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The Executioner (1970)

GP | | Thriller, Drama | June 1970 (UK)
A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.

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John Shay
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Sarah Booth
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Polly Bendel
Oskar Homolka ...
Racovsky
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Vaughan Jones
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Colonel Scott
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Adam Booth
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Philip Crawford
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Prof. Parker
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Butterfield
Ernest Clark ...
Roper
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Balkov
Gisela Dali ...
Anna
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Storyline

Explosive international intrigue results when British Intelligence agent John Shay suspects Booth, a colleague, of being a double-agent. Although Shay's superiors warn him against an investigation, he travels to Greece and Turkey in order to check out his suspicions. There, Shay becomes involved with a beautiful woman who was once her lover, and is now Booth's wife. Before long, Shay realizes that he is being used as a Communist pawn, and has fallen into grave danger. Written by alfiehitchie

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Every day he lives, somebody else dies!

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June 1970 (UK)  »

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Der Vollstrecker  »

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Trivia

Actor George Peppard received sole name-above-the title billing. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film one of the dead victims lying by the empty swimming pool is startled and moves when the car explodes, with his head and arm moving. See more »

Quotes

John Shay: I thought you guys used Pentothal.
Balkov: We ran out.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, in the background is the final scene showing a tower with a light that rotates, shining alternately green and white light. The credits change colors repeatedly as if the tower light is shining on them. See more »

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Referenced in The Oral Generation (1970) See more »

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Classic but overlooked espionage film
26 September 2004 | by (Greensboro, NC) – See all my reviews

Deep in plot factors and to some perhaps slow in development (but layered spy films need to "develop" to set the story in play). But steeped in cold war motivations and sensibilities of the time. Peppard is driven to do his job well, with concern for protecting those things and people he values. Twists and turns confront him, but he resolves the factors. But then there is that final and jaw-dropping question which is the final line of the film!

His former controller offers him a position of command within the British espionage structure from which George Peppard has left. Disgusted with the way in which the prior situation was handled (set up by his overseers) Peppard might be presumed to say NO, but my presumption is that the answer would have been YES.

Watch the film and screw your head on tight, no exits to bathroom without pause button pushed, this is not a trivial action film.


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