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The 'Human' Factor (1975)

After his family is brutally murdered for an unknown reason, a computer engineer sets out to find those responsible.

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John Kinsdale
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Mike McAllister
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Dr. Lupo
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Edmonds
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Pidgeon
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Mark Kinsdale (as Danny Houston)
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Jeffrey Kinsdale (as Ricky Harrison)
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Linda Kinsdale
Michael Mandeville ...
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After his family is brutally murdered for an unknown reason, a computer engineer sets out to find those responsible.

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Every 24 hours an American family will be killed!...and only the human factor can stop it.

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Final film of veteran director Edward Dmytryk. See more »

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In the final scene when Kinsdale shoots the fleeing terrorist in the back, after his Colt 1911 runs out of ammunition, the slide does lock back, and he continues to pull the trigger with the gun making a clicking sound, as if it is a double action. The 1911 is a single action and will not make that sound. See more »

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George Kennedy seeks revenge for murder of his family
21 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The 'Human' Factor" is an interesting picture in several ways. The title refers to its theme. George Kennedy's family has been slaughtered by left-wing terrorists, and he seeks personal revenge. That's the human factor, the personal element. Arrest by the police won't suffice for him, and he tells John Mills, who is helping him locate the terrorists and wants him to cooperate with the police, that he does not understand this personal factor.

Another interesting thing is that this British production was filmed in Italy, has Italians in the cast (like Raf Vallone), and has a mixed group of terrorists. There is a car and foot chase too. This makes the movie play something like a poliziotesscho. I'm inclined to place it in that category, at least in part.

I also found very interesting the computer-assisted detective work done by Kennedy and Mills in the 1975 technology. Telephone modems were in use to connect. Capacity and memory were lower and more expensive, but the elements of interconnectivity and data banks being cross-referenced were already present and exploited in the movie.

George Kennedy was the lead in 1970 in another thriller named Zig Zag. He definitely has the acting chops for these parts.

The movie has a surprise or two along the way and in the climax. It has one or two slow spots in the computer end but the action soon resumes. The chase is interesting and realistic with the foot chase having two middle-aged men involved.

The content is unlike "Death Wish". Kennedy by no means is an assassin with a gun, and his quest is not an easy one. He struggles.

It's not a big or weighty or artistic movie, but it's a good solid one for what the story is.


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