The Clones (1973)

Article #1497 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-20-2005
Posting Date: 9-17-2005
Directed by Lamar Card and Paul Hunt
Featuring Michael Greene, Susan Hunt, Gregory Sierra

A scientist escapes from a near disaster to discover that someone who looks just like him has taken his place.

Those who think that cloning paranoia began with Dolly the sheep should check out this one. I remember ads for this movie running on my local TV station, but the movie never actually showed up in town. No wonder. To begin with, the movie gives away its biggest mystery in the title. Then there’s the fact that despite the science fiction premise, the movie largely descends into rather dullish action fare; car chases, gunfights, fistfights, etc. etc. etc. Arty trip sequences add nothing and go nowhere, and the shaky hand-held camera work gets pretty tiresome as well. There’s the odd good moment; the opening is mysterious enough, there’s a scene where our hero checks the bathroom before stealing a car from a service station, John Drew Barrymore has a memorable cameo as a hippie, and Angelo Rossitto fans may want to catch it for a short scene in a phone booth. Other than that, this one is a tedious washout; even having the final shootout take place in an amusement park falls flat. How does it end? Well, it was the seventies, so…

Incidentally, this is also the last credit listed for serial and feature star Bruce Bennett, though where he appears in the movie is a mystery to me.

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