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Nowhere to Run (1978)

Harry patiently executes a 15-year plan to accumulate enough wealth to start a new life, faking his own suicide, leaving his loveless marriage and former life behind, and strives to do it without really hurting anyone.

Director:

Richard Lang

Writers:

Charles Einstein (novel), Jim Byrnes (written for television by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Harry Adams
Allen Garfield ... Herbie Stoltz
Linda Evans ... Amy Kessler
John Randolph ... Marian's Father
Neva Patterson ... Marian's Mother
Anthony Eisley ... Joe Anasto
Stefanie Powers ... Marian Adams
James Keach ... McEnerney
Charles Siebert ... Spence
Ahna Capri ... Charleen (as Anna Capri)
Lance LeGault ... Kaufman
Kenneth Tobey ... Mohr (as Ken Tobey)
John Finnegan ... O'Neil (as John P. Finnegan)
Lionel Decker Lionel Decker ... Christos
Antony Alda Antony Alda ... Neft
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Storyline

Harry's married to Marian and things are not going all that well, so he wants out but somehow feels that a divorce is not the answer. After developing a winning blackjack system, he hatches a plan that takes years of preparation: to fake his death, assume a new identity and win $500,000 at blackjack. When his wife notices his peculiar behavior, she is urged by her parents to hire a private investigator to find out what he is doing. In an unusual twist of events, Harry discovers the private investigator and not only hires him to keep tabs on his wife (whom he suspects is having an affair) but they become confidants. Harry carries out his fake suicide successfully and heads for Reno to complete the rest of his plan, but he doesn't count on meeting lovely Amy and falling in love. To further complicate matters, Amy is planning to leave for Israel and Harry decides to go with her, but en route the plane is hijacked and Harry must find a way to conceal both his $500,000 blackjack winnings ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winner Take All See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MTM Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The third and final time Stefanie Powers and David Janssen would work together, after Harry O: Second Sight (1974) and Warning Shot (1967). See more »

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[first lines]
Herbie Stoltz: For 14 years I've been a private eye. And in my line of work you meet some interesting people. But there was this one guy especially. He was really something. His name was Harry Adams.
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Opening credits prologue: SAN FRANCISCO NOVEMBER 21, 1963 See more »

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hard to find but well worth watching
28 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This was a television movie from late in Janssen's career. His character, Harry, is an unhappy man stuck in a loveless marriage. His wife is cheating on him and he is rather indifferent towards her. He does not hate her--he just wants out but she doesn't want to let him go too easily. So, Harry slowly creates a complicated plan by which he will fake his death and go to Vegas for a big score (as he's created a nearly foolproof technique that should pay off big).

Along the way, he meets and falls for Stephanie Powers and befriends the hapless Herbie Stoltz (played by Alan Garfield)--Herbie BEFORE he arranged his fake death and Stephanie AFTER. In fact, Herbie is broken up by Harry's apparent death and is sure Harry's wife did it--until he accidentally stumbles on Harry in his new life! What happens next and the tense build up until the "big score" make this an unexpectedly good film.


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