|"A triple echo is the sound a shotgun blast makes when fired in the country."|
|The Triple Echo marks the film debut of television & theater actor Brian Deacon |
|The Sergeant (Oliver Reed at his charming-menacing best) and his buddy Stanley (Gavin Richards) make a nuisance of themselves once they discover the remote farmhouse is occupied by a "married crumpet" and her sister|
|In the film's first third, as Alice & Barton get to know one another, the look is sunshiny and most scenes are set outdoors. The peaceful open spaces punctuated by reminders of the war: the sight & sound of planes flying overhead, the carcasses of a downed airship overlooking Alice's farm like the eyes of TJ Eckelburg in The Great Gatsby.|
|The third and final act, representing the completion of the triangle and the introduction of Sgt. Arthur's fateful dominance in the narrative, takes us back to the outdoors. But now the look is wintry, the atmosphere dark, stormy, and threatening.|
|Lotsa Larfs & Sex|
It's difficult to imagine how anyone thought it a good idea to market Michael Apted's somber character drama as a proto-Bosom Buddies comedy. Misconceived, misguided, and blatantly misleading.
The first thing I ever saw actor Brian Deacon in was John Schlesinger's 1983 HBO telefilm adaptation of Separate Tables with Julie Christie and Alan Bates. Before then I only knew of him as the husband of Rock Follies star and oft-parodied VO5 hairspray TV commercial pitchwoman Rula Lenska (the pair wed in 1977, divorced in 1987).