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Who? (1973)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  August 1975 (USA)
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After American scientist is severely injured and scarred in a car crash along the border with East Germany, he is captured by East German military. The scientists use metal implants to save him. Once back in the States no one can tell if it's really him so an intelligence specialist must determine who is under the "mask".

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Sean Rogers
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Colonel Azarin
Joseph Bova ...
Lucas Martino
Edward Grover ...
Finchley (as Ed Grover)
John Lehne ...
Haller
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General Deptford
Lyndon Brook ...
Dr. Barrister
Michael Lombard ...
Dr. Besser
Kay Tornborg ...
Edith (as Kaym Tornborg)
Joy Garrett ...
Barbara
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Frank Heywood
Bruce Boa ...
Miller
Fred Vincent ...
Douglas
Alexander Allerson ...
Dr. Korthu
Ivan Desny ...
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After American scientist is severely injured and scarred in a car crash along the border with East Germany, he is captured by East German military. The scientists use metal implants to save him. Once back in the States no one can tell if it's really him so an intelligence specialist must determine who is under the "mask".

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The kill machine with the megaton mind


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Lucas Martino: You think panic has something to do with the heart racing, the nerves getting tense, the breath getting labored? Mine doesn't. But I'm in a constant state of panic, Mr. Rogers. My mind is poised for flight. I'm on the edge of screaming all the time, except that if I did more people would stare at me and that would make me scream more until I wouldn't be able to stop!
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The spy thriller meets Alexandre Dumas.....
27 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

...and "Le Vicomte De Bragelonne" and its iron mask. At the beginning of his career ,Jack Gold has made movies which were anything but derivative: think of "Catholics"(also featuring T.Howard) or "the Medusa touch" .

"Who" is an overlooked spy thriller ,which takes elements from "Mandchurian candidate", "seconds " and Alexandre Dumas and brings them all back home;without special effect,or almost,he creates a thoroughly disturbing atmosphere ,helped by a superlative performance by J.Bova who succeeds in making his character endearing and extremely moving ,against all odds.

Eliott Gould's investigation does not matter much,it's not essential;the subject of the movie is "is life worth living when you've become "inhuman"?" (that perfectly explains the final death of the "second " Martino).

Some scenes are extraordinary,spooky ,without the usual horror paraphernalia :Martino walking through the streets of the city is a great moment;the mask ,which could look like that of an ET ,a serial killer or a clown, is more frightening (and more human because of those eyes)than the bandages of the invisible man.

The message is not "can he resume the Neptune project?" but "how can find a reason to believe and to live?"If you find a way,everything's possible:it's hope for people who think they are no longer part of the human race (is there a reason to be proud of being part of them anyway?)

let this sleeper be an introduction to the other Gold movies I mention above.


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