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The Penthouse (1967)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 29 September 1967 (UK)
Three thugs--Tom, Dick and Harry (a woman)--break into the penthouse apartment of an adulterous couple and proceed to terrorize them, but as it turns out, things aren't exactly what they seem to be.


Peter Collinson


Scott Forbes (play) (as C. Scott Forbes), Peter Collinson


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Complete credited cast:
Terence Morgan ... Bruce Victor
Suzy Kendall ... Barbara Willason
Tony Beckley ... Tom
Norman Rodway ... Dick
Martine Beswick ... Harry


Three thugs--Tom, Dick and Harry (a woman)--break into the penthouse apartment of an adulterous couple and proceed to terrorize them, but as it turns out, things aren't exactly what they seem to be.

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Release Date:

29 September 1967 (UK) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barbara Willason: Wouldn't it be marvellous if this flat were ours?
Bruce Victor: At 15,000? You must be joking.
Barbara Willason: How did you get it?
Bruce Victor: It was easy, my love. When you're the honoured representative extraordinaire of the Brandon Estate Agency, you're in the happy position to take advantage of your clients' generosity in their absence.
Barbara Willason: And what if they find out?
Bruce Victor: My dear, love, with the owner sitting in the Bahamas, how can he?
[raising his mug]
Bruce Victor: God bless you, Sir... and may the sun rot you.
Barbara Willason: [the doorbell chimes] Bruce?
Bruce Victor: See who it is
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Background music by The Johnny Hawksworth Orchestra
Monologue by Tony Beckley
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Penthouse Pandemonium.
28 January 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Penthouse is written and directed by Peter Collinson and is an adaptation from the play The Meter Man by Scott Forbes. It stars Suzy Kendall, Terence Morgan, Tony Beckley, Norman Rodway and Martine Beswick. Music is by John Hawksworth and cinematography by Arthur Lavis.

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Home invasion 1960s style. Story finds Kendall and Morgan as illicit lovers tormented by two deranged intruders in the penthouse apartment they use for their nights of passion. It's a five person play, well for the majority it's a four person production, and it's 99% set in a dimly lighted apartment. Narrative subjects our two hapless lovers to an hour and half of mental cruelty and sexual humiliation.

The two main perpetrators, Tom (Beckley) and Dick (Rodway), are fascinating nutters, they are childlike in a chilling way, yet always they exude a sense of intelligence. They feed off of each other like some double-take twins, and always they have handy a deep meaning monologue or a philosophical justification for the black heart of the human being.

Collinson does a grand job of keeping things claustrophobic, making sure the emotional discord and sense of menace haunts every frame. The camera zooms in and out of focus, something which proves to be a masterstroke for the sex scenes, while the various angles that the camera looks through during the course are suitably nightmarish.

Originally Collinson was at pains to say his movie didn't have a message, but over the years the only thing consistent was his inconsistent viewpoint on the film. It's nigh on impossible not to seek out a message here, the film is just too odd-ball and unsavoury to not court a deeper meaning than the lazy "it's just a thriller" statement that Collinson trundled out upon pic's release.

Pretentious? Absolutely, but this film has the ability to get under your skin, either in a good way to make you ponder, or to utterly irritate you. If someone said to me it's the worst film they have ever sat through, I would understand. Yet for me I felt challenged and uncomfortable, that's the medium of film doing a good job as far as I'm concerned. 7/10

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