Looking and operating much like anything Universal were producing for television at this time, this is a drab finale from Hitchcock that has little cinematic scale. The occasional flash of invention is small change and being competent and controlled really isn’t virtue or reason enough to sit through this for nearly two hours.
The last Hitchcock, and it's strangely fitting that after being hailed as an artist and a poet of the dark side of human psychology, his filmography ends on a free-spirited lark. He was, after all, a showman and an entertainer too. Not great, not bad, with several interesting choices and John Williams doing a Bernard Herrmann impression. I do miss when Hitchcock's innuendos had to be more thickly veiled, though.
Strange how Hitchcock's films get better and better with years passing by. When I first saw this one in the theatres, it didn't strike me as one of the best of the British master. But now, after having seen it again every three or four years since 1976, I'm amazed by the quality of its mise en scene. A DVD zone your library. Highly recommended.
The master's farewell it's a hell of a fun thriller/dark comedy. great cast and memorable winks, like the Barbara Harris' one at the end. great soundtrack by John Williams. It's true Hitch was old and tired while making this film, but many young filmmakers would die to have a bit of his talent. the ending and the mountain road scene are classics.