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Reno Davis
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Anne de Villemont
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Leschenhaut
Keith Michell ...
Général Sébastien Henri René de Villemont / Dr Morillon
Perrette Pradier ...
Jeanne-Marie
Geneviève Cluny ...
Veronique
Maxine Audley ...
Mathilde Rosier
Ralph Michael ...
Claude de Gonde
Jacques Roux ...
Maguy
Patience Collier ...
Gabrielle de Villemont
William Job ...
Bourdon
Peter Bayliss ...
Edmond Rosier
Barnaby Shaw ...
Paul de Villemont
Ave Ninchi ...
Signora Orragi
Renzo Palmer ...
Pietro Rossi - the false monk
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Leschenhaut and Morillon are trying to organize a plot to overthrow the French government and set up a new fascist organization. Their plans are interrupted by Davis, an American boxer, tutor of young Paul de Villemont; in Villemont Manor he discovers the plot and, after the kidnapping of the boy, he travels to Rome, where the organization would exchange Paul with a list of members stolen by Davis to give to the press. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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20 September 1968 (West Germany)  »

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The "Tixier" graffito that Reno Davis (George Peppard passes twice on the riverbank refers to 'Jean-Louis Tixier-Vignancour', who contested the 1965 French presidential election for the far-right--which would have made him a popular choice for some of the movie's protagonists. See more »

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A classic from the time when talent had to act!
25 September 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

From the first bit of footage you will know you are settling in to see a winner. Pierre Barouh's title song is enchanting and beguiling and the singer's voice sounds like an angel. George's acting in HOC rivals his performance in Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Blue Max. It's hard to believe his agent steered him to The A Team when he had proven he had real talent. Inger Stevens, who looks as fetching as you'll ever see her, was also at the top of her game in this movie.

The direction felt like Hitch was behind the camera, it's that good. One of my very favorite actors, Orson Welles, also works his magic. If you like Orson, you will certainly enjoy another of his potentially lesser know performances in Long Hot Summer.

What I will never understand is the production company, Universal Pictures, never released this on tape, laserdisc or DVD (if you have some influence with Universal, call in a favor to fix this). Talk about your missed opportunities! A loss for movie lovers the world over. Your only chance to see this is to obtain the CD-V version.


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