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Callan (1974)

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David Callan, top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retired because he had lost his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination of Schneider, a ... See full summary »

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Arthur (as Dave Prowse)
Don Henderson ...
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Padilla
David Graham ...
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Yuri Borienko ...
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David Callan, top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retired because he had lost his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination of Schneider, a German businessman. His former boss promises Callan that he'll be returned to active status if he follows orders, but as always Callan refuses to act until he knows why Schneider has been marked for death. This film is a remake of the same story presented in "A Magnum for Schneider." Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Callan... doesn't make friends - and all his enemies are dead! See more »

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Trivia

The possibility of a film version had been raised within a month of the teleplay's original transmission in February 1967, possibly as a German production. See more »

Goofs

As Callan opens Schneider's wall-safe, the action jiggles the picture hanging above it, which it clearly would not if the wall were real. See more »

Quotes

Schneider: [after Callan deliberately spills the box of model soldiers in front of Schneider] I see another madman!
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Follows Armchair Theatre: A Magnum for Schneider (1967) See more »

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Bonnie Blue Flag
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Arranged by Marcus Dods
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Callan pulls himself together for one more assassination
27 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Callan TV series is deservedly admired and loved by its fans, me included. Combine tense no-nonsense plots, crackling dialog and taut performances of men on the edge, and you get highly entertaining results.

Key to it are the central characters. Callan (Edward Woodward) is a government-paid assassin with a conscience. He's perpetually torn but also extremely professional, tough and caught with seemingly no other alternative that matches being an assassin as his calling in life. "Lonely" (Russell Hunter) is the indelibly painted nervous gopher who has bonded to Callan and vice versa, although Callan has to be tough and intimidate Lonely. It's a dominant-submissive relation mostly, but not always, and when Lonely makes his own contributions, it's a joy.

In this episode made into a movie, Callan tangles with hoods, with a cold-blooded and psychopathic co-worker Meres (Peter Egan), and with his boss Hunter (played by Eric Porter). Plus there is his target. Hunter dominates and controls Callan in somewhat the same way that Callan does with Lonely. This spy world is one of invisible psychological strings being constantly pulled. Action punctuates the pulling, but it's the preparations, the before and after of the action that make up most of the fun, not the during.

Some female relief is provided by the beautiful and efficient secretary of Hunter (Catherine Schell), who has a weakness for Callan.

Callan fans will definitely want this feature film.


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