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Puppet on a Chain (1971)

Following a triple professional hit a U.S. agent arrives in Amsterdam to investigate a heroin smuggling ring. He finds a city rife with drugs and a police force unable or unwilling to do ... See full summary »

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... Paul Sherman
... Maggie
... Colonel De Graaf
... Inspector Van Gelder
... Meegeren
... Astrid Lemay
Penny Casdagli ... Trudi
Peter Hutchins ... The Assassin
... Jimmy Duclos
Henny Orri ... Herta (as Henni Orri)
Stewart F. Lane ... George Lemay (as Stewart Lane)
Mark Malicz ... Morgenstern
... Hotel Manager
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Following a triple professional hit a U.S. agent arrives in Amsterdam to investigate a heroin smuggling ring. He finds a city rife with drugs and a police force unable or unwilling to do much about it. With his incognito female fellow agent the American is soon stirring things up. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Alistair Maclean's Puppet on a Chain  »

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For the video release, the film's aspect ratio was cropped to 1:37. See more »

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At one point during the Amsterdam boat chase, the white boat hits a bridge and sustains fairly severe damage to the prow (which is acknowledged in the sound effects). In the next shot, the boat is unblemished again. See more »

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Maggie: Paul, what are you thinking?
Paul Sherman: I was thinking about my ex-wife, as a matter of fact.
Maggie: What was she like?
Paul Sherman: Very affectionate... with other men. My fault - I was never there.
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Comparason of the speedboat chase in the Amsterdam canals in the English film 'Puppet on a Chain' and Dutch film 'Amsterdamned'.
28 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

The speedboat chase in the Amsterdam canals in this film is actually being copied by Dutch director Dick Maas in his 1988 film 'Amsterdamned'. I always thought how original it was to have such an out of the ordinary, yet in Amsterdam obvious chase, but apparently it is less original as I thought. In the 18 year older 'Puppet on a Chain' the chase is as vivid and dynamic as in Maas' film, although one detail in Amsterdamned should catch the viewer's attention. Just like in Puppet on a Chain, the villain almost crashes his boat into an oncoming barge, a thrilling moment. In 'Amsterdamned' this barge has a fanfare band, conducted by 'actor', and Holland's famous Oscar-winning documentary director Bert Haanstra. It makes the already exhilarating scene more colourful, and provides it with a light touch. This detail encapsulates an often noticeable and important difference between English and Dutch film-making if you ask me; It seems that in Dutch films a doses of ridiculing of a serious action or scene is indispensable. Fact of the matter is that the 'original' film, Puppet on a Chain, is more believable because of its absence of this ridiculing. I also find it very interesting to see sceneries of my home country (Holland) in such a serious crime intrigue, where BTW everybody speaks British English!


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