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The Deadly Trap

PG 1972 1h 31m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 29% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
An industrial-espionage group calls on a retired spy (Frank Langella) living with his wife (Faye Dunaway) and children in Paris. Read More Read Less

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Robert Sullivan Los Angeles Free Press For [director Rene] Clement, character development is at least fifty percent of the story, and he knows how to get good performances out of his actors. Jan 4, 2020 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film There are themes here evident in Clment's other work, such as parallels being drawn between children and adults, decently fleshed-out female characters and an off-kilter dreamy quality - but this trap is too obvious to be really deadly. Rated: 3/5 Jan 13, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member The best part of this above-average thriller is an opening scene of haunting cinematic beauty that rivals prime Fellini or Malick. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Decent foreign film. It captures your attention and is similar to plots of the current generation. The original should be digitally remastered and this film would make for a great remake! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member René Clément (Forbidden Games, 1952; Purple Noon, 1960) directs Fay Dunaway and Frank Langella as a couple with two children (Cathy, 8, and Patrick, 4) who have relocated to Paris. He seems to be a science writer and she is an amateur painter. They have a close family friend, Cynthia, who lives in an apartment on the floor below them. The plot is very vague. Langella seems to have previously been a spy and he is being pursued by "The Organisation" that wants to sign him up for a long-term contract of some sort. But he is uninterested. Dunaway is plagued by failing memory, which may be the result of gaslighting (by friends and acquaintances but not Langella). Then, their children are kidnapped, presumably by members of The Organisation. The children's experience reminds one of Forbidden Games but we don't spend enough time in their world. Details of all these events seem very sketchy, as we are given only hints about what is going on - and then there is a "reveal" that doesn't seem earned at all. Perhaps parts of the film were edited out? More likely, the intent was to keep details obscure to heighten suspense, which doesn't really work. Finally, the colours in the print were so muted, that I suspect the film is in need of repair. But why bother? Not worth your time. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An industrial-espionage group calls on a retired spy (Frank Langella) living with his wife (Faye Dunaway) and children in Paris.
René Clément
Georges Casati, Robert Dorfman, Bertrand Javal
Daniel Boulanger, René Clément
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 27, 2019
1h 31m