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Death Has a Bad Reputation (1990)

A British agent is chasing after famous terrorist Carlos when he resurfaces in Europe.


Frederick Forsyth (story), Murray Smith


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Lo Bianco ... Carlos
Pamela Villoresi Pamela Villoresi ... Antonella
Elizabeth Hurley ... Julia Latham
Gottfried John ... Rodimstev
Alan Howard ... Sam McCready
Venantino Venantini ... Umberto Aidoni
David Lyon David Lyon ... Patrick Cowlishaw
Sabina Trooger Sabina Trooger ... Irenya
Udo Vioff ... Andropov
Guy Scantlebury Guy Scantlebury ... Nick McCready
Richard Hope ... Spry
Garrick Hagon ... Stephen T. Hamilton
Philip Lowrie ... Supt. Jamieson
Pier Luigi Misasi Pier Luigi Misasi ... Luca Chiesa
Marzia Ubaldi Marzia Ubaldi


A British agent is chasing after famous terrorist Carlos when he resurfaces in Europe.

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Release Date:

24 November 1990 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A halál nem felejt See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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FremantleMedia See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The One Thing I Remember
11 March 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I quite like Frederick Forsythe thrillers , they`re usually well written and also informative so I made a point of watching this which was very disappointing . The one thing I remember about it was that the actress playing the go getting journalist heroine was extremely attractive but lacked a certain everything in the role . Gawd she really was embarrassing and I couldn`t believe that anyone - No matter how sexy - as untalented as this could have got an equity card . The name of this unpromising star ? Elizabeth Hurley . Yes , that one .

With hindsight there is another flaw with DEATH HAS A BAD REPUTATION and thats its portrayal of Carlos the jackal . Throughout the 1970s and 80s Carlos was hyped as public enemy number one in the Western and Arab worlds , part playboy , part courageous revolutionary , but this was almost entirely an invention of the press . The truth was Carlos was fairly incompetent and that many of the acts of terrorism attributed to him were in fact carried out by other terrorist organizations while his supposed assassinations of PLO chiefs were carried out by Israeli Mossad agents . Here we see him as being employed by the Soviet and East German security services as their most respected hitman when in reality he was a failed terrorist living in Sudan fighting alcoholism at the time

Trivia point : Ironically it was a Frederick Forsythe novel that gave Carlos his famous nickname . After an attempted murder of a prominent Jewish businessman in London in 1973 a British journalist was searching through Carlos`s flat and came upon a copy of Forsythe`s novel DAY OF THE JACKAL and referred to him as " Carlos The Jackal " in his article and a legend - Though a mythical one - was born

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