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The Swiss Conspiracy (1976)

A former U.S.Justice Department official is hired as a security consultant for a Zurich based Swiss bank when five of its clients are blackmailed.

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Jack Arnold

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Norman Klenman (screenplay), Norman Klenman (story) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
David Janssen ... David Christopher
Senta Berger ... Denise Abbott
John Ireland ... Dwight McGowan
John Saxon ... Robert Hayes
Ray Milland ... Johann Hurtil
Elke Sommer ... Rita Jensen
Anton Diffring ... Franz Benninger
Arthur Brauss ... Korsak
Inigo Gallo Inigo Gallo ... Captain Frey
Curt Lowens ... Kosta
David Hess ... Sando
Hans-Joerg Bahl Hans-Joerg Bahl ... Sgt. Schwand (as Hans-Jörg Bahl)
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ... Corinne
Irmgard Först Irmgard Först ... Florelle
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When a Swiss bank finds that the confidentiality of some of its more vulnerable customers has been compromised it calls in an American investigator, who soon uncovers a web of deceit and blackmail. With old debts being paid off his own health is soon in danger, but at least he starts to gets to know one of the bank's female customers pretty well. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Dirty Money, Dirty Secrets... See more »

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September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Conspiração Suiça See more »

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Mono

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1.78 : 1
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Looks like something you'd see on European TV
2 July 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

David Janssen is an ex-U.S. treasury agent who finds himself involved in "The Swiss Conspiracy," a 1976 film that boasts a large array of old stars and actors: John Ireland, Ray Milland, Elke Sommer, John Saxon and Curt Lowens, plus the beautiful Senta Berger and a European cast. Janssen is David Christopher, who is asked to help a Swiss bank whose clients are being blackmailed with exposure of their numbered accounts. The stakes get higher when two of the victims are killed.

Words fail me but I'll go on anyway. First of all, this movie looks like it was transferred to DVD illegally - it even skips at one point with Janssen mouthing non-existent dialogue. The quality of the film is very grainy, and it looks like the movie was cut, too.

The film was made 5 years before David Janssen died, and he looks like he's going to succumb either during the film or the day after it wraps. If there was ever a tired, worn out actor, he's it. Ray Milland also looks to be at death's door. Did Bela Lugosi's makeup man do the makeup for this, or did they just go straight to a mortician? John Saxon turns in one of the worst performances I've ever seen, and that's saying something - I've seen Sonny Tufts in movies. An embarrassment of a New York accent to go with an awful performance.

The story isn't bad but by the time the movie is over, you're past caring. The scenery is gorgeous, however. There is one hilarious moment. One of the characters falls off of a huge cliff. Well, obviously, they used a dummy. When it hit the ground it bounced into the air - WAY into the air before landing someplace else. What I like best is that they left it in the movie. It made it almost worth watching.

Possibly this was made for television though for what country, I don't know. Maybe they dubbed it and it was shown in Europe. It really looks made on the cheap and like these actors worked for lunch and a cot.


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