Trial by Combat

Film , Comedy
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An awkward line-up of stars adds little lustre to this tediously derivative, vaguely black comedy. The plot, cobbled together by several writers who seem to have been set to produce an Avengers spin-off, revolves creakingly around the attempts of an eccentric, unflappable ex-policeman (Mills) to link a series of underworld killings to an upper-crust fancy-dress society of knights (led by Pleasence), originally dedicated to the ideals of medieval chivalry. The action sequences - on which all attention is presumably meant to focus in compensation for the numbing silliness of the rest of the movie - consist of knights on horseback, brandishing lances, chasing a car across country in hopes of impaling an East End villain (Glover), plus interminable clanking sword fights, the last of which ends with Pleasence impaled on his own portcullis.

Release details

Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Kevin Connor
Screenwriter: Julian Bond, Steven Rossen, Mitchell Smith
Cast: John Mills
Donald Pleasence
Barbara Hershey
David Birney
Margaret Leighton
Peter Cushing
Brian Glover
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