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Freelance (1971)

Not Rated | | 1987 (Portugal)
A small time London con-artist (McShane) witnesses a gangland hit. Determined to carry out his schemes, he must do so while avoiding the same hitman.

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Francis Megahy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... Mitch
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Chris
Keith Barron ... Gary
Alan Lake Alan Lake ... Dean
Peter Gilmore ... Boss
Luan Peters ... Rosemary
Peter Birrel ... Jeff
Elizabeth Proud Elizabeth Proud ... Gwen
Charles Hyatt Charles Hyatt ... McNair
John Hollis ... Hartley
David Graham ... General
Peter Baldwin Peter Baldwin ... Assistant Manager
Noel Davis Noel Davis ... Derek
Nellie Hanham Nellie Hanham ... Landlady
Frederick Treves ... Car Driver
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Robin Mitchell is a small time con man on the fringes of London's underworld. He witnesses a brutal mob hit, and that means they want him dead. Written by Harun Mehmedinovic <Pkojovic@concentric.net>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1987 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Con Man See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Mono

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Color
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Ballad of a Freelance Man
Music by Cyril Ornadel
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
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Also known as FREELANCE - excellent example of McShane's early work
4 September 2005 | by MrsAlSwearengenSee all my reviews

CON MAN was the title this film was given when it was released in the USA on video in 1992. The film's original name when released theatrically in 1971 was FREELANCE. Ian Mcshane was only 28 years old during filming. In virtually ever scene, highly engaging, and charismatic, McShane carries the film with great skill. This film is a good example of his early talent. Anyone mainly familiar with his work in LOVEJOY or DEADWOOD would be surprised to see him at such a young and attractive stage of his life. The film is also recommended for its background of the West End of London during the late 60's-early 70's era. CON MAN is a touching little character study with a bit of intrigue and suspense thrown in, and a nice twist at the end (no spoilers here). I consider it one of McShane's best starring roles and wish he had been cast in more movies like this.

Trivia for fans: In one scene McShane's character, 'Robin Mitchell', is asked to sign his name to a piece of paper. He holds it up against a window several feet from the camera, and yet anyone familiar with McShane's unique signature can see that he proceeds to write "Ian Mcshane" on the dotted line.


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