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Edward Woodward

Edward Woodward

This is a shot of the English actor Edward Woodward from the 1974 made-for-television film Callan, in which he played a reluctant and conscience-bound professional killer for a shadowy branch of the British Government’s intelligence services known as “the Section.” It’s all a bit cheesy, of course, and very typical of the time, a spy film without any real drama and intrigue. One needed Michael Caine for that. Nevertheless, the guy intrigued me. I couldn’t remember where I’d seen him before and then realized it was in Breaker Morant, where he played the chief defendant in a kangaroo court the British arranged for some Aussies during the Second Boar War. By the way, Breaker Morant is a must-see film. It’s one of those epic stories that stays with you the rest of your life. Interestingly, I first saw it on a Betamax machine. I figured the best horse would win, but, of course, it never does. Lobbying, advertising, and bribery in the right places always wins in the end.

November 22, 2009   Comments Off on Edward Woodward