- Actors: James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Henry O'Neill, Shepperd Strudwick
- Directors: Max Ophüls
- Producers: The Reckless Moment ( The Blank Wall ), The Reckless Moment, The Blank Wall
- Format: Import, PAL
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Run Time: 79.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000NDP6IU
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
The Reckless Moment [Region 2]
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Commentary, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, SYNOPSIS: A blend of melodrama and film noir, The Reckless Moment stars Joan Bennett as Lucia Harper, a suburban housewife whose husband is away on business. Her daughter, Bea (Geraldine Brooks), an aspiring artist, has fallen for Ted Darby (Shepperd Strudwick), a shady older man from Los Angeles who claims to be an ex-art dealer. One night, after a secret rendezvous in the Harpers' boathouse that turns into an argument, Bea accidentally kills Darby. When Lucia discovers his body in the morning, she panics and dumps it in the lagoon instead of contacting the police, who would surely charge her daughter with murder. Her problems only increase when a suave Irish gangster named Donnelly (James Mason) shows up with a package of love letters from Bea to Darby, and blackmail on his mind. With her husband out of town, Lucia has no choice but to give in to his demands, and brings him along on a desperate quest to raise the money that takes them from bank to loan office to pawn shop. Along the way, Donnelly seems to develop sympathy -- even affection -- for her. When his boss shows up to pressure him into finishing the job, Donnelly's surprising decision sets up the film's startling climax. The Reckless Moment was remade in 2001 by Scott McGehee and David Seigel as The Deep End. ...The Reckless Moment ( The Blank Wall )
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The Reckless Moment was tartly remade as The Deep End with Tilda Swinton. Watch them both for master class in great
acting and direction. James Mason was never better--matched perhaps by his monumental performance in Carol Reed's
Odd Man Out--and the mostly outdoor So-Cal settings, shot in gliding motion by Ophuls mobile camera--combine to make
a creepy, involving film that mashes up domestic tranquility with queasy moral panic. Brilliant. Utterly Brilliant.
Bennett and Mason are fabulous..don't miss this one.
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In this film Joan Bennett plays the part of Lucia Harper, an exemplary...Read more