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The Reckoning (1970)

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Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after five years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is... See full summary »

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Jack Gold

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Patrick Hall (novel), John McGrath (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicol Williamson ... Michael Marler
Ann Bell ... Rosemary Marler
Lilita De Barros Lilita De Barros ... Maria
Tom Kempinski Tom Kempinski ... Brunzy
Kenneth Hendel Kenneth Hendel ... Davidson
Douglas Wilmer ... Moyle
Barbara Ewing Barbara Ewing ... Joan
Zena Walker ... Hilda Greening
Paul Rogers ... John Hazlitt
Gwen Nelson ... Marler's Mother
Christine Hargreaves Christine Hargreaves ... Kath
Ernest C. Jennings Ernest C. Jennings ... Dad (John Joe) (as Ernest Jennings)
Rachel Roberts ... Joyce Eglington
Godfrey Quigley ... Dr. Carolan
Desmond Perry Desmond Perry ... Father Madden
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Michael Marler, a successful business man in London, is about to make his way to the top. The death of his father brings him - after five years - back to his hometown Liverpool, where he is confronted with his lost Irish roots. He finds out that his father died because of a fight with some anglo-saxon teddy boys. It becomes "a matter of honour" for him, to take his revenge without involving the British police. Written by Michael Schoemburg <101476.3623@compuserve.com>

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He committed adultery. He ruined his boss. He even tried murder...and lived happily ever after. See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1970 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Abrechnung See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.78 : 1
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The last cinema film of Malcolm Arnold See more »

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Most of the home street scenes were filmed in Seacombe, Wallasey, but the cutting of the film makes it a rather impressive walk out the a door after the bed-side scene: from Seacombe back-street, north along Birkenhead's Corporation Road, then back across the docks into Seacombe via the Four Bridges, ending up on the Liverpool side in the next cut. See more »

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Sir Miles Bishton: [sneering] I never knew you were Irish, Marler.
[Mick hits him in the face]
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Once a bloody Irish bastard, always a bloody Irish bastard!
10 March 2014 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Move over, Michael Caine! Your "Get Carter" might very well be acclaimed around the world and listed as one of the most virulent British cult thrillers ever made, but this obscure and undiscovered (and, at one point, even considered lost) drama/thriller with very reminiscent themes predates your film with nearly two years AND it's a lot more ambitious in terms of character study and social criticism!

Okay, so now that's off my chest… Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against Michael Caine or "Get Carter". Quite the contrary, in fact, but I just want to plea for "The Reckoning" to become more known and loved amongst cult fanatics worldwide! What this puppy needs is a proper and fancy DVD-release, as I'm 200% sure it will appeal to a lot of cult collectors. The film really has it all: an unbelievable intense tour-de-force performance by Nicol Williamson, a grim & gritty contemporary late 60's/early 70's atmosphere, few but exhilarating action sequences and numerous of mind-boggling dialogs. Michael Marler is a successful businessman in London, but in spite of all his power and money he is bitter (especially in his marriage with the beautiful Rosemary), merciless (especially in his job as a sales executive) and aggressive (especially behind the wheel of his car). He is frustrated because he grew up as an oppressed Irishman in the intolerant city of Liverpool and still doesn't manage to put this tough period behind him. Michael returns to Liverpool to see his dying father, but arrives too late. When he learns that his father's death was actually the result of a cowardly assault by young British thugs, his outrageous Irish temper comes to the surface again. But Michael's retro-metamorphosis also has severe consequences when he's back in London. "The Reckoning" is a giant spitfire of highlights, one sequence even more powerful and intense than the next. Unforgettable moments include a Liverpool wrestling match and a party full of vainglorious guests at the Marler residence. And just when you think "The Reckoning" can't get anymore cooler, just wait until you witness the very last sequence. Mr. Marler is a truly unique persona, to say the least. The more employees he intimidates and he more women he seduces, the more you will cheer for him. Williamson, most known for supportive roles and stage plays, gives one of the most underrated performances in cinema history.


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