Review: ‘Figures in a Landscape’

The plight of two prisoners escaping from a relentless helicopter over '400 miles of hostile terrain' is the armature around which this yarn, which purposely never defines who the prisoners or the forces chasing them are, is spun.

The plight of two prisoners escaping from a relentless helicopter over ‘400 miles of hostile terrain’ is the armature around which this yarn, which purposely never defines who the prisoners or the forces chasing them are, is spun.

MacConnachie, a 40-year-old ‘coarse man born to kill’ and young Ansell, who supposedly is ‘propelled by reason and perception’ have somewhere joined forces, are scrambling over the wastelands, and are being pursued by an acrobatic helicopter whose job it is to spot them, and whose faceless pilot seems to enjoy swooping down to give them a scare.

It is difficult to get into the characters, who always remain as elusive as the country they are traveling over is supposed to be.

Figures in a Landscape

UK

Production

Cinema Center. Director Joseph Losey; Producer John Kohn; Screenplay Robert Shaw; Camera Henri Alekan; Editor Reginald Beck; Music Richard Rodney Bennett; Art Director Ted Tester

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Robert Shaw Malcolm McDowell Pamela Brown Henry Woolf Christopher Malcolm

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