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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:
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
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Colonel Zeller:Those are not our tanks out there. They are my tanks.See more »


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Desperately Seeking Carmen Miranda, 19 August 2002
Author: Michael ( from Bridgend, South Wales

'Political thriller' mish-mash of the bargain-basement package-tour-for-the-cast variety, with enough intrigue, insurrection and military corruption to keep its small banana republic going for the next 25 revolutions, but none of it remotely interesting or even watchable. If it were a European co-production farrago then at least maybe there'd be a wry smile or two raised by incompetent dubbing, but it's impossible to mask the embarrassment of the English-speaking "stars" in their native tongue, or gloss over the unease of the 'international' cast members. On top of that, this TV print looks like it had been salvaged from a Third World sanitation ditch, and it seems the director must have been shot by terrorists before he had a chance to shoot any of his own movie.

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