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When Eight Bells Toll Movie Review Summary

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Based on a book by Alistair Maclean (Guns of Navarone) this film is a spy adventure that takes place in Scotland. A specialized military marine spy Phillip Calvert (Anthony Hopkins) is sent by his command (Robert Morley) to investigate a lost gold bullion carrying ship lost in Scottish waters.
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He and his partner investigate in their specialized boat and end up in a bay and a small Scottish town which seems to be hiding a mystery. The townspeople are not inclined to help and hinder the investigation.

The plot thickens when they find a wealthy English businessman and his yacht anchored in the same bay. A cat and mouse game ensues with Anthony Hopkins character also getting involved with the businessmans wife, played by (Natalie Delon), who also seems to be hiding something.

The action involves scuba diving, fights with the locals, scenic and deadly helicopter action and ends up with an attack on a castle poised on the Scottish cliffs. As with all Alistair Maclean efforts there are several plot twists and surprises.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Technology/treasure/info search    -   Yes involving:    -   money/gems/treasure Water adventure?    -   Yes Water plotlets    -   Underwater adventure

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing with ropes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   pleasure/love boat    -   drowning    -   lost at sea    -   scuba under Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   run over Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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