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The 'Human' Factor (1975)

After his family is brutally murdered for an unknown reason, a computer engineer sets out to find those responsible.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Peter Powell (original screenplay), Thomas Hunter (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Kennedy ... John Kinsdale
John Mills ... Mike McAllister
Raf Vallone ... Dr. Lupo
Barry Sullivan ... Edmonds
Rita Tushingham ... Janice
Shane Rimmer ... CIA Man
Thomas Hunter ... Taylor (as Tom Hunter)
Frank Avianca Frank Avianca ... Kamal
Haydée Politoff ... Pidgeon
Arthur Franz ... Gen. Fuller
Fiamma Verges Fiamma Verges ... Ann Kinsdale
Danny Huston ... Mark Kinsdale (as Danny Houston)
Richard Harrison Richard Harrison ... Jeffrey Kinsdale (as Ricky Harrison)
Hillary Lief Hillary Lief ... Linda Kinsdale
Michael Mandeville Michael Mandeville ... Phillips
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After his family is brutally murdered for an unknown reason, a computer engineer sets out to find those responsible.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every 24 hours an American family will be killed!...and only the human factor can stop it.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Human Factor See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eton See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last feature film of veteran Director Edward Dmytryk. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene when Kinsdale shoots the fleeing terrorist in the back, after his Colt 1911 runs out of ammunition, the slide does lock back, and he continues to pull the trigger with the gun making a clicking sound, as if it is a double action. The 1911 is a single action and will not make that sound. See more »

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Dirty George
25 July 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Edward Dmytryk ended his feature directorial career with this rather routine action film which is a little sluggish. The Human Factor was hardly the kind of film that a celebrated director should have gone out on. After all, Dmytryk has such classics as Murder My Sweet, Crossfire, and The Caine Mutiny to his credit.

George Kennedy is our hero/protagonist who has his wife and three children executed by terrorists who made his the first targeted family of an extortion plan to kill an American family every three days if the USA does not pony up some large coin of the realm.

As Kennedy is a computer programmer working and living in Rome he has access to some real intelligence gathering machinery. Colleagues like John Mills and Rita Tushingham help. Kennedy upsets Italian police inspector Raf Vallone with his pro-active approach and doing his own investigation.

The Human Factor is a slow paced film, but it does have a nice action packed climax where Kennedy takes care of business the way Dirty Harry Callahn would. You'll enjoy if you can wait that long.


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