When a car rams through a guardrail and plunges into the river below, all the elements of a tantalizing movie thriller bubble to the surface: a drowned cocktail waitress, a disoriented driver with no memory of the accident -- and a ferocious D.A. who'll stop at nothing to prove him guilty. Add to that a touch of blackmail, some creepy red herrings and an acid-tongued lawyer and you get an intricate crime drama loaded with twists, turns and a startling conclusion to leave you breathless.
Fresh off their scintillating teamwork on The Carpetbaggers, George Peppard and Elizabeth Ashley head a formidable cast -- including Roddy McDowall, Sally Kellerman (her second movie) and Herbert Marshall (his final movie) -- under the taut direction of Jack Smight (Harper, No Way to Treat a Lady).
This quirky melodrama opens with an automobile crash. The driver, Steve Mallory (George Peppard), comes out of unconsciousness with amnesia. As his memory slowly returns, he learns that he is a wealthy manufacturer of table china. His wife Alexandria (Elizabeth Ashley) wants to leave him, and his cousin Oliver Parsons (Roddy McDowall) wants Steve to sell him the family business. He also learns that the passenger in his car, a cocktail waitress named Holly Mitchell (Sally Kellerman), was killed in the accident. Her husband Lester (Arte Johnson) joins forces with Parsons to frame Steve and blame him for the accident, and Steve is arrested. Lester then kidnaps Alexandria and threatens to kill her in revenge for Holly's death. The film is based on a novel by Joseph Hayes.
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