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Golden Rendezvous (1977)

PG | | 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
Chris 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:

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:

Alistair MacLean's Golden Rendezvous 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

Richard Harris and Ann Turkel were married during the time this movie was made and released. This picture was one of four films they made together during the time they were married, the others being Ravagers (1979), The Cassandra Crossing (1976), and 99 and 44/100% Dead (1974). 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 »

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Band of gold
1 July 2010 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Action-packed suspense thriller finds innocuous-looking purser Carter (Harris) the unlikely hero when the floating casino on which he works is hijacked by a heavily armed group of mercenaries, led by John Vernon, the pirates en route to a rendezvous with another ocean liner, loaded with gold bullion. A cast full of supernovas, dazzling set & stunt work, and a catchy theme tune by Jeff Wayne create a pleasing audio-visual experience light on logic but fast paced and entertaining nonetheless.

While Harris clearly has centre stage, Jackson, Vernon and Meredith benefit from key supporting roles in this somewhat bloody thriller. Vernon in particular, is sadistically ruthless and calculated as a business-like assassin, cool, methodical and neither fooled nor intimidated by Harris' faux bravado. Turkel (Mrs Harris at the time) affects inane dialogue without displaying much acting talent, while capable cast including Janssen, former leading lady Malone, Beatty and horror maestro Carradine are wasted in frivolous supporting roles that look as though they were edited down to virtual bit parts in post production; in point of fact, some key plot development is conspicuously absent, and the narrative can at times, lack cohesion.

But in spite of the obvious flaws, this remains an easy viewing nonsense, with an attractive international cast, pulsating sound and plenty of graphic action - the scene in which the mercenaries first rappel through the casino windows is sure to catch a few off guard, and sets the tone for the remainder of the movie. Not the best translation of an Alistair MacLeanthriller, gratuitously violent (lots of claret), and yet somehow, irresistibly entertaining.


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