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Juggernaut (1974)

Director:
Richard Lester
AKA
Terror on the Britannic
COUNTRY
Great Britain
GENRE
Thriller/Disaster
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Juggernaut
RUNNING TIME
109 minutes
Producer:
Richard DeKoker
Screenwriter:
Richard DeKoker
Alan Plater


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Lt. Co. Anthony Fallon Richard Harris
Captain Alex Brunel Omar Sharif
Charlie Braddock David Hemmings
Superintendent John McLeod Anthony Hopkins
Barbara Bannister Shirley Knight
Nicholas Porter Ian Holm
Corrigan Clifton James
Social Director Curtain Roy Kinnear
Susan McLeod Caroline Mortimer
Commander Marder Julian Glover

 

Review

A brash Richard Lester opens this British semi-camouflaged disaster film with in-your-face artsy takes and cuts which are ostensibly unnarrative. He hasn't got as good a hold of this tactic as he may have thought he did, because many of these early scenes are also not very atmospheric. But once the premise really kicks in and Lester finds he needs to get industrious, Juggernaut indeed becomes the suspense-filled genre-movie its writer, Richard DeKoker, undoubtedly had in mind for it to be. And the plot is more than clever enough to keep us interested, despite some dubious political insinuations and an overload of irony and attempted comedy which never really hits the mark. The young and likeable Anthony Hopkins and Ian Holm give apt performances which make Richard Harris' overzealous lead seem somewhat forced, even if his commanding presence still makes it effective.

 

Copyright 13.05.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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