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||IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 from 223 votes
||Release: 26 December 1977 (UK) /
||Genre: Crime, Thriller
||Director: Ian Merrick,
||Stars: Alison Key, Andrew Burt, David Swift, Debbie Farrington, Delia Paton, Donald Sumpter, Edwin Apps, Gerry Sundquist, Graham Ashley, Lila Kaye, Marjorie Yates, Michael Barrington, Ruth Dunning, Ruth Kettlewell, Sylvia O'Donnell
||Synopsis: A gung-ho ex-military man pursues a secret life of crime, culminating in the kidnapping of a teenage heiress.
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The Black Panther is directed by Ian Merrick and written by Michael
Armstrong. It stars Donald Sumpter, Debbie Farrington, Marjorie Yates,
Sylvia O'Donnell, Andrew Burt, Alison Key, Ruth Dunning and David
Swift. Music is by David Hewson and cinematography by Joe Mangine.
Between 1971 and 1975 an armed robber turned murderer known as The
Black Panther was hunted by police as the public in the North and
Midlands areas of England waited anxiously. When 17 year old Leslie
Whittle became a heiress to a fortune, she was kidnapped and held to
ransom by The Black Panther. It was to end in tragedy. This is the
story of Donald Neilson, ex-soldier of Her Majesty's Forces, also known
as The Black Panther.
The Neilson trial ended in 1976. This movie went in to production
shortly afterwards, which for many would surely be too soon? Sure
enough when the press and media got wind of it a storm broke, a savage
campaign ensued, headlines such as "sick exploitation" were used, BBC's
Sue Lawley chastised it as sick rubbish even though she hadn't seen the
film, in fact at this point nobody had seen the film! It was all guess
work. The film was pulled from imminent distribution in the hope that
the furore would die down. A few months later it had a limited release
and went down well with critics who appraised it as not being
exploitive but intelligent, tactful and meticulous in its
reconstructions. But the press wasn't having it, and storm two broke
and councils began to ban the film in their cities, eventually the
picture was withdrawn and apart from a limited, but successful, VHS
release in the early 80s, the film was out of circulation and buried.
That is until now, where the BFI have put together a release of The
Black Panther to DVD and Blu-ray that finally lets Merrick and
Armstrong's brilliant movie get the exposure it deserves.
There is no getting away from it, the subject matter is troubling and
will always be skirting the boundaries of bad taste. Often bigger
budgeted films than this have shamefully milked real life horror in
search of the big dollar. The Black Panther is not one such case, it's
a sharp picture that asks some searching questions whilst not being
afraid to implicate police inadequacies and press interference into the
Whittle killing. There is no sensationalising of Neilson here, in fact
he is portrayed as a bumbling fool once he begins to enact his crimes.
His planning is meticulous, his army training giving him mental
fortitude, but as we see, and remember this is all taken from real
accounts and testimonies et al, he was a hapless fool in over his head.
His home life shows him as a bully who can't let his regimental bent
go, his poor wife and daughter meekly giving in to his tyrannical ways,
but they had no idea they were living with The Black Panther. I mean
would you know if you lived with a monster who fantasised about being a
master criminal? Someone capable of murder? Would you?
With the lawyers of the day having gone through the screenplay with a
fine tooth comb, you can rest assured that what you see is facts. The
only points of the movie left to supposition are those played out with
just Neilson and young Leslie, we only have Neilson's word on these
events but again nothing is glorified and Merrick uses admirable
restraint to really drive the sadness home. The film also plays out to
a grim mid 70s British backdrop, the futility of Neilson's crimes
dovetailing with the glumness bathing a United Kingdom of strikes,
unemployment, racism and Northern Irish troubles. As a snap shot of the
times it also has high interest value. Dialogue is sparse, often
forcing us the viewers to be uneasily in the company of Neilson,
watching him work and plot, smiling to his reflection in the mirror, to
observe rare moments when he lets his emotional guard down. The makers
ask us to ask the pertinent questions, just what made Donald Neilson
what he was? Who was he? And should culpability be shared?
Backed by an astonishing and riveting performance by Sumpter, The Black
Panther rounds out as an utterly gripping account of a terrible crime
spree and the man who perpetrated those crimes. Too long this film has
been forgotten, that in itself is as big a crime as that committed by
the hypocritical press who fought to keep it from our eyes back in the
dead part of the 70s. 10/10
Tags for The Black Panther Full Movie
, Andrew Burt
, David Swift
, Debbie Farrington
, Delia Paton
, Donald Sumpter
, Edwin Apps
, Gerry Sundquist
, Graham Ashley
, Lila Kaye
, Marjorie Yates
, Michael Barrington
, Ruth Dunning
, Ruth Kettlewell
, Sylvia O'Donnell
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