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The Big Game (1973)

Two soldiers of fortune are hired by an aging scientist to protect him and his invention, a radar-like mind-control device capable of forcing soldiers to fight. A rival organization kidnaps his son to get the machine.

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Robert Day
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Boyd ... Leyton van Dyk
France Nuyen ... Atanga
Ray Milland ... Prof. Pete Handley
Cameron Mitchell ... Bruno Carstens
Brendon Boone ... Jim Handley
Michael Kirner Michael Kirner ... Mark Handley
John Van Dreelen ... Lee
John Stacy John Stacy ... Gen. Bill Stryker
George Wang ... Wong
Marié du Toit Marié du Toit ... Lucie Handley (as Marie du Toit)
Ian Yule ... Task Force Leader
Bill Brewer Bill Brewer ... Ship's Captain
Romano Puppo ... Alberto
Larry McEvoy Larry McEvoy ... Dr. Warden
Anthony Pritchard Anthony Pritchard
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Two soldiers of fortune are hired by an aging scientist to protect him and his invention, a radar-like mind-control device capable of forcing soldiers to fight. A rival organization kidnaps his son to get the machine.

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Leyton van Dyk: [explaining the device] The brain creates electrical impulses that flow through the body by various channels. Memories are stored in the human brain, similar to a computer. Naturally, the human brain is much more versatile than any computer could ever be. Our invention enables us interrupt any free train of thought. We can electronically control the thought by directly intercepting the electro-magnetic waves. Bruno...
Bruno Carstens: [taking over] Thank you. Well, the brain in essence, the brain becomes the ...
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Tomorrow is a Foreign Land
Music published by West Edizioni Musicali, Rome
Original sound track by Beat Records, Rome
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THE BIG GAME (Robert Day, 1972) *1/2
20 October 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I'd never heard about this one – despite featuring the likes of Stephen Boyd, Cameron Mitchell and Ray Milland! – before I happened upon it at a local DVD rental outlet: I even had to look out its original title since the DVD was a German edition; however, realizing its sci-fi elements, I opted to check it sooner rather than later.

Well, what a disappointment it turned out to be! Though the confusing and tedious plot ostensibly revolves around a radar system which is able to motivate soldiers into becoming fighting machines (and, to prove this point, a group of them are brainwashed into thinking a bunch of approaching cars are really army tanks!) – shades of THE MANCHURIAN CANIDATE (1962) – it's much more of an espionage/adventure film, though hardly exciting or even engaging (director Day, who cut his teeth on several popular spy/sci-fi series during the Sixties, was clearly uninspired by the material at hand)! In fact, much of the running-time is wasted on scientist Milland's Hong Kong-based son – who's seduced by France Nuyen and kidnapped by a rival organization coveting the invention.

Though Boyd and Mitchell interact well together and are involved in the climactic action sequences, this is among the lowest points of their careers that I've seen – of course, the same applies to an ageing Milland (whose role is thankfully brief). About the only plusses to the film are a typically lush score by "Euro-Cult" stalwart Francesco De Masi and a scene onboard a ship in which Mitchell is attacked in the bathroom when he's mistaken for Boyd (who apparently plays a character everybody fears and is out to get him!). Incidentally, the DVD quality was rather sloppy as the audio dropped out on a number of occasions throughout.


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2 April 1973 (South Africa) See more »

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