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Pursuit (1972)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  12 December 1972 (USA)
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A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him.



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A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him. Written by

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Above average cat & mouse suspense thriller.
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One of my local UHF channels showed this movie on a Saturday afternoon. Overall, it is very well done, especially for a made-for-TV movie. The movie moved along at a good pace and the acting was good all around. It is a little reminiscent of the early episodes of "Columbo". Ben Gazzara is pursuing E.G. Marshall, who he knows is planning to do something at a Democratic national convention in San Diego. The two repeatedly try to outwit each other, all the while knowing that the other guy is watching every move. This makes for some interesting plot twists and blind alleys. Crichton, as usual, pays very close attention to technological details, making the premise very realistic, unlike a lot of "caper" movies where plot hinges on an essential piece of knowledge the character could not possibly have had. I'm really surprised this hasn't been remade for the big screen, given Michael Crichton's popularity.

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