The Angry Hills (film)
|The Angry Hills|
|Directed by||Robert Aldrich|
|Produced by||Raymond Stross|
|Written by||A. I. Bezzerides|
|Based on||the novel by Leon Uris|
|Music by||Richard Rodney Bennett|
|Edited by||Peter Tanner|
Set in Greece in 1941, before and after the German invasion, the film follows an American journalist who possesses a list of Greek resistance leaders. Having memorized the list he destroys it and is then pursued by various groups of people keen to have it: Communist resistance fighters, the Gestapo and Greek collaborators.
- Robert Mitchum as Mike Morrison
- Stanley Baker as Conrad Heisler
- Elisabeth Müller as Lisa Kyriakides
- Gia Scala as Eleftheria
- Theodore Bikel as Dimitrios Tassos
- Sebastian Cabot as Chesney
- Peter Illing as Leonides
- Leslie Phillips as Ray Taylor
- Donald Wolfit as Dr. Stergion
- Marius Goring as Colonel Elrick Oberg
- Jocelyn Lane as Maria Tassos
- Kieron Moore as Andreas
- George Pastell as Papa Panos
- Patrick Jordan as Bluey
- Marita Constantinou as Cleopatra
- Stanley Van Beers as Tavern Proprietor
- Alec Mango as Phillibos
- Kostas Gousgounis as Agent(uncredited)
Film rights were bought by Raymond Stross in England, who said he wanted Clark Gable for the lead. Stross eventually set up the film with MGM and New York's Cine World Productions, and announced Robert Mitchum would star. According to Mitchum, Alan Ladd was meant to play the lead but the producers drove out to Ladd's house and met him after "he'd just crawled out of his swimming pool and was all shrunken up like a dishwasher's hand. They decided he wouldn't do for the big war correspondent. So, what happened? Some idiot said, 'Ask Mitchum to play it. That bum will do anything if he has five minutes free.' Well I had five minutes free so I did it."
I stayed to make The Angry Hills for Raymond Stross. He understood that Metro was buying film by the yard then, and Mitchum was reasonably hot. So they thought that as long as it was an hour and a half with Mitchum and some Greek scenery, it would work. Obviously it didn't... The Strosses of this world just hang back there and let you work your ass off, till you're all through, and then say, "Fine. Goody-bye. Thank you, very much." Despite whatever promises about length or final cut they made to you, they take it back then and do what they were going to do in the first place.
According to MGM records the film earned $510,000 in the US and Canada and $775,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $497,000.
It had admissions of 588,260 in France.
Robert Aldrich later said the film was "disappointing not because it's not a good picture but because it could have been good. It had a potential that was never remotely realised... you feel sad about The Angry Hills... I'd know how to make The Angry Hills better in a thousand ways."
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