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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.


J. Lee Thompson


Max Jack, Elmore Leonard (novel)




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
Yosef Shiloach ... Shimon (as Joseph Shiloach)
Shmulik Kraus ... Stone
Yossi Virginsky Yossi Virginsky ... Asher
Yftach Katzur ... Lenny
Shai Schwartz Shai Schwartz ... Gadi


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.


Action | Drama | Thriller | War


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Elmore Leonard is not credited on the final credits and it says on his official site, "Menahem Golan hired me to adapt my novel, Fifty Two Pickup and set it in Tel Aviv. I wrote two drafts and then told him to get another writer. He did and the result was The Ambassador (1984) which has nothing to do with Fifty-Two Pickup. It has none of my characters, none of my situations, nothing. But he still owed me for the screen and had to pay up before he could release the picture. " See more »


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 »


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

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It's distributed by Cannon Films....need I say more?!
27 October 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

During the 1980s, Cannon Films made a lot of films...sometimes with big-name actors in them. But they all had one thing in common...they weren't exactly subtle! So, if you want explosions, a little sex and violence, they were the go-to studio of the era. As a result, when I saw that they made "The Ambassador" I wasn't thrilled with the prospect of watching the movie. I only watched it because Robert Mitchum and Rock Hudson (in his final theatrical release) somehow were convinced to star in the film.

The story begins with a meeting between the Ambassor (Mitchum) and a group of Palestinians in the desert. He wants to talk peace...but before the meeting gets going, a helicopter attacks...killing everyone but the Ambassador and his bodyguard (Hudson). Who was behind the attack isn't clear.

Soon, the Ambassador receives a phone call. Some unknown person indicates they have film footage of the Ambassador's wife (Ellen Burstyn) having very intimate relations with another man...a Palestinian with connections to the PLO. And, unless they are paid a million dollars, they say they'll publish the film. The Ambassador tells them to go ahead and publish it...he won't pay. But his bodyguard wants to investigate it himself. What follows is an attempt on the Ambassador's life and a lot of other things...such as a massacre and lots of violence.

On the plus side, the film was actually made in Israel...which isn't totally surprising considering the producers (Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus) were Israelis. Also, for a woman in her 50s, Ms. Burstyn has an amazing figure and her nude scenes must have pleased her! Additionally, Rock Hudson's character was pretty cool...sort of like the Terminator! On the negative side, the film's solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts and the students' reactions do seem rather simplistic. Also, while the story has some interesting story elements, like a Golan-Globus product, there also are huge bloodbaths which come off as gratuitous and gory. On balance, the bad slightly outweighs the good and the film, which had some nifty ideas, gets the full Cannon Films treatment.

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Release Date:

11 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Negev Desert, Israel See more »

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Production Co:

Northbrook Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)


Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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