Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Preminger's wordy, sprawling, but mostly involving, movie exploits Middle East tensions with a plot about the search for five rich girls kidnapped by the Palestinian Liberation Army in an effort to bring the Arab cause to international attention. But in a world of irreconcilable differences of opinion, governments too prove capable of using terrorist tactics to their own ends. Preminger handles the dramatic exposition with a curious mixture of panache and risible heavy-handedness, making it look increasingly like a Frederick Forsyth thriller, an imbalance that O'Toole's 'star' performance does little to correct. With the English O'Toole tracking down a fellow countryman, the eccentric mastermind Sloat (Attenborough) - and the former's government agent ethics perhaps more dubious than the latter's - the film engagingly if irrelevantly suggests that Perfidious Albion is still capable of pulling a few strings in world power games. Doubtless, like most Preminger, it'll improve with age.


Release details

126 mins

Cast and crew

Otto Preminger
Erik Lee Preminger
Peter O'Toole
Richard Attenborough
Cliff Gorman
Claude Dauphin
John V Lindsay
Peter Lawford
Raf Vallone
Adrienne Corri
Isabelle Huppert
Kim Cattrall
Françoise Brion
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