Rogue Male (1977)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  16 September 1977 (Canada)
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Early in 1939 Sir Robert Hunter takes aim at Adolf Hitler with a high powered rifle, but the shot misses its mark. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo and left for dead, Sir Robert makes ... See full summary »


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Early in 1939 Sir Robert Hunter takes aim at Adolf Hitler with a high powered rifle, but the shot misses its mark. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo and left for dead, Sir Robert makes his way back to England where he discovers the Gestapo has followed him. Knowing that his government would turn him over to German authorities, Sir Robert goes underground in his battle with his pursuers. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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This film is based on the Geoffrey Household book Rogue Male, published in 1939. The main protagonist and the main antagonist remained unnamed in the novel. However, in 1982, a sequel was published, written by Household. In that novel, the main characters receive the names Raymond Ingelram and Von Lauen. The lawyer is named Saul Harding. See more »


Interrogator: Sorry? You tried to shoot the greatest man the world has ever seen and you say you are sorry?
Hunter: It was a sporting stalk. I'm sorry because you don't have the wit to understand.
Interrogator: I went to school in England. You say I don't understand English?
Hunter: You understand English; you just don't understand Englishmen!
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A credible BBC remake of Fritz Lang's 1941 Man Hunt
13 February 2010 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Kerrigan's plot summary above misses the point. I suppose since the code of gentlemen hunters is so ignored these days that even a "conservative" Governor Tim Pawlenty leaves a deer he shot to die in the woods so he can make a rubber chicken political lunch, one must understand this.

But the point is precisely that Thorndike was making a stalk just as he told his interrogator, not attempting to assassinate Hitler. The challenge was being able to do it. Pulling the trigger was superfluous. The gun only went off because Thorndike got tackled by the SS men while sighting in with a round in the chamber.

There seems no indication here of the fine Fritz Lang film in which George Sanders played a deliciously civilized monster Nazi interrogator and Walter Pidgeon played Thorndike.

While it is always fun watching Peter O'Toole writhing in agony in another over the top performance... you might want to take a look at Man Hunt.

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