Perfect Friday – 1970 | 94 mins | Comedy, Thriller | Colour
Comedy crime caper starring Stanley Baker, Ursula Andress and David Warner. Given director Peter Hall’s Shakespearian stage background it is perhaps understanding that Perfect Friday never quite achieves take-off as a heist comedy, despite the films premise the slow-pacing and use of flashback make the film more amusing than fun, and diverting rather than thrilling. Baker and Andress never appear quite at home with the formula and thus it is left to Warner to deliver the films few droll lines.
Staid bank employee, Graham (Stanley Baker), decides to break loose from his humdrum life and boost his retirement pension by planning a meticulous robbery of his own bank. A beautiful customer, Britt (Ursula Andress), and her jaded aristocratic husband, Lord Nicholas (David Warner), are desperate for cash to maintain their jet-set existence and provide the ideal accomplices. Britt’s task is to seduce the security guard whilst the heist tasks place but this doesn’t prevent her from sleeping with her two partners in crime either. Treachery is very much order of the day for some of the trio, and whilst Nicholas and Graham are both under the assumption they are the masterminds, it’s the equally double-crossing Britt who flies to Rio with the money whilst the other two watch on helplessly.
Peter Hall: Director
Robert W Laing: Art Direction
Alan Hume: Cinematography
Kiki Byrne: Costume Design
Rex Pike: Editing
WT Partleton: Makeup Department
John O’Gorman: Makeup Department
John Dankworth: Original Music
Jack Smith: Producer
Terence Marsh: Production Design
Anthony Greville-Bell: Script
Scott Forbes: Script