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The Naked Runner (1967)

Sam Laker is an American industrialist, working in Britain, who has just been awarded an international award for industrial design. He is planning to travel to East Germany to attend a ... See full summary »

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Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Francis Clifford (novel), Stanley Mann (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Sam Laker
Peter Vaughan ... Martin Slattery
Derren Nesbitt ... Colonel Hartmann
Nadia Gray ... Karen Gisevius
Toby Robins Toby Robins ... Ruth
Inger Stratton ... Anna
Cyril Luckham ... Cabinet minister
Edward Fox ... Ritchie Jackson
J.A.B. Dubin-Behrmann J.A.B. Dubin-Behrmann ... Joseph
Michael Newport ... Patrick Laker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joscik Barbarossa Joscik Barbarossa
Roy Hanlon Roy Hanlon
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Sam Laker is an American industrialist, working in Britain, who has just been awarded an international award for industrial design. He is planning to travel to East Germany to attend a trade show and show off his invention, taking his 10 year old son with him for a holiday. Meanwhile a British Intelligence officer who served with Laker in the Second World War decides to use the opportunity of Laker's trip and his lack of an intelligence profile to coerce him into carrying out an assassination. Written by Sean Brennan <sean@bearpaw.dnet.co.uk>

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Slowly they stripped Sam Laker down until there was nothing but animal left... See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrapado See more »

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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The gun prop used in this film was later converted to become Han Solo's blaster in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). See more »

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Referenced in Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! See more »

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Deadly earnest, and paced like a funeral...
19 June 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Frank Sinatra plays an American industrialist and widower based in London who is contacted by an old war buddy who needs his friend to deliver a message to a woman they were both acquainted with, now working in East Germany. After passing a microfilm to her hidden in his watchband, Sinatra is caught and then blackmailed into committing murder. Icy, depressing adaptation of an espionage novel, written under the pseudonym Francis Clifford, with a narrative so murky we are never sure how much of a dupe the Sinatra character is, or if indeed he was conned at all. Sidney J. Furie is responsible for the mechanical direction, usually filming the action in scenes from as far away as possible. Sinatra is either delivering a very low-keyed performance or is completely indifferent to the material--with nary a wink to the audience to tell us he knows this is junk and that he's just cashing a paycheck. *1/2 from ****


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