W: Ernest Lehman [based on the novel "The Rainbird
Pattern" by Victor Canning]
DP: Leonard J. South
Ed: J. Terry Williams
Mus: John Williams
PD: Henry Bumstead
Barbara Harris (Blanche Tyler), Bruce Dern (George
Lumley), Karen Black (Fran), William Devane (Arthur Adamson / Edward Shoebridge), Ed Lauter (Joseph P. Maloney), Cathleen Nesbitt (Julia Rainbird)
Alfred Hitchcock's last film is far from his best, but
does feature some stylish flourishes which are expected from the master of suspense.
The film has parallel plots which intertwine towards the
finale, the main story strand sees a phoney psychic who is hired to locate a long-lost heir. Along with her cab driver husband, another fraud, they become involved in a kidnapping plot with
another couple (Karen Black and William Devane), who plan to be paid their ransom in priceless diamonds.
Though the story is a bit of a mish-mash, it works
reasonably well as the film progresses, with some very memorable scenes, including an out-of-control car speeding down a hill being the standout.
The acting of the four principal actors is good, and the
music by John Williams is perfectly mysterious.