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On the run from ... well someone in Portugal, young go go dancer
Marianne (Susan George) hitches a ride with Sebastian (Christopher
Sandford), who takes her all the way to London in his convertible. Once
there, he persuades her to marry him - even though she doesn't really love
him & tells him so. At the wedding though something goes wrong when
the names of the husband the witness are mixed up & she comes
out married to Eli (Barry Evans), Sebastian's best friend. When Sebastian
loses his temper about this, Marianne leaves him ... & temporarily
moves in with Eli. & when Eli doesn't try to hit on her for 10 days,
she freely offers him sex as compensation for his efforts, & tender
love soon starts to bloom.
Sebastian meanwhile turns out to be more than he seemed, as he has
known right from the start who Marianne was, & why she was pursued in
Portugal, & now that he has lost her, his first way is back to
Portugal, to sell her to the man after her, her own father, only known as
the Judge (Leo Genn), & Sebastian makes sure he sells her for a high
Back in London, Eli is almost killed by 2 assassins disguised as
policemen, & suddenly Marianne realizes she has been found out - &
runs away. But when she finds out she can't make it on her own, she
returns to Eli only to realize he has already hooked up with Sebastian,
& Sebastian is more than anxious to get them to Portugal ...
In Portugal, Marianne, Eli & Sebastian meet up with the judge &
Marianne's bitchy half sister Hildegard (Judy Huxtable), & it turns
out the 2 of them want the number of a Swiss bank account from Marianne
before she turns 21 (in 2 days), as on the account there are not only
700.000 Pounds but it also holds evidence that could send the Judge to
jail. But the Judge is overjoyed gthat his daughter is back & suddenly
for him the bank account takes second seat ... but not for Hildegard, who
together with Sebastian plans a little deathtrap for Eli, & to torture
the account number out of Marianne in a steam bath ... but the plan goes
horribly wrong, the trap set for Eli - a car with sabotaged brakes -
springs on the Judge - & Marianne makes it out of the steambath, &
can lock herself in out of Sebastian's & Hildegard's reach.
So Sebastian comes up with another plan & uses Eli as bait to lure
her to a nearby ruin ... but at the ruin, he & Hildegard are waiting,
again trying to torture the numbers out of her ... but again she escapes,
& puruing her, Sebastian falls down a hole in the ruin's floor to his
Marianne runs right into the arms of a policeman, who takes her to the
morgue ... where she has to identify the corpse of Eli, who has since been
murdered by Sebastian.
Then though she does something that I fail to understand: She goes back
to the Judge's & now Hildegard's house where Hildegard is already
waiting, & she doesn't seem in too light a mood, as she is
already trying to persuade the judge's servant Rodriguez (Kenneth Hendel)
to help her torture & kill Marianne. But Rodriguez was always loyal to
his master, & since Hildegard was in a way responsible for his death,
Rodriguez kills her. Then he makes breakfast, serves it to marianne &
informs her that the police might be interested in taking him with them
A solid British independent thriller, nothing big maybe & filled
with lapses of reason, but good genre entertainment, &, despite
the catchy title, a far cry from Walker's later, more outrageous
films (which can be quite entertaining too on another level).