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5.3/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Crime, Drama
Producer  Stanley Mann
Country  United Kingdom
6.5/10 IMDb

Director  David Greene
Music director  Basil Kirchin
Duration  
Language  English
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Release date  24 July 1968 (1968-07-24)
Writer  Bernard Toms (novel), Stanley Mann (screenwriter)
Cast  Michael York (Peter Strange), Jeremy Kemp (Det. Sgt. Pierce), George A. Cooper (Supt. Kingsley)
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Gone Baby Gone, Taken 3, RoboCop, Lucy
Tagline  His name is P.C. Strange...Her name is Frederika...All of tonights secrets will be used against them tomorrow

The strange affair 1968


In swinging London near the tail end of the 1960s, newly minted constable Peter Strange (Michael York) is assigned to assist detective David Pierce (Jeremy Kemp) in an undercover drug sting aiming to take down mob boss Quince (Jack Watson). When the operation goes awry, Pierce and Strange suspect another policeman of tipping off the subject, and they resort to more unorthodox means. Meanwhile, Stranges budding relationship with nubile mod Frederika March (Susan George) takes an unsavory turn.

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The Strange Affair is a 1968 British crime film directed by David Greene, and starring Michael York, Jeremy Kemp and Susan George.

When rookie P.C. Strange falls for an under aged girl, he is unknowingly compromised by a pair of pornographers. Meanwhile, seasoned Det. Pierce is out to catch mob boss Quince and soon both plots intertwine.

Michael york susan george the strange affair 1968


Plot

Peter Strange (York) is an idealistic young police recruit who gets mixed up with a tough and jaded Scotland Yard detective (Kemp). The inspector is trying to arrest a gang of drug smugglers, and threatens to blackmail Strange unless he plants some heroin on one of the gang. Strange reluctantly agrees, but lands in further trouble when hes the one who gets arrested. Meanwhile, Strange is having an affair with Frederika (George), who is part of a porno ring where her aunt and uncle film her sexual encounters from behind a one-way mirror.

Cast

  • Michael York - Peter Strange
  • Jeremy Kemp - Peirce
  • Susan George - Frederika Fred March
  • Jack Watson - Quince
  • George A. Cooper - Kingsley
  • Barry Fantoni - Charley Small
  • Artro Morris - Inspector Evans
  • Nigel Davenport - Defence Attorney
  • Patrick Connor - Sergeant Mac
  • Critical reception

  • Allmovie wrote, "a fragmentary "60s" interpretation of a straightforward Bernard Toms novel...Like many British films of its period, it seems more concerned with inducing pop-art headaches than simply telling its story.
  • Time Out wrote, "a well-written anecdote about police manners and methods, straight out of some TV cop series, but as viewed by Greenes wilfully wayward camera, it becomes a bizarre, quirkishly funny thriller which laces its documentary surface with a fine grain of fantasy. Much of Greenes later work disappointed, but here he displays a visual flair (gang violence in an echoing warehouse, murder among the wrecked cars in a scrapheap, seduction in a fantastically opulent boudoir) that would not entirely have shamed Welles in his Lady from Shanghai mood.
  • The New York Times wrote, "If the muscular and sexy goings-on are excessive and irrational on occasion, some of the principals lend credible, physical support to their characterizations. Michael York...is properly personable and confused as the harried Strange. Susan George, a comparative newcomer who is pert, snub-nosed and pretty, makes eroticism a pleasure, even if her sudden switch from promiscuity to Stranges everloving girl, remains a mystery. Jeremy Kemp is convincingly neurotic as the indomitable sergeant...They all prove that "The Strange Affair" is where the sensational action is, even if it is entirely strange and unbelievable.
  • References

    The Strange Affair Wikipedia
    The Strange Affair IMDbThe Strange Affair LetterboxdThe Strange Affair themoviedb.org


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