1h 31min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | June 1970 (UK)
Witnessing an assassination, a boy claims the assassins are hunting him. With his older sister, the pair escape numerous attacks and are aided by their grandfather and a resourceful young bystander even under the spectre of martial law.
I suppose if you were 12 years old and lived in a lighthouse on a small island, you might be as naive as Mark Lester’s character, “Ziggy,” in this film. I suspect, though, that “not very smart” would need to be added, and I wonder if the correspondence to the comic strip character of the same name is more than coincidental. Everybody in this movie is a stereotype, but most irritating was Mark Lester himself who, after doing such a fine job in “Oliver!,” here only gets to run around looking perpetually frightened out of his wits. I don’t know for whom exactly this one was intended, but if you’re not totally impressed by loud motorcycles with bad mufflers, I’d give it a miss.
Director: John Hough
Writers: Ronald Harwood (screenplay), John Harris (novel) (as Mark Hebden)
Stars: Mark Lester, Lionel Jeffries, Susan George
Release Date: June 1970 (UK)
Also Known As: Sudden Terror
Filming Locations: Malta