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The Chairman (1969)

M | | Action, Drama, Thriller | July 1969 (UK)
During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the US government sends a scientist to China to steal the formula for a new agricultural enzyme developed by the Chinese.

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J. Lee Thompson

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Jay Richard Kennedy (novel), Ben Maddow (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... John Hathaway
Anne Heywood ... Kay Hanna
Arthur Hill ... Shelby
Alan Dobie Alan Dobie ... Benson
Conrad Yama Conrad Yama ... The Chairman
Zienia Merton ... Ting Ling
Ori Levy ... Shertov
Ric Young ... Yin (as Eric Young)
Burt Kwouk ... Chang Shou
Alan White Alan White ... Gardner
Keye Luke ... Professor Soong Li
Francesca Tu ... Soong Chu (as Francisca Tu)
Mai Ling Mai Ling ... Stewardess
Gordon Sterne Gordon Sterne ... U.S. Airforce Sergeant
Robert Lee ... Hotel Night Manager
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An American scientist is sent to Red China to steal the formula for a newly developed agricultural enzyme. What he is not told by his bosses is that a micro-sized bomb has been planted in his brain so that should the mission ever look likely to fail, he can be eliminated at the push of a button! Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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July 1969 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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$4,915,000 (estimated)
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(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Location shooting in Hong Kong was refused by the country's government on the grounds of possible breach of the peace following demonstrations and propaganda campaigns mounted by Hong Kong communists claiming the film was anti Mao and anti Chinese consequently filming was transferred to Taiwan (Kine Weekly 7/12/68) See more »

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As John Hathaway is making his escape from China, he's seen driving a British army scout car. See more »

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Cold war oddity
14 May 2000 | by Penfold-13See all my reviews

Gregory Peck is a scientist. He is sent on a mysterious mission to China, where it turns out a scientist has developed an amazingly beneficial enzyme, and thinks Peck is the only man who can work out how to duplicate it for mass production, cure all known diseases, etc. Peck and said scientist are idealists who want to share it with the world, while the US and Chinese governments just want it for themselves. And, to make the whole thing more credible, Peck is equipped with a micro-transmitter in his brain which monitors his physical status and bugs his every conversation, including the one he has after playing table tennis with Chairman Mao.

It sounds silly, and, frankly, it is, but the espionage and the attempts to detect it are fairly tense, and Gregory Peck indulges in a fair number of good old humanitarian rants which suggest that Chinese totalitarianism and US militarism aren't necessarily wonderful things either.

I rather enjoyed it.


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