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1 November 1978 (UK) See more »
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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!
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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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Catch it if you can - this is an undervalued movie See more (11 total) »

Cast

 
Eugene Amodeo ... Photographer

Harvey Atkin ... Anwar

Dick Cavett ... Himself
Jon Granik ... Colonel Raymond Kasai

David Hemmings ... Colonel Anthony Narriman
Barry Morse ... Dr. Jean Rousseau

Peter O'Toole ... Colonel Zeller

Donald Pleasence ... Blair
Gary Reineke ... Aramco
Eli Rill ... Dominique
Alan Rosenthal ... Plane Pilot
Marcella Saint-Amant ... Mrs. Rousseau

August Schellenberg ... Minh

Chuck Shamata ... Hillsman

George Touliatos ... Barrientos

Alberta Watson ... Donna

Michael Ironside ... Torturer (uncredited)
Wolf Krakowski ... Secret Police Technician (uncredited)

Directed by
Martyn Burke 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Martyn Burke  writer
Edward N. Luttwak  book "Coup d'Etat"
Cliff Osmond  writer

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
 
Stunts
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
Micky Wilson .... gaffer
 
Music Department
Ken Thorne .... conductor
 
Other crew
Caroline Langley .... production assistant
Keith Large .... location manager
 

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Germany:102 min | USA:102 min
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Colonel Zeller:Those are not our tanks out there. They are my tanks.See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Catch it if you can - this is an undervalued movie, 24 October 2006
Author: timothy-lewesgibbon from United Kingdom

Just to correct an error in the details; this same error is repeated in most movie books/websites.

"Power Play" is not based on a novel, but on an academic book: "Coup d'Etat- A Practical Handbook" by the distinguished academic Edward Luttwak; London- Allen Lane The Penguin Press 1968

This book is an entertaining critique of the coup - chiefly in Latin Amerioa and Africa - its practical aspects and the economics of repression and revolution.

This possibly explains why the movie fails to a certain extent as a gripping drama. However the individual performances are excellent.

Nevertheless, it is worth watching.

And after more than 20 years the book rewards a re reading. Incidentally; I last read the book during the coup against Gorbachev in 1991; and applying Edward Luttwak's principles - I judged - rightly as it turned out- that the coup would fail because the promoters of the coup had not secured or neutralised all their objectives. They should have read the book or watched the movie!

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