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5 November 1971 (Ireland) See more »
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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 »
Plot:
Following a triple professional hit a U.S. agent arrives in Amsterdam to investigate a heroin smuggling ring... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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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)

Directed by
Geoffrey Reeve 
 
Writing credits
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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)
 
Stunts
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
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The name of the intelligence agency was Interpol's Narcotics Bureau.See more »
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Continuity: At one point during the Amsterdam boat chase, the white boat hits a bridge and sustains fairly severe damage to the prow (which is acknowledged in the sound effects). In the next shot, the boat is unblemished again.See more »

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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Pure Seventies, 3 June 2005
Author: robertconnor from England

Truly atmospheric Euro-thriller from the early seventies, boasting one of the best chase sequences ever, and a plot riddled with holes.

US Agent Paul Sherman (Taube) arrives in Amsterdam to investigate drug trafficking between Holland and the US. Together with undercover agent Maggie (Parkins) he begins to close in on the villains...

Given that Sherman and Maggie are working together, they don't seem to share much information. If they had debriefed each other a little more thoroughly, much of what eventually transpires could so easily have been avoided (e.g., how come Maggie fails to tell Paul about the dodgy nuns and the bibles she witnesses in church?). This (and the unexplained accents - a Swede playing a Dutch-American, a Brit and a Canadian playing Dutch) aside, it's action-packed, makes great use of its Dutch locations, and has a nice twisty ending.

Extra-groovy nightclub scene too!

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