Carlos Quintas, the democratically-elected president of an unnamed South American country, has been deposed by a military coup. He is in London, the head of a government in exile, rallying ... See full summary »
Carlos Quintas, the democratically-elected president of an unnamed South American country, has been deposed by a military coup. He is in London, the head of a government in exile, rallying international support. He is also a poet of talent and reputation, in love with Kate, his assistant, who has a secret of her own and keeps Carlos at a distance. The generals have a team of professionals in London bent on kidnap and assassination. Hovering around Carlos are two Russians, who may be KGB, an American book publisher, who may be CIA, an elusive Brit, probably from her majesty's secret service, and his own few supporters. Is Carlos doomed? Whom can he trust? Written by
Actually a collaboration between Australia and the U.S. this was originally conceived as a telemovie, but received theatrical release instead.
Garcia is reliably good as always as Carlos Quintas, the deposed South American President currently in London looking for someone to support his cause. (No-one has causes like the South Americans!) His mind is only half on his job...the other half on his assistant Kate (played by Kitty Aldridge). On the periphery are a handful of questionably loyal individuals who could be either CIA, KGB, or rejects from a Bond movie!
The plot doesn't matter, the film doesn't matter, but its all in good fun and eminently watchable. Brit actress Susannah York appears as herself. David Freeman and Buck Henry served as back-up script consultants for AMERICAN ROULETTE.
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