What Shatner Did Next
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
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