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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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Not as good as the sum of its parts See more (12 total) »


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
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
Claudio De Davide .... dubbing director: italian version: italy
Claudio De Davide .... dubbing voice italian version, artist Peter O'Toole: italy
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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Not as good as the sum of its parts, 18 March 2004
Author: ubercommando from London

An unnamed country is suffering at the hands of a corrupt government so a group of idealistic army officers and intellectuals attempt to stage a coup with the idea of reforming their nation. But who can they trust, is there a Judas in their midst?

A great idea, a great cast and great detail into how to stage a coup d'etat and yet the film just lacks that little bit to make it truly memorable. The production looks a little flat, the pace lags and it's narrative is a little fractured. It comes across as a vaguely interesting tv movie not helped by the fact that it should have been set in either Africa, South America or Eastern Europe because the locations just scream "Canada!" at you and why would they be staging a coup? Still, enjoy Peter O'Toole, David Hemmings, Donald Pleasance and Barry Morse together.

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