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The Big Switch (1968)

Not Rated | | Crime | April 1968 (UK)
Playboy John Carter is implicated in the murder of a blonde from a discotheque and is forced by gangsters into posing for pornographic photographs.

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Pete Walker

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Pete Walker
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Cast overview:
Sebastian Breaks Sebastian Breaks ... John Carter
Virginia Wetherell Virginia Wetherell ... Karen
Jack Allen ... Hornsby-Smith
Derek Aylward Derek Aylward ... Karl Mendez
Erika Raffael Erika Raffael ... Samantha
Douglas Blackwell Douglas Blackwell ... Bruno Miglio
Julie Shaw Julie Shaw ... Cathy
Jane Howard Jane Howard ... Jane
Roy Sone Roy Sone ... Al
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... Gerry
Brian Weske ... Mike
Gilly Grant Gilly Grant ... Sally
Desmond Cullum-Jones Desmond Cullum-Jones ... Chief Inspector
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A crime drama centering on a playboy gambler who has a passionate one-night stand with a beautiful woman. During the night, he briefly leaves and when he returns, finds her dead. Not wanting his name in the papers, the man tries to avoid the police. He soon finds himself victimized by extortionists, headed by his own boss and the girl, who only feigned death. They try to force him into breaking a notorious crime lord out of prison, but he is not so easily swayed.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1968 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

The Aston Martin DB6, registration NUV13E, which appears 53 minutes in parked at the block of flats in Brighton, would later be Moon's transport in Walker's film Man of Violence (1970) See more »

Alternate Versions

An "export" version was released with extra nudity from Gilly Grant. See more »

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Featured in Guide to the Flipside of British Cinema (2010) See more »

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Entertaining "B" Picture
10 December 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Big Switch (1968)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

John Carter (Sebastian Breaks) is a playboy who meets up with a beautiful blonde lady. The two plan on meeting in her room but when John arrives he finds her dead and before long he is accused of the crime. It doesn't take long for him to realize that the mob was behind the murder and now he must go up against them.

THE BIG SWITCH is an early film from director Pete Walker who is best remembered for a number of horror films that he made in the 1970s. I guess the best way to describe this movie is that it's a low-budget, wannabe James Bond that runs just 68-minutes and features a bit more sleaze than you'd normally expect from a film from this era. Is it a masterpiece? Not at all but it's a mildly entertaining spy picture.

I think the best thing that the film has going for it is the fact that it's just 68-minutes and it goes by rather quickly. Breaks makes for an interesting lead and I thought he added some fun to the picture. The villains are pretty much your standard bad guys but they too are mildly entertaining. Where the film really stands out is with the female nudity, which there is quite a bit of including some full frontal scenes.

THE BIG SWITCH will mainly appeal to fans of the director who want to see what he was doing before the horror pictures. There's nothing overly great about the movie but it was entertaining for what it was.


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