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Masquerade (1965)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Comedy | 21 August 1965 (Japan)
The British send an American and a war hero to kidnap and hide an oil-country prince.


Basil Dearden


Victor Canning (novel), Michael Relph (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Cliff Robertson ... David Frazer
Jack Hawkins ... Colonel Drexel
Marisa Mell ... Sophie
Michel Piccoli ... George Sarrassin
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Dunwoody
Charles Gray ... Benson
John Le Mesurier ... Sir Robert
Felix Aylmer ... Henrickson
Ernest Clark ... Minister
Tutte Lemkow ... Paviot
Keith Pyott ... Gustave
Jose Burgos Jose Burgos ... El Mono
Christopher Witty Christopher Witty ... Prince Jamil


The British send an American and a war hero to kidnap and hide an oil-country prince.

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PLEASE DON'T REVEAL WHO DOES WHAT TO WHO IN "MASQUERADE" (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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This was the first of several English-language roles for French actor Michel Piccoli. See more »


As Frazer is being taken to Madrid, their Rolls Royce is forced off the road by the "smugglers". When the driver of the Rolls climbs from the wrecked car he draws his gun, but one of the criminals throws a knife & kills him. Instead of a fake knife throw, the actor actually throws the knife, but he throws high over the driver's head. The driver reacts out of fear by ducking his head forward. Then as the scene cuts, the knife is in the driver's chest & his head is leaning back. See more »


Music by Philip Green (uncredited)
Lyrics by Norman Newell
Sung by Danny Williams
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Seems Straightforward Enough
28 February 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Masquerade is an interesting film considering the energy situation today and the political atmosphere in those Moslem oil producing countries. The United Kingdom has been seeing country after country slip out from under their influence and this little country in North Africa is not going to be another if they can help it.

Young Christopher Witty is the king of said country, but as he is not 14 yet the country has been ruled by his uncle who has been cozying up to the Communist bloc. The uncle will rule in name as well as fact if the young king does not ascend the throne by whatever means.

Knowing that the UK government dispatches Lawrence Of Arabis type war hero from the second World War, Jack Hawkins to kidnap the young king and hold him until his majority. Hawkins in turn selects Cliff Robertson an American who worked for him during World War II.

Seems straightforward enough, but in the end everybody's got their own ideas of what to do with the kidnapped king. The only one not in it for anything is Robertson other than the salary he's been promised. All this intrigue going on around him and Robertson's just trying to stay alive and collect his dough.

Masquerade is a stylish little caper film that one can readily get into and doesn't tax us too much with too many unexpected twists. Hawkins is particularly good in this. Imagine Lawrence Of Arabis with back alimony problems. Casting Hawkins himself who was in Lawrence Of Arabia was someone's idea of an inside joke.

I'd check this out if you're a fan of Hawkins or Robertson.

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1.37 : 1
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