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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... See full summary »

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Don Sharp

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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 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 »

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The Neutralizer See more »

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Dolby | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The war games battles played out by Callan and Schneider are Talavera (1809) and Gettysburg (1863). See more »

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When Callan and Lonely climb through the skylight the wall of the chimney outside shakes. See more »

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Lonely: You hit Arthur?
David Callan: I hit him... and he died of it.
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Follows Armchair Theatre: A Magnum for Schneider (1967) See more »

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Recommended thriller
10 February 2005 | by johngammon56See all my reviews

This is a tight, intelligent thriller closely based on the fine novel Red File For Callan, from which the great 1960s-1970s Thames TV series developed. David Callan is a solitary, mentally unstable killer, who is given one last chance to return to "The Section", a shadowy British government security department. Callan hates to kill, but is qualified for little else, and has been forced by his old masters into a dull, mundane office job with a harassing boss. His test is to murder someone - a man whom it turns out he knows, an apparently harmless businessman with whom he shares an interest in military history and battle games. The film boasts a first-class performance from Edward Woodward as Callan, reprising his TV role with confidence. Russell Hunter is also extremely good as Lonely, a smelly petty crook who Callan employs to get him a gun. Sadly the film was made with little style, and the military band score is disappointingly out of kilter with Jack Trombey's fine, moody Callan TV theme.

The Callan character was an icon in British television history, and was extremely popular with viewers. This story got its first outing as A Magnum for Schneider (the book's original title) in a 50 minute slot on Armchair Theatre, a famous British TV drama anthology. (This unofficial pilot can now be seen on a very good DVD compilation of what early episodes are still unwiped, called "Callan: The Monochrome Years" (Network DVD, 2010).) Callan was seen, like The Ipcress File, as an antidote to the invulnerable 007. Why there were no other Callan films made, since the creator James Mitchell wrote several filmable novels about the character, is a mystery.

Callan boasts one technical distinction: according to the Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats, this was the first film to be released with a Dolby encoded mono soundtrack. (A Clockwork Orange used Dolby noise reduction in its making some years before but used a conventional soundtrack on its release prints.) When I saw Callan on its release at a local cinema, I remember thinking the sound was uncommonly clear and the dialogue for once actually audible.


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