GB 1972 1hr 33mins Dir: Douglas Hickox Starring: Oliver Reed and Jill St John
A convicted killer escapes from jail and plans to take revenge on his wife, who has fallen pregnant from another man
This crime drama includes some really good shots overlooking the lines in and around Clapham Junction. Many are filmed from the adjacent tower blocks, but there are some from ground level. 2 and 4-car EPB EMU’s, older 4 SUB’s, and 4 VEP high-density express units are all captured. Look closely in the background of one gripping scene filmed on the balcony of a flat and a pair of Class 73 electro-diesel locomotives and an 08 diesel shunter are briefly glimpsed. In addition to these shots, there is a scene with Ian McShane and Oliver Reed onboard a 4 VEP unit. At one point the view out of the window shows Wimbledon depot, whilst Oliver Reed alights at Clapham Junction’s platform 7. This is the genuine article, and not back-projection. The final scenes take place in the yards around Battersea and Stewarts Lane, within the shadows of Battersea Power Station. Plenty of wagons and parcels vans are visible in the yards, with 4 CIG express EMU’s passing on the viaducts behind in some shots. The film was based on the 1970 novel of the same name by Laurence Henderson.