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Golden Rendezvous (1977)

PG | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 1978 (USA)
On a cargo ship converted into a cruise-liner, First Officer John Carter foils the plan of international hijackers to use his vessel as bait for a passing U.S. Treasury ship carrying gold bullion.

Directors:

Ashley Lazarus, Freddie Francis (uncredited)

Writers:

Stanley Price (screenplay), John Gay (screen story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... John Carter
Ann Turkel ... Susan Beresford
Gordon Jackson ... Dr. Marston
John Vernon ... Luis Carreras
David Janssen ... Charles Conway
Burgess Meredith ... Van Heurden
Leigh Lawson ... Tony Cerdan
Robert Flemyng ... Capt. Bullen
Keith Baxter ... Preston
Robert Beatty ... Dr. Howard Taubman
Dorothy Malone ... Mrs. Skinner
John Carradine ... Fairweather
Christopher Chittell ... Rogers (as Chris Chittel)
Richard Cox Richard Cox ... Browning
Michael Howard Michael Howard ... Benson
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Storyline

Aboard the cargo vessel converted into a luxury cruise ship, S.S. Campari, somewhere in the Caribbean is lying in port, due to a succession of delays. Chief Officer Johnny Carter, who has to put up with a moody Captain, and the unwanted charms of the beautiful young Susan Beresford, realizes these delays are due to sabotage, and that there is something seriously wrong. When the Campari finally sails, a member of the crew is suddenly missing. An unsuccessful stem to stem search for the crew member, with violence suddenly erupting endangers the whole ship. The ship is then controlled by a master criminal, whose intention is not a simple hijacking and ransoming of the wealthy hostages on board. So, what exactly does he have in mind? Written by Denzil Almeida

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Taglines:

The action of "The Guns of Navarone." The suspense of "Ice Station Zebra." The drama of "Where Eagles Dare."

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuclear Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Mossel Bay, South Africa

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Laurence Harvey originally owned the film rights, and intended to direct as well as star in the picture. See more »

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A mercenary aims a bazooka at the Unicorn One as it comes along side. It is clear that the bazooka is empty as you can see the ship's hull in the background through the tube. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC for an 'A' (PG) certificate to edit a poker torture and the bloody shooting of Dr Marston. Despite the 1990 video release being heavily shortened by around 10 minutes by the distributor and upgraded to a 15 certificate it featured the same UK cinema cuts with an additional 15 secs of edits to remove a woman being shot and closeups of a lock picking. See more »

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A Case of What Might Have Been
16 May 2005 | by rafe_nottageSee all my reviews

Poor old Alistair MacLean. With a few exceptions, movie makers the world over have managed to turn his very well written stories into not-so well written movies. In this attempt, a tired looking Richard Harris plays Ships Officer Carter, trying to deal with odd passengers, strange coffins and even stranger outfits as worn by the lovely Ann Turkel. Toss in a couple of not so great cameos from David Janssen and Dorothy Malone, a not so scary John Vernon, assorted plot "twists" (I use the term in it's broadest possible sense), and you get a movie that has all the pieces but never actually works out where they go.

What does it have going for it? A good basic storyline, some magnificent music (a great score from Jeff Wayne), a couple of quite good stunts and Ann Turkel. However, against this you have several examples of very ordinary acting, a plot that doesn't so much unfold as explode, the slowest "5 minute countdown" ever to take place in Hollwywood and the travesty of having MacLean's wonderful last "plot twist" (as read in the book) ignored so that Harris can go running around armed with a submachine and a determined look.

*sigh* The Guns of Navarone, Force 10 from Navarone, Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zebra (despite it's flaws) were examples of how to make a MacLean come alive on the screen. Golden Rendezvous does not make the grade.

Rafe Nottage Sydney 16 May 2005


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