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The Naked Runner (1967)

During the Cold War, an American industrial-designer living in London is used by the MI-6 as an unwilling pawn in the spy game during a trip to a trade show in East Germany.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Francis Clifford (novel), Stanley Mann (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Sam Laker
Peter Vaughan ... Martin Slattery
Derren Nesbitt ... Colonel Hartmann
Nadia Gray ... Karen Gisevius
Toby Robins Toby Robins ... Ruth
Inger Stratton ... Anna
Cyril Luckham ... Cabinet minister
Edward Fox ... Ritchie Jackson
J.A.B. Dubin-Behrmann J.A.B. Dubin-Behrmann ... Joseph
Michael Newport ... Patrick Laker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joscik Barbarossa Joscik Barbarossa
Roy Hanlon Roy Hanlon
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Sam Laker is an American industrialist, working in Britain, who has just been awarded an international award for industrial design. He is planning to travel to East Germany to attend a trade show and show off his invention, taking his 10 year old son with him for a holiday. Meanwhile a British Intelligence officer who served with Laker in the Second World War decides to use the opportunity of Laker's trip and his lack of an intelligence profile to coerce him into carrying out an assassination. Written by Sean Brennan <sean@bearpaw.dnet.co.uk>

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alergătorul nud See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Filmed on location in war-torn Leipzig. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! See more »

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Marche Villagoise
(uncredited)
Music by Leslie Bridgewater
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Plot a bit too thick, but good Directing, & Sinatra is Excellent
23 January 1999 | by machine-4See all my reviews

This is definitely a typical B-type 1960's European spy thriller, but certainly not bad. Convoluted plot, but the use of extreme close-ups, tasteful melancholy score, and an excellent performance by Sinatra make it worthwhile viewing for fans of Sinatra dramas. His performance is very intense and believable. While the plot is needlessly tangled and premise is farfetched, the film is not at all corny - its presentation is perhaps more difnified than the plot and payoff deserve. Sinatra's performance is the best thing about it. A lengthier, better plot and bigger payoff would have lifted the film up into something near "The Iprcess File" league. The other good aspects of that film are in place here, but this remains a B-level spy thriller despite an obvious attempt to make an A-level thriller. Still, a must-see for Sinatra fans - but perhaps on cable or rental.


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