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De beul moest wachten (1963)

The Ceremony (original title)
A bank robber is sentenced to prison for committing a murder during the robbery. His brother comes up with a plan to break him out of prison--but on the condition that his brother's girlfriend "date" him first.

Director:

Laurence Harvey

Writers:

Frédéric Grendel (novel), Ben Barzman (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Laurence Harvey ... Sean McKenna
Sarah Miles ... Catherine
Robert Walker Jr. ... Dominic
John Ireland ... Prison Warden
Ross Martin ... Le Caq
Lee Patterson ... Nicky
Jack MacGowran ... O'Brian
Murray Melvin ... First Gendaime
Carlos Casaravilla ... Ramades (as Carlos Casarvillo)
Fernando Rey ... Sanchez
Fernando Sancho ... Shaoush (as Fernando Sanchez)
José Nieto ... Inspector
Noel Purcell ... Finigan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rafael Albaicín Rafael Albaicín ... 7th gendarme
Barta Barri ... Death house guard
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Storyline

A bank robber is sentenced to prison for committing a murder during the robbery. His brother comes up with a plan to break him out of prison--but on the condition that his brother's girlfriend "date" him first.

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Taglines:

The story of a man condemned . . . of his brother who offered to save him for a price . . . his brother's woman! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

18 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1966 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

De beul moest wachten See more »

Filming Locations:

Tangier, Morocco

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Lawrence Harvey had most difficulties to push Sarah Miles taking her clothes off during the shooting of the movie. See more »

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Laurence Harvey the intense actor directed intensely by-- Laurence Harvey.
6 January 1999 | by EphTSee all my reviews

If you didn't know this was a Spain/US production, you'd think it was a timeless fable: there are so few localized contexts. The supporting actors delineate themselves sharply, but Laurence Harvey steals the show, as always, with his intensity (check out his work in Tamiko, a neurotic romance set in Japan), and compounds this by directing with intensity: the camera is always zooming into people's faces from above, below, and sideways. It's dizzying. That said, the movie's worth seeing. All praise to early 60's B&W films.


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