Bryan Forbes' Sťance on a Wet Afternoon succeeds on a number of levels. Amazing performances by Richard Attenborough and Kim Stanley carry the movie beyond the realm of the average. Attenborough characterizes Billy Savage as a capitulating and down on his luck middle class chap. He seems to have completely given up on making his own mark on the world, devoting himself to actualizing the plans his wife sets in motion, no matter how crazy they may seem. On first viewing, Billy comes off as weak-willed and uninspired. Only after the action has played out does Billy appear in a different light -- as a compassionate husband who will go to great lengths to snap his wife out of her insanity.
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