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Into the Blue (2008)

Matthew Marsh , John Thaw , Jack Gold  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Marsh, John Thaw, Abigail Cruttenden
  • Directors: Jack Gold
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VI6Y3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,096 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"...a well-crafted tale..." – Chicago Tribune

"...a good-looking thriller..." – The Sunday Times

Based on the novel by Robert Goddard

In this intriguing mystery, John Thaw (Inspector Morse) portrays unlikely hero Harry Barnett, a failed British businessman working as a caretaker at a villa in Rhodes. When Heather Mallender (Abigail Cruttenden), a young woman with whom he has a one-night stand, suddenly vanishes "into the blue," the police target Harry as prime suspect in her disappearance. To prove his innocence, Harry must flee the island to retrace Heather’s steps and discover her fate.

approx. 104 mins.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Into the Blue is the story of Harry Barnett (John Thaw), an easy-going failure who lives on Rhodes as the caretaker of a house belonging to his good friend, the wealthy Allan Dysart (Matthew Marsh). They've known each other for years. One night Harry meets Heather Mallender (Abigail Cruttenden) on the beach. He takes her back to the house. They spend two or three days together...then she disappears. The Rhodes police think Harry might have killed her. Dysart shows up and gets him out of jail. Harry immediately leaves for London to find out more about Heather. Among the things he finds is that her sister died mysteriously and that Dysart had employed her. It's not long before unpleasant things begin to happen to Harry.

Into the Blue is a lumbering mystery, filled with camera shots peeking threateningly from the bushes and around the sides of trees, with the occasional heavy breathing we can hear off camera, with an ominous score filled with musical clichés and with obviously suspicious characters lurking after Harry. It also has several people who are efficiently converted into corpses. That's not a bad thing, especially as we realize all the corpses when they could move on their own had some kind of relationship with Allan Dysart

John Thaw, as great a television actor as he was, looks too old for the part. He was 55 and could have passed in bad light for 65. His bed scene with Cruttenden could have been a young woman in bed not just with a man old enough to be her father, but her grandfather. And Thaw not just looks ten years older than Dysart, his employer, friend, protector, rich businessman, former politician and widower, which would be appropriate to the plot, Thaw could pass for 20 years older.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still A Fan January 23, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
For those who know John Thaw as the prickly Inspector Morse, you will enjoy this mystery almost as much as an episode of Morse. British mysteries do tend to be more involved than others and it is probably not a good idea to try and watch this one while you are catching up on your Spanish homework. All in all a enjoyable viewing. I only wish it was available on DVD.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
(3.5 stars) Those who have loved John Thaw in all his previous roles--in the Inspector Morse, Kavanagh QC, and The Sweeney TV series, along with various films and Shakespearean plays--will undoubtedly love John Thaw here as a failed garage owner who has been bailed out of financial difficulties by a mysterious and very wealthy entrepreneur. Though this is not really a "fit" for Thaw in terms of the usual elegance and thoughtfulness we have learned to expect in his performances, many viewers will enjoy seeing Thaw in a scruffier and less intellectual mode.

Harry Barnett (Thaw) has a one-night stand with Heather Mallender (Abigail Cruttenden), who picks him up in a bar on Rhodes. On a walk the next day, she sees a man in an abandoned house, and when Barnett goes to investigate, she disappears. Barnett soon becomes the lead suspect in her disappearance. It takes some interference by Alan Dysart (Matthew Marsh), the wealthy entrepreneur who owns the house for which Barnett is caretaker on Rhodes, to get Barnett released from jail. Heather has obviously had an ulterior motive in picking up Barnett, and when Barnett discovers that Heather is the sister of Clare Mallender, a woman whose drowning death ended the busy political career of Alan Dysart, he becomes more than a little suspicious about having been set up.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Thaw July 10, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
John Thaw takes over every movie he is in,he is without a doubt the best actor there ever has been. I have all of his movies and tv shows and I watch them when I think I may have forgotten the plot. If you like John Thaw you will love this movie,if you don't I feel sorry for you.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you read "Into the Blue "don't buy this tape! February 27, 1998
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Format:VHS Tape
Robert Goddard wrote an outstanding book in "Into the Blue". The screenwriter totally twisted the story and plot into an unrecognizable mess! I watched part of this program when it was broadcast by PBS, I was sick. The ending is totally changed! YUK!! END
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock Light But Worth Seeing September 4, 2009
This is essentially Hitchcock light, but it's still well worth seeing. John Thaw plays a failed British businessman who is serving as caretaker for a friend's house on Rhodes. He meets a woman; they go to bed; she disappears; he's arrested. Then he's let go but told to stay on the island. His passport is confiscated, but, fortunately, he has an Irish passport as well and leaves. Hence the Hitchcock plot: an average, but decent man is sucked into something he doesn't understand. He must call on all his resources to find the truth and protect his freedom. The plot works; the production values are high; the ending more or less plausible. The interesting plot twist is that all eyes are focused on the friend whose house the Thaw character, Harry Barnett, is protecting. He has to be the guilty man. Or does he? Harry doesn't believe he is, though everyone else in the story does. Thus Harry not only protects himself; he protects his friend in the face of the evidence. And the friend is a tad sleazoid, which adds further conflict to the tale. It's all done very well, with superb British character actors and nice location shots on Rhodes, in Cambridge, London and what purports to be Dorset (but looks more like Cornwall). This is not North by Northwest, but it's a solid story that's done expertly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Acting
The movie does keep you interested and trying to figure out where it's going. I won't bother with the detail of the story line and others have done that. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bodicia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story line
I love John Thaw in Morse so I got this one. It was done very well, good plot, and very tastefully done. Not boring but not graphic either. Excellent story line.
Published 17 months ago by Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars I love John Thaw
How I wish John Thaw were still alive to perform again. This "mystery" is exciting and well done. Very enjoyable.
Published 17 months ago by A. Lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars Why bother?
Do yourselves a favour and read the book that this Is based on instead. Robert Goddard is an amazing story teller - this was the first of his novels I read, courtesy of my Aunt and... Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by AvidRobertGoddardFan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a patch on the book
I was disappointed with this version of Robert Goddard's fabulous book. Nothing new there I suppose. Very few books are well adapted for the screen. Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by Cockatoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Blue
Into the Blue

This was a very exciting mystery to watch. John Thaw had a great performance.
Published on July 13, 2009 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars OUT ON A LIMB
All the elements of an intriguing mystery are cast before your very eyes. A one night stand, an abundance of murders over a thirty year period and unquestioned loyalties grab your... Read more
Published on December 9, 2000 by Bonita L. Davis
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