What Shat­ner Did Next

SFX - - Re­views - In real life, the bomber “Lady Be Good” went miss­ing in 1943 and wasn’t found in the Libyan desert un­til 1958.

re­leased 18 JaN­Uary 1970 | TBC | Blu-ray/dVd (dual for­mat) Di­rec­tor Paul stan­ley Cast Vince ed­wards, richard Base­hart, Wil­liam shat­ner, lou an­to­nio

A sort of 12 An­gry Men meets The Twi­light Zone, Sole Sur­vivor is an above-av­er­age TV movie with some agree­ably novel twists.

Seven­teen years af­ter it went down dur­ing World War Two, an Amer­i­can bomber is dis­cov­ered in the Libyan desert. The only sur­viv­ing mem­ber of the crew, who’s now a gen­eral (Richard Base­hart), trav­els to the area, where he’s quizzed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors (Vince Ed­wards and Wil­liam Shat­ner) as to how it ended up there. Skip to the next para­graph if you don’t want to know why this is in SFX, but watch­ing on are the ghosts of the rest of the crew, who didn’t get out alive. And they’re not very happy…

Shat­ner, not long done with the orig­i­nal Star Trek, is as ap­peal­ing as ever – in fact, the whole cast is good. The film also ben­e­fits from an eerie desert shoot and a to­tal ab­sence of love in­ter­est.

Bor­der­line fan­tasy, Sole Sur­vivor is es­sen­tially a psy­cho­log­i­cal study, fo­cus­ing on the mind’s grap­ples with choice, re­gret and con­se­quence. It’s just a bit stretched-out for what it is – The Twi­light Zone would have done the story in 25 min­utes.

Ex­tras None. Rus­sell Lewin

The week in Beige World be­gan to drag.

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