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The Internecine Project

An American professor of economics (Coburn) gets offered a top level advisory job in Washington, on condition that he eliminates four people in London who operate his European industrial espionage network. Once under way, The Internecine Project turns into a straightforward, very enjoyable if somewhat implausible murder story. Rather than despatch his victims himself, Coburn sets them to kill each other by orchestrating their motives and their moves. Despite the plot turning around a succession of calls from conveniently empty public phone boxes (all in working order), and the presence of a stereotype female journalist acting as Coburn's conscience, the film gains in weight thanks to its topical implications. All in all, a neat and unpretentious thriller that offers more food for thought than most such unashamedly commercial movies.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ken Hughes
Screenwriter: Barry Levinson, Jonathan Lynn
Cast: James Coburn
Lee Grant
Harry Andrews
Ian Hendry
Michael Jayston
Keenan Wynn
David Swift
Julian Glover
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