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The Next Man (1976)

Influential Arab diplomat becomes the target of numerous assassination attempts, when he announces his plan to make peace with Israel by letting them join the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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Morton S. Fine (screenplay) (as Mort Fine), Alan Trustman (screenplay) (as Alan R. Trustman) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Khalil Abdul-Muhsen
Cornelia Sharpe ... Nicole Scott
Albert Paulsen ... Hamid
Adolfo Celi ... Al Sharif
Marco St. John ... Justin
Ted Beniades Ted Beniades ... Frank Dedario
Charles Cioffi ... Fouad
Jaime Sánchez ... New York Security
James Bulleit James Bulleit ... New York Security
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Ghossan Kaddara
Tom Klunis ... Hatim Othman
Roger Serbagi Roger Serbagi ... Yassin (as Roger Omar Serbagi)
Armand Dahan Armand Dahan ... Abdel-Latif
Charles Randall Charles Randall ... Atif Abbas
Ian Collier Ian Collier ... Nicole's Contact
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Storyline

Khalil is an Arab diplomat who wants to not only make peace with Israel, but admit the Jewish state as a member of OPEC. This instantly makes him a target for a series of ingeniously conceived assassination attempts, most of which he foils with the aid of his friend Hamid and his girlfriend Nicole. But can he trust even them? Written by John A. Barnes <john.barnes@pfizer.com>

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In the world of spying and dying, love is the ultimate weapon.

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Action | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Hit See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Martin Bregman received a written protest from the Saudi government following the film's release. See more »

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Features King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Il Prossimo Uomo (The Next Man)
Music Composed, Conducted and Arranged by Michael Kamen
(P) 1976 Jaycee Productions, Buddah Records Inc.
© 1976 Soultown Music Inc.
All music published by Soultown Music Inc./BMI 1976
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A decent B-movie, Remarkably prophetic
14 December 2008 | by CorumJISee all my reviews

The remarkable thing about this movie is that it was fully conceived, filmed, and released *before* Anwar Sadat and the Camp David Accords, and, in its own way, echoes the events in its own future. If you are too young to remember these events, then I recommend you look it up in Wikipedia... Then realize that this movie did not follow that history, it preceded it.

Not much should be expected of the movie, it is a definite B-movie from Connery's lower-rent period, when he did a lot of doubtful pictures following his "Never Again" appearance in "Diamonds Are Forever", and before his talent, so evident in his early, pre-Bond pictures, was re-recognized by critics and fans alike.

It is a decent and effective, if not surprising picture, and Connery himself does an effective job as an Arab leader seeking to end the strife with Israel, against substantial political opposition. At the time, the whole idea of it seemed preposterously far in the future, but in reality, the Camp David Accords were less than 4 years away.


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