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See the Man Run (1971)

TV Movie  |   |  Action, Thriller, Drama  |  11 December 1971 (USA)
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Kidnappers making a ransom demand dial a wrong number & reach a struggling actor instead. He decides to cut himself in for some of the money.

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When some guys kidnap a man's daughter, they call to make their ransom demand but the number they got was an old one and that's been reassigned to another man. When he tries to call the girl's father, they freak out before he could explain. That's when he decides to pretend to be the kidnapper and get the ransom money from the father and keep part of it for himself. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Unemployed actor Robert Culp intercedes in a kidnapping for loot
19 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"See the Man Run" builds continual suspense built upon a clever plot. Robert Culp is living with Angie Dickinson. He gets a phone call meant for a doctor (Eddie Albert) demanding $50,000 in ransom for the doctor's daughter. After hanging up, he gets a "plot" idea for a movie. Why not call the doctor, ask for $150,000, pocket the extra $100,000, pay off the real kidnapper and disappear into the night? Culp has been out of work for 2 years and Angie has lost respect for him. She encourages him to make this scheme happen, and he goes along with it.

Working out the details of this fairly complicated set of transactions occupies the rest of the movie. A number of things can go wrong, especially when the police are brought into the act.

Beyond the tense story development, handled by capable actors, including June Allyson as Albert's wife, the script develops character thoroughly and the action flows nicely from those characters. The characters also go through marked changes as the story goes on, and this too is logical. This makes for interesting reversals. Allyson goes from hysterics to firm action. Angie goes from greed and daring to fear. Culp goes from indecision to elation and confidence.

The movie includes a cracker-jack chase scene in below ground tunnels and piping that is easily competitive with any recent ones.

The script also works in layers of irony, as the actor talks about plot, then begins to act it, and then finds himself changing as a consequence. The line between imagination and reality becomes a theme of the movie.

Mann Rubin wrote the screenplay and story. He earlier had done the fine movie "Warning Shot", and he did a lot of TV work. It may be worth seeking out. The director was Corey Allen who likewise did a lot of TV.


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