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Pendulum (1969)

When police captain Frank Matthews is accused of murdering his adulterous wife and her lover he avoids arrest and sets out to find the killer.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writer:

Stanley Niss
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Capt. Frank Matthews
Jean Seberg ... Adele Matthews
Richard Kiley ... Woodrow Wilson King
Charles McGraw ... Deputy Chief John P. Hildebrand
Madeleine Sherwood ... Mrs. Eileen Sanderson
Robert F. Lyons ... Paul Martin Sanderson
Frank Marth ... Lt. Smithson
Marj Dusay ... Liz Tennant
Paul McGrath ... Senator Augustus Cole
Stewart Moss Stewart Moss ... Richard D'Angelo
Isabel Sanford ... Effie
Dana Elcar ... Det. J.J. 'Red' Thornton
Harry Lewis ... Brooks Elliot
Mildred Trares Mildred Trares ... Mary Schumacher
Robin Raymond ... Myra
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Storyline

On the evening of his decoration for bringing a murderer to justice, Washington DC Police Captain Frank Matthews' wife, and her lover are murdered in bed. Jailed as the prime suspect, with the aforementioned murderer released on a technicality Matthews escapes in search of the man he believes to be the real killer. Written by David Fowler

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how far can a policeman go? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pendulum See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pendulum Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the Matthews' bedroom there is a photograph of Jean Seberg on the dresser, which is actually a publicity still from Lilith (1964). See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, under the main titles, the taxicab starts out as a 1964 Plymouth. Upon arrival at its destination, the car has changed to a 1968 Plymouth. See more »

Quotes

Adele Matthews: There's no reason to be jealous.
Capt. Frank Matthews: I'm not jealous.
Adele Matthews: Then what do you call it?
Capt. Frank Matthews: I won't have you making a damn monkey out of me.
Adele Matthews: So, it's your vanity.
Capt. Frank Matthews: If you call objecting to my wife having relations with her ex-lovers, God
[she slaps his face; he slaps her back]
Capt. Frank Matthews: knows how many, vanity, then it's my vanity.
Adele Matthews: [embracing him] I love you. I love you. Really, I do.
[they fall on the bed]
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

THE PENDULUM SWINGS BOTH WAYS
Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by The Letterman
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Top-notch detective yarn improves with age
6 July 2002 | by herbqediSee all my reviews

Peppard is ideally cast as inflexibly hard-nosed cop who gets sucked through the looking-glass when indicted for his cheating wife's murder. Charles McGraw and Richard Kiley are both magnificent in the key supporting roles. Dana Elcar and Isabel Sanford also add poignantly amusing support. Director George Schaeffer's pacing and choice of score is perfect for the genre. And, many of the key ironies are even more appropriate today than when the film was made. Very highly recommended.


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