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On Dangerous Ground (1996)

When they learn of a secret covenant on the status of Hong Kong signed by Mao in 1944, Chinese factions, the British government, Hong Kong businessmen, AND the Mafia all try to be the first... See full summary »

Director:

Lawrence Gordon Clark (as Lawrence Gordon-Clark)

Writers:

Jack Higgins (novel), Christopher Wicking
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Sean Dillon
Kenneth Cranham ... Brig. Charles Ferguson
Deborah Moore ... Hannah Bernstein
Jürgen Prochnow ... Carl Morgan
Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Asta
Daphne Cheung Daphne Cheung ... Su Yin
Claude Blanchard ... Don Giovanni
Yvonne Antrobus Yvonne Antrobus ... Lady Kate
Richard Rees Richard Rees ... Yuan Tao
Sam Mancuso Sam Mancuso ... Marco
Peter Gilmore ... Murdoch
Gilbert Martin Gilbert Martin ... Angus
Adrian Cairns Adrian Cairns ... Prof. Bellamy
Antony Zaki Antony Zaki
Richard Orr Richard Orr ... Michael Ahern
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When they learn of a secret covenant on the status of Hong Kong signed by Mao in 1944, Chinese factions, the British government, Hong Kong businessmen, AND the Mafia all try to be the first to take hold of it. Tough man Sean Dillon, pressured by Brigadier Ferguson into working for the British, does it his own way. But we see a new twinkle in his eye when he looks at sweet Su Yin... And can it be that pretty Inspector Hanna Bernstein is beginning to grow fond of Sean? Written by Horacio Abeledo <horabe@mail.retina.ar>

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Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | UK | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Higgins' on Dangerous Ground See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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A TV movie for the Showtime network. See more »

Goofs

Just before Dillon enters the water to go diving in the loch, his snorkel is on the right side of his head (the wrong side), however in the underwater scenes the snorkel is on his left side (the correct side), and when he resurfaces it is back on his right side. See more »

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Not bad, but no classic
9 July 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ON DANGEROUS GROUND is the TV movie adaptation of a Jack Higgins novel about a secret document that allows Hong Kong to remain in British hands for another 100 years after 1997. Various factions do their utmost to get their hands on said document, so spymasters send in former IRA man Sean Dillon to do the job instead.

The premise has dated now but this is a surprisingly good thriller given that it's a TV movie. ON DANGEROUS GROUND has plenty of action scenes to recommend it although it's clear that director Lawrence Gordon-Clark (who directed those fantastic BBC ghost stories in the 1970s) is better at atmosphere building than he is shoot-outs because this is oddly unexciting despite all the hijinks going on.

Rob Lowe is an unusual choice for lead although I guess he had to be in it to sell this to overseas audiences. His character seems to be extraordinarily unlucky in this and watching all the scrapes he gets into is amusing. The supporting cast includes the dependable Kenneth Cranham and a brief but welcome turn from Jurgen Prochnow (DAS BOOT). Some of the acting is a little uneven but the story as a whole is watchable and fresh-feeling.


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