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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!

Genres:

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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Desperately Seeking Carmen Miranda
19 August 2002 | by Waiting2BShockedSee all my reviews

'Political thriller' mish-mash of the bargain-basement package-tour-for-the-cast variety, with enough intrigue, insurrection and military corruption to keep its small banana republic going for the next 25 revolutions, but none of it remotely interesting or even watchable. If it were a European co-production farrago then at least maybe there'd be a wry smile or two raised by incompetent dubbing, but it's impossible to mask the embarrassment of the English-speaking "stars" in their native tongue, or gloss over the unease of the 'international' cast members. On top of that, this TV print looks like it had been salvaged from a Third World sanitation ditch, and it seems the director must have been shot by terrorists before he had a chance to shoot any of his own movie.


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