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Target of an Assassin (1977)

An ailing African leader is admitted to a hospital. A male nurse at the hospital kidnaps him, but it turns out that things aren't exactly what they seem to be.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Hobday 'Sailor' Slade
Simon Sabela ...
President Lunda
Colonel Albert Pahler
Sister Janet Hobart
Joe Stewardson ...
Dr. Ben Schaeffer
Ken Gampu ...
Minister Manga
Ginny Slade
Barry Trengove ...
Captain Maurer
Chris du Toit ...
Regardt van den Bergh ...
Communications Officer
Hugh Rouse ...
South African Cabinet Minister
Don Barrigo ...
Used Car Salesman
Ndaba Mhlongo ...
Johnny Molefe ...
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An ailing African leader is admitted to a hospital. A male nurse at the hospital kidnaps him, but it turns out that things aren't exactly what they seem to be.

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10 February 1977 (South Africa)  »

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African Rage  »

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2.35 : 1
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It is Endless
17 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A movie with actors mouthing lines, dragging on into eternity. Anthony Quinn is considered one of our greatest stars, but every once in a while there is a clinker and this is one of them. The plot itself could be filled out nicely with some decent writing and a little editing. I always marvel at how in movies (Air Force One is an example), there is such incompetence. After a failed assassination attempt there should be an army standing guard and no one but those with total clearance should be in attendance. Still, a kidnapping can take place. Just the international implications boggle the mind. This isn't some guy, sitting in his living room. The other thing is the datedness of this film. Perhaps it's unfair to use this as a criticism. A great many "topical" films of the sixties and seventies seem to wear very poorly. As one looks back, it seems like a hundred years ago. The dialogue is really the most dated of all. If you watch this, you'll wish you had the two hours back at the end of your life.

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