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Innocent Bystanders (1972)

Experienced British spy must retrieve a defecting Soviet scientist from Turkey. When a pretty female innocent bystander gets kidnapped by mistake by his enemies, he feels responsible and decides to help her as well.

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writers:

James Mitchell (novel) (as James Munro), James Mitchell (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Baker ... John Craig
Geraldine Chaplin ... Miriam Loman
Donald Pleasence ... Loomis
Dana Andrews ... Blake
Sue Lloyd ... Joanna Benson
Derren Nesbitt ... Andrew Royce
Vladek Sheybal ... Aaron Kaplan
Warren Mitchell ... Omar
Cec Linder ... Mankowitz
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Zimmer
J.G. Devlin ... Waiter
Ferdy Mayne ... Marcus Kaplan
Clifton Jones ... Hetherton
John Collin John Collin ... Asimov
Aharon Ipalé ... Gabrilovitch
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Experienced British spy must retrieve a defecting Soviet scientist from Turkey. When a pretty female innocent bystander gets kidnapped by mistake by his enemies, he feels responsible and decides to help her as well.

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You don't turn your back on anyone. Especially the partner who's backing you up. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although author James Mitchell was a prolific writer, only three of his films have been adapted for the screen: this one, Callan (1974) and The Last Grenade (1970). See more »

Quotes

Miriam Loman: This food's going to make me sick.
John Craig: Oh, well. You're scared, Miss Loman. I don't blame you.
Miriam Loman: Of course, I'm scared.
John Craig: Yeah, well, I am too. Most people always are. Except for fools. And they don't last long. Being scared's a part of the game.
Miriam Loman: Well, it's not my game.
John Craig: No? Yeah, well, don't be an innocent bystander, Miss Loman.
Miriam Loman: Why not?
John Craig: They always get hurt.
Miriam Loman: They're not the only ones.
John Craig: hmm?
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Kol Nidre
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Arranged by Philip Martell
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A pretty good spy movie
25 April 1999 | by CourierSee all my reviews

This one came in kind of late in that period of all the 007-imitation movies. Some of them were terrible, like "Operation Kid Brother" (which starred Sean Connery's brother Neil!). And some were pretty good, like "Innocent Bystanders". It is well-directed and its cinematography is excellent. Its rapid editing is really neat at first, but it gets kind of annoying after a while. Baker is excellent as a cold-blooded agent who has been double-crossed by his own people. I was amused by the constant bickering of Baker's two rival agents. "Innocent Bystanders" also has a couple alumni from the 007 movies: Donald Pleasence from "You Only Live Twice" (the original Dr. Evil!) and Vladek Sheybal from "From Russia With Love". If you in the mood for a dark spy adventure, "Innocent Bystanders" is for you.


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Country:

UK | Spain | Turkey

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

12 October 1972 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$314,170
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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