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Edward N. Luttwak (suggested by the book "Coup d'Etat" by)
Martyn Burke (written by)
Release Date:
1 November 1978 (UK) See more »
Their objective... to steal a nation! Their plan... to strike without warning! Their agreement... to share the spoils! Their only obstacle... each other!
A group of military officers, angered and frustrated by the corruption and repression of the current government... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Peter O'Toole ... Colonel Zeller

David Hemmings ... Colonel Narriman

Donald Pleasence ... Blair

Barry Morse ... Jean Rousseau
Jon Granik ... Raymond Kasai
Marcella Saint-Amant ... Mrs. Rousseau

George Touliatos ... Barrientos

Chuck Shamata ... Hillsman
Gary Reineke ... Aramco

Harvey Atkin ... Anwar

August Schellenberg ... Minh
Eli Rill ... Dominique

Dick Cavett ... Dick Cavett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Calderisi ... Blair's assistant
Sandy Crawley ... Tank mechanic

Doug Lennox ... Stauffenberg
Richard Moffatt ... Air traffic controller
Sandra Scott ... Donna's mother
Eugene Amodeo ... Photographer (uncredited)

Michael Ironside ... Torturer (uncredited)
Wolf Krakowski ... Secret Police Technician (uncredited)
Alan Rosenthal ... Plane Pilot (uncredited)

Alberta Watson ... Donna (uncredited)

Directed by
Martyn Burke 
Writing credits
Edward N. Luttwak (suggested by the book "Coup d'Etat" by)

Martyn Burke (written by)

Cliff Osmond  uncredited

Produced by
Ronald I. Cohen .... executive producer
Bob Cooper .... executive producer (as Robert M. Cooper)
Christopher Dalton .... producer
Alain Delon .... producer
John M. Eckert .... associate producer
David Hemmings .... producer
Original Music by
Ken Thorne 
Cinematography by
Ousama Rawi 
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith 
Casting by
Karen Hazzard 
Production Design by
Karen Bromley 
Makeup Department
Sandi Duncan .... assistant makeup artist (as Sandy Duncan)
Sound Department
Alban Streeter .... sound editor
Richard Ayers .... stunts
Marcel Bérubé .... stunts (as Marcell Berube)
Brett Jacobsen .... stunts
Terry Martin .... stunts
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunts (as John Stoneham)
Keith Wardlow .... stunts
G.A. Winnington-Bell .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Foulds .... electrician
Micky Wilson .... gaffer
Location Management
Keith Large .... location manager
Music Department
Ken Thorne .... conductor
Other crew
Caroline Langley .... production assistant

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Germany:102 min | USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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.See more »


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jeu de puissance, 16 May 2003
Author: lord woodburry ( from The Society NY

truly fantastic screen play about a putsch --- excellent acting all round --- donald pleasance as the cia/cid inteligence chief magnificient --- it only gets worse says the cleaning man , but who is he really who is anyone --- the good guys and bad guys are indistinguishable!

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