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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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It will keep you hanging on the edge of your seat! 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 »

Company Credits

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

On its initial UK release, the short subject William Webb Ellis, Are You Mad? (1971) was commonly shown as the supporting film. 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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Breath-taking seventies action flick!
17 July 2003 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

Based on the famous novel by Alistair McLean, "Puppet on a String" brings secret agent Paul Sherman, played by Swedish actor and singer Sven-Bertil Taube, to the Dutch metropolis of Amsterdam. It's his turn to hunt a drug-smuggling gang and a corrupt policeman, and it takes some victims and actions until he faces the main villain on a dark harbor site in a last fatal fight.

The dark streets and canals of Amsterdam are a perfect setting for this seventies' thriller, and the action and suspense work pretty well. There is an incredibly breath-taking motor boat chase through the canals which looks takes the car chasing action of "Bullitt", "Vanishing Point" and "French Connection" a bit further and has been copied by Dick Maas in his Dutch 1987 psycho thriller "Amsterdamned". There are some really scary and psychedelic scenes in the movie, and Piero Piccionis great sound track adds much weight to the picture (and has been reissued two years ago on CD). A great forgotten action movie!


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