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The Internecine Project (1974)

PG | | Action, Thriller | 24 July 1974 (USA)
Former secret agent Robert Elliot (Coburn) will be promoted to government advisor. In order to make sure no-one will ever know about his dirty past, he has invented a very ingenious plan to... See full summary »

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Former secret agent Robert Elliot (Coburn) will be promoted to government advisor. In order to make sure no-one will ever know about his dirty past, he has invented a very ingenious plan to get rid of his four helpers: he gets them all to unknowingly kill each other in the course of a single night. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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James Coburn plots to eliminate his four-person organization
31 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Internecine Project" (1974) qualifies as a full-fledged post-noir or neo-noir. This movie has a lot going for it. It features James Coburn at the top of his form supported by fine acting from Harry Andrews, Ian Hendry, Keenan Wynn, Lee Grant, Christiane Krüger and Michael Jayston. The Roy Budd music is outstanding, adding immeasurably to the overall result. The story and settings are both dark.

Coburn plays an ambitious member of the American deep government, a professor with higher government aims who collaborates with the powerful and ruthless industrial type played by Keenan Wynn. Lee Grant is Coburn's former lover, her role mainly being to contrast with Coburn's fascist beliefs (she uses the term fascist). But before Coburn can accept a post close to the president, Wynn instructs him to dissolve his 4-person London organization permanently. Coburn devises an elaborate scheme to dispose of all four without himself doing it but by using them, hence the "internecine" element. The story unfolds this interlocking set of murders by giving us enough information so that we know what's being planned while still creating suspense by leaving out the details that we wait to see.

In the tradition of the political realism or cynicism that the JFK assassination initiated, permeating the story is the theme of a ruthless set of people who stop at nothing for the sake of power. This and related themes have appeared in a number of neo-noir political thrillers for decades now. This theme also branches off into movies in which business and other organizations are involved in conspiratorial machinations. The list is very long. See, for example, the wikipedia list of conspiracy thriller films.


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