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Funeral for an Assassin (1974)

PG | | Crime, Drama | February 1977 (USA)
A professional assassin has a vendetta against his former employer for their betrayal and his subsequent imprisonment.


Ivan Hall


Walter Brough




Cast overview, first billed only:
Vic Morrow ... Michael Cardiff
Peter van Dissel Peter van Dissel ... Capt. Evered Roos
Gaby Getz Gaby Getz ... Julia Ivens
Sam Williams Sam Williams ... Umzinga
Stuart Parker Stuart Parker ... Commander Overbeek
Gillian Garlick Gillian Garlick ... Nurse Susan Schoenfeld
Siegfried Mynhardt Siegfried Mynhardt ... Judge William Whitfield
Norman Coombes ... Fourie
Chris Bezuidenhout Chris Bezuidenhout ... Karl Yates
Albert Raphael Albert Raphael ... Claude Ormsby
Bruce Anderson Bruce Anderson ... Prime Minister
Johan Brewis Johan Brewis ... Reverend Martin Hemsley
Gwynne Davies Gwynne Davies ... Magdalena Stewart
Nimrod Motlhabane Nimrod Motlhabane ... Black Policeman (as Nimrod Motchabane)
John Boulter John Boulter ... Surgeon


A professional assassin has a vendetta against his former employer for their betrayal and his subsequent imprisonment.

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Banned in 1974 by the then all powerful South African censors for no apparent reason and then unbanned just as quickly, again for no apparent reason. See more »

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Funeral for the audience
12 February 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Tawdry tale of former revolutionary (Morrow) believed to be deceased, now taking on the establishment as an exclusive assassin, whose next mission is to cancel the ticket of a retired judge (Mynhardt) en route to an even bigger catch; unless intense internal security Captain (Van Dissel) can crack the code and take him down. Sounds appealing, and while the storyline is basically coherent, and the film technically competent, the pace and action are sorely lacking.

Very talky, the moments that should evoke suspense fail the test and consequently, the film labours to its climax. Morrow is assured in his role as the "chameleon" of sorts (he dons an Al Jolson face as a disguise to blend in with the indigenous population) and Van Dissel seems like a can-do actor - it's a shame they didn't have better direction as you could imagine how much better the material could have been handled. There's a strained romantic plot swerve between Van Dissel and Getz which adds a bit more melodrama to the already soporific pace, so fortunately Sam Williams isn't bad as Morrow's trusted right-hand man, indispensable until he becomes expendable.

Shot in South Africa, there's plenty of texture in the scenery, the dialogue is functional and realistic, and the characterisations have some depth - but the end result is like being at a funeral; it's slow and miserable. Should have been better, but maybe worth a look if you enjoy a B-grade espionage caper.

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