This obscure British psychodrama stars Finch as a spineless bureaucrat married to Winters, a shrewish woman who harps on his inadequacies. After an intense argument with her husband, Winters declares she's had enough and flies back home to the US. Being alone suits Finch fine, and he goes
about listening to classical music and tinkering in his garden. Finally Winters has a change of heart and announces her return. Finch goes to meet her at the airport, but she is not on the plane. On the way back Finch picks up a pregnant hitchhiker, Hayden, and he reluctantly takes her in for the
night when she tells him she has no place to go. One night's stay turns into days, leaving Finch helpless because the girl threatens to make up a sensational story for the police if thrown out. Hayden soon goes into labor, and Finch delivers the baby himself. One day Finch returns home from work
to find the baby dead and the girl gone. Not knowing what to do, he puts the tiny corpse into a cardboard box and takes it with him to the office. After a day of indecision Finch brings his morbid package home and finally decides to burn the body on the beach in broad daylight. All goes well until
a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz recognizes the smell and calls the police. When the cops arrive the now-demented Finch greets them with a shotgun blast and then kills himself. Upon investigation, detectives discover that Finch had killed his wife months ago and buried the body on the beach.
Aside from good performances from Finch and Winters (whose role could almost be considered a cameo), SOMETHING TO HIDE is a confused, manipulative, and revolting thriller with gaping plot holes. The film plods along at a deliberate pace until the bizzare events of the climax, which explodes in
some gratuitous bloodletting. The vague ending, in which the viewer is left to wonder whether Finch was crazy from the beginning, is cheap and unsatisfying.
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- Released: 1971
- Rating: NR
- Review: This obscure British psychodrama stars Finch as a spineless bureaucrat married to Winters, a shrewish woman who harps on his inadequacies. After an intense argument with her husband, Winters declares she's had enough and flies back home to the US. Being al… (more)