Hell Is a City

A persuasively sweaty crime thriller set in Manchester, written and directed by the once reliable Guest (from a novel by Maurice Proctor), this atypical Hammer production benefited from a strong cast and fine use of location photography (in 'Hammerscope'). Square-jawed Baker toughs it out as a harassed police inspector with a volubly frustrated wife (Audley) at home, and the arduous assignment on the streets of tracking down a jailbreaker (Crawford) wanted for murder. The atmosphere is persuasively seedy and downbeat, and there's a striking performance by Billie Whitelaw in a period when she seemed to specialise in 'fallen women'.

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Val Guest
Screenwriter: Val Guest
Cast: Stanley Baker
John Crawford
Donald Pleasence
Maxine Audley
Billie Whitelaw
Joseph Tomelty
George A Cooper
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