In early 1939, with the Second World War looming, aristocrat Sir Robert Hunter (Peter O’Toole) attempts to avert the impending catastrophe by assassinating Adolf Hitler. But his mission fails. Captured by the Gestapo and left for dead, Sir Robert survives his torture but is hunted by both the British and German authorities on his return to England and must use his wits and guile to survive.
Based on Geoffrey Household's cult thriller, Rogue Male is a suspenseful action adventure featuring an exceptional lead performance by O’Toole and a superb supporting cast, including Alastair Sim, Harold Pinter and John Standing.
Previously unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray.
Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition. Scanned at 2K resolution from the original 16mm A+B negatives held by the BBC Archive and presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The original mono audio has been transferred from the original 16mm magnetic audio masters.
The Guardian Lecture: Frederic Raphael (1982, 72 mins, audio only): recorded at the NFT following a screening of Rogue Male
Frederic Raphael remembers Rogue Male (2014, 4 mins): the screenwriter on how he came to the project and working with Harold Pinter
Clive Donner on Rogue Male (2018, 14 mins): extracts from the director’s recording for the British Entertainment History Project, played over a stills gallery
Eva Braun Home Movies (c1939, 7 mins): footage of Hitler and Braun entertaining guests on the terrace of the Berghof
British Union of Fascists march, October 3rd 1937 (1937, 10 mins)
200 Packs of Fox Hounds Begin Season's Sport (1921, 1 min): newsreel item on the opening of a Dorset hunt
Illustrated booklet with writing by Paul Fairclough, Sarah Wood, Gustav Temple, Taylor Downing and First Blood author David Morrel
RRP: £19.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1313 / Cert 15 UK / 1976 / colour / 103 mins / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.33:1 // BD50: 1080p, 24fps, 2.0 PCM mono audio (48kHz/24-bit) / DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio (320kbps)