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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 »

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Credited cast:
... Colonel Zeller
... Colonel Narriman
... Blair
... Jean Rousseau
Jon Granik ... Raymond Kasai
Marcella Saint-Amant ... Mrs. Rousseau
... Barrientos
... Hillsman
Gary Reineke ... Aramco
... Anwar
... Minh
Eli Rill ... Dominique
... Dick Cavett
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... Blair's assistant
Sandy Crawley ... Tank mechanic
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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

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Operation Overthrow  »

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CAD 2,200,000 (estimated)
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Peter O'toole was paid just $125,000, his lowest payday of the 70's. See more »

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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 See 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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