The Appointment

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The Appointment Review


Todd Wade's directorial debut (reaching DVD eight years later) is surprisingly assured for a first feature shot for $31,000.

The story we've seen before in films ranging from The Last Seduction way back to Double Indemnity, with an apparently hapless pawn (in this case it's Don Cummings as Peter Bundle, a hawker of security systems) who gets caught up in a scam that promises him a fortune, not to mention the femme fatale who draws him into the web.

Fortunately, the film is surprisingly well acted considering the amateur status of its players, and Wade uses black and white to successfully mask the film's low-grade video production problems. It's one of the better looking cheapies I can recall seeing.

Still, the movie has problems, notably that it contains more than its fair share of hokey overblown dialogue filled with anachronistic phrases like "a mere pittance." It's a sign of Wade's then-novice screenwriting talents, and the flowery language translates into some scenery-chewing performances, especially with Cummings and a villain that seems to be channeling Frank Langella.

As the heroine (or is she?), Colleen Corrigan is probably the best part of the film, exuding that strange concoction of pin-up charm and sleaziness that's critical in these roles. She appears to have vanished from the planet in 1997, which is a shame.

Interestingly, Wade includes the entirety of the raw footage for the film's final scene on the DVD, inviting viewers to edit and recut it however they'd like. (This might not be a bad idea, the ending is pretty lame.) But Wade, don't you think you'd have sold more videos if you'd let viewers recut the sex scene instead? Sign me up.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Friday 23rd May 1969

Production compaines: Martin Poll Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 5.7 / 10

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Starring: as Federico Fendi, as Carla, Didi Perego as Nanny, Fausto Tozzi as Renzo

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