5.6/10
927
17 user 21 critic

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.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Jay Richard Kennedy (novel), Ben Maddow (screenplay)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Famous Spanish bandit Artiguez returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile but Spanish cop Vinolas is setting a trap for him.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Maurice de Canonge
Stars: Édith Piaf, Jacques Pills, Mick Micheyl
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Toward the end of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald is writing for Hollywood studios to be able to afford the cost of an asylum for his wife. He is also struggling against alcoholism. Into his life comes the famous gossip columnist.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Deborah Kerr, Eddie Albert
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After a bank robbery, runaway Scottish outlaw Arch Deans and his young half breed Kiowa partner Billy Two Hats develop a father-son relationship but Sheriff Henry Gifford is determined to capture or kill them.

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Gregory Peck, Desi Arnaz Jr., Jack Warden
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A sympathetic retired army scout takes-in a white woman and her half-Apache son, not knowing that the boy's father, a murderous renegade Apache, is after them.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An American ambassador to Israel tries to bring peace to the Middle East conflict through unconventional methods, but his efforts are hampered at every turn and his personal life threatened.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn, Rock Hudson
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1944, an Army doctor is in charge of a neuropsychiatric ward at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona, and he must deal with a variety of tough cases.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

At her father's funeral, Ann Chapin thinks back over the last five years of his life, years of apparent political and personal failure dominated by a selfish and dissatisfied wife and eased... See full summary »

Director: Philip Dunne
Stars: Gary Cooper, Diane Varsi, Suzy Parker
Mirage (1965)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An accountant suddenly suffers from amnesia. This appears related to the suicide of his boss. Now some violent thugs are out to get him. They work for a shadowy figure known simply as The Major.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau
Certificate: M Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A bandit kidnaps a Marshal who has seen a map showing a gold vein on Indian lands, but other groups are looking for it too, while the Apache try to keep the secret location undisturbed.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Robert Wilson leads safaris on the Kenyan savanna. On this occasion, he takes Mr. and Mrs. Macomber out to hunt buffalo. The obnoxious ways of Margaret Macomber make the three of them get ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, Robert Preston
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Henry Tawes is the sheriff in a small town in Tennessee. A man of strong moral fiber, he is always quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Then he meets Alma, a beautiful young... See full summary »

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Tuesday Weld, Estelle Parsons
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

U.S.-British-Russian Intelligence can't keep him alive much longer! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chairman See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$4,915,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~4.3 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~3.9 seconds. See more »

Goofs

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Dumbest Man in the World
15 March 2013 | by zardoz-13See all my reviews

"Guns of Navarone" director J. Lee Thompson and leading man Gregory Peck teamed up for the fourth time in the Cold War era thriller "The Chairman," but this preposterous spy thriller has little to distinguish it aside from its gimmick. When an agricultural enzyme enables the Red Chinese to grow crops despite adversarial climate conditions, the Americans dispatch an American scientist, Dr. John Hathaway (Gregory Peck of "MacKenna's Gold"), to go to China and confabulate with his old colleague from his Princeton days. Now, the gimmick is that the Americans have planted a small plastic receiver in the back of his head that allows him to talk to them about his progress without relying on any external device. Basically, aside from showing our well-dressed protagonist what he has in his head, this film doesn't have to worry about concealing some costly electronic device. Meantime, the suspicious Red Chinese cannot figure out how our hero is communicating with the Americans. After a long, tedious build up that includes a meeting with Chairman Mao during a ping-pong game, Hathaway has to make a desperate bid for the border. Thompson cuts back and forth between Hathaway and the American military who keep tabs on his progress. Gregory Peck wears his trench coat well, but he is no more convincing as a scientist than he is a spy. What a dreary mess with a last-minute revelation that develops little tension.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed