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Writers:
Alistair MacLean (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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 ... Colonel De Graaf
Patrick Allen ... Inspector 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:
Peter Brace ... Thug (uncredited)
Arnold Diamond ... Coroner (uncredited)
Leon Eagles ... Police Sgt at Station (uncredited)
George Leech ... Thug (uncredited)
Wil Sibbelee ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Geoffrey Reeve 
 
Writing credits
Alistair MacLean (screenplay) (as Alistair Maclean)

Paul Wheeler (additional material) &
Don Sharp (additional material)

Alistair MacLean  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Kurt Unger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard (photographed by)
 
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 .... hairdressing (as Tom Van De Heuvel)
 
Production Management
Frank Ernst .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence Churcher .... assistant director (as Terry Churcher)
Barry Langley .... assistant director
Brian Bilgorri .... assistant director (uncredited)
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Don Sharp .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Michael Guyett .... scenic painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist
David Hildyard .... sound recordist (as Dave Hildyard)
 
Stunts
Joe Dunne .... stunt arranger
John Terhaak .... boat stunts arranger
Wim Wagenaar .... boat stunts arranger
George Leech .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Skeets Kelly .... second unit cameraman
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator
Fred Tammes .... camera operator
Ray Evans .... best boy (uncredited)
David Pearce .... second unit (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
Don Sharp .... director: boat chase and additional scenes
Robin Winbow .... choreography: hay dance
 

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Runtime:
98 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1972) | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (1999) | UK:AA (1970) (cut) | USA:PG | West Germany:16
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The music for the film was composed and and arranged by Piero Piccioni. It was conducted by Harry Rabinowitz and performed by The London Sinfonia. It was recorded on the Shepperton Studio Scoring Stage in September 1970.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
American agent topples heroin ring in Amsterdam, 17 July 2014
Author: msroz from United States

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.

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