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An early script collaboration from William Goldman produces a nicely understated satire on the spy movie boom, in which the Foreign Office despatch Hawkins and Robertson (old wartime buddies, not very up on the espionage thing) to kidnap a young Arab prince for his own protection prior to his coronation. The plot convolutions of Victor Canning's novel Castle Minerva are given a wryly cynical edge, and Dearden copes surprisingly well with the spectacle.

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Duration: 102 mins

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Director: Basil Dearden
Screenwriter: Michael Relph, William Goldman
Cast: Cliff Robertson
Jack Hawkins
Marisa Mell
Christopher Witty
Bill Fraser
Michel Piccoli
Tutte Lemkow
Charles Gray
John Le Mesurier
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