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African Story (1971)

When his top client, popular singer Rex Maynard, runs away to South Africa with his daughter, powerful producer, Arnold Tiller, stages Maynard's fake kidnapping out of revenge. Maynard escapes only to be pursued by actual kidnappers.

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Marino Girolami (as Fred Wilson)

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Ralph Anders (novel), Ralph Anders (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Stephen Boyd ... Arnold Tiller
Sylva Koscina ... Barbara Hayland (as Silva Koscina)
Michael Kirner Michael Kirner ... Rex Maynard
Marié du Toit Marié du Toit ... Harriet Tiller (as Marie du Toit)
Cobus Rossouw Cobus Rossouw ... Murray
Susan Kiel Susan Kiel ... Linda Tiller-Maynard
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Zack (as Lee Burton)
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Florio (as Ivan Staccioli)
Sergio Mioni Sergio Mioni ... Buddy
Roberto Chiappa Roberto Chiappa ... Frank
Christopher Galloway Christopher Galloway ... Chris
Lourens Schultz Lourens Schultz ... Murray's Agent (as Lorenz Schultz)
Roger Scheibe Roger Scheibe
Franco Marletta Franco Marletta
Rita Forzano Rita Forzano
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When his top client, popular singer Rex Maynard, runs away to South Africa with his daughter, powerful producer, Arnold Tiller, stages Maynard's fake kidnapping out of revenge. Maynard escapes only to be pursued by actual kidnappers.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

21 October 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dipli apagogi See more »

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Sirio Film See more »
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Mono

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Color
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Lonely Memories
Lyrics by Michael Pam
Music by Michael Pam and Charles Segal
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A Lost Treasure!
26 December 2006 | by thenickatomsSee all my reviews

After completing 13 Television Spectaculars, Rex Maynard, a Sinatra like singer, goes on vacation. He also decides to elope with his producer's daughter to Africa! Stephen Boyd, the producer, stages a fake kidnapping to scare Rex off from his daughter and make publicity for his television spectaculars. All is under control until Rex Maynard, who was also a former stuntman, escapes, using his Stuntman Skills. But the coast of South Africa isn't clear yet! REAL kidnappers decide to grab Rex and it gets out of control! Then we find out who Rex can trust and can't trust. Even his wife is involved some how. But can the Manipulator manipulate the situation to save the day? Who doesn't want to be Rex Maynard? Michael Kirner gives a very realistic performance as a man who's been kidnapped many times in one day. Stephen Boyd is great as The Manipulator. I'm only sorry to see this series did not take off. It would be great to see him put his Stuntman/singer through more adventure. There are lots of side stories going on to keep the characters fresh and add depth to the story.

Beautiful locations in South Africa. Great music with, "Man, You Need A Hand" and other songs. The soundtrack would be a great addition to any collection. Very rarely does a movie have an impact on my life, but this one did.

This is a very hard film to find and I'm lucky a friend taped in by accident. This was made back to back with 'The Big Game', but they are not related, just the same film crew. If you get a chance, check this film out! The real title of this film is 'The Manipulator'. The Mickey Rooney film came out at the same time and they were forced to change the title.


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