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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve Donegin
... Cynthia Donegin / Candia Leighton
... Gray Harrison Hunt
... Tom Moloney
... Jack Brewster
... Jasper Tooms
... Thornton Donegin
Joe Cahill ... Fritz Grossman
May Ollis ... Martha
Bairbre Dowling ... Maureen
Des Cave ... Supt. Flannagan
Ronnie Walsh ... Pete Medwin
Tom Jordan ... Buck Haggerty
John Franklyn ... Capo
Des Nealon ... Tooms #2


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

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19 June 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Zeitbombe  »

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1.33 : 1
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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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Former Green Beret sees red
19 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

Taylor stars as an insurance executive (and ex-Green Beret) whose family is killed when a private jet crashes into their holiday house. Initially thought to have been a tragic accident, the wily local inspector (Cusack) discovers that a bomb brought the plane down, a revelation that has Taylor seeing red and bent on finding those responsible to take revenge. Pettet co-stars as an intrepid reporter whose expose on shady corporation "Intent" suggest industrial espionage may have caused the death of Taylor's family. Its wealthy CEO (Davenport) appears to be unconnected, but a quick sojourn to Corsica reveals more intrigue and implication.

While Taylor might do a realistic portrayal of an unhinged widow, he's less believable in Green Beret fatigues and face paint. Davenport appears late in the film and makes little impact, Alexander Knox has a pointless cameo as Taylor's war veteran father now living on Corsica, and Pettet is pretty but frivolous. Cusack has the best dialogue and is able to stand apart from the dreck.

Some picturesque Irish countryside together with the capable cast is all that saves this would-be thriller from going down in flames with the plane. Desperately in need of more action and suspense, and less clichéd conspiracy speculation.

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