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Cry of the Innocent (1980)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 19 June 1980
A Green Beret-veteran businessman investigates the plane crash in Ireland that killed his family.


Michael O'Herlihy


Frederick Forsyth (story), Sidney Michaels (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... Steve Donegin
Joanna Pettet ... Cynthia Donegin / Candia Leighton
Nigel Davenport ... Gray Harrison Hunt
Cyril Cusack ... Tom Moloney
Walter Gotell ... Jack Brewster
Jim Norton ... Jasper Tooms
Alexander Knox ... Thornton Donegin
Joe Cahill Joe Cahill ... Fritz Grossman
May Ollis May Ollis ... Martha
Bairbre Dowling Bairbre Dowling ... Maureen
Des Cave Des Cave ... Supt. Flannagan
Ronnie Walsh Ronnie Walsh ... Pete Medwin
Tom Jordan ... Buck Haggerty
John Franklyn John Franklyn ... Capo
Des Nealon Des Nealon ... Tooms #2


A Green Beret-veteran businessman investigates the plane crash in Ireland that killed his family.

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One scene was played in a pub in Dublins liberties area. The pub was one of the mythical "4 corners of hell", a crossroads with pubs on each corner. Rod Taylor was in TP's bar. See more »


Jack Brewster: My name's Brewster, Jack Brewster.
Tom Moloney: Aha
Jack Brewster: My grandmother was Irish
Tom Moloney: Ah, yes. Wasn't everybody's?
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Okay time-killer with one standout feature
23 October 2005 | by vandino1See all my reviews

This is an Irish film that premiered on American TV back in 1980. It's nothing special. It's a conspiracy story involving industrial spying and a plane from Rome that crashes in Ireland: certainly elements that you could see coming from the pen of Frederick Forsyth. It's Rod Taylor's family that is wiped out in the plane crash and, outraged at discovering that it was no accident, he finds a way to gain revenge on the people behind it. Taylor plays an American insurance exec in Ireland, but of course that isn't a position with enough muscle and craftiness, so the writers also provide him with a background as a former Green Beret. This gives him filmic license to be as sharp and as deadly as they come. Guess those villains picked the wrong family to accidentally wipe out---now they've got an angry Rod to deal with. Actually, Taylor's character and most of the others are cliché (including Pettet as the intrepid female reporter---yawn). But there IS one actor and character that stands out: Cyril Cusack as the Irish police inspector. His rumpled, calm and casual, yet brilliant inspector is the best thing in the film. He steals every scene. Too bad nothing further (another movie or even a TV series) was done with this delightful character. It's the one thing to recommend in this otherwise ordinary revenge saga.

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19 June 1980 (USA) See more »

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Die Zeitbombe See more »

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