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The Executioner (1970)

GP  |   |  Thriller, Drama  |  June 1970 (UK)
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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
Nigel Patrick ...
Colonel Scott
Keith Michell ...
Adam Booth
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Philip Crawford
Alexander Scourby ...
Prof. Parker
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Butterfield
Ernest Clark ...
Roper
Peter Dyneley ...
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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Thriller | Drama

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Der Vollstrecker  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is also one of only five cinema movies directed by Sam Wanamaker who mostly directed in television. 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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Interesting, dour spy thriller set largely in post-swinging London. Nothing like as violent as the title suggests. Peppard is excellent.
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A dour little spy thriller which acts as a corrective to the James Bond school of spy movies, and benefits from an excellent performance by George Peppard as an exhausted, stressed out Ango-US agent searching for a mole in British Intelligence (just the one?). The atmosphere of post-swinging London is interesting from a modern standpoint, as is the unusual flashback plot structure.

Trivia for Gerry Anderson fans: Both Paul Maxwell (the voice of Steve Zodiac in Fireball XL5) and Peter Dyneley (the voice of Jeff Tracy in Thunderbirds) have quite major roles in The Executioner.


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