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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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The band in the dance scene were members of the Band of The Royal Hussars (PWO) as well as other ranks of the regiment playing various extras. A friend of Private rank (Trooper) played an RAF SNCO. See more »

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Enjoyable, almost unbelievable, film about army deserter in WW2.
31 July 2006 | by dennis-422See all my reviews

Triple Echo, based on the H E Bates story, is a well-directed and well-acted film about a lonely woman (Jackson) on a farm who is visited by a young soldier (Deacon) and they soon become lovers. He decides to avoid being captured as a deserter by dressing as a woman and pretending he is Jackson's sister. A surly sergeant-major (Reed) falls for her (his) charms and invites the 'sisters' to a Christmas dance at the barracks. In a back room, Reed discovers 'her' real sex. The soldier escapes but is eventually caught. It is one of Reed's best performances, and although the plot is barely believable, the film is highly entertaining.


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