Debuting on British TV screens in 1976, Peter O’Toole stars in Clive Donner’s Rogue Male, a suspenseful action adventure inspired by Geoffrey Household’s cult 1930s thriller.
The BBC-produced film Peter O’Toole once said was his own personal favourite of those he made, Rogue Male tells the fascinating story of Sir Robert Hunter (O’Toole) who, before the start of war in 1939, takes aim at Adolf Hitler with a high powered rifle but narrowly misses. Tortured by the Gestapo he miraculously survives and escapes back to England. Tracked by Nazi operatives, he goes underground to evade recapture and survive.
First shown on BBC TV in 1976, Rogue Male now makes its debut on Blu-ray, released by the BFI in a Dual Format edition that includes the DVD. Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition, the release, which will be available from January 21 (and on iTunes from January 28), includes The Guardian Lecture recorded at the NFT, a new interview with screenwriter Frederic Raphael who remembers the project and working with Harold Pinter, and extracts from Clive Donner discussing Rogue Male for the British Entertainment History Project.
Previously filmed by Fritz Lang as Man Hunt in 1941, with Walter Pidgeon in the principle role, the BBC’s 100-minute feature-length version (from the director of The Caretaker and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush) was originally conceived as part of a series of thrillers depicting the changing British hero between the first and second world wars (according to producer Mark Shivas). But since its first screening, audiences in the UK have had little chance to see it because of pay disputes amongst the crew. Now, we’ll get the opportunity to indulge in this piece of important British TV history.
Dual Format Edition (Blu-ray/DVD) release on January 21 2019 and iTunes release on January 28 2019.