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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:

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

Co-Director Freddie Francis directed the opening minutes of the film, and some additional footage, uncredited. The majority of the film was directed by Ashley Lazarus. See more »

Goofs

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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Richard Harris handling a bunch of terrorist desperados at sea almost alone
4 November 2017 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is one of Alistair MacLean's most nervously exciting thrillers, and the film is equally sweaty. You won't have any nails left to bite when it is over.

A Caribbean cruiser with the crème de la crème on board, all posh multi millionaires with one or another question mark, is leaving some port somewhere, there is a gang sitting around the roulette, there are cocktail parties, all are well dressed and may not appear unless they are proper enough, and of course there is a femme fatale among them, seemingly the mistress of David Janssen, one of the greatest question marks on board.

There is also a suspicious cancer patient closely guarded by a forbidding German nurse, and soon important members of the crew start to get killed, especially around the communication centre.

Fortunately Richard Harris is on board, and another one to help with the situation is Gordon Jackson as the doctor, whose help is going to be needed when the ship gets crowded with patients and bodies.

There is a suspicious coffin on board as well, the contents of which is anything but a dead body. There the intrigue starts, and Richard Harris will get his hands full in due order, as he always does.

It's a great film of suspense no matter how cheaply made it is, you don't have to put much effort to it when Alistair MacLean has written the story and already provided all the details needed to put together an awesome show of violence, war, gunfights, sinking ships, explosions, bloody murders and a terrifying plot. Great show!


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