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The Internecine Project (1974)

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 David Swift ... Chester Drake
Rolf Wanka ... Art Dealer
Ray Callaghan Ray Callaghan ... TV Producer
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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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Action | Thriller

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A thought-provoking thriller
7 May 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE INTERNECINE PROJECT is an intriguing little thriller made as a collaboration between the UK and West Germany. It's one of those films that nobody mentions anymore, but which provides a few surprises and nice elements for film fans. The unusual plot itself is a highlight, as this is a film which explores the meaning of the word 'internecine' (mutually destructive, as it happens).

James Coburn plays an anti-hero, a politician with more than a few skeletons in his closet. In order to tie off some loose ends, he sets a plot in action to kill off people who know a little too much about him. The thrills come from seeing said plot play out, and wondering whether he'll succeed or not.

The spy elements of the storyline give this some decent, Cold War-era paranoia shudders. The cast is very well picked; even Lee Grant is an asset, although her character - a feminist journalist - is extraneous to the storyline, although she does have a jaw-dropping encounter with the chauvinistic Coburn. Harry Andrews continues to delight in his later years, Ian Hendry is memorably twitchy, and the likes of Julian Glover and Keenan Wynn prop up the cast. There's little to dislike and much to enjoy about this thought-provoking thriller.


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