Dir: Ian Merrick
Starring: Donald Sumpter and Debbie Farrington
A post office robber kidnaps a teenage heiress to use as ransom
This crime thriller was based on the Donald Neilson case, an ex-soldier turned armed robber who kidnaps a teenage heiress. Some scenes in the film show that the kidnapped girl was kept in a drain in Bathpool Park, close to the new Harecastle Tunnel (310 yards), in the Kidsgrove area of Staffordshire, and there are shots of two trains. One is a distant view of a train, possibly a London Midland Region EMU, and the other is a mineral train, unfortunately edited so that the locomotive is just passing out of shot. By pausing the scene, however, it is possible to make out from the two roof fans that it is a Class 47. Later in the film there is an exterior shot of Chalk Farm Underground station. The film was very controversial on its release and was slandered by the media and as a consequence the film was effectively banned from viewing. In 2012, it was remastered and resurrected by the BFI to rave reviews and it has emerged as a ‘meticulous, tactful, well made and highly responsible true crime movie’. Which it is.