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Michael Robson (screenplay)
John Buchan (novel)
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Release Date:
2 May 1980 (USA) See more »
Every second counts in the adventure of a lifetime! See more »
The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Director Don Sharp Dies: Worked with Deborah Kerr, Christopher Lee, Lee Remick, Vanessa Redgrave
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Not really a remake See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Powell ... Hannay

David Warner ... Appleton

Eric Porter ... Lomas

Karen Dotrice ... Alex

John Mills ... Scudder

George Baker ... Sir Walter Bullivant

Ronald Pickup ... Bayliss

Donald Pickering ... Marshall

Timothy West ... Porton

Miles Anderson ... David

Andrew Keir ... Lord Rohan
Robert Flemyng ... Magistrate

William Squire ... Harkness
Paul McDowell ... McLean

David Collings ... Tillotson

John Normington ... Fletcher

John Welsh ... Lord Belthane

Edward de Souza ... Woodville (as Edward De Souza)

Tony Steedman ... Admiral
John Grieve ... P.C. Forbes
Andrew Downie ... Stewart
Derek Anders ... Donald
Oliver Maguire ... Martins
Joan Henley ... Lady Nettleship

Prentis Hancock ... Perryman
Leo Dolan ... Milkman
James Garbutt ... Miller
Artro Morris ... The Scot
Robert Gillespie ... Crombie

Raymond Young ... Guide
Paul Jerricho ... P.C. Scott
Michael Bilton ... Vicar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Bisset ... Renfrew
Lewis Alexander ... Bystander at Albert Court (uncredited)
Roy Beck ... Train traveller (uncredited)
Ian Clowe ... Piper (uncredited)
Harold Coyne ... Man at Meeting (uncredited)
Maxwell Craig ... Man at Liberal Party Meeting (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Policeman (uncredited)
Billy Jardine ... Tramp (uncredited)
Roy Lansford ... Official (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Lady on Stairs (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Parliamentary Committee Member (uncredited)
Reg Thomason ... Minister (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Sharp 
Writing credits
Michael Robson (screenplay)

John Buchan (novel)

Produced by
Frank Bevis .... associate producer
James Kenelm Clarke .... executive producer
Greg Smith .... producer
Original Music by
Ed Welch 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (director of photography) (as John Coquillion)
Film Editing by
Eric Boyd-Perkins 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Harry Pottle 
Makeup Department
Jeanette Freeman .... hairdressing supervisor
Tom Smith .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Ray Frift .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director (as Michael Higgins)
Barry Langley .... first assistant director
Roy P. Stevens .... third assistant director
Art Department
Peter Childs .... assistant art director
Denise Exshaw .... set dresser
Percy Godbold .... prop buyer
Stephen Hargreaves .... carpenter
Jack Notman .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... dubbing mixer
Vernon Messenger .... dubbing editor
Terry Poulton .... dubbing editor
Peter Sutton .... sound mixer
Don Wortham .... boom operator
Peter Desbois .... sound assistant (uncredited)
John Hayward .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ron Ballanger .... special effects supervisor
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... additional photography (as Jimmy Bawden)
Joe Pearce .... stills photographer
Herbert Smith .... camera operator
Johnny Swan .... gaffer
Harry Waxman .... additional photography
Geoff Mulligan .... aerial cameraman (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joyce Stoneman .... wardrobe supervisor
Location Management
David Alexander .... location manager
Music Department
Ed Welch .... conductor
Other crew
Valerie Chamberlain .... production assistant
Dennis Davidson .... Public relations consultant
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Jack Hawtree .... production accountant
Christine Hoy .... producer's assistant
Pamela Mann .... continuity
James Payne .... stand- in for robert powell (uncredited)

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102 min
Color | Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Norway:16 | UK:A | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (2000) (2003) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (f)

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This film, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978), is the only one of the four versions of the story to not-numerate the "thirty-nine" phrase in the film's title, the others all being number titled as The 39 Steps (1935), The 39 Steps (1959) and The 39 Steps (2008) (TV).See more »
Factual errors: When members of the Admiralty are being spoken to one of them has medal ribbons for medals issued at the end of WWI namely the Victory and War medals. This film is set before WWI.See more »
Hannay:I thought he was a harmless lunatic!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Octopussy (1983)See more »


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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Not really a remake, 18 March 2007
Author: Rob Falconer from Penarth, Wales

It's hardly fair to compare this to the Hitchcock version (which was made when Buchan was not yet a well-known author). I think the Hitchcock film is the better as a film, although there are a few stodgy moments (with the crofter, for instance), but lots of lovely visual ideas to compensate (the Bridge scene, the missing digit, and the ending). But Hitchcock's is not a filming of Buchan's novel. It's something quite different. The first remake (with Kenneth More) was a remake of the Hitchcock film, not the book. With this version, we were told it would be faithful to the original, but, yes, the ending is stolen from an old Will Hay film (which was very much before its time, with its black humour). So this is not really a remake of the Hitchcock film, but neither is it faithful to Buchan (which I must re-read). But it is enjoyable, the period feel is good, and I personally like Ed Welch's concerto score.

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