Journey into Fear

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"Everyone they meet...every door they open...every corner they turn...could be their last!"
  • R
  • 1974
  • 5.3  (288)

Journey into Fear is a dramatic thriller movie from 1975 directed by Daniel Mann and based on the novel of the same name by Eric Ambler. The plot follows a successful American munitions engineer named Howard Graham (played by Sam Waterston) who is in Istanbul for work. One evening, a colleague is shot dead in front of him, indicating that he may be in danger. Soon after, he finds himself embroiled in a web of espionage, murder, and deception that takes him from Istanbul to Genoa on a dangerous journey to return to America.

The movie begins with Howard Graham spending some time with his girlfriend Stephanie (played by Yvette Mimieux) before embarking on a voyage back to America. However, the apparent calm is soon disrupted when a suspicious character tries to board the ship. Graham becomes paranoid when a colleague is murdered, as the killer leaves behind a warning note addressed to him. Graham realizes that he is being targeted, and there is a possibility that his life is in danger.

As the story progresses, Graham is forced to become cautious at every step. He deals with fake identities, spies, and double agents who add to the danger of his mission. In his quest to get back to America, Graham is all alone, with no one to rely on, and every person he meets seems to be working against him. He meets the hilariously portly Kopeikin (played by Zero Mostel), who seems to know more than he lets on. But is he a friend or a foe?

As Graham tries to navigate his way through the danger, he meets some unsavory characters. He is kidnapped, held captive, and brutalized by an intimidating Turkish villain named Col. Haki (played by Ian Abercrombie). He discovers that Col. Haki wants to kill him and steal the top military secrets he possesses.

Graham also catches the attention of the femme fatale Mrs. Mathews (played by Shelley Winters), who attempts to seduce him and become the recipient of his valuable secrets. Graham has to use all his wits to stay alive and outsmart the criminal elements trying to corrupt him.

Sam Waterston's portrayal of Howard Graham is impressive. His acting is subtle, yet powerful, reflecting a man who is caught between his duty to his country and his personal safety. Zero Mostel's performance as the gregarious and amusing Kopeikin is memorable, and he provides some needed comic relief. Yvette Mimieux plays Graham's love interest very well, but the love story subplot seems to take a back seat to the espionage thriller.

The cinematography of the movie is excellent, highlighting the scenic beauty of Istanbul and Italy. The locations give the film an authentic feel and add an element of realism to the story. The tension and suspense are evident in every frame, and the pace is consistent throughout.

The music by John Lewis complements the atmosphere of the movie perfectly. It adds to the intrigue and keeps the audience engaged in the story. Lewis's score sets the tone for the thriller and is an underrated aspect of the movie.

In conclusion, Journey into Fear is a thrilling and gripping movie that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. The storyline is plausible and well-written, with a cast of excellent actors who bring the characters to life. The movie is a foray into the world of espionage, intrigue, and danger, with a satisfying ending that leaves the viewers feeling delighted. The movie is a must-watch for fans of thrillers and mysteries.

Journey into Fear is a 1974 thriller. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3.

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    5.3  (288)