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Power Play (1978)

Not Rated | | Thriller, Drama | 1 November 1978 (UK)
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A group of military officers, angered and frustrated by the corruption and repression of the current government, finally decide that for the good of the country they must overthrow the ... See full summary »

Director:

Martyn Burke

Writers:

Edward N. Luttwak (suggested by the book "Coup D'Etat" by), Martyn Burke
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Colonel Zeller
David Hemmings ... Colonel Narriman
Donald Pleasence ... Blair
Barry Morse ... Jean Rousseau
Jon Granik Jon Granik ... Raymond Kasai
Marcella Saint-Amant Marcella Saint-Amant ... Mrs. Rousseau
George Touliatos ... Barrientos
Chuck Shamata ... Hillsman
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Aramco
Harvey Atkin ... Anwar
August Schellenberg ... Minh
Eli Rill Eli Rill ... Dominique
Dick Cavett ... Himself
David Calderisi ... Blair's Assistant
Alberta Watson ... Donna
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A group of military officers, angered and frustrated by the corruption and repression of the current government, finally decide that for the good of the country they must overthrow the regime. However, the planned coup's leader, an infantry colonel, finds that in order to get the support he needs he must work with people he neither respects nor trusts, and soon comes to believe that their main opponent, the country's fearsome chief of the secret police, has planted a spy in their midst. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Their objective... to steal a nation! Their plan... to strike without warning! Their agreement... to share the spoils! Their only obstacle... each other!

Genres:

Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

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Power Play (1978)

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Overthrow See more »

Filming Locations:

Camp Borden, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 2,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plot for this film was suggested in the history book, Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook (1968) by Edward N. Luttwak. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Zeller: Those are not our tanks out there. They are my tanks.
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Not as good as the sum of its parts
18 March 2004 | by ubercommandoSee all my reviews

An unnamed country is suffering at the hands of a corrupt government so a group of idealistic army officers and intellectuals attempt to stage a coup with the idea of reforming their nation. But who can they trust, is there a Judas in their midst?

A great idea, a great cast and great detail into how to stage a coup d'etat and yet the film just lacks that little bit to make it truly memorable. The production looks a little flat, the pace lags and it's narrative is a little fractured. It comes across as a vaguely interesting tv movie not helped by the fact that it should have been set in either Africa, South America or Eastern Europe because the locations just scream "Canada!" at you and why would they be staging a coup? Still, enjoy Peter O'Toole, David Hemmings, Donald Pleasance and Barry Morse together.


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