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The Hostage Tower (1980)

Criminal takes hostages on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


Claudio Guzmán


Alistair MacLean (story), Robert Carrington (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Fonda ... Mike Graham
Maud Adams ... Sabrina Carver
Billy Dee Williams ... Clarence Whitlock
Keir Dullea ... Mr. Smith
Britt Ekland ... Leah
Rachel Roberts ... Sonya
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Malcolm Philpott
Celia Johnson ... Mrs. Wheeler
Jack Lenoir Jack Lenoir ... Claude
André Oumansky ... Pei
Daniel Perche Daniel Perche ... Tote
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Poupon
Nicolas Vogel Nicolas Vogel ... Ducret
Hubert Noël ... Ducret's Aide
Michel Bardinet Michel Bardinet ... Legrain


Criminal takes hostages on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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"I'm simply addicted to crime".
17 March 2014 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Mr. Smith is the world's most sorted out criminal, cunning and extravagant as he has eluded justice by hiding his true identity. Now he wants to pull off a big job, as he recruit's a team of fellow criminals that each has a speciality important to the job. Before knowing what it is, they must complete a training course where they discover it involves hijacking the Eiffel Tower for a $30 million ransom.

What a cast! Such an atypical plot! Groovy soundtrack! But alas those good intentions equal something that's mostly a lacklustre caper film with numerous fluff. Plenty of time is spent toiling and waiting around for things to happen, as the calculated situation is set-up, but never does it fully capture the danger and suspense until the last few minutes. It can be off-putting with its talky script and when things do occur the action is light-weight. Sometimes its comic nature feels oddly placed. Then again this was a made for TV enterprise. Gladly it's the performances that add colour. So did the infallible lasers. Watch it go to work on a soccer ball! Peter Fonda, Maud Adams, Keir Dullea, Billy Dee Williams, Britt Ekland, Celia Johnson, Jack Lenoir, Rachel Roberts and Douglas Fairbanks Jr all have their moments. Fonda and Adams worked off each other nicely… so did Dullea and Ekland. Interesting combinations. Although Dullea suave manner was sometimes laughable. Holding a city to ransom might just sound textbook, but the choice of location is inspired. However I wished they did a little more with the idea, then with the approach they took. Still it does get better as it goes along, even if it plays out in very contrived circumstances.

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13 May 1980 (USA) See more »

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Alistair MacLean's The Hostage Tower See more »

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