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Callan (1974)

Greg Callan's cousin, David Callan top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retire because he had lost his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination... See full summary »

Director:

Don Sharp

Writers:

James Mitchell (screenplay), James Mitchell (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Woodward ... David Callan
Eric Porter ... Hunter
Carl Möhner ... Schneider
Catherine Schell ... Jenny
Peter Egan ... Toby Meres
Russell Hunter ... Lonely
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Waterman
Michael Da Costa Michael Da Costa ... The Greek (as Michael da Costa)
Veronica Lang Veronica Lang ... Liz, Hunter's Secretary
Clifford Rose ... Dr. Snell
David Prowse ... Arthur (as Dave Prowse)
Don Henderson ... George
Nadim Sawalha ... Padilla
David Graham ... Wireless operator
Yuri Borienko Yuri Borienko ... Security porter
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Storyline

Greg Callan's cousin, David Callan top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retire because he had lost his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination of Schneider, a German businessman. His former boss promises Callan that he'll be returned to active status if he follows orders, but as always Callan refuses to act until he knows why Schneider has been marked for death. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Hotter than Hell... Bolder than Bond! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1975 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Neutralizer See more »

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Dolby (Dolby System®)| Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First film with optical soundtrack (mono) encoded with A-type Dolby noise reduction. See more »

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When Callan is trying to slip Hunter's surveillance team he stops to 'give directions' to an old lady in an alleyway. As he do so, a member of the public (an older man with glasses) attempts to walk down the steps towards them but is pulled back out of shot, presumably by a member of the crew. See more »

Quotes

Hunter: What about Meres?
David Callan: I believe he is unconscious, though with Meres it is difficult to tell.
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Follows Callan (1967) See more »

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Bonnie Blue Flag
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Traditional Irish tune, lyrics by Harry McCarthy
Arranged by Marcus Dods
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A diluted and inferior cinema adaptation.

This 1974 film of "Callan," lets itself down due to a screenplay that is thinly plotted and the sense of intrigue and tension has been diluted. The film is on for too long, about 15 minutes should have been edited from the final version. "Callan" is a remake of the play that started it all, "A Magnum For Schneider." Whilst that latter production was filmed entirely in the studio, the suspense and tension never let up. Every scene counted for something. This 1974 movie has a lot of location shooting but so what? It doesn't compensate for a slack narrative. The story is very good at 55 minutes on television but at 100 minutes, it becomes tiresome and irritating. There are a few bits that are OK but that's about all. The scene where Callan deals with Darth Vader himself - Dave Prowse - demonstrates a bit of the tension from the series. It was the right decision to have Edward Woodward and Russell Hunter reprise their respective characters. Who else would we fans want except those two? Eric Porter is effectively cast as Hunter but he's no match for Ronald Radd. Peter Egan is bloody terrible as Meres! He couldn't fight his way out of a rubber Johnny! The music is all wrong for the film. That harmonica noise soon grates on my nerves. It's much more suited to Westerns. A disappointing experience.


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