Following a triple professional hit a U.S. agent arrives in Amsterdam to investigate a heroin smuggling ring. He finds a city rife with drugs and a police force unable or unwilling to do ...
See full summary »
Following the death of his family in an aeroplane crash, a man plots an elaborate revenge scheme on those responsible. By setting himself up as a criminal, he plans to get close to a ... See full summary »
On the remote Norwegian Bear Island, used as a submarine base by the Germans during WW2, U.N. scientist Larsen sends a distress signal using an emergency NATO frequency and is received by scientific vessel Morning Rose.
After she misses her train, a young woman is forced to hitch a ride back to town. After managing to get away from a lecherous trucker, she is given a ride by a good-looking but somewhat ... See full summary »
Former secret agent Robert Elliot (Coburn) will be promoted to government advisor. In order to make sure no-one will ever know about his dirty past, he has invented a very ingenious plan to... See full summary »
Truck is a bounty hunter who gets a job to track down a guy named Gator. When he and his partner find him, a chase ensues and Gator is killed. This makes Gator's woman, Dorinda, very angry ... See full summary »
American Neil Bowman is traveling through France when he meets British photographer Lila. They are hired by French land owner Duc de Croyter to escort a Hungarian scientist to New York. But... See full summary »
Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Mike Reynolds is hired to help a threatened Hungarian scientist (Prof. Jansci) escape from Budapest. He and... See full summary »
Aboard the cargo vessel converted into a luxury cruise ship SS Campari somewhere in the Caribbean is lying in port due to a succession of delays. Chief Officer Johnny Carter, who has to put... See full summary »
Following a triple professional hit a U.S. agent arrives in Amsterdam to investigate a heroin smuggling ring. He finds a city rife with drugs and a police force unable or unwilling to do much about it. With his incognito female fellow agent the American is soon stirring things up. Written by
Jeremy Perkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I second the negative remarks by other reviewers of "Puppet on a Chain". It's a somewhat, but not altogether, disappointing movie that, at best, is about average for its type. The best parts are action parts. There is one very well-staged fight, a top-notch, long and exciting boat chase through Amsterdam's canals, and a reasonably good final sequence in which the head man of the heroin operation is flushed out. Barbara Parkins adds quite a lot by her screen presence. Vladek Sheybal, who early on was in "Kanal" and "From Russia with Love", plays it up as one of the heroin ring. Alexander Knox has a small part, reasonably effective but clichéd, as a crusty local police inspector. Patrick Allen, memorable from "The Long Haul", is another inspector.
The lead actor, Sven-Bertil Taube, unfortunately, doesn't spark the film. He's likable but his toughness seems put on. He's not really into the character. The script is on the disjointed side. At quite a few times it's fanciful and Bondish, departing from being a straight-ahead and tough crime story. It may be that the direction failed to get a convincing performance out of Taube, but the script also didn't give him what we needed to identify with him. At one point, it fell into didactic lecturing on the evils of heroin.
The story thus falls between a Bond movie and a no-nonsense police procedural, but told and conveyed in a rather bland and unsuspenseful way much of the time. I'd rate it 5.5 if I could.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?