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Hammer Films offering of the legend of the Yeti, otherwise known as the titular character (s): Peter Cushing plays the moral scientist in this one, a botanist staying at a monastery in the Himalayan mountains with his wife and an assistant. Enter the immoral explorer, played by Forrest Tucker, and the two are soon trudging into the high wastelands with a few others in the quest to find the elusive missing link. Tucker's associates include a shady trapper (Robert Brown); the actions of these two neer-do-wells soon plunge the expedition into calamity, showing - as usual - that mercenary attitudes will always work against such an enterprise. There's also the ever-present danger of avalanches.
This was based on a play called "The Creature" and a TV BBC production (Tucker's character was played by Stanley Baker in the earlier version) and gets by with a lot of suggestion and possibly mystical ramifications. There's quite a bit of theorizing, usually by Cushing, but also by the resident high lama, who hints in stilted English that there's more to the Yeti than we think and that mankind may eventually be replaced - exactly the opposite of how we all think of the supposedly dying away snow creatures. The creatures remain mostly unseen until the very end, except for one glimpse of a huge hairy arm and paw, grasping at a discarded rifle. Tucker overacts a bit, but then again he was supposed to be a flamboyant opportunist. BoG's Score: 7 out of 10
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