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The High Commissioner (1968)

Nobody Runs Forever (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 30 August 1968 (UK)
An Australian outback police detective is sent on a special assignment to the UK, to return an Australian citizen accused of murder. Only this is not an ordinary man, he is a UN high commissioner for peace talks taking place in London.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Jon Cleary (novel), Wilfred Greatorex (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... Scobie Malone
Christopher Plummer ... Sir James Quentin
Lilli Palmer ... Sheila Quentin
Camilla Sparv ... Lisa Pretorius
Daliah Lavi ... Maria Cholon
Clive Revill ... Joseph
Lee Montague ... Denzil
Calvin Lockhart ... Jamaica
Derren Nesbitt ... Pallain
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Julius
Paul Grist Paul Grist ... Coburn
Burt Kwouk ... Pham Chinh
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Leeds
Ken Wayne ... Ferguson
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Jacko (as Charles Tingwell)
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Storyline

Rod Taylor plays a policeman sent to return a sensitive case; An Australian citizen, currently acting as high commissioner for peace talks who is wanted for an old charge -- of murder. The talks are too sensitive to be disturbed, so Taylor ends up watching Christopher Plummer as he conducts his talks, and discovers that some want the talks to fail enough to think that killing Plummer is an obvious way to stop them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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In A Moment He Could Be Dead! - and the only man who could save him was going to arrest him for murder!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The High Commissioner See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First of only two 'Scobie Malone' cinema movies. The second and final one to date has been Scobie Malone (1975) which was made and released eight years after this film. Apparently, Jon Cleary's third Scobie Malone novel, 'Ransom', has been made for Japanese television. See more »

Goofs

During the interview between the NSW Premier (McKern) and Malone (Taylor) the date of The Corliss Murder is stated as April 28th 1951. When Malone serves the warrant on the High Commissioner (Plummer) he reads the date from the warrant as "on the 2nd.....". See more »

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Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) See more »

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Familiar but OK spy drama
29 April 2007 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

This is certainly not a bad film: the script maintains an air of uncertainty as to who is and who is not in the conspiracy to kill Plummer, there are some frantic fight scenes, a nice elegiac score, the performances are fine, putting in more emotion than usual for the genre, and the Goddess-like Daliah Lavi & the beautiful Camilla Sparv more than fill out the required "babe quotient" (as I've said before, these 60's spy thrillers are almost always a sure bet if you want to see some incredibly beautiful women). However, there is not much here that you have not seen before. Perhaps it says something about the greatness of Hitchcock that even one of his widely considered "lesser" pictures ("Topaz") is still better than this movie. (**1/2)


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