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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 »
Genre:
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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Stewart F Land and Mark Malinz are both dubbed by Robert Rietty.See more »
Goofs:
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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8 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Bond Wannabe, 23 March 2003
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Wow Paul Sherman is one badass secret agent . Look what he does to that man in the hotel bedroom , he`s someone who takes no prisoners and makes James Bond look like a total wimp . But that`s the problem with PUPPET ON A CHAIN , Sven Bertil Taube is no Sean Connery and lacks the presence needed to convincingly play a ruthless secret agent . I also found it strange that if the story is set in Holland that nearly everyone speaks with either an American or British accent except for Paul Sherman who`s supposed to be American but has a noticable European accent . Still this is a fairly good , though slightly dumb thriller which does feature go go dancers . How many Bond films can claim that ?

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