80,000 Suspects

1963

Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 25%
IMDb Rating 6.0 10 282

pandemic epidemic smallpox

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Kay Walsh as Matron
Claire Bloom as Julie Monks
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1000.85 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
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1 hr 48 min
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Reviewed by blanche-2 6 / 10

Not great

Officials in the City of Bath have to find "80,000 Suspects" in this 1963 film starring Richard Johnson, Claire Bloom, Yolande Donlan, and Cyril Cusack. Johnson is Steven Monks, an overworked doctor, and Bloom is his wife, Julie, an ex-nurse, who delay their vacation to fight a pending epidemic of smallpox. There is tension between the two; Monks had an affair with another doctor's wife, Ruth (Donlan), who becomes the subject of a search when it's learned that she was with someone infected with smallpox.

A very uninvolving movie that concentrates more on the relationship of the husband and wife than it does the tracking down of people who may have been infected with smallpox. That doesn't necessarily make it less interesting, but in this case, it's hard to warm up to the main characters. The lesser characters are actually far more likable and interesting - Michael Goodlife as Ruth's devastated husband and Basil Dignam as the worried chief medical officer.

There's not much in the way of raw emotion from either Johnson nor Bloom, both excellent actors but neither one particularly warm. The script calls for them to be very stoic.

Could have been compelling - isn't.

Reviewed by Sleepin_Dragon 5 / 10

A watchable, if slow film.

Watching the advert I thought the film was going to be a quite dramatic thriller, focused on a deadly outbreak of smallpox. Instead, the film is 70 percent melodrama, 30 percent thriller, it's actually pretty slow, if you're expecting an energetic thriller, you'll be disappointed.

It was made back in 1963, so gore and terror aren't expected naturally, but the main issue is the pacing, a deadly outbreak and everyone is meandering about.

It is watchable enough, the characters themselves are quite interesting, it's well acted, and looks pretty good.

Richard Johnson, Claire Bloom and Cyril Cusack are all decent, but it's the actress behind Ruth that steals it, Yolande Donlan, she adds some much needed energy and enthusiasm into a pretty slow film.

It's ok. 5/10

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Turgid relationship drama

80,000 SUSPECTS is a faltering effort from the usually reliable Val Guest, an 'outbreak'-style thriller that focuses more on a turgid relationship drama between the main characters than on the kind of thrills you'd expect from this genre. Sure, the smallpox stuff is interesting enough, and there's a well-selected cast to do more than justice to the material, but the second half in particular just gets bogged down in characters feeling things we don't really care about. Richard Johnson and Claire Bloom do do their best, but there's nothing here to write home about.

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