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Callan (1974)

Greg Callan's cousin, David Callan top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retire because he had lost his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination... See full summary »

Director:

Don Sharp

Writers:

James Mitchell (screenplay), James Mitchell (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Woodward ... David Callan
Eric Porter ... Hunter
Carl Möhner ... Schneider
Catherine Schell ... Jenny
Peter Egan ... Toby Meres
Russell Hunter ... Lonely
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Waterman
Michael Da Costa Michael Da Costa ... The Greek (as Michael da Costa)
Veronica Lang Veronica Lang ... Liz, Hunter's Secretary
Clifford Rose ... Dr. Snell
David Prowse ... Arthur (as Dave Prowse)
Don Henderson ... George
Nadim Sawalha ... Padilla
David Graham ... Wireless operator
Yuri Borienko Yuri Borienko ... Security porter
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Greg Callan's cousin, David Callan top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retire because he had lost his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination of Schneider, a German businessman. His former boss promises Callan that he'll be returned to active status if he follows orders, but as always Callan refuses to act until he knows why Schneider has been marked for death. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1975 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Neutralizer See more »

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Dolby (Dolby System®)| Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film with optical soundtrack (mono) encoded with A-type Dolby noise reduction. See more »

Goofs

The events of the film refer to the attempt on Schneider's life as taking place on Sunday 22nd October, which would date the film to 1972. The tax disc on his car, however, is dated Nov 73. This is also verified by a newsstand reference to Royal Wedding pictures - this was the marriage of Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips, also in November 1973. See more »

Quotes

Hunter: Did you rebuke Lonely?
David Callan: [depressed] Yes.
Hunter: Sufficiently?
David Callan: [angry] He thinks so!
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Unusual in a great many ways
7 April 2017 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

While the notion of "franchising" a successful creative work is nothing new today, it was quite novel (sorry for the pun) for author James Mitchell.

His spy novel A Magnum for Schneider was published in 1969. It begat a successful book series; a top-rated British TV drama which ran for years, which Mitchell also wrote for; a bona fide international star (Woodward) who was so successfully identified with the role of Callan that he actually crossed the pond and starred in a TV show there called The Equalizer; and, of all things, this bizarre almost reverent attempt to milk the original cow (the first novel) one more time, in 1974, using most of the original cast, in a feature length film, and shot in colour.

This should be point in the review where I tell you that this whole exercise was of such high quality that Callan is as watchable today (whenever you are reading this) as it was then. If I said that, I would be lying.

While Mitchell had his finger on the pulse of the 60s -- a gradual turning away from traditional and respectable spy stories to something a little more violent and gritty -- it was only a taste of what was to come.

Which means that this film, as competent as it is, will always remain merely a curiosity for fans who remember the original. (And also remember, for example, that in the series, Callan not only returned to his "job" but for a while actually ran the entire Section!) Fond memories. But only memories.


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