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He Who Rides a Tiger (1965)

Peter Rayston, has been in and out of prison most of his life. At 30, he is released for the eighth time, after serving a sentence for housebreaking. Immediately, he goes back to his old ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Bell ... Peter Rayston
Judi Dench ... Joanne
Paul Rogers ... Supt. Taylor
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Woodley
Ray McAnally ... Orphanage Superintendent
Jeremy Spenser ... The Panda
Peter Madden ... Peepers Woodley
Inigo Jackson Inigo Jackson ... Det. Sgt. Scott
Annette Andre ... Julie
Edina Ronay ... Anna
Nicolette Pendrell Nicolette Pendrell ... Ellen
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Carter
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Mr. Steed
Rita Webb Rita Webb ... Flower Seller
Robin Hughes ... Det. Sgt. Crowley


Peter Rayston, has been in and out of prison most of his life. At 30, he is released for the eighth time, after serving a sentence for housebreaking. Immediately, he goes back to his old life, providing for his expensive tastes by executing a series of daring burglaries. Written by alfiehitchie

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Release Date:

October 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabalgando sobre un tigre See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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The title comes from an Indian proverb, "He who rides a tiger can never dismount". See more »


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Very Classy 'B' Movie.
12 January 2011 | by Shilpot7See all my reviews

One night, a notorious cat burglar, just out of prison, is driving through the woods of suburban Surrey, surveying a grand property for a future heist, when he's hailed down by a young woman who has missed the local late night bus.

He drives her back to London and then pursues her.

Judy Dench plays the young woman, Joanne, a gentle, single parent of a boy, born out of wedlock (in the days when this was still a social issue). Her son attends a local orphanage where she helps out in exchange for his education. Peter Rayston, played by Tom Bell, is the handsome, edgy criminal with a kind heart who pursues her.

Initially, Joanne, is reluctant to get involved with this man who tries to woo her with his stolen fortune. Then she falls for him and the love story begins.

Shot in black & white and much of it at night. This is both a crime drama and a sensitive tale of a love in spite of itself. The film isn't quite a classic, more a classy B movie, but the cast are superb and its gentle message is memorable and effectively told.

Made just before London really started swinging, shot in a very grainy black & white, it would have already looked old fashioned by 1967. But it is still well worthy of a DVD release.

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