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.

Director:

Don Sharp

Writers:

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

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The Most Intensive Manhunt Ever Mounted!

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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The movie had a difficult time getting shown in England. When the movie was first submitted to the British movie review board, it was rejected because it appeared that Queen Elizabeth II was acting in the movie. Producer Samuel Z. Arkoff managed to get the board's approval by adding a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie stating that the Royal Family had not participated in the making of the movie and that Queen Elizabeth's appearance was done using newsreel footage. Then English distributor EMI, which was the distributor of Arkoff's movies in England, stated to the press that that they were "a defender of the palace" and refused to handle the movie. The J. Arthur Rank Organisation, the other major movie distributor in England, also joined the boycott for the same reason. Ultimately, the movie only played in a few theaters in England. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Referenced in The Starlets (1977) See more »

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Chillingly Real
5 January 2000 | by andy.marshallSee all my reviews

Maltin is an idiot for saying that the plot is unbelievable. It is in fact all too believable. Rod Steiger shows his versatility by playing an Irishman who impersonates an Englishman. Lee Remick is delectable as usual and English fans will applaud the inclusion of Eric Porter


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Language:

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Release Date:

22 August 1975 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

To Kill the Queen See more »

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1.85 : 1
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