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The High Commissioner (1968)

Nobody Runs Forever (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 30 August 1968 (UK)
An Australian outback police detective is sent on a special assignment to the UK, to return an Australian citizen accused of murder. Only this is not an ordinary man, he is a UN high commissioner for peace talks taking place in London.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Jon Cleary (novel), Wilfred Greatorex (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... Scobie Malone
Christopher Plummer ... Sir James Quentin
Lilli Palmer ... Sheila Quentin
Camilla Sparv ... Lisa Pretorius
Daliah Lavi ... Maria Cholon
Clive Revill ... Joseph
Lee Montague ... Denzil
Calvin Lockhart ... Jamaica
Derren Nesbitt ... Pallain
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Julius
Paul Grist Paul Grist ... Coburn
Burt Kwouk ... Pham Chinh
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Leeds
Ken Wayne ... Ferguson
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Jacko (as Charles Tingwell)
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Storyline

Rod Taylor plays a policeman sent to return a sensitive case; An Australian citizen, currently acting as high commissioner for peace talks who is wanted for an old charge -- of murder. The talks are too sensitive to be disturbed, so Taylor ends up watching Christopher Plummer as he conducts his talks, and discovers that some want the talks to fail enough to think that killing Plummer is an obvious way to stop them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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In A Moment He Could Be Dead! - and the only man who could save him was going to arrest him for murder!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The High Commissioner See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This 60s espionage movie stars Australian Rod Taylor who had previously starred in the first big spy movie of the 1960s to cast an Australian as its lead secret agent. That movie was The Liquidator (1965) and it actually predated the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring Australian George Lazenby by about four years. See more »

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It is pretty obvious that it is a stunt double for Rod Taylor doing most of the film's fight scenes. See more »

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Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) See more »

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Far from great but it does pass a couple of hours entertainingly enough
18 May 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Not terrible but not good either. "Nobody Runs Forever" is a 1968 British thriller involving international politics and murder in a reasonably tortuous plot. It's also a Betty Box/Ralph Thomas picture which means it was never likely to set the world on fire; workmanlike is about the best you can say for it. What distinguishes it is the cast. The usually reliable Rod Taylor is the Australian policeman sent to London to arrest Christopher Plummer's Australian High Commissioner for the murder of his first wife and finding, when he gets there, that Plummer isn't the villian he's been painted. Lilli Palmer is Plummer's current wife. (she's the best thing in the picture), Camilla Sparv is his secretary and Daliah Lavi, a very fatale femme. Franchot Tone even pops in for a cameo appearance as does an uncredited Leo McKern. It's not particularly exciting and it is rather far-fetched and it will never rank in any list of decent conspiracy thrillers but at least it passes an entertaining couple of hours.


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