HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
You Don't Nomi
Man from the Alamo, The
Vast of Night, The
Furies, The
Days of the Bagnold Summer
Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975, The
Apartment 1BR
1776
Parasite
Looking On the Bright Side
Take Me Somewhere Nice
Simon
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Gentlemen Broncos
To the Stars
Lady Godiva Rides Again
Angelfish
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A
This is a Hijack
Loved One, The
Jumanji: The Next Level
Krabi 2562
Call of the Wild, The
Diary of a Country Priest
Sea Fever
Throw Down
Grudge, The
Green Man, The
Specialists, The
Convoy
Romantic Comedy
Going Ape!
Rabid
Infinite Football
Little Women
Camino Skies
Ema
Another Shore
Cry Havoc
   
 
Newest Articles
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
   
 
  Campbell's Kingdom You Know The Drill
Year: 1957
Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Michael Craig, Barbara Murray, James Robertson Justice, Athene Seyler, Robert Brown, John Laurie, Sid James, Mary Merrall, George Murcell, Roland Brand, Finlay Currie, Peter Illing, Maurice Kaufmann, Stanley Maxted
Genre: Drama, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Stewart Campbell was not well liked around this area of the Canadian Rockies as he was believed to have swindled the locals out of a fortune when he persuaded them to look into his oil drilling business. After having seen a spurt of black gold right before a landslide covered it up, he was convinced there was a fortune to be had under their feet, but it was never found, and all the money was lost when his business partner ran off with it, leaving Campbell to face the music. He was imprisoned, and once released he returned to the region to live out his life as a hermit, still owning the land, seeking the oil but lacking the means to drill for it. But now he has been found dead, and the valley has a dam that can be completed now that is so - or is it?

"Bruce Campbell has more guts than the lot of you put together!" Aye to that, but this wasn't the star of The Evil Dead we were talking about, nope, it was that famed he-man Dirk Bogarde. Wait, what? He played the other Campbell in the story, one who is still alive, though only just as he has been diagnosed with a movie illness where he will die in six months, but in the meantime will remain healthy enough to climb rocks and push entire lorries with his bare hands; there is a reason for that, but to say more would be to give away the ending. Before that point, Dirk was seeking the oil his grandfather had lost by way of clearing the family name, though so doing immediately makes an enemy of the dam builder.

He being Stanley Baker, playing Morgan, our villain in intriguing contrast to the physically weak Campbell a strapping and forceful personality who director Ralph Thomas ensured made Bogarde look like the underdog throughout, all the better to present his chances of succeeding in his quest far more unlikely, therefore far more satisfying should he achieve his task. He's not alone, as he makes allies in local barmaid Jean (Barbara Murray) and worker Roy Bladen (Michael Craig) who has somehow carved out a living away from Morgan's influence, but Campbell will need more than that, so lucky for him he convinces actual oil man McDonald to assist as well, bringing in that heavy machinery - lots of huge trucks, for one thing - an entertainment for real men would often feature.

It was worth pointing out McDonald was played by James Robertson Justice with an extraordinary Scottish accent sounding like no Scot you'd ever heard. You'd think with his love of all things Caledonian he'd have perfected the brogue, but obviously not; this was no place to be if you wanted to hear authentic Canadian accents either, nor view authentic Canadian landscape for that matter: those spectacular peaks were in the Dolomites, a continent and an ocean away. Nevertheless, they did their job as rugged backdrop for what for too long in the telling was a rather abstract yarn of working out legalities of continuing to drill, something you imagine read better on the pages of Hammond Innes' source novel than it did listening to the cast chew their way through the explanatory dialogue.

In light of that, the movie could have been rather dry, but sheer force of character established the epic battle of wills early on and carried it through to the explosions and floods that had the audience of the fifties coming away contented they had enjoyed a decent night out at the cinema. Sid James was among the recognisable faces, again labouring under an accent, as was John Laurie, getting to keep his actual Scottish tones, but the curious charisma match of Bogarde and Baker against the striking scenery was the draw, the tension borne from seeing the pale and sickly Campbell outsmart the bullying and brawny Morgan since he is dead set on finding that oil, bringing the fortune his grandfather had promised to the land, and maybe even romancing Jean before his time is up on this Earth. When the plot becomes a race against time as Morgan plans to flood the valley before any oil can be got at, it's undeniably entertaining in a somewhat basic fashion, but as unpretentious adventures go, Campbell's Kingdom was a fair diversion. Music by Clifton Parker.

[Even taking into account the film's age, Network's Blu-ray offers a superbly detailed picture. Extras include the trailer and galleries.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 2180 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Hannah Prosser
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Rachel Franke
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: