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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:

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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

The name of the cargo ship was "The Caribbean Star". It was changed from the "S.S. Campariu", which is what it was called in the novel. 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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What if...
15 July 1999 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

Terrorists kidnap a nuclear scientist. Later a strange passenger and strange cargo are loaded aboard a tramp steamer which will pass within a few miles of a ship loaded with gold bullion. Coincidence?

THE GOLDEN RENDEZVOUS is one of those films which evokes "what ifs..." What if the producers had attached the prelude filmed when the show was broadcast on network TV? What if they had hired someone other than the thoroughly soused Richard Harris? What if Ann Turkel had been costumed in sexier outfits? And what if the producers hadn't hired a very overweight (and, at that time, very well known) Dorothy Malone for a throwaway role?

The prelude, added for TV does wonders for the films exposition. The film sans the prelude is much truer to the Alistair MacLean novel, but what is clever in novels is sometimes simply baffling on the screen. The ending is actually better than the novel; and, it would have been great if Harris hadn't resorted to some silly derring-do with dual submachine guns; and even better if he hadn't forgotten his lines in the denouement?

The best thing about this movie is the terrific (and I mean TERRIFIC) score by Jeff Wayne. The music adds a sense of urgency one never feels from what is up on the screen.


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