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Power Play (1978)

Not Rated | | Thriller, Drama | 1 November 1978 (UK)
A group of military officers, angered and frustrated by the corruption and repression of the current government, finally decide that for the good of the country they must overthrow the ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Colonel Zeller
Colonel Narriman
Jean Rousseau
Jon Granik ...
Raymond Kasai
Marcella Saint-Amant ...
Mrs. Rousseau
Gary Reineke ...
Eli Rill ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Calderisi ...
Blair's assistant
Sandy Crawley ...
Tank mechanic


A group of military officers, angered and frustrated by the corruption and repression of the current government, finally decide that for the good of the country they must overthrow the regime. However, the planned coup's leader, an infantry colonel, finds that in order to get the support he needs he must work with people he neither respects nor trusts, and soon comes to believe that their main opponent, the country's fearsome chief of the secret police, has planted a spy in their midst. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Their objective... to steal a nation! Their plan... to strike without warning! Their agreement... to share the spoils! Their only obstacle... each other!


Thriller | Drama


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Release Date:

1 November 1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Operation Overthrow  »

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Box Office


CAD 2,200,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Peter O'toole was paid just $125,000, his lowest payday of the 70's. See more »


Colonel Zeller: Those are not our tanks out there. They are my tanks.
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Bringing totalitarianism home to a domestic audience
8 April 2000 | by (Royston, Herts, UK) – See all my reviews

Familiar faces in this film (Hemmings, Pleasance, O'Toole) help to get a Western audience to empathise with what it's like to live under a totalitarian regime. Our sympathies are with the heroes as they move towards a coup d'etat (an odd one in which the military intends to replace a more repressive regime with one less so). However not every conspirator's motives are the purest...

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