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The Executioner (1970)

A British Intelligence Agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.


Sam Wanamaker


Jack Pulman, Gordon McDonell (story)




Credited cast:
George Peppard ... John Shay
Joan Collins ... Sarah Booth
Judy Geeson ... Polly Bendel
Oskar Homolka ... Racovsky
Charles Gray ... Vaughan Jones
Nigel Patrick ... Colonel Scott
Keith Michell ... Adam Booth
George Baker ... Philip Crawford
Alexander Scourby ... Prof. Parker
Peter Bull ... Butterfield
Ernest Clark ... Roper
Peter Dyneley ... Balkov
Gisela Dali ... Anna
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefan Gryff Stefan Gryff ... Shay Cell Group Surrvior


Explosive international intrigue results when British Intelligence Agent John Shay (George Peppard) suspects Adam Booth (Keith Michell), a colleague, of being a double-agent. Although Shay's superiors warn him against an investigation, he travels to Greece and Turkey in order to check out his suspicions. There, Shay becomes involved with the beautiful Sarah (Dame Joan Collins), who was once his lover, and is now Booth's wife. Before long, Shay realizes that he is being used as a Communist pawn, and has fallen into grave danger. Written by alfiehitchie

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Every day he lives, somebody else dies! See more »


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Did You Know?


Dame Joan Collins is said to have hated working with George Peppard. See more »


At the start of the film one of the dead victims lying by the empty swimming pool is startled and moves when the car explodes, with his head and arm moving. See more »


John Shay: I thought you guys used Pentothal.
Balkov: We ran out.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, in the background is the final scene showing a tower with a light that rotates, shining alternately green and white light. The credits change colors repeatedly as if the tower light is shining on them. See more »


Referenced in The Oral Generation (1970) See more »

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Don't try to make sense out of this
29 October 2014 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

1970 was about the time that spy movies became nonsense, as this one shows.

Nonsense was in earlier movies. A lot of noir movies were based on this. No plot, no motivation, no story, just one liners and writers contriving excuses to kill people in a movie for no reason, and then claim there was a reason.

That's pretty much what happens in this spy movie. George Peppard suspects the husband of a girl he loves to be a spy. We have no idea why, and we have no idea why the characters in the spy ring do what they do. Merely for effect. Once you get past this, that the plot doesn't exist and there is no motivation, the rest is easier to watch.

It is full of almost every spy cliché there is, and these were already clichés well before 1970.

The "personal" motivations of private lives plays out better than the "plot" angle, and that's what you would watch this one for.

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Release Date:

1 May 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Executioner See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Production Co:

Ameran Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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