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Who? (1974)

After an American scientist is severely injured and scarred in a car crash along the border with East Germany, he is captured by East German military. The scientists use metal implants to save him. Once he's back in the States, no one can tell if it's really him, so an intelligence specialist must determine who is under the "mask".

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Jack Gold

Writers:

John Gould (screenplay), Algis Budrys (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Sean Rogers
Trevor Howard ... Colonel Azarin
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... Dr. Martino / Lucas Martino
Edward Grover ... Finchley (as Ed Grover)
John Lehne John Lehne ... Haller
James Noble ... General Deptford
Lyndon Brook ... Dr. Barrister
Michael Lombard ... Dr. Besser
Kay Tornborg Kay Tornborg ... Edith
Joy Garrett Joy Garrett ... Barbara
John Stewart ... Frank Heywood
Bruce Boa ... Miller
Fred Vincent Fred Vincent ... Douglas
Alexander Allerson ... Dr. Kothu
Ivan Desny ... General Stürmer
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Storyline

After an American scientist is severely injured and scarred in a car crash along the border with East Germany, he is captured by East German military. The scientists use metal implants to save him. Once he's back in the States, no one can tell if it's really him, so an intelligence specialist must determine who is under the "mask".

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The kill machine with the megaton mind


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robo Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Closing credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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When the assassin's car crashes after the failed attempt on Martini's life, it's clearly shown to be empty as it bursts into flames. See more »

Quotes

Lucas Martino: You think panic has something to do with the heart racing, the nerves getting tense, the breath getting labored? Mine doesn't. But I'm in a constant state of panic, Mr. Rogers. My mind is poised for flight. I'm on the edge of screaming all the time, except that if I did more people would stare at me and that would make me scream more until I wouldn't be able to stop!
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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A very odd seventies spy thriller
28 March 2003 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

1973: American scientist Lucas Martino is seriously hurt and mutilated during a car accident in East Germany. The best doctors in the Communist state are doing the best to save his life, making him a kind of early cyborg with his head and most parts of his body covered or replaced by metal. Returning to the U.S.A. with a completely new "outfit", the F.B.I. tries to find out if it's the same person or an Eastern spy who's aim is getting information on a top secret military project.

What could have been a very interesting and thrilling seventies spy story is just a lame movie about a robot man walking around stupidly. The acting is dull, but you can't blame main actor Joseph Bova as is is constantly acting with a mask on his face. The Cold-War-Conflict is just a background for a silly love story, and the worst is Bova's "make-up", as the robot outfit looks rather like the iron man of the "Wizard of Oz" or a funny figure from an old Disney movie instead of being a symbol for a human tragedy. The "Who?" script is a promising idea for a film, but the production itself is disappointing, and even stars like Elliot Gould and Trevor Howard can't rescue this movie.


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