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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Olga Georges-Picot, Hildegard Neil
  • Directors: Basil Dearden
  • Writers: Basil Dearden, Michael Relph
  • Producers: Michael Relph
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RYLJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man Who Haunted Himself" on IMDb

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Declared dead for a few seconds following a tragic car accident Harold Pelham, quiet business man miraculously returns to life on the operating table. However. It would seem that during his long convalescence, an evil and ambitious double has usurped his identitiy in both his private and his work life. Returning home, he discovers his alter ego has not only compromised his business plans but also revitalised his couple. Thus begins a breathtaking chase with this evil double that will take Harold Pelham to the edge of instanity... The Man Who Haunted Himself is a psychological thriller iwth a supernatural edge that is inspired by a short story from the Alfred Hitchcock Presents series. Directed by one of the Best British diretors Basil Dearden (the Assossination Bureau, Khartoum, Dead of Night), The Man Who Haunted Himself is a cult gem with a gripping plot, which builds to a finely crafted finale helped by Dearden's driection and top notch acting not only from Roger Moore, with arguably a career best performance, but the supporting cast as well.

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Conservative executive Harold Pelham (a harrowing and atypical performance by Roger Moore) is involved in a car accident and declared momentarily dead. When he's eventually released from the hospital, Pelham discovers that an exact double of him has recently been seen in places that he's never been, taken over his family, undermined his business and even begun an extramarital affair. Is Pelham being stalked by a doppelganger with a taste for the wild life or is he simply a man going insane?
The Man Who Haunted Himself was Roger Moore's last movie before taking over the role of James Bond, as will as the final film by legendary director Basil Dearden (The Mind Benders, Dead of Night). This creepy psychological thriller is now presented in a stunning new transfer from original British vault materials and includes Roger Moore's first-ever audio commentary.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Jezard on July 10, 2002
Format: DVD
If anyone had any doubts that Roger Moore could act, they were dispelled by this movie. The film was virtually ignored when it was first released, which now seems like a giant missed opportunity. The former Saint and future 007 is just brilliant in the role of a businessman on the verge of a major nervous breakdown. It is hugely refreshing to see him stop all the "man of action" nonsense and play a different kind of role. The other nice thing about the movie is that it is full of ensemble British actors doing what they do best -- acting bloody well! The script is well written and Basil Dearden's direction keeps the suspense brimming nicely. I remember this being shown on TV (the Monday night film on BBC1, a highlight of the week)in 1972 or so, just after Moore had finished with The Persuaders! and before he'd made Live and Let Die. It was a refreshing slice of entertainment and it has not lost its flavour -- if anything age has improved it. It's just a shame old Roger didn't do more work like this, but perhaps that makes it even more a thing to treasure. The DVD is worth the money for the commentry alone. My one criticism is about the R1 encoding. Why didn't the distributors negotiate for a Region 0 release? Currently this film is not available anywhere else but the US -- a nonsense as it is a piece of English film-making that now resides in a French-owned company's vaults! This movie should be accessible to fans wherever they live. The sooner the Region Encoding system is seen as the money-making Hollywood sham it is and is thoroughly discredited the better. That way some of the world's more precious artefacts, such as this film, will be more available to all.
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The Man Who Haunted Himself isn't a particularly good film, but it is an interesting one and boasts a mostly impressive performance from Roger Moore. While he's not entirely successful, he does get to demonstrate that he had a lot more genuine talent than he's ever given credit for: one beautifully underplayed scene in particular where his uptight businessman who may or may not be having a nervous breakdown and his wife talk around his impotence is probably the best thing he's ever done. And he limits to the eyebrow lift trademark to a single arch usage, though there is a hint at things to come with a prescient joke about industrial espionage ("It's not all James Bond On Her Majesty's Secret Service" quips Moore three years before landing the part).

Previously filmed as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, it's a classic doppelganger story, with Roge's bowler hatted city type having a nervous breakdown at the wheel of his car, crashing and briefly dying on the operating table only to become increasingly rattled that someone appears to be impersonating him in his absence. Not only that, but he seems to be doing a much better job of his life than he is. Is he going mad or is it part of a plot involving the takeover of his company? Or is he really haunting himself? For the first hour and some it works surprisingly well despite looking even more quaintly dated at times than most 70s films.
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By Shaun Anderson on February 19, 2007
Format: DVD
Based on an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" called "The Strange Case of Mr. Pelham", "The Man Who Haunted Himself" is a superior British thriller with more than a dash of the supernatural. Between 1970 and 1973, Roger Moore was between iconic images (The Saint and James Bond), it seems appropriate then that he should make a film that explores the nature of identity, the splitting of the personality and the rather gothic notion of the double. Doubling becomes a well used motif; his twin sons, his wife and mistress, his cars and business partner and rival add to this layering. Producer Michael Relph and director Basil Dearden (famed for their social problem films of the 1950's produced by Ealing Studios) concoct a tense, exciting film which hinges on a towering performance by Moore. Never the most versatile of actors, Moore nevertheless creates two distinct characters and in the distinctive nature of each Pelham, the true concern of the film shines through. One Pelham represents the new permissive generation (active sex life, fast cars, gambling), whilst the other represents a more repressed age, articulated nicely in his penchant for starched white shirts and is sexless marriage. The ultimate denouement of the film (which takes the film totally into the arena of horror) has the two Pelham's realising only one can exist, the ultimate answer although progressive is ultimately filled with a lament for an altogether more innocent age. The film does sound pretty poor on paper, but this is a genuine surprise, an edge of your seat supernatural thriller and one of British cinema's best kept secrets.
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By Daniel S. on November 25, 2011
Format: DVD
This film deserves to be more famous, it's really a good surprise. The argument was already handled in an episode of the Alfred Hitchcok Presents show but I think that the story works better in the uptight British atmosphere. The theme of the double is one of the most interesting literary themes I know and Roger Moore, surprisingly will say the sharp tongues, manages to create a very disturbing character with Harold Pelham. Freddie Jones as the psychiatrist is also hilarious. A DVD zone curios.
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