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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 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 ... 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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Callan... doesn't make friends - and all his enemies are dead! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

Edward Woodward (to whom the source novel is dedicated) and Russell Hunter were the only cast-members to appear in both productions of this story. Clifford Rose was a semi-regular in the parent TV series as Dr Snell, but only from the second season onwards; he did not feature in the pilot. David Prowse did also make a previous appearance, as market heavy Wellington in the episode Callan: Where Else Could I Go? (1970) See more »

Goofs

The criminal record in Callan's file gives his forenames as David Edward; his personal card above it seems to read David Arthur. See more »

Quotes

Lonely: You hit Arthur?
David Callan: I hit him... and he died of it.
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Connections

Follows Armchair Theatre: A Magnum for Schneider (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Bonnie Blue Flag
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Traditional Irish tune, lyrics by Harry McCarthy
Arranged by Marcus Dods
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Very good film, typical of its period but also with much relevance today
25 January 2018 | by charlesrothwellSee all my reviews

The spy genre saw a (British-led) backlash in the mid-/late-1960s against the 'James Bond-led' type of upper class, super-human, perfect being spies and attention being paid in literature ("The spy who came in from the cold") and film (the Harry Palmer films) to a much more realistic portrayal of who spies were and what they actually did (often grubby little men working in atrocious conditions and for minimal recompense). In addition to literature and film, I can recall seeing the original "Callan" series on TV and of being very impressed by it. As portrayed by Woodward, Callan really was a working class thug (ex-army/ex-offender/borderline alcoholic and capable of great viciousness) doing the most unglamorous kinds of things in order to "take care" (with threats, blackmail, entrapment and, ultimately, 'termination') of people his superiors ordered him to. At the same time, Woodward gave the character a real human side who often displayed pity and empathy for his victims and who refused to turn into just the simple killing machine his masters wanted. I thought this film (which I had never seen before and found on some TV network being broadcast between 1.00 and 3.00 AM!) caught all of this very well. It was made at a time of great violence/almost seeming social melt-down (IRA bombing campaigns in Britain, the never-ending "Troubles" in Ireland, terrorism across much of Europe, the PLO terrorist attacks across the world. the Vietnam War staggering towards its bloody (and probably inevitable) end) and there are a number of places in the film where issues of direct relevance for today are also addressed (where to draw the line between 'enhanced interrogation' and outright torture, what are the limits of surveillance, how far can people 'follow orders' and still stay human?) An exciting film to watch but also one with a lot more to offer as well.


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Release Date:

11 April 1975 (Finland) See more »

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