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Owen. Mr. Towers' main objective was to create an international film, so there is an international cast. Some of the acting is stiff, which is a shame because it was an all-star cast (for the seventies, at least). I think this version stands out is because it is the first movie to take the book seriously. All humor has been cut out (except for an occasional sarcastic snippet from Oliver Reed) and we have the chilling atmosphere of an empty hotel, in the middle of an emptier Iran, not to mention the shadowed ruins surrounding the hotel. A good movie, and if you go in not expecting much, it'll be a pleasant surprise.
it's all very dark and melodramatic but lacks tension as each character meets their demise. It's also not much of a whodunnit as there are no real clues for the viewer to unravel, just a sequence of events that will leave you guessing.
It's been a long time since I've read the book but I think this adaptation departs quite significantly including the setting.
A classic crime tale that unfortunately doesn't really deliver despite the big name cast.