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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Michael Crichton wrote the original novel while still in medical school. He had it published under the pseudonym "John Lange" because he was concerned it would cause him problems there. See more »

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An unfinished set ceiling and some set lighting is visible in the apartment used by the Federal agents to watch E.G. Marshall. See more »

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good thriller
20 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

E.G. Marshall is a political activist who intends to release nerve gas into San Diego, where the Republican national convention is being held. Ben Gazzara and his team are assigned to capture him and stop the gas from being stolen.

Written and directed by Michael Crichton, this was a low-budget TV movie, though it deserved better. What's always interesting about any films with a political slant -- even back to 1930 -- is that politics haven't changed, and most of the time, the speeches and situations remain timely. This movie is no different. Just listen to what E.G. Marshall has to say.

It was wonderful to see Ben Gazzara, William Windom, Joseph Wiseman, and a baby-faced Martin Sheen in this - all of them were very prevalent in the TV of my youth, as was Jim McMullan, who had dark hair then.

Very suspenseful.


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