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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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Storyline

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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Production Co:

Northbrook Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was Rock Hudson's first film where he was playing a supporting role since Horizons West (1952). 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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Peace out.
7 November 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

An always interesting, if audacious and harsh low-key political thriller from Cannon and headed by ace director J. Lee Thompson. Maybe his best work in the 80s. The aged stars are quite a delight and the true staying power with Robert Mitchum (who's playing it easy), Rock Hudson, Ellen Burstyn, Fabio Testi and Donald Pleasance working very well off each other. Indeed a top-notch ensemble cast confidently directed by Thompson.

The knotty context of the film (the on going conflict in the Middle East) is a complicated web (with touch of blackmail and martial problems thrown in for good measure), but smartly engineered if a little too pushy at times. Still it's effective, stirring and informative in detailing its intentions. When it came to the jarring action, it was to the point and within chaotic bursts. I didn't find it thrilling in those passages, but you're kept glued as you want to see what becomes of the suspense beating situations. Dov Seltzer's humidly sultry music arrangement is on the ball and suitably placed. It truly gives it a grander edge and the location choices authentically sprawl off the screen. Thompson keeps it moving and times everything to perfection.

A reasonably solid offering by all involved.


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