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Target of an Assassin (1977)

An ailing African leader is admitted to a hospital. A male nurse at the hospital kidnaps him, but it turns out that things aren't exactly what they seem to be.


Peter Collinson


Jon Burmeister (novel), Scot Finch (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Quinn ... Ernest Hobday 'Sailor' Slade
John Phillip Law ... Shannon
Simon Sabela Simon Sabela ... President Lunda
Marius Weyers ... Colonel Albert Pahler
Sandra Prinsloo ... Sister Janet Hobart
Joe Stewardson Joe Stewardson ... Dr. Ben Schaeffer
Ken Gampu ... Minister Manga
Janet du Plessis Janet du Plessis ... Ginny Slade
Barry Trengove Barry Trengove ... Captain Maurer
Chris du Toit Chris du Toit ... Doctor
Regardt van den Bergh Regardt van den Bergh ... Communications Officer
Hugh Rouse Hugh Rouse ... South African Cabinet Minister
Don Barrigo Don Barrigo ... Used Car Salesman
Ndaba Mhlongo Ndaba Mhlongo ... Shopkeeper
Johnny Molefe Johnny Molefe ... 2nd Aide


An ailing African leader is admitted to a hospital. A male nurse at the hospital kidnaps him, but it turns out that things aren't exactly what they seem to be.

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South Africa


English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

10 February 1977 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

African Rage See more »

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Heyns Film Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Co-stars Marius Weyers and Sandra Prinsloo would co-star again together three years later, but in lead roles in Jamie Uys's funny film, "The Gods Must Be Crazy". See more »


Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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A miss for Anthony Quinn!
1 January 2020 | by RodrigAndrisanSee all my reviews

Peter Collinson, the guy who directed "The Italian Job" (1969), didn't do an extraordinary job here. I do not know who is more to blame, him or the script, probably the script. The movie is boring, hard to digest. There are passages when the music is really annoying. Anthony Quinn tried his best, but unfortunately, this role was not for him. Sometimes he is even embarrassing. John Phillip Law repeated the same scene endlessly, trying to shoot the black president. I only saw the movie because I really like Anthony Quinn, he is one of my favorite actors ever. But not here. I also liked John Philip Law in "Danger: Diabolik" (1968) and "Strogoff" (1970). Not here. One star for Quinn, one for Law.

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