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The Ambassador (1984)

An American ambassador to Israel tries to bring peace to the Middle East conflict through unconventional methods, but his efforts are hampered at every turn and his personal life threatened.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Max Jack, Elmore Leonard (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Peter Hacker
Ellen Burstyn ... Alex Hacker
Rock Hudson ... Frank Stevenson
Fabio Testi ... Mustapha Hashimi
Donald Pleasence ... Minister Eretz
Chelli Goldenberg ... Rachel (as Heli Goldenberg)
Michal Bat-Adam ... Tova
Ori Levy ... Abe
Uri Gavriel ... Assad
Zachi Noy ... Ze'ev
Joseph Shiloach ... Shimon
Shmulik Kraus ... Stone
Yossi Virginsky Yossi Virginsky ... Asher
Yftach Katzur ... Lenny
Shai Schwartz Shai Schwartz ... Gadi
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Robert Mitchum plays a controversial U.S. ambassador to Israel who tries to solve the Palestinian question while being criticized by all factions, which takes a turn when his wife begins having an affair with a PLO chief. Rock Hudson (in his last theatrical movie role) plays Mitchum's chief security officer who saves his life in an assassination attempt and tries to help him resolve the conflicts around them. Written by Anonymous

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His career is in jeopardy... His marriage is in ruins... And his life is in danger... HE'S THROUGH NEGOTIATING.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peacemaker See more »

Filming Locations:

Negev Desert, Israel See more »

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Northbrook Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Telly Savalas was originally signed on for the Frank Stevenson role but backed out at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict. Rock Hudson was brought on a week before shooting as his replacement. See more »

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The guy in shades who keeps stalking the ambassador's wife through the streets vanishes from the story after detonating a bomb that almost killed her. His fate is never revealed and he's never seen again. See more »

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Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

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Give Peace A Chance
9 June 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Mitchum plays the title role of The Ambassador and in this case he's the American Ambassador to Israel. He's got the notion in his head that if he can get the Arab and Israeli students dialoging, it might lead the way to eventual peace. Of course there are malevolent forces on all sides that don't want to see that happen.

But that's not Mitchum's only problem. His wife Ellen Burstyn has embarked on a torrid love affair with an Arab, played by Fabio Testi, who turns out to be a big honcho in the Palentine Liberation Organization. And somebody's been taking some nasty home movies of them doing the horizontal mambo. Setting up Mitchum for blackmail and embarrassment whichever comes first.

Playing the supporting role of Mitchum's Embassy security chief is Rock Hudson and this was to be his last feature film. As the film progresses the strain on Hudson's health is becoming apparent.

It was not a happy shoot and the results show it. Mitchum and Hudson did not get along particularly. According to Lee Server's biography, Mitchum spent most of the time getting plastered more than normal. Ellen Burstyn supposedly took a sample of what he was drinking and was shocked to find it real booze. But Mitchum was legendary for holding his liquor.

I can see why Mitchum wasn't particularly happy with the film. His role is essentially that of a well meaning fathead who thinks he has all the answers to the Middle-east. Hudson took his role strictly for the cash, because he was having increased medical expenses from what would kill him a year later.

Being it's a Golan-Globus film the usual quota of violence is present. When you do a film about the Middle-east, that's almost a requirement for a picture. Still the location cinematography in Israel certainly helps.

Too bad that Mitchum and Hudson could not find a nice western to do as a joint project.


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