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Midnight Man (1997)

British soldiers force a recently captured IRA terrorist to cooperate with them and then assign him to go undercover with a gang of terrorists and prevent them from killing the U.S. ... See full summary »

Director:

Lawrence Gordon Clark (as Lawrence Gordon-Clark)

Writers:

Jack Higgins (novel), Jurgen Wolff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sean Dillon
Kenneth Cranham ... Brig. Charles Ferguson
Deborah Moore ... Hannah Bernstein
Hannes Jaenicke ... John Engel
Daphne Cheung Daphne Cheung ... Su Yin
Ben Gaule Ben Gaule ... Mirov
Ellen David ... Myra
Michael Sarrazin ... Mr. Tayi
Aaron Shirley Aaron Shirley ... Dovotny
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Nigel
Laura Marine Laura Marine ... Tania
Jay Simon ... Billy
James Duggan ... Danny Farmer
Samantha Giles Samantha Giles ... Mary Farmer
Ron Berglas ... Harry Flood
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British soldiers force a recently captured IRA terrorist to cooperate with them and then assign him to go undercover with a gang of terrorists and prevent them from killing the U.S. President. But the spy isn't in long before he realizes that the first plot is but a ruse for a more sinister scheme that could result in trouble between China and Great Britain. Written by Ørnås

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Rated R for continuous violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA | Luxembourg | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1997 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Eye of the Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Jack Higgins novel probably not a great idea for filming
30 April 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

An attempt is made to transfer too large a segment of Jack Higgins' espionage novel to film in this tale of former IRA comrades who find themselves on opposing sides during a royalty-targeted assassination plan, since the lengthy book is replete with sub-plots, and with a wide range of characters who need cinematic development in order to engage a viewer's concern. One's first impression is that nearly every role is miscast and although some certainly are, it quickly becomes apparent that weak direction by Lawrence Gordon-Clark gives little hope to the players as to what their interpretations might be; a good amount of intensity by the cast seems wasted in scenes that lack signification. Rob Lowe as an IRA hitman should probably have been able to collect some type of Irish lilt during his life, and it is ironic that his rival, played by the charismatic German, Hannes Jaenicke, speaks English with only a slight accent, although he also wants a Hibernian brogue.


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