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Plot: Harold Pelham encounters a duplicate of himself in the aftermath of a car crash. After that moment his life is upset. Runtime: 94 mins Release Date: 18 Feb 1970
Not your typical Roger Moore-outing. (by Renaldo Matlin)
Roger Moore's character survives a serious car accident that actually leaves him dead on the operating table for some seconds. Finally out of hospital and getting back to business-as-usual he soon gets the feeling that something is terribly wrong. Stories of him being at two different places at the same time throws his psyche into confusion. This eerie thriller is a welcomed change of pace for Moore in his pre-Bond years. And unlike anything he has made before this demands real acting on his behalf, and he pulls it off convincingly. However the film itself moves at a sluggish pace.
The two sides of Roger Moore (by Petey-10)
Harold Pelham gets in a freaky car accident, but survives.After that he believes there's a duplicate of himself messing up his life.The Man Who Haunted Himself 1970 is directed by Basil Dearden.This was actually his last movie and he died in a car accident near the spot Pelham is supposed to have crashed his car in the beginning of the film.Roger Moore proves here he really is a great actor.All those James Bond films may not give the biggest challenge as an actor, but here he really has to act.His wife Eve is played brilliantly by Hildegard Neil.Olga Georges-Picot is fantastic as the <more>
doppelgänger's lover Julie Anderson.Freddie Jones is terrific as Dr. Harris- Psychiatrist.Also great job by people like Gerald Sim Morrison and John Carson Ashton .This is a really fascinating film.It has been called underrated, and that is very true.There's that psychedelic feeling going there.Like when Pelham is escaping his duplicate and he breaks the mirror and we see many Pelhams laughing there.The music is one element that helps create the atmosphere.And it is really a joy to see two Roger Moores in the same room.
Roger Moore plays a man whose other half the half with panache finally wins control over his body, a body that was nearly killed actually dies on the operating table for a few seconds in a ferocious and excitingly filmed car crash. A conservative and safety conscious partner in a London engineering firm, he's let life slip by a bit too much, not making love with his wife, passing up on the chance to score with God knows how many beautiful young women, the one here being a photographer, and myriad other potentialities. Well the other Moore, more like Bond gets a shot at the life <more>
force after the accident, and the first one Mr. Conservative is increasingly bewildered at reports of sightings of him here and there, when he was somewhere else. Fighting for his family, his work, his reputation, and his sanity, he has most viewers rooting for him to come out on top. The two sides finally have it out in a brilliant conclusion, one in a Bentley or Rolls and the other in an Astin or Lotus , that reaches classic cinematic proportions in this high class Cormanesque near masterpiece.
I'm a big fan old cars. Especially British and Italian spor cars. I found out that that a Lamborghini Islero S appeared in this movie. I find this car a very stunning car. Great looks. So i looked on this site and i was surprised that Roger Moore played the leading role in this movie. Roger Moore is one of mine favourite actors. I got curious and wanted to see this movie. So i bought the DVD and watched the movie. A very good movie. Roger played very good. Watch it you'll not regret it.Greetings,Werner
What WOULD you do if it happened to you? (by uds3)
if ever a cumulative rating for a movie was insane it is THIS one! 5.3? yeah right. It's a 7 - end of story!Long before Moore's incarnation as 007, this is arguably near the top of Moore's filmography. After Harold Pelham has a near-death experience following an auto accident, he makes what appears to be a stoic recovery. It is only with the passage of time that he begins to notice subtle occurrences that don't seem to dovetail with his own personality. Either he is losing his mind or there is something remarkably rotten in the state of Denmark. Friends and business <more>
acqaintances swear they have interacted with him, moments BEFORE he arrives at work...his wife notices a radical change in him and ultimately the inescapable truth presents itself - he has a doppelganger!Call it far-fetched..its about the only weak point in the flick. Moore is just brilliant as he unravels in the face of his doppelganger's one-upmanship. The final scenes where he confronts his "twin" are riveting and should silence the tidal wave of critics who insist Moore could never act!A few years ago it was rumored that the film was to be re-made in New Zealand Peter Jackson? as DOPPELGANGER, with no less a personage than Travolta in the lead, and he would certainly do the role justice. Since then, heard nothing.This flick is well worth your effort finding somewhere, even on video.
After years of watching bad copies of this on cable channels at 2am, I finally tracked down the DVD. It was worth the wait. I couldn't understand it back when I was 13 in the 1970's and I still can't understand it now. But it is absolutely brilliant. Moore is at his best - before Brett Sinclair and before James Bond - he is absolutely at the top of his game here. The mental unravelling is amazing to watch. The final meeting with the doppleganger is both claustrophobic and nightmarish. The driving scene at the end has shades of 2001 mixed with Dali. This was the end of the sixties <more>
after all. I really love Roger Moore, especially the Persuaders, the Bond films and the Wild Geese. He made some of the best stuff of my childhood. Perhaps this is the best one.
With its 1970s chic cheese and swagger and Roger Moore's excellent performance, The Man Who Haunted Himself has a considerable cult fan base. Directed by British legend Basil Dearden, plot finds Moore as Harold Pelham, who after being involved in a serious car accident, comes around from the trauma to find that his life is being turned upside down. It seems that somebody is impersonating him, people he knows swear he was in places he hasn't been, that he has been making decisions at work that he knows nothing about, and that he has a sexy mistress that threatens to destroy his <more>
marriage. Is he going mad? A victim of a collective practical joke? Or is there really something more sinister going on?Don't be a slave to convention!So yeah! A cult gem waiting to be rediscovered is The Man Who Haunted Himself, it has a plot that positively bristles with intrigue. As the doppleganger motif is tightly wound by Dearden, who smartly sticks to understated scene constructions as opposed to supernatural excess, there's a realistic and human feel to the story. The makers are not going for jolt shocks, but taking a considered approach that has the pertinent mystery elements lurking in the background, waiting for their chance to reveal themselves for the utterly thrilling finale. A finale that is bold and special, obvious but not, and definitely tinged with cunning ambiguity.With Moore drawing on talent from his acting pool that many thought he didn't have two different characterisations smartly realised here , and Dearden pulling the technical strings love those off-kilter angles and multi mirrored images , this is a film that has surprises in store all across the board. 8/10