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Callan (1974)

PG  |   |  Thriller  |  1974 (UK)
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David Callan, top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retire 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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Eric Porter ...
Hunter
Carl Möhner ...
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Jenny
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Russell Hunter ...
Kenneth Griffith ...
Michael Da Costa ...
The Greek (as Michael da Costa)
Veronica Lang ...
Liz, Hunter's Secretary
Clifford Rose ...
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Arthur (as Dave Prowse)
Don Henderson ...
George
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Padilla
David Graham ...
Wireless operator
Yuri Borienko ...
Security porter
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David Callan, top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retire 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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In the original teleplay, Callan decides to kill Schneider with a Noguchi Magnum after discovering that Shcneider is running guns for the corporation. In the film, this reference has been deleted. However, there is a scene in which Hunter surprises Callan as he visits the library to research the Noguchi Corporation. Without the Schneider/Noguchi connection, there seems no reason for Callan to be interested in where the gun came from, and it seems possible that this scene is a leftover from an earlier script draft that preserved the original plot twist. See more »

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The events of the film refer to the attempt on Schneider's life as taking place on Sunday 22nd October, which would date the film to 1972. The tax disc on his car, however, is dated Nov 73. This is also verified by a newsstand reference to Royal Wedding pictures - this was the marriage of Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips, also in November 1973. See more »

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Lonely: You hit Arthur?
David Callan: I hit him... and he died of it.
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Followed by Wet Job (1981) See more »

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The Girl I Left Behind Me
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Arranged by Marcus Dods
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Tough,no-nonsense spy story
6 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An acceptable expansion of the pilot episode of the celebrated TV spy series,CALLAN benefits from Edward Woodward's memorable characterisation of an unglamourous,seedy and brutish secret agent David Callan,helped and hindered by his even seedier sidekick,smelly petty crook Lonely,superbly played by Russell Hunter.Although not quite as good as the TV series,this film version is still very watchable and efficiently directed by Don Sharp,with a few interesting frisson's added,most notably Callan's ferocious disposal of a gangster's hit-man(played by Dave Prowse,later to become Darth Vader's physical form.As with Star Wars,Prowse's Bristol accent is dubbed over here as well)and the gangster's subsequent use for virtual human experimentation,which Callan observes to his disgust and horror.The series was always interesting for Callan's frequent clashes with his superiors,made more strident because of his working-class background;his colleagues were invariably upper middle-class,public schoolboys,as typified by the vindictive bully Toby Meres,played here by Peter Egan.Egan is adequate in the role but lacks the extra toughness,wit and humour provided by Anthony Valentine in the TV series(Peter Bowles played Meres in the pilot),and his boss 'Hunter',played in this film version by Eric Porter; the best 'Hunter' of all in the TV series was probably William Squire.

Many UK TV shows had film versions produced in the 1970's,mostly sitcoms like ON THE BUSES,LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR,MAN ABOUT THE HOUSE,etc. These and others were mostly dismal but CALLAN works far better despite having to add more footage from the original TV pilot,and works as a taut,terse and respectable film version of an excellent TV original.

RATING:6 and a half out of 10.


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