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The Sell-Out (1976)

The Sell Out (original title)
PG | | Drama | May 1977 (USA)
While vacationing in Lebanon, a former secret agent finds he has been marked for assassination.

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Gabriel Lee
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Sam Lucas
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Deborah
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Harry Sickles
Vladek Sheybal ...
Dutchman
Ori Levy ...
Major Benjamin
Peter Frye ...
Kasyan
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Lt. Elan (as Assaf Dayan)
Shmuel Rodensky ...
Zafron
Fanny Lubitsch ...
Zafron's Wife (as Fanny Lubitch)
Miguel Pedregosa ...
Mercedes Man
Yossi Virginsky ...
2nd Mercedes Man (as Yossi Verjansky)
Thelma Ruby ...
School Teacher
Heinz Bernard ...
Laboratory Officer
Yossi Graber ...
Coroner
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The KGB and the CIA have struck a bargain to eliminate former agents who might prove embarrassing to either of their espionage organizations. The chief of the CIA mission in Lebanon names Gabriel Lee as the next agent it wishes to have liquefied. Lee is vacationing in Israel when the assassins fail at their first attempt to kill him and he turns to his former mentor, also a retired agent, for assistance. Written by David Bassler

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Buying... selling... and zapping your friends... It's all part of the game.

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'Twas only a payday for Widmark.
14 August 2002 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

In this work filmed entirely in Israel, Richard Widmark gamely portrays Sam Lucas, a "retired" CIA operative who discovers that he is involuntarily back in action due to the sudden urging of his former initiate Gabriel Lee (Oliver Reed) who has been turned by the Soviet Union and now wants to come back into the American fold, not realizing that both players in the game have sent assassins to Israel to eliminate him, and Lucas as well. The direction is flabby with undue emphasis being placed upon silly and, naturally, superfluous stunts and car chases, with an inappropriate free hand being given to Gayle Hunnicut, playing the wife of Lucas and former lover of Lee, whose melodramatism proves distortive for what should be the critical scenes in this leaden affair, while the pudgy Englishman Reed, ill-advised to strip to the waist, has his lines dubbed in order to present an acceptable American accent.


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