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Ronald Buck (screenplay)
Jack Gross Jr. (screenplay)
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Release Date:
August 1971 (USA) See more »
Joe Ryan had but one life to give for his country. The CIA asked him for it twice.
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  (in credits order)

Tom Stern ... Joe Ryan

Telly Savalas ... Redford

Robert Vaughn ... Neilson

John Marley ... Police Captain

Burgess Meredith ... Freedom Lovelace

Ivan Dixon ... Simon

Jeff Corey ... Clinic Doctor
Marilyn Akin ... Angeline

Marlene Clark ... Saddle
Belinda Palmer ... Tracy
Mario Alcalde ... Jason

Peter Lawford ... Government Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Jon Carlson ... Cast Member
Don Carter ... Unknown
Lane Slate
Russ Dodson ... Indian (uncredited)

Directed by
Lane Slate 
Tom Stern 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ronald Buck  screenplay
Jack Gross Jr.  screenplay
Jack Gross Jr.  story
Buddy Ruskin  screenplay
Buddy Ruskin  story

Produced by
Frank Avianca .... executive producer
Lane Slate .... producer
Tom Stern .... producer
Cinematography by
Alan Stensvold 
Film Editing by
Danford B. Greene 
Casting by
Ross Brown (uncredited)
Production Design by
Jeremy Kay 
Art Direction by
Ned Parsons 
Makeup Department
Greg LaCava .... makeup artist
Production Management
Clark L. Paylow .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Farfan .... assistant director
Art Department
Jerry McFarland .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
David M. Ronne .... sound (as David Ronne)
Hal Watkins .... sound
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Jerry Randall .... action scenes coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Glenn Roland .... camera operator: second unit
Glenn Roland .... lighting gaffer: second unit
Editorial Department
Scott Conrad .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Kirby Johnson .... music coordinator
Gavin Murrell .... music supervisor
Other crew
Claudia Bousman .... production secretary (uncredited)
Lorafay Davis .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Chester Fox .... publicist (uncredited)
Doris Grau .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Randee Lynne Jensen .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Carmen Krear .... accountant (uncredited)
Jim Pettinotti .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sandy Stundel .... publicist (uncredited)
David Wheeler .... car technical advisor (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Trip to Kill" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK, USA (video title)
"Δραπέτες δίχως άσυλο" - Greece
"Andra gången gillt" - Sweden
"Armottoman kova kundi" - Finland
"Dolofoneiste ton iroa" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Drapetes dihos asylo" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Ein Mann greift zur Waffe" - West Germany (imdb display title)
"Huumeviidakko" - Finland (video title)
"Il piccione d'argilla" - Italy
"Isca Humana" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Minagoroshi L.A konekushon" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Pigeon d'argile" - France (imdb display title)
"Super-panseren slår til" - Denmark (imdb display title)
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93 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Sound Mix:
Australia:RC (original rating) (1972) | Australia:R18+ (re-rating on appeal) (1972) | Finland:K-18 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (cut) | USA:R

Did You Know?

The film's premiere in Boston benefited Project Turnabout, a drug rehab program in Hull, Mass.See more »
Joe Ryan:[offering a marijuana cigarette] As a reward for a beautiful kiss, I present you with a golden joint.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Five Easy Pieces (1970)See more »
Listen to Me MotherSee more »


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Dull and slow, 27 May 2016
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

Even when you consider the low point Metro Goldwyn Mayer was finding itself in the 1970s, it's really puzzling why they decided picking up this movie was worth their time. As it turns out, they didn't give it much of a theatrical release. Seeing the movie, it's easy to figure out why MGM eventually realized there wasn't much of a potential audience for it. It's not entirely bad. The acting is pretty competent for the most part, though Robert Vaughn does overact for most of his scenes. And there's an interesting and tuneful soft rock soundtrack by some prominent musicians like Arlo Guthrie. But the movie is a big bore. It takes about half of the running time for the movie to set everything up, and once everything is set up, the movie doesn't pick up much more speed. Only some bouts of graphic violence and bloodshed (and graphic nudity) will prevent viewers from falling asleep, though I think most viewers once the movie reaches the ending will feel that having a nap would have been a more productive use of their time.

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