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Director:
Writers:
Alistair MacLean (screenplay)
Paul Wheeler (additional material) ...
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Release Date:
5 November 1971 (Ireland) See more »
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Tagline:
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)
 
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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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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Trivia:
Back-to-back consecutive spy movie for cinematographer Jack Hildyard whose previous picture he had lensed had been the Alfred Hitchcock espionage film Topaz (1969).See more »
Goofs:
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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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Worthy of a good DVD release, 12 August 2006
Author: Mitch-228 from Midlands, United Kingdom

Back in the early 1970's the name "Alistair MacLean" meant "bums on seats ~ ticket sales" and the cinematic release of one of his most recent novels "Puppet on a Chain" was no exception.

It is wrong to compare this action movie (as with many, many others) with the on-going JB007 franchise: this was a formulaic movie in its own field. The action scenes are great, the storyline was then bang up-to-date and the general production (if marred a little by lack of budget) of a high standard.

Contrary to other views, in my opinion, the leading actor Sven Bertil-Taube was excellent in the role (a shame the script required him to be an American agent) and he was well supported by several character (if rather stock) actors. Pehaps Barbara Perkins was not the best choice as leading lady and her character lacked realism but then this was never meant to be anything other than entertainment.

Contains a superb score by the Maestro: Piero Piccioni.

Far from perfect but still very good and worthy of a decent DVD release.

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