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The Ambassador (1984)

 -  Drama | War  -  11 January 1985 (USA)
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An Amerian ambassador to Israel tries to bring peace to the Middle East, but his efforts are hampered when his wife has an affair with a PLO leader.

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Peter Hacker
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Alex Hacker
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Frank Stevenson
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Mustapha Hashimi
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Minister Eretz
Chelli Goldenberg ...
Rachel (as Heli Goldenberg)
Michal Bat-Adam ...
Tova
Ori Levy ...
Abe
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Assad
Zachi Noy ...
Ze'ev
Joseph Shiloach ...
Shimon
Shmulik Kraus ...
Stone
Yossi Virginsky ...
Asher
Yftach Katzur ...
Lenny
Shai Schwartz ...
Gadi
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Robert Mitchum plays a controversial U.S. ambassador to Israel who tries to solve the Palestinian question while being criticized by all factions, which takes a turn when his wife begins having an affair with a PLO chief. Rock Hudson (in his last theatrical movie role) plays Mitchum's chief security officer who saves his life in an assassination attempt and tries to help him resolve the conflicts around them. Written by Anonymous

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The meaning and relevance of this film's 'The Ambassador' title is that it refers to the name of the central character, U.S. Ambassador Peter Hacker (played by Robert Mitchum), who is an American ambassador to Israel. See more »

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7 November 2008 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

An always interesting, if audacious and harsh low-key political thriller from Cannon and headed by ace director J. Lee Thompson. Maybe his best work in the 80s. The aged stars are quite a delight and the true staying power with Robert Mitchum (who's playing it easy), Rock Hudson, Ellen Burstyn, Fabio Testi and Donald Pleasance working very well off each other. Indeed a top-notch ensemble cast confidently directed by Thompson.

The knotty context of the film (the on going conflict in the Middle East) is a complicated web (with touch of blackmail and martial problems thrown in for good measure), but smartly engineered if a little too pushy at times. Still it's effective, stirring and informative in detailing its intentions. When it came to the jarring action, it was to the point and within chaotic bursts. I didn't find it thrilling in those passages, but you're kept glued as you want to see what becomes of the suspense beating situations. Dov Seltzer's humidly sultry music arrangement is on the ball and suitably placed. It truly gives it a grander edge and the location choices authentically sprawl off the screen. Thompson keeps it moving and times everything to perfection.

A reasonably solid offering by all involved.


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