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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
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Dutchman
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Major Benjamin
Peter Frye ...
Kasyan
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Lt. Elan (as Assaf Dayan)
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Zafron
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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
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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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lebanon | cia | kgb | israel | espionage | See All (10) »

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

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Drama

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 5 (1998) See more »

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The Wild Colonial Boy
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A Very Trite Spy Story
3 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

The Sell-Out finds Oliver Reed as an American agent who's turned and become a double agent for the Soviets. Now he wants out of their system because he's found it's not all it's cracked up to be. Unfortunately both sides want to see him taken out.

What to do for Ollie. When you've got a friend like Richard Widmark who was your original sponsor at the Central Intelligence Agency and now retired to Israel with your former mistress Gayle Hunnicutt you go there for more than one reason. Widmark agrees to help him flee, but as it turns out comes at a terrible price.

This Israeli made feature had the distinct aroma of tax write off around it. Everyone just walks through their parts and collects their salary. Especially Oliver Reed who it seems had to have his entire performance dubbed so he could sound convincingly American. Seems like you could have gotten another American or made him British and saved a lot of money.

The cinematography in and around Jerusalem was nice to see, it took your mind off a very trite spy story.


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