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Hennessy (1975)

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Hennessy is an Irishman who believes in peace, but who has had connections to the I.R.A. After his family is killed, and he plots revenge, setting out to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.


Don Sharp


John Gay (screenplay), Richard Johnson (original story)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Steiger ... Niall Hennessy
Lee Remick ... Kate Brooke
Richard Johnson ... Insp. Hollis
Trevor Howard ... Comdr. Rice
Peter Egan ... Williams
Eric Porter ... Sean Tobin
Ian Hogg ... Gerry
Stanley Lebor ... Hawk
John Hallam ... Boyle
Patrick Stewart ... Tilney
David Collings ... Covey
John Shrapnel ... Tipaldi
Hugh Moxey Hugh Moxey ... Stephen Burgess M.P.
Margery Mason Margery Mason ... Housekeeper
Paul Brennan Paul Brennan ... Maguire


Hennessy is an Irishman who believes in peace, but who has had connections to the I.R.A. After his family is killed, and he plots revenge, setting out to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Most Intensive Manhunt Ever Mounted!


Action | Drama | Thriller


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Lee Remick agreed to play her supporting role as it reunited with co-star Rod Steiger, and co-writer john Gay from their earlier film, NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY See more »


The uniformed police sergeant contacted by DI Hollis when he is attempting to enter the Houses of Parliament is wearing the 1918 War Medal, more than 50 years after it was awarded. See more »

Crazy Credits

This motion picture incorporates extracts from a news film of The Queen at a State Opening of Parliament which, when photographed, was not intended for use in a fictional context. The Directors of Hennessy Film Productions, Ltd. would therefore like to make it clear that the Royal Family took no part in the making of this film. See more »


Referenced in The Starlets (1977) See more »

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"You have a friend and you have a cause...which comes first?"
30 July 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Demolitions expert in Belfast, once a member of the Irish Republican Army, sees his wife and child accidentally killed in a street riot between political protesters and soldiers; he reacts by traveling to England to carry out a plot against Parliament and Queen Elizabeth II, though Scotland Yard is one step behind. Dreary topical thriller, an odd release coming from American International Pictures, has some relevance to today's headlines, though that doesn't exactly make this endeavor an important or intriguing one. Rod Steiger and widowed friend Lee Remick (reunited from 1968's "No Way to Treat a Lady") are somewhat uneasily cast in their roles, though the film has good music scoring by John Scott and fine cinematography from Ernest Steward. Controversial in Great Britain due to the Queen's appearance via newsreel footage, the producers were forced to begin the film with an amusing disclaimer. ** from ****

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Release Date:

22 August 1975 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

To Kill the Queen See more »

Filming Locations:

Deptford, London, England, UK See more »

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1.85 : 1
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