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Having helped a gangster (Ward) break in to a safe and pull off a bit hit, Norman Wisdom runs for his life, fearing Ward will try to destroy ALL the evidence. With Ward on his trail, Wisdom goes up north to Scotland and meets an American policewoman on holiday who decides to help him.

★★★★

This tatty British mobster thriller tries hard, with tough talk, violent action, a duplicitous dame and a trecherous twist. But it never rises above a muddling, tedious script and gimcrack set pieces. The cast has on its side curiosity value at least, with Norman Wisdom — in his first film role for 20 years — playing a cringeing ex-safecracker and unlikely, erstwhile advisor/robbery planner to ostensibly respectable property developer/gangster Simon Ward. Wisdom’s embezzled loot and has the goods on his criminal boss safely stashed in an effort to save himself and his daughter.

On the run through a remote Scottish village, he conveniently collides with an American retired cop-turned-tourist (Katt) who saves his life and becomes his confidante. Simon Ward makes a suitably loathsome crime lord with delusions of grandeur and Bernard Hill does his stuff as standard brutal nutso second-in-command, but just what it is they are up to is neither particularly interesting nor believable.

The more bizarre concept of Gemma Craven as Wisdom’s faithless, boozing consort and the instant romance between the Yank and the dewy-eyed daughter (Chloe Annett) are scarcely more credible. As indicated by the title, everyone in sight is dealing with a marked deck, sadly leading to rather more stifled yawns than tears.

With Wisdom's first performance in years , it's a shame that it couldn't have been a better outcome. With plot twists that have seemingly been pulled out of a hat, they fail to convince while the action is as slow it as it comes. A waste of Wisdom's talents as well as viewing time.

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