Rent Dilemma (1962)

3.3 of 5 from 52 ratings
1h 5min
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Synopsis:
Schoolteacher Harry Barnes (Peter Halliday) returns home from work and is told by a neighbour of a scream coming from his house a few moments earlier. Harry searches the house and realises that his wife Jean (Ingrid Hafner) is missing. But when Harry decides to take a shower he discovers a dying man and a pair of bloody scissors lying on the bathroom floor. Believing that his wife has killed the man in self-defence and ran away, Harry's dilemma is whether to call the police or dispose of the man's body and protect his wife. Believing in his wife's innocence, Harry decides to bury the stranger beneath his floorboards. But hiding a corpse is no easy task...
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Directors:
Producers:
Ted Lloyd
Writers:
Jane Baker, Pip Baker, Peter Maxwell
Studio:
Odeon Entertainment
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/08/2007
Run Time:
65 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Crime Notes Booklet
  • Best of British Trailers

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Reviews (1) of Dilemma

The Dilemma Is To Give It Four Stars Or Five. - Dilemma review by NC

Spoiler Alert
19/01/2019

What would you do if you came home and found a body in the bathroom, and you thought your loved one, who had just rushed out of the house, was the killer? A terrific little film, just over an hour long, follows the procedure of a man as he sets about solving the 'dilemma'.

Robert Dean gives a bravura performance as a soul in crisis, driven to the edge by a sudden circumstance beyond his control.

Most of the action takes place in the house, giving a tense, oppressive, theatrical feel. The short running time ensures suspense is never permitted to slacken.

'Dilemma' contains only one minor fault: the stereotypical nosy, sexually repressed neighbour (with the stereotypical unexciting husband). The constant interruptions the man has to endure from his neighbour (and others) increases the stressed atmosphere, but it is a bit of a pity a more original tactic could not have been envisioned. Incidentally, the Radio Times gives only one star to this gem - absolute numpties.

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