Review: ‘Eyewitness’

Eyewitness has its groundroots in an often-used idea. Angle of a likeable kid with an imagination so vivid that unfeeling adults good-humoredly regard him as a chronic liar. Result is that when a crisis really arises no one fully believes him.

Eyewitness has its groundroots in an often-used idea. Angle of a likeable kid with an imagination so vivid that unfeeling adults good-humoredly regard him as a chronic liar. Result is that when a crisis really arises no one fully believes him.

Young victim is Mark Lester and it’s the hook on which is hung a fairly conventional crime chase yarn [from a novel by Mark Hebden] set on a Mediterranean island (it was shot in Malta) which has some exciting moments but lacks much of the tension that more astute and experienced directors than John Hough might have given it.

Adventure starts with the assassination of a visiting president. The moppet claims to have seen a policeman pull the fatal trigger. He has to avoid two cops and also convince his relatives that his story’s on the level.

Eyewitness

UK

Production

EMI. Director John Hough; Producer Irving Allen; Screenplay Ronald Harwood; Camera Ernest Robinson; Editor Geoffrey Foot; Music Fairfield Parlor, Van Der Graff Generator

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Mark Lester Lionel Jeffries Susan George Tony Bonner Jeremy Kemp Peter Vaughan
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