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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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Geoffrey Reeve

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (screenplay) (as Alistair Maclean), Paul Wheeler (additional material) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sven-Bertil Taube ... Paul Sherman
Barbara Parkins ... Maggie
Alexander Knox ... Colonel De Graaf
Patrick Allen ... Inspector Van Gelder
Vladek Sheybal ... Meegeren
Ania Marson ... Astrid Lemay
Penny Casdagli Penny Casdagli ... Trudi
Peter Hutchins Peter Hutchins ... The Assassin
Drewe Henley ... Jimmy Duclos
Henny Orri Henny Orri ... Herta (as Henni Orri)
Stewart F. Lane Stewart F. Lane ... George Lemay (as Stewart Lane)
Mark Malicz Mark Malicz ... Morgenstern
Michael Mellinger ... Hotel Manager
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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THE ACTION of "Guns of Navarone"...The INTRIGUE of "Ice Station Zebra"...The SUSPENSE of "Where Eagles Dare"...all add up to his biggest and best seller! See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1971 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Alistair Maclean's Puppet on a Chain See more »

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Production Co:

Big City See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In her memoirs Suzanna Leigh mentions that she had a role in this film as a villain but, although her character is mentioned, her scenes were deleted from the final print. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

Some topless nudity and shots of a man's bloody face during a hotel fight was cut from the film for an 'AA' rating (suitable for persons of 14 and over) for the UK cinema release though this was restored in video releases and TV showings. See more »

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Pure Seventies
3 June 2005 | by robertconnorSee all my reviews

Truly atmospheric Euro-thriller from the early seventies, boasting one of the best chase sequences ever, and a plot riddled with holes.

US Agent Paul Sherman (Taube) arrives in Amsterdam to investigate drug trafficking between Holland and the US. Together with undercover agent Maggie (Parkins) he begins to close in on the villains...

Given that Sherman and Maggie are working together, they don't seem to share much information. If they had debriefed each other a little more thoroughly, much of what eventually transpires could so easily have been avoided (e.g., how come Maggie fails to tell Paul about the dodgy nuns and the bibles she witnesses in church?). This (and the unexplained accents - a Swede playing a Dutch-American, a Brit and a Canadian playing Dutch) aside, it's action-packed, makes great use of its Dutch locations, and has a nice twisty ending.

Extra-groovy nightclub scene too!


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