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Power Play (1978)

Not Rated | | Thriller, Drama | 1 November 1978 (UK)
A group of military officers, angered and frustrated by the corruption and repression of the current government, finally decide that for the good of the country they must overthrow the ... See full summary »

Director:

Martyn Burke

Writers:

Edward N. Luttwak (suggested by the book "Coup d'Etat" by), Martyn Burke
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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter O'Toole ... Colonel Zeller
David Hemmings ... Colonel Narriman
Donald Pleasence ... Blair
Barry Morse ... Jean Rousseau
Jon Granik Jon Granik ... Raymond Kasai
Marcella Saint-Amant Marcella Saint-Amant ... Mrs. Rousseau
George Touliatos ... Barrientos
Chuck Shamata ... Hillsman
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Aramco
Harvey Atkin ... Anwar
August Schellenberg ... Minh
Eli Rill Eli Rill ... Dominique
Dick Cavett ... Dick Cavett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Calderisi ... Blair's assistant
Sandy Crawley Sandy Crawley ... Tank mechanic
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Storyline

A group of military officers, angered and frustrated by the corruption and repression of the current government, finally decide that for the good of the country they must overthrow the regime. However, the planned coup's leader, an infantry colonel, finds that in order to get the support he needs he must work with people he neither respects nor trusts, and soon comes to believe that their main opponent, the country's fearsome chief of the secret police, has planted a spy in their midst. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Their objective... to steal a nation! Their plan... to strike without warning! Their agreement... to share the spoils! Their only obstacle... each other!

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Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Power Play (1978)

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Overthrow See more »

Filming Locations:

Camp Borden, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 2,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plot for this film was suggested in the history book ,Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook (1968) by Edward Luttwak. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Zeller: Those are not our tanks out there. They are my tanks.
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How to stage a coup
21 May 2003 | by poc-1See all my reviews

Inside story of a military coup in a fictional South American country. A well written screenplay plus good performances from David Hemmings, Peter O'Toole and Donald Pleasance make this film believable. In a strange way the English language spoken by the characters and northern temperate scenery made the film more real to me because it felt closer to home.

This film should be mandatory viewing for would be dictators, because it provides a virtual recipe for the process - and pitfalls - of staging a military coup. Fans of action and pretty cinematography will be disappointed.


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