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29 April 1977 (West Germany) See more »
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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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After his family is brutally murdered for an unknown reason, a computer engineer sets out to find those responsible. | Add synopsis »
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George Kennedy seeks revenge for murder of his family See more (12 total) »

Cast

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George Kennedy ... John Kinsdale

John Mills ... Mike McAllister

Raf Vallone ... Dr. Lupo

Barry Sullivan ... Edmonds
Rita Tushingham ... Janice

Shane Rimmer ... Carter, CIA

Thomas Hunter ... Taylor (as Tom Hunter)
Frank Avianca ... Kamal
Haydée Politoff ... Pidgeon
Arthur Franz ... Gen. Fuller
Fiamma Verges ... Ann Kinsdale

Danny Huston ... Mark Kinsdale (as Danny Houston)
Richard Harrison ... Jeffrey Kinsdale (as Ricky Harrison)
Hillary Lief ... Linda Kinsdale
Michael Mandeville ... Phillips
Robert Lowell ... Eddy Fonseca
Jan Englund ... Agnes Fonseca (as Jan Lowell)
Ann Ferguson ... Mrs. Simpson
Lewis Charles ... Mr. Gerardi
Corinne Dunne ... Mrs. Gerardi (as Corinne Kleven Dunne)
Sharon Kellogg ... Alice Gerardi
Eugene Wade ... Rodney Gerardi
West Buchanan ... Aldo
Conchita Airoldi ... Sandra Pallavicini
Jho Jhenkins ... CIA Man (as Joseph Jenkins)
Vincenzo Crocitti ... Lupo's Driver

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas Hunter 
Peter Powell 

Produced by
Frank Avianca .... producer
Peter R. Inwards .... associate producer
Terry Lens .... executive producer
Louis Peraino .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Ousama Rawi 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Strachan 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Mullins 
 
Makeup Department
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Giovani Tarni .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Roy Parkinson .... production manager
Mario Pisani .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fernando C. Bozzo Monaco .... assistant director
Ray Frift .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Roy Charman .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Les Bowie .... special effects
Giovani Didorto .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Charles Staffell .... process photography
 
Stunts
Joe Dunne .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Ewens .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Maria Feo .... wardrobe supervisor
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
 
Other crew
George Davis .... production controller
 

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95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Final film of veteran director Edward Dmytryk.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »

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George Kennedy seeks revenge for murder of his family, 21 November 2014
Author: msroz from United States

"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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