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Who? (1974)

After an American scientist is severely injured and scarred in a car crash along the border with East Germany, he is captured by East German military. The scientists use metal implants to save him. Once he's back in the States, no one can tell if it's really him, so an intelligence specialist must determine who is under the "mask".

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

John Gould (screenplay), Algis Budrys (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Sean Rogers
Trevor Howard ... Colonel Azarin
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... Dr. Martino / Lucas Martino
Edward Grover ... Finchley (as Ed Grover)
John Lehne John Lehne ... Haller
James Noble ... General Deptford
Lyndon Brook ... Dr. Barrister
Michael Lombard ... Dr. Besser
Kay Tornborg Kay Tornborg ... Edith
Joy Garrett Joy Garrett ... Barbara
John Stewart ... Frank Heywood
Bruce Boa ... Miller
Fred Vincent Fred Vincent ... Douglas
Alexander Allerson ... Dr. Kothu
Ivan Desny ... General Stürmer
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After an American scientist is severely injured and scarred in a car crash along the border with East Germany, he is captured by East German military. The scientists use metal implants to save him. Once he's back in the States, no one can tell if it's really him, so an intelligence specialist must determine who is under the "mask".

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The kill machine with the megaton mind See more »


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Trivia

Closing credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When the assassin's car crashes after the failed attempt on Martini's life, it's clearly shown to be empty as it bursts into flames. See more »

Quotes

Sean Rogers: If I make a wrong decision, my friend, all our kids could end up snorting vodka and eating borscht with chopsticks.
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Interesting, to say the least
30 April 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

WHO? is an interesting little Cold War thriller with an existential theme. It involves a top American scientist who is involved in a car accident in communist Germany. When he's returned home, due to horrific burns his whole head is encased in a metal mask, which makes him look like a robot. However, the powers that be question his very identity, and wonder whether he is in fact a Russian spy...

It's certainly an intriguing set-up, and what I loved about this film is that it deals with questions of identity and existence in a thought-provoking way. The whole movie hinges on the acting of Joseph Bova inside the mask, and very good he is too, despite looking ridiculous. He brings a real sense of sadness to the part so that you feel for his plight.

The mystery aspects of the storyline are acceptable, and there are a few action scenes to perk things up a little bit. Elliott Gould is the nominal protagonist in this one but he plays rather a dull and stuffy character, although Trevor Howard is fun in his flashback scenes. WHO? isn't an entirely successful film, which is why it's virtually forgotten these days, but it's definitely worth a look for those with a penchant for offbeat cinema.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Who? See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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