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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Pendulum (1969)

When his wife (Jean Seberg) and her married lover (Harry Lewis) are found murdered, a Washington D.C. police captain (George Peppard) becomes the primary suspect. It's with some irony that he chooses the civil rights attorney (Richard Kiley) responsible for freeing the rapist/murderer (Robert F. Lyons overacting terribly) the police captain helped put away to defend him. Directed by George Schaefer (DOCTORS' WIVES), this is a rather contrived if decent police drama that tries to walk both sides of the fence when it comes down to civil rights vs. law enforcement. Instead of taking a position, it gives an argument for both sides thus leaving a rather confusing finish. But it's good enough to hold your attention even though you know exactly where it's going. Despite being second billed, the lovely Jean Seberg's role is fairly small but she brings a nice presence to a stereotypical (the adulterous wife) part. With Madeleine Sherwood (in the film's best performance), Charles MacGraw, Isabel Sanford, Marj Dusay, Dana Elcar and Robin Raymond. 

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