11 Harrowhouse (1974)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller


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Independent diamond broker and his girlfriend attempt a heist at a major Diamond Exchange house in London.


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  • Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin in 11 Harrowhouse (1974)
  • Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin in 11 Harrowhouse (1974)
  • Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin in 11 Harrowhouse (1974)
  • James Mason in 11 Harrowhouse (1974)
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4 February 2015 | bkoganbing
6
| Incredibly Ingenious
Apparently someone had a really good idea to save 11 Harrowhouse. They added a voice-over narration by star Charles Grodin, sharp and laconical that really lifts the film from the mediocre to the good. There seems to be another version of the film without it, but I can't imagine it being as good as this.

11 Harrowhouse is the name of the address where a few people headed by John Gielgud control the diamond market of the world. They have billions of dollars or English pounds if you will of gems in their vaults and manipulate the world market value like a yo-yo. Gielgud is a cold and forbidding man and he's one who delights in screwing the little people in his employ. One of them is diamond cutter James Mason who is as reliable as Alec Guinness was in The Lavendar Hill Mob. He's also got a plan. When Grodin and Candice Bergen come up short with 'the System' as Gielgud's consortium is called, Mason has them as allies.

The three of them have the backing of billionaire Trevor Howard who also likes messing with people. He messes with Grodin and Grodin has no choice but to aid in the robbery.

The best part of the film is the robbery itself. Someone has to be sacrificed, but the idea is incredibly ingenious and bloody simple.

Mason comes off best in this, a little man who just wants to get even with those who have treated him like a doormat all his working life.

An enjoyable caper film, diamond exchange in Amsterdam, take note.

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