From the Novel by
R. C. Sherriff
Ralph W. Brinton
F. J. McCormick
Two Cities Films
Great Britain 1947
35mm, B/N (DCP)
Original English version with Italian subtitles
Park Circus Limited
Johnny McQueen, the head of a clandestine political organization in Ulster, robs a business, killing an employee during a scuffle and being seriously wounded in return. Hounded by the police and abandoned by his companions, he tries to escape, dragging himself away in search of help. Very few people are willing to hide him or show any solidarity. He tries to get on a ship with his girlfriend, but the police are hot on his trail. This dramatic chase lasts roughly a dozen hours before Johnny is killed by the police near the port where he was trying to escape. During those same hours, amid a grim, wintery Belfast full of wary police, the escape puts Johnny in contact with a cross-section of humanity, with room for vastly different and contrasting emotions: from hatred to compassion, curiosity, indifference, incomprehension and greed.
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