I finally got around to watching this the other day, a short low budget film, starring Edward Woodward and June Ritchie. For those of you who might have forgotten who June Ritchie she played Jo in the very first ever Minder episode to be filmed 'The Bounty Hunter' who asks Arthur to get her money back from Freddie Fenton.
This is a pretty simple short - Edward Woodward's character John Drummond dupes June Ritchie's character estate agent Margaret Lord into showing him an office only to start threatening to open fire on passers-by down below. At 39 minutes long, the original version from 1972 is a pretty simple story that (if you've not seen it) can only really go one of two ways as Margaret does all she can to get Drummond to change his mind. This was written by Michael Sloan, who of course went on to pen 'The Equalizer' and cast Edward Woodward in the lead role of that too. According to a Daily Mirror article on juneritchie.co.uk it seems Michael Sloan offered the part of Drummond to Woodward when he came into an antique shop that Sloan was working in.
7/10 - I quite enjoyed this to be honest, it is a 'two-hander ' from start to finish and the whole thing is very well acted as both Woodward and Ritchie are on absolutely top form. The reason for a 7 is that it for me is doesn't really go anywhere and is all too simple at the end. I won't give too much away though just I thought it needed a bit of extra bite at the end and only two characters means you know there can only be a limited number of outcomes.
In 1988 this was remade for 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' as 'The Hunted', which I also have tucked away in my collection but have not seen for many years. At some point I will post a little review of the remake and how it compares to the original.