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Nobody Runs Forever
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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 »
In A Moment He Could Be Dead! - and the only man who could save him was going to arrest him for murder!
Rod Taylor plays a policeman sent to return a sensitive case; An Australian citizen, currently acting... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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)
Roy Lansford ... Tennis Spectator (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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USA:101 min (DVD)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1969) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

According to the book Rod Taylor): An Aussie in Hollywood' (2010) by Stephen Vagg, Taylor only agreed to do the picture on condition that he could rewrite some of the film. An example of this is the picture's beginning where Scobie Malone (Taylor) arrests Jacko (Charles 'Bud' Tingwell).See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) (V)See more »


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3 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A disappointing travesty, 2 April 2006
Author: Marlburian from United Kingdom

What a disappointment! I've enjoyed the Jon Cleary books about Scobie Malone, but there's little resemblance between him and the cinematic Malone. In the books he's a city detective, who is devoted to his wife and doesn't get involved in fisticuffs. For the film the character has been spiced up, into an outback copper who uses his fists and isn't averse to jumping into bed with a gorgeous girl, though quite what she and the film's other sex interest see in him I don't know; Taylor was 39 at the time and his face was getting puffy.

But his character's stamina is remarkable; he flies in from Australia, apparently goes straight to the Commissioner's house (rather unwisely seeking to arrest him during a black-tie reception), saves him from assassination (getting into a fight in the process), goes to a casino with one girl, leaves with another and takes her to bed. So much for jet lag! On the way back to the Commissioner's house (showing a good knowledge of London back streets), he gets beaten up by the baddies, but is still first down to breakfast! It's also remarkable that the commissioner's limo has its windscreen and headlights miraculously repaired within minutes of the assassination attempt and that one character has a touching faith in the precise timekeeping of a clock-activated bomb.

The best thing is Joseph the Butler's disdain for the uncouth Malone. And at least the film avoids being a London travelogue, though some scenes take place during the Wimbledon tennis week.

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