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The Quare Fellow [VHS] (1962)

Patrick McGoohan , Sylvia Syms , Arthur Dreifuss  |  VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Patrick McGoohan, Sylvia Syms, Walter Macken, Dermot Kelly, Jack Cunningham
  • Directors: Arthur Dreifuss
  • Writers: Arthur Dreifuss, Brendan Behan, Jacqueline Sundstrom
  • Producers: Anthony Havelock-Allan
  • Format: PAL
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CKOF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Odd, but worthwhile February 26, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This film adaptation of Irish playwright Brendan Behan's drama against capital punishment charms subtly. In fact, everything about it is low-key. Inattentive viewers might even miss key elements. Patrick McGoogan ably plays Crimmins, a new prison guard eager to see the inmates pay their just debt. Walter Machen is the veteran guard Regan, whose view of capital punishment and prison in general is considerably more nuanced. At question is the fate of "the quare fellow," a never-seen, never-heard inmate found guilty of murdering his brother. Will his execution go off as scheduled or will Regan and Crimmins in concert with Kathleen, the quare fellow's wife (Sylvia Syms), manage to have it called off? The movie is one of those filmed play types, and is dated into the bargain, but the questions it raises have neither been answered nor gone out of style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving and Sad Movie February 25, 2014
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Format:Amazon Instant Video
Very sad movie. Certainly a commentary on the cruelty of the death penalty....not only for the condemned, but also for the family and the justice system that have to carry it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good thinking movie, but it is NOT in color April 3, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Being a fan of Patrick McGoohan, I was aware of this film long ago, and have only been able to enjoy it through old taped copies. When I saw it appear on DVD, I was delighted. However, the "if it's too good to be true..." theory validated my skeptism when I saw that this particular version was formatted in color - as Amazon's description indicated. There are two exact DVD's of this movie available through Amazon. I couldn't differentiate between the two according to the product descriptions, so of course I went for the one that was supposed to the color version. I guess it was referring to the on-screen menus, but I hope not because that would be purposely deceptive. I'm hoping Amazon's format description was simply an error.
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