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Embassy (1972)

PG | | Crime, Drama | 2 March 1972 (UK)
A Russian spy penetrates into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon to try to kill a Soviet defector under asylum there.


Gordon Hessler


Stephen Coulter (novel), William Fairchild (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Roundtree ... Richard 'Dick' Shannon
Chuck Connors ... Kesten
Marie-José Nat ... Laure
Ray Milland ... Ambassador
Broderick Crawford ... Frank Dunniger
Max von Sydow ... Gorenko
David Bauer ... Kadish
Larry Cross ... Gamble
David Healy ... Phelan
Karl Held Karl Held ... Rylands
Sarah Marshall ... Miss Harding
Dee Pollock ... Stacey
Leila Buheiry Leila Buheiry ... Leila, Receptionist
Gail Clymer Gail Clymer ... Switchboard Operator
Edmond Hannania Edmond Hannania ... First Man in Black


A Russian spy penetrates into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon to try to kill a Soviet defector under asylum there.

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Frank Dunniger: Yeah, so what?
Gorenko: German town and French potatoes.
Frank Dunniger: Look, Junior, if it wasn't for you, I'd be home having Chicken Maryland with my wife, so shut up and eat.
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A pleasant enough movie. Some background in its making on location.
21 June 2017 | by woostercarlSee all my reviews

A pleasant enough diversion which somehow should have produced more wallop, considering all the name people in the cast. I was in that cast playing the part of Rylands, as Karl Held. I was greeted at the airport with the news that my role had been increased in size and importance. I wrongly assumed that they would boost my billing accordingly. They did not. My mistake. Had a great time working with the many well established names, and hanging out in Beirut and Syria. Top notch cinematographer, Raoul Coutard was on the job. He was a big help to all of us Background noise on the sound track necessitated looping entire performances in a London sound studio. Performances suffered in the process, perhaps not all that much, but they were negatively affected; although mine received a nice mention in the London Times. "Laid back and intelligent performance" in another review. Also, a tough row to hoe for many of us in the cast, was getting "the bug" despite our precautions of shunning the water and local cooking...the show must go on. In the end, though, all that counts is what's on the screen. Yes, it should have been better, but,in my opinion,it was hardly a disaster.

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2 March 1972 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon

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1.85 : 1
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