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31 January 1972 (Sweden) See more »
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Sven-Bertil Taube ... Paul Sherman

Barbara Parkins ... Maggie

Alexander Knox ... Col. De Graaf
Patrick Allen ... Insp. Van Gelder
Vladek Sheybal ... Meegeren
Ania Marson ... Astrid Lemay
Penny Casdagli ... Trudi
Peter Hutchins ... The Assassin
Drewe Henley ... Jimmy Duclos
Henny Orri ... Herta (as Henni Orri)
Stewart F. Lane ... George Lemay (as Stewart Lane)
Mark Malicz ... Morgenstern
Michael Mellinger ... Hotel Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arnold Diamond ... Coroner (uncredited)
Wil Sibbelee ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Geoffrey Reeve 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alistair MacLean  novel
Alistair MacLean  screenplay
Don Sharp  additional material
Paul Wheeler  additional material

Produced by
Kurt Unger .... producer
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard 
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Production Design by
Peter Mullins 
Art Direction by
Geoffrey Tozer 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
Makeup Department
Bob Lawrance .... makeup artist (as Bob Lawrence)
Ton Van Den Heurel .... hair stylist (as Tom Van De Heuvel)
Production Management
Frank Ernst .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence Churcher .... assistant director (as Terry Churcher)
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director
Barry Langley .... assistant director
Don Sharp .... second unit director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist
David Hildyard .... sound recordist (as Dave Hildyard)
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
John Terhaak .... boat stunts arranger
Wim Wagenaar .... boat stunts arranger
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Skeets Kelly .... camera operator: second unit
David Pearce .... second unit
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator
Fred Tammes .... camera operator
Ray Evans .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Austin Cooper .... wardrobe
Music Department
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Other crew
Charles Athey .... production accountant
Willy Breebaart .... continuity (as Willie Breebaert)
Joy Mercer .... continuity
Robin Winbow .... choreographer: hay dance
Don Sharp .... director: boat chase and additional scenes (uncredited)

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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
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The Peter Hutchins character is not known by a name and is only billed as "The Assassin".See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the first scene in the film you see the shadow of the camera crew.See more »


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Puppet on a Chain, 14 April 2009
Author: I_John_Barrymore_I from United Kingdom

Looking and sounding like a cheap porno without the sex, this is the first in an impressive string of stinkers from producer (or in this case director) Geoffrey Reeve.

And it's a doozy. Laughable on just about every level.

Some government agents (I think) are "professionally murdered" in Amsterdam and a considerably less-than-charismatic, block-of-wood Interpol agent (who I assure you is not named Louis Salinger) is sent in to investigate by walking around a lot to ensure the tax-dodge financiers get their money's worth for the plane tickets to shoot on location.

The wannabe-hard-hitting attitudes to drugs and depiction of prostitution must have looked laughably outdated even before the celluloid dried, but the script at least is very obliging in that it explains exactly what's happening regularly in horribly contrived direlogue ("Were you followed? Oh no of course not. No one outside Washington even knows you're here!") yet despite this the plot somehow remains confusing. By the time a sinister Vladimir Putin lookalike Priest (no less than Kronsteen from From Russia with Love) swaggers up to his pulpit to deliver a sermon your brain will have switched off, which is unfortunate because you'll miss our hero - pinned to the ground during a fight - struggling to reach for a plank of wood only to later realise he is in fact sitting on a loaded pistol, and him shouting "You bastaaaard!" at his friend's murdered corpse, and the leather-bound, moustachioed go-go boys, the morris dancing and the hilarious torture sequence - all of which provide ample laughs. Only the climactic boat chase impresses. It's an exciting, well-directed sequence that really has no place in this movie. Such a glaring anomaly is explained when the credits roll - Reeve had nothing to do with that sequence! Thankfully everything goes back to business as usual for the ridiculous, spit-out-your-drink twist and warehouse shootout.

Unless such a wretched thing as a Geoffrey Reeve completist exists - and you're one of them - I wouldn't bother with this instantly forgettable nonsense.

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