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STANLEY BAKER AND TOM BELL SNEAK THROUGH 'A PRIZE OF ARMS'

Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS

The most suspenseful parts from the final act of THE GREAT ESCAPE a year after A PRIZE OF ARMS and the middle of the original decade-later STAR WARS entails hiding in plain site, behind enemy lines, while keeping everything in perfect surreptitious motion without getting noticed and thus, caught and captured... 

Which ARMS is, practically from beginning to end, epitomizing the sparse heist thriller where two British crooks with one German go undercover to politely infiltrate a British military compound before an overseas mission, since the armory will be loaded with cash... all for the taking...

Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS with Tom Baker

That's the plan anyway, led by square-jawed/no-nonsense Stanley Baker as a stern ex-officer partnered with British bad boy (and newly-hired wiring expert) Tom Bell, usually fitfully portraying thugs who argue with their superiors...

Herein Bell's volatile thus unpredictable persona enhances an already built-in nervy pace that... directed by veteran Cliff Owen with a story by Nicolas Roeg... has very little downtime as the eclectic uniform-clad gang shuffle through separate sections of the compound — to undo various contraptions for the overall mission to work as a whole...

Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS

While swimming in officers with sudden bulwarks (including Michael Ripper, Stanley Meadows, John Westbrook, John Rees, Garfield Morgan, Anthony Bate and Patrick Magee) they must wind-up in the right place at the ONLY time since every second counts with hardly any room for error...

Ending with how the practice-run prologue began, wielding cinema's coolest weapon, the flamethrower, but the resulting action's more subtle, providing Baker yet another strong yet equally vulnerable role while third banana Helmut Schmid, the mellow middleman with an accent to conceal, solidifies this perfect different kind of criminal trio.

Stanley Baker with Helmut Schmid and Tom Bell in A PRIZE OF ARMS

Flamethrower poster art for A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS

Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS with German actor Helmut Schmid
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Michael Ripper in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS with Tom Bell
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Sweeney actor Garfield Morgan in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS with Tom Bell
Helmut Schmid in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Helmut Schmid in A PRIZE OF ARMS with Lynn Furlong
A PRIZE OF ARMS with Stanley Baker and Tom Bell
A PRIZE OF ARMS with Stanley Baker
A PRIZE OF ARMS with Tom Bell
The Woodman pub sign for A PRIZE OF ARMS
Anthony Bate and Michael Ripper in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker and Michael Ripper in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Roddy McMillan scolds Tom Bell in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS
Stanley Baker in A PRIZE OF ARMS

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