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Puppet on a Chain (1971)

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 »



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Complete credited cast:
Paul Sherman
Colonel De Graaf
Patrick Allen ...
Inspector Van Gelder
Astrid Lemay
Penny Casdagli ...
Peter Hutchins ...
The Assassin
Drewe Henley ...
Jimmy Duclos
Henny Orri ...
Herta (as Henni Orri)
Stewart F. Lane ...
George Lemay (as Stewart Lane)
Mark Malicz ...
Michael Mellinger ...
Hotel Manager


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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The blazing break-up of a narcotics ring that will have you hanging on the edge of your seat! See more »


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Release Date:

5 November 1971 (Ireland)  »

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Alistair Maclean's Puppet on a Chain  »

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1.78 : 1
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The Peter Hutchins character is not known by a name and is only billed as "The Assassin". See more »


In a stunt shot during a fight on a dockside, as one crook is thrown into the water, one of the recovery diver's bright yellow air tanks is visible just below the water surface. See more »

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26 December 2001 | by (Calcutta, India) – See all my reviews

I've grown up reading Alistair McLean's books and I have watched a couple of movies based on his books. There are some pretty good ones made. But this one is probably the best. Mainly because the characters are pretty interesting and the story line is one of the most original ones you will come across (considering the fact that this is as old as 1972!). Movies on drugs/drug trafficking etc. have been inspired from this slick pic! The hero (Sven Bertil-Taube) is cool as a cucumber (just the way McLean sketched it) .. and he suits his role to the hilt. The plot is usual McLean and the concept is WOW! No review of this film is complete without a mention of the Speed Boat chase in the canals of Amsterdam. My Gawd' ! The "French Connection" road chase, the "Ronin" road chase, the "Tomorrow Never Dies" speed boat chase around the Millennium Dome are all inspired by this superbly crafted sequence which is interspersed with aerial shots, close-ups, action shots and more. Even without a background score, this sequence is great! This movie is a MUST WATCH! :-)Enjoy!

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