Today: May 27, 2024

The Man Who Finally Died

British cinema legend Stanley Baker’s intense persona and rugged personal charm are brought to the fore in this gripping tale of Cold War espionage.

The Man Who Finally Died is based on a 1959 ITV TV serial, written by Lewis Greifer—who wrote the screenplay here with Louis Marks. In London, jazz musician Joe Newman receives a startling telephone call from his German father—a man he believed had died during World War II. At the same time, a funeral is taking place in a quiet Bavarian town–and the coffin bears the name of his father. Joe’s search for the truth about his father ultimately proves to be far more disturbing than he could ever have imagined in this classy and classic period piece where nothing–and no-one–is ever as it seems.

Co-starring Peter Cushing, Mai Zetterlin, and Eric Portman, The Man Who Finally Died is as twisty and turny as a roller-coaster—although, at times, not quite as thrilling. The action is a little slow by modern standards, occasionally verging on the plodding. However, the script is consistently top-notch, with enough secrets, revelations, and surprises, to keep even the most conscientious viewer guessing right up to the end. 

With a top-notch cast and a crisp High Definition remaster, The Man Who Finally Died is another welcome release of a forgotten gem from Network.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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