the movie takes place aboard a tramp steamer where Graham tries to evade his pursuers without knowing who they really are. It eventually leads to a final and memorable confrontation in Genoa involving Waterston, McShane and Vincent Price. Waterston is very good as a man who knows that he's out of his depth but manages to stay one step ahead thanks to luck rather than skill.
Director Daniel Mann was a big name in the 1950s and 60s with COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA and BUtterfield 8 but by 1975 he was basically a director for hire. He works well with the actors but seems unsure what to do when it comes to dealing with the story elements or pacing the film. There's also evidence of post-production intervention as the editing is a little ragged in places but that's mostly in the beginning. After years of being unavailable JOURNEY INTO FEAR has made it to Blu-Ray and while its good to see it again, the print used is an old one complete with a PG rating before the credits which evokes a certain nostalgia. It's also probably the only print available. However the picture is clear and the sound is good although subtitles would have been appreciated. My thanks to Dark Force Entertainment for resurrecting this forgotten title which, although flawed, is definitely worth revisiting.
Sam Waterston, Yvette Mimieux, Shelley Winters, Donald Pleasence and Vincent Price
I am so happy they released this movie on Blu-Ray