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The Triple Echo (1972)

R | | Drama, War | 17 November 1972 (UK)
Deserting soldier dresses as a woman to escape detection; liking the female role he goes to a dance with another soldier and is exposed.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Robin Chapman (screenplay), H.E. Bates (story "The Triple Echo")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenda Jackson ... Alice
Oliver Reed ... the Sergeant / Sergeant
Brian Deacon ... Barton
Anthony May Anthony May ... Subaltern
Gavin Richards Gavin Richards ... Stan
Jenny Lee Wright Jenny Lee Wright ... Christine
Kenneth Colley ... Provo Corporal (as Ken Colley)
Daphne Heard Daphne Heard ... Shopkeeper
Zelah Clarke ... First Girl
Colin Rix Colin Rix ... Compere
Ioan Meredith Ioan Meredith ... Guard
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Storyline

Barton is a soldier in WW2 England; he meets Alice, who is looking after her farm single-handed as her husband is a prisoner of the Japanese. Barton stays overnight and they get friendly, and he decides to desert and stay with Alice. They become lovers. As a cover, she tells people in the village that her sister is staying with her, and Barton dresses the part. He has mixed feelings about the feminine role but evidently grows accustomed to it. Eventually an army sergeant comes to the farm, and is glad to learn that there are two unattached women there; he has sexual designs on them. Alice rebuffs him and he concentrates on Barton, as "Cathy". Barton is flattered by the attention, and foolishly agrees to go to a Christmas dance at the army base with the sergeant, obviously not realising that sexual activity will be involved, despite Alice's warnings. At the party, Barton realises what is developing, but can't escape, and the Sergeant won't take no for an answer. Written by Hazel Freeman <hazel@tguk.net>

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Would you go A.W.O.L. with this man?

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier in Skirts See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Closing credits: The events and characters in this film are fictitious and any similarity to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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An echo of three lonely souls
22 February 2013 | by EJverhSee all my reviews

I have loved this film ever since I first saw it, so much so that I had bought a VHS tape AND the player, as this forgotten gem is unfortunately still not available on DVD. I will not explain the plot, as the synopsis is covered rather detailed on the first page, but concentrate on the specifics. Michael Apted, from the first shot, creates a certain mood of the film which is very effective that once in, the viewer is fully engaged to the end (despite certain plot and screenplay shortcomings) and that is isolation and loneliness. And this emotion is shared by all three central characters, shaping their decisions and actions. A fitting title, as well, as we do have a three-way character development here. They all want the same things. Brian Deacon's loneliness is in his alienation and is very much a need to belong. Oliver Reed's is purely physical and Glenda shares both. All the actors are very good in their portrayals. However, Glenda Jackson's performance is what glues the whole story together. A brilliant turn, and probably her most subtle that I have seen. The silent looks that she gives are priceless. Alas, this is a forgotten gem. I don't think it will ever get a DVD release, unfortunately. But a must see, for sure. Especially if you like for those rare, character and performance driven dramas, all too rare in today's market. 8 1/2 out of 10


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