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The Chairman (1969)

M | | Action, Drama, Thriller | July 1969 (UK)
During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the US government sends a scientist to China to steal the formula for a new agricultural enzyme developed by the Chinese.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Hathaway
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Kay Hanna
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Shelby
Alan Dobie ...
Benson
Conrad Yama ...
The Chairman
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Ting Ling
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Shertov
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Yin (as Eric Young)
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Chang Shou
Alan White ...
Gardner
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Professor Soong Li
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Soong Chu (as Francisca Tu)
Mai Ling ...
Stewardess
Gordon Sterne ...
U.S. Airforce Sergeant
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Hotel Night Manager
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Storyline

An American scientist is sent to Red China to steal the formula for a newly developed agricultural enzyme. What he is not told by his bosses is that a micro-sized bomb has been planted in his brain so that should the mission ever look likely to fail, he can be eliminated at the push of a button! Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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If the Red Chinese don't kill him... a computer in London will! See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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July 1969 (UK)  »

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Budget:

$4,915,000 (estimated)
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(FMC Library Print)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~4.3 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~3.9 seconds. See more »

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Somewhat interesting spy thriller
28 March 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is a relic of its day, reflecting the cold war paranoia that was already rather quaint by 1969. This sort of undercuts the film as anything to be taken seriously, but fortunately it's reasonably well-acted and directed so it still holds up as mildly entertaining -- if there's nothing better on TV to watch. Of historic note is that this film was produced by the same guys who made the much more memorable "Planet of the Apes" a year earlier (both films were scored by the great Jerry Goldsmith), and one of the sets is left over from "Fantastic Voyage."


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