Kelly is a beautiful FBI agent who is investigating the disappearance of Professor Pensdergast, director of a major US government research on nuclear energy. In the course of the ... See full summary »
I watched "The Manipulator" as part of my ongoing quest to see as many of Sylva Koscina's movies (especially the action / spy / crime ones) as possible. I probably shouldn't have bothered: she has a fairly thankless role in this film, despite her second billing. But top-billed Stephen Boyd is not the star, either: that title should go the the little known Michael Kirner, who plays a singer / stuntman / judo expert (!), but is a bit too much of a goofball to be taken very seriously. There is one very good high-speed car chase somewhere in the middle, but the rest of the action is pretty crudely directed. And there isn't too much of it. As a travelogue of South Africa (what a coincidence, the 2010 Football World Cup started there today!), the movie works. As an action thriller, it is boring. *1/2 out of 4.
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