Charles Grodin stars in, adapted for the screen, and just about ruins 11 Harrowhouse, a comedy-caper film about a theft of billions in diamonds. Cast as a low-key diamond salesman who wreaks vengeance on the diamond establishment, Grodin messes up the film with ineffective shy-guy acting, and clobbers it with catatonic voice-over that is supposed to be funny.

Charles Grodin stars in, adapted for the screen, and just about ruins 11 Harrowhouse, a comedy-caper film about a theft of billions in diamonds. Cast as a low-key diamond salesman who wreaks vengeance on the diamond establishment, Grodin messes up the film with ineffective shy-guy acting, and clobbers it with catatonic voice-over that is supposed to be funny.

Gerald A. Browne wrote the novel. The main story, which takes a long time to get going, involves eccentric billionaire Trevor Howard commissioning Grodin and wealthy girl friend Candice Bergen to rob the diamond vaults presided over by dissatisfied James Mason, who is resentful of his pension treatment at the hands of John Gielgud.

Howard and Mason appear close to embarrassed in their roles.

11 Harrowhouse

UK

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Aram Avakian; Producer Elliott Kastner; Screenplay Jeffrey Bloom, Charles Grodin; Camera Arthur Ibbetson; Editor Anne V. Coates; Music Michael J. Lewis; Art Director Peter Mullins

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Charles Grodin Candice Bergen John Gielgud Trevor Howard James Mason Helen Cherry
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