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The Internecine Project (1974)

PG | | Action, Thriller | 24 July 1974 (USA)
A retired agent devises a cunning plan to eliminate those who know too much about his past.

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writers:

Barry Levinson (screenplay), Jonathan Lynn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Professor Robert Elliot
Lee Grant ... Jean Robertson
Harry Andrews ... Bert Parsons
Ian Hendry ... Alex Hellman
Michael Jayston ... David Baker
Christiane Krüger ... Christina Larsson (as Christiane Kruger)
Keenan Wynn ... E. J. Farnsworth
Terence Alexander ... Business Tycoon
Philip Anthony Philip Anthony ... Eliot's Secretary (as Phillip Anthony)
Julian Glover ... Arnold Pryce-Jones
Mary Larkin ... Jean's Secretary
Ewan Roberts ... Laboratory Technician
David Swift ... Chester Drake
Rolf Wanka ... Art Dealer
Ray Callaghan Ray Callaghan ... TV Producer
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Storyline

Former secret agent Robert Elliot (Coburn) will be promoted to government advisor. In order to make sure no-one will ever know about his dirty past, he has invented a very ingenious plan to get rid of his four helpers: he gets them all to unknowingly kill each other in the course of a single night. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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"Internecine" - a fancy word for multiple murder See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte está ao Telefone See more »

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During filming in London, James Coburn took time off to be photographed for the cover photograph for Wings third album, 'Band on the Run'. See more »

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Clever Movie With A Stand Out Character Played By Harry Andrews
19 August 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I'm amazed that THE INTERNECINE PROJECT has received less than 100 votes . I saw it a couple of times in the early 1980s and despite not seeing it for almost 25 years it's still lodged in my mind as being a clever thriller . Perhaps I shall never watch it in case it's not as good as I remember . The plot centres around former secret agent Robert Elliot ( Played suavely by James Coburn in one of his best roles) gaining a White House promotion , just the first step in a long and successful political career . There's just one thing and that is there's several people who know about Elliot's past and Elliot can't allow his dirty secrets to be revealed by anyone

I won't reveal the plot but it's smart and there's a twist at the end . But for me the best part of the movie is where Elliot visits the home of military veteran Albert Parsons played by Harry Andrews . Parsons and his collection of cats warmly greet Elliot , but it's obvious by his mannerism that Elliot has something on his mind :

" We've got a problem "

" A problem sir ? " asks Parsons

" It's to do with a woman "

Parsons is shocked " A WOMAN SIR ? "

Elliot rubs his chin and studies Albert " She's a sort of high class whore "

By now Parsons is having convulsions and spitting his hatred " THEY'RE ALL WHORES THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM , YOU CAN'T TRUST ANY THEM SIR , NOT ANY OF THEM "

Hmmm I wonder if Albert Parsons is a repressed homosexual ?


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