If you like films with a puzzle then maybe the film I’m taking a look at today is for you. The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) starring George C Scott sees a series of deaths seemingly all accidents revealed as a murders. If that sounds like your kind of film then read on as I take a closer look, here’s The List of Adrian Messenger Blu-ray Review.
- The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) Import
- Genre: Mystery
- Directed by John Huston
- Running Time: 98 Mins
- UK Rating N/A
- Discs: 1
- Released By Universal
- Blu-ray Import
Writer Adrian Messenger thinks he’s on to something, that something is a series of apparently unrelated deaths that at first glance appear to be nothing more than accidental. However Adrian thinks these deaths are actually murders and begins to piece together their connection. He draws up a list of names “The List of Adrian Messenger” but soon after finds himself added to the list of the deceased. Who is behind all of the deaths and what do they want? Adrian’s friend and former intelligence officer Anthony Gethryn (George C. Scott) intends to find out.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by John Huston with the cinematography handled by Joseph MacDonald.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Jerry Goldsmith amd it fits the mystery genre perfectly.
Acting / Characters
George C. Scott and Kirk Douglas put in strong performances that keep you intrigued as this mystery thriller slowly develops. You will note that the film boasts an all-star cast but most are merely cameo appearances that don’t really add a huge deal to the story other than trying to spot which characters they are playing.
- George C. Scott as Anthony Gethryn
- Kirk Douglas as George Brougham / Mr. Pythian
- John Merivale as Adrian Messenger
- Jacques Roux as Raoul Le Borg
- Clive Brook as Marquis of Gleneyre
- Dana Wynter as Lady Jocelyn Bruttenholm
- Tony Huston as Derek Bruttenholm
- Gladys Cooper as Mrs. Karoudjian
- Herbert Marshall as Sir Willfrid Lucas
- Marcel Dalio as Max Karoudjian
- Bernard Archard as Insp. Pike
- Ronald Long as Carstairs
There are several cameo appearance from well known faces including:
- Tony Curtis
- Robert Mitchum
- Frank Sinatra
- Burt Lancaster
Conclusion – The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) Film Review
A thoroughly enthralling film that has you intrigued to how the ending will play out. Strong performances from George C. Scott and Kirk Douglas keep the film interesting.
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The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) Blu-ray Review
Unfortunately for us film fans in the UK this one’s only available if you are prepared to obtain an imported copy. That said if you do then you will find that Universal have put out an excellent version that is pretty much flawless. It’s a black and white film but thankfully there are no annoying flickers or dirt marks to contend with.
There are no extras to be found but at least the film looks fantastic.
On to my movie rating for The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: NONE
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) is available now on Blu-ray if you are prepared to obtain an imported version.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) Blu-ray Review - Import
Director(s): John Huston
Actor(s): George C. Scott, Kirk Douglas, John Merivale, Jacques Roux, Clive Brook, Tony Curtis , Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra , Burt Lancaster
Genre: Drama, Mystery
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A thoroughly enthralling film that has you intrigued until the end.
- An Enthralling Plotline
- Blu-ray Not Available As UK Release