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Plot: On a train traveling through pre-WW II Germany, American heiress Amanda Kelly befriends a Miss Froy, an older nanny. But when Miss Froy disappears, everyone Amanda asks denies ever having seen her. Eventually Amanda persuades American photographer Robert Condon to help her search the train, during… Runtime: 97 min Release Date: 01 Oct 1979
First, this shouldn't be compared to the Hitchcock film. They're not the same kind of film, and comparisons are pointless. Both movies are good, in different ways.Second, I love Elliot Gould, usually, but in this film he's not good. His normal playful, easy charm is replaced by too much frowny mugging for the camera.But Cybill's fabulous. My main criticism is that this is a girl's movie, but Cybill wears the same gown throughout. And she looks gorgeous in it, but if you're going to make a girl film, for goodness' sake, let the girl change her clothes once a week. <more>
And she doesn't. But her performance is terrific - she throws herself into the part with enthusiasm and lack of embarrassment, even when she has to do fairly embarrassing things. She's tough and tomboyish and beautiful, really starry. And because of this, the film's just fine. It's a shame the normally sexy Elliot Gould's performance is kind of flat, because he can do so much better. Worth seeing. .
This film is great, it will keep you on the edge of your seat! (by casper25_2001)
This is a great film, everything about it is great and it is bound to be as it is an Alfred Hitchcock remake. It full of suspense, its funny, thrilling, the direction is good, the sets and locations are excellent, the cast are excellent, Cybill Shepherd is funny and great as her hysterical character Amanda Kelly, Elliott Gould is great as Robert Condon and Angela Lansbury is perfect as the kidnapped Miss Froy! And iam sure that in time it will become a classic in its own right!
Excellent little movie, interesting story from the 2nd W.War! (by dr vonath)
I like this movie very much. There was a first version of this movie decades before, directed by Hitchcock, but to be sincere, I like this version more. The actors like Herbert Lom and Angela Lansbury gave an excellent performance. And the music score of the film is unforgettable.
A Variation, Not a Copy (by TedMichaelMor)
Granted that probably only Alfred Hitchcock could successfully replicate one of his films, this remake works in its own way. I measure films on terms appropriate to the individual work. This version is more than competent; it entertained me. I very much enjoyed it.I agree that not only the stars but the entire case make this film. The technical aspects of it are flawless. The continuity is seamless, the dialogue surprising fresh, and the action believable. I do not think remaking this work is pointless—it is a variation and a pleasant and amusing one. I think that the pacing of this work is <more>
Sounds like a crazy idea, remaking Hitchcock, but this is not one of his sacred cows like Psycho, so the pressure's off.The story is the same and told well. An older lady Angela Lansbury disappears on a train in Europe before World War II after befriending an American girl Cybill Shepherd , who searches for her with help from another American on board Elliott Gould .I just watched both versions back-to-back apparently there's a 2013 TV version too and found this remake to be a charming romp, fun and scenic and fairly true to the original.Was it just fate or what, that they cast <more>
Angela Lansbury as an English nanny? She's perfect.I think the original had better wacky banter between the two leads, but this is not a shabby effort at all.
Excellent remake of an original Hitchcock (by nicholas.rhodes)
Much as I like and possess the DVD of the original Hitchcock version, this remake is a much better job. It avoids many of the tedious moments of the original film, especially during the first half hour or so in the hotel, and introduces a lot more humour. I mean Arthur Lowe and Ian Carmichael are nothing short of EXCELLENT, far funnier than the tedious idiots of the original. In addition we have better sound quality, superb picture quality, an extremely sexy Cybill Sheppard and a BEAUTIFUL sound track !! What more could you ask. I know little about the main mail character Elliot Gould and <more>
indeed found his performance the least interesting, but this is more than compensated for by the other performances. The Nazi Helmut played his role very well and rendered himself thoroughly dislikeable. And I have always loved Angela Lansbury in whatever rôle I have seen her. This is good quality cinematic entertainment from 1979, without special effects, something which is in very short supply in these initial years of the twenty first century. Thank God it's been issued on a DVD !
Under-appreciated as it is, this remake of Hitchcock's 1938 classic truly embodies my idea of how a well-crafted and entertaining light movie should be. The story is able to make flesh creep and the screenplay even manages to improve on the original plot line by taking some bold departures, but sticking all the way to the master's spirit and style. E.g. the very effective motif of the Hitler-moustache - and the whole idea of transferring the story to nazi Germany. The settings - real train, real land -, the camera work, the music are all great, adding to the thrill of the ride. The <more>
cast is a jackpot, Cybill Sheperd throws out sparks. All in all: this is a highly ingenious remake that makes the old original seem pale and puerile by comparison. I'm sure Hitchcock himself wouldn't have done it better as a self-remake. I want this on DVD!!!
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It's been a little while since I saw this, but I felt like Cybill Shepherd and Elliott let down our side. They totally overacted.I wanted to let "I love handbags" know that there WAS a TV miniseries made in 1985 called Charters & Caldicott, and it is truly a gem. SO understated and British. It's been very hard to find copies of it but there are now DVD on Amazon UK. I had taped it on VHS when it was on PBS here in USA and cherish my copy. It was based on a short novel by Stella Bingham, which is also a treasure to have.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134240/?ref_ nv_sr_1