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Nobody Runs Forever
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Director:
Writers:
Jon Cleary (based on the novel "The High Commissioner" by)
Wilfred Greatorex (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 September 1968 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In A Moment He Could Be Dead! - and the only man who could save him was going to arrest him for murder!
Plot:
Rod Taylor plays a policeman sent to return a sensitive case; An Australian citizen, currently acting... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The High Commissioner See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rod Taylor ... Scobie Malone

Christopher Plummer ... Sir James Quentin

Lilli Palmer ... Sheila Quentin

Camilla Sparv ... Lisa Pretorius

Daliah Lavi ... Maria Cholon

Clive Revill ... Joseph
Lee Montague ... Donzil

Calvin Lockhart ... Jamaica

Derren Nesbitt ... Pallain
Edric Connor ... Julius

Burt Kwouk ... Pham Chimh
Russell Napier ... Leeds
Ken Wayne ... Ferguson
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Jacko

Franchot Tone ... Ambassador Townsend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Ball ... Australian policeman (uncredited)
Keith Bonnard ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Peter Clay ... Assailant in Jeans (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton ... Rifleman (uncredited)
Shaun Curry ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Car Driver (uncredited)
Paul Grist ... Coburn (uncredited)

Leo McKern ... Flannery (uncredited)
Lionel Murton ... Reporter on Steps (uncredited)
James Payne ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Terence Plummer ... Assailant in Black (uncredited)
Tony Selby ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Gerald Sim ... Airport Official (uncredited)

Directed by
Ralph Thomas 
 
Writing credits
Jon Cleary (based on the novel "The High Commissioner" by)

Wilfred Greatorex (screenplay)

Produced by
Betty E. Box .... producer
Selig J. Seligman .... executive producer
James H. Ware .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue (music composed and directed by)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Steward 
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Hosler 
 
Production Design by
Tony Woollard  (as Anthony Woollard)
 
Makeup Department
Stella Hyers .... hair stylist
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist
Geoffrey Rodway .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Donald Toms .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Relph .... assistant director
Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Young .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Dudley Messenger .... sound recordist
Don Sharpe .... sound editor
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Caffin .... costume coordinator
 
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
 
Other crew
Sidney Beckerman .... production associate
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Gabriel Katzka .... production associate
James Payne .... stand- in for derren nesbitt (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The High Commissioner" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
USA:101 min (DVD)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating)

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Trivia:
One of two pictures that actors Christopher Plummer and Lilli Palmer starred in that were released in 1968. The other film was Oedipus the King (1968) where they played Oedipus and Jocasta respectively.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) (V)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The High Commissioner, 19 April 2009
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

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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