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Nobody Runs Forever (1968)

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Rod Taylor plays a policeman sent to return a sensitive case; An Australian citizen, currently acting as high commissioner for peace talks who is wanted for an old charge -- of murder. The ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Sir James Quentin
Sheila Quentin
Lisa Pretorius
Maria Cholon
Lee Montague ...
Edric Connor ...
Pham Chimh
Russell Napier ...
Ken Wayne ...
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Ambassador Townsend


Rod Taylor plays a policeman sent to return a sensitive case; An Australian citizen, currently acting as high commissioner for peace talks who is wanted for an old charge -- of murder. The talks are too sensitive to be disturbed, so Taylor ends up watching Christopher Plummer as he conducts his talks, and discovers that some want the talks to fail enough to think that killing Plummer is an obvious way to stop them. Written by John Vogel <>

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In A Moment He Could Be Dead! - and the only man who could save him was going to arrest him for murder!


Action | Drama | Thriller


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19 September 1968 (Denmark)  »

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The High Commissioner  »

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This movie was made and released about two years after Jon Cleary's novel 'The High Commissioner' was first published in 1966. It was the first book in Cleary's Scobie Malone series and was the book that introduced the Sydney detective hero character. In this movie though the character is a policeman from the Australian outback. The book series has run to twenty novels, the final one being first published in 2004. See more »


Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) See more »

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The High Commissioner
19 April 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

An air of mystery permeates this Cold War thriller, set mostly in London. Rod Taylor plays Scobie Malone, a rough and tough, and slightly uncultured Australian security man. His assignment is to bring back to Sydney a VIP diplomat named Sir James Quentin (Christopher Plummer), charged with the murder of a young girl many years earlier, long before he became The High Commissioner.

Initially, the question the plot asks is: what kind of man would kill a young woman, then vanish, then later turn up as a government diplomat? Is there some twist here? Maybe the diplomat was not really the murderer. Or, maybe he did it, but his personality has changed.

Sir James agrees to return to Sydney with Malone, but first wants to wrap up an important peace conference, to which Sir James seems genuinely devoted. His work on behalf of world peace seems conspicuously inconsistent with the mindset of a murderer. Malone agrees to the delay, but quickly learns that someone, or some entity, is trying to kill Sir James. The plot then switches to the vexing question: who wants to bump off Sir James, a man intent on fostering world peace?

Less spy adventure than elegant mystery, "Nobody Runs Forever" keeps viewers guessing, both about Sir James' past and about the threat that now surrounds him.

My only real complaint is that the motivation of Sir James' enemy (or enemies) is glossed over. Very little is actually explained at the end, except for the specific question of whodunit.

Otherwise, this is a fine mystery. The haunting, vaguely depressing score by Georges Delerue enhances the cloak and dagger atmosphere. Casting and acting are above average. I especially like the performance of Lilli Palmer as Lady Quentin. And dazzling Daliah Lavi is quite beautiful. Costumes are expensive and regal.

I'm baffled as to why this film is so seemingly obscure. It's not that old. It certainly does not lack for star power. And it's a quality production, all the way. Maybe its because the IMDb title is inconsistent with what U.S. viewers remember as "The High Commissioner".

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