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The Hostage Tower (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Thriller  -  13 May 1980 (USA)
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Criminal takes hostages on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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Criminal takes hostages on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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The 1980 formation of UNACO (when this tele-movie was made) was described in the 1992 novel "Dead Halt" by Alastair MacNeill. It read: "In September 1979 the Secretary-General of the United Nations chaired a meeting attended by 46 envoys representing virtually every country in the world.... The objective of UNACO was to 'avert, neutralize, and/or apprehend individuals or groups engaged in international criminal activities' ...UNACO's clandestine existence began on March 1, 1980". This tele-movie premiered on 13 May 1980. See more »

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The Towering Disappointment!
27 May 2014 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

As a film buff, I'm particularly intrigued by movies that for whatever reason ended up in total obscurity even though they nevertheless had the potential to become huge blockbuster hits. Take "Hostage Tower", for instance… Admittedly it's only a TV-movie (although even they can obtain a classic status…) and it got released at a time when the disaster movie was already exhausted, the film superficially appears to contain all the necessary ingredients to be an enormous success. The setting and basic plot are unique and original (a gang of elite criminals takes over the Paris Eifel Tower and keeps the American President's mother hostage), the cast if full of familiar faces (Peter Fonda, Billy Dee Williams, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams and several others) and the scenario is based on a novel by the immensely popular crime author Alistair McLean. Then why exactly hasn't anyone ever heard of "Hostage Tower". Well, maybe – just maybe – it's because it's a terribly disappointing and mediocre crime caper that doesn't properly exploits its aforementioned strong assets and remains rather dull from start to finish. In spite of the grotesque and almost preposterous opening sequences, in which criminal mastermind Mr. Smith (Keir Dullea) carefully recruits his accomplices and submits them to tough trainings, the actual attack of the Eiffel Tower is lame and uninspired. And while there absolutely isn't any action going on, the characters naturally turn out to have secret agendas and Mr. Smith predictably doesn't plan to share the loot. The action sequences are limited to a couple of stuntmen descending the tower with ropes and hi-tech laser weapons blasting a football to pieces. The most entertaining moments, in fact, feature Celia Johnson as the stubborn President's mother who refuses to be intimidated by the villainous Mr. Smith. The VHS copy that I own is extremely rare and has an awesome illustration on the cover, so I'm still somewhat proud to have it in my collection, but don't really intend to watch the film again and I won't recommend it to fans of crime caper/disaster/heist movies.


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