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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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Who will be alive when the hands stop? See more »

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Action | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Throwing everything out
25 February 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The movie begins (and ends) like a political movie,a la Pakula .But if the "hero" is blamed for butchering democracy ,the essential is a thriller ,some very special "domino theory" .To get rid of some people who become embarrassing,the professor (a spy) ,pushes the "divide and rule" concept to its absolute limits and ,although completely implausible (all works out much too well) , displays an implacable logic in his sinister plans.Probably not great,but not derivative,and rather gripping.

Main objection: Lee Grant's character is almost useless and her would be feminist journalist is only decorative.


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