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Pursuit (1972)

A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him.

Director:

Michael Crichton

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel) (as John Lange), Robert Dozier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... Steven Graves
E.G. Marshall ... James Wright
William Windom ... Robert Phillips
Joseph Wiseman ... Dr. Nordman
Jim McMullan ... Lewis
Martin Sheen ... Timothy Drew
Will Kuluva ... Dr. Wolff
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Agent
Quinn K. Redeker ... Captain Morrison (as Quinn Redecker)
Conrad Bachmann ... Second Officer
Joe Brooks ... Cop
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Gleason
Walt Davis Walt Davis ... First Officer
Dan Ferrone ... Salesman
Sid Grossfeld Sid Grossfeld ... Stack
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A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Explosion! See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Michael Crichton's first directing credit. See more »

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An unfinished set ceiling and some set lighting is visible in the apartment used by the Federal agents to watch E.G. Marshall. See more »

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Pretty good made for TV thriller
30 September 2014 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

The made for TV thriller "Pursuit" has some interest in not only is it based on a Michael Crichton novel (written under a pseudonym), but that Michael Crichton directed it, making his directorial debut. But there is additional interest to be found here. What will strike many modern day viewers is that despite the subject matter, the tone of the movie is significantly restrained. There isn't a swift pace or a feeling that things are going to really fall apart at any second. Though that may not sound like the right tone, it actually is convincing; we see that the government agents are well trained and professional, so they of course are conditioned not to panic. The movie also works well because of its short length (74 minutes) - there's no padding on display here, and the story moves briskly as a result. The only real flaw the movie has is that it doesn't hide the conspiracy very well - most viewers will have a reasonable guess as to what is being planned long before the government agents find out. But even though you will probably guess what is happening early on, the movie remains very effective.


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