A washed-out German sailor, in a drunken state, agrees to take two British women from Gibraltar to the West Indies in his sail boat. Early into the voyage, they realise that it's not going ... See full summary »
An American intelligence agent uncovers a plot to assassinate Soviet Premier Gorbachev just at the time when glasnost is coming into place. The Russian old-guard, however, has captured five... See full summary »
Lawrence Gordon Clark
High society, high times, and no end in sight. Shameless is an emotionally charged story about heroin, high living and the dramatic power of love as the last chance for survival. In the ... See full summary »
C. Thomas Howell,
In this sequel to "Long Vacations of 36", the son of a large bourgeois family returns to Barcelona to find out what happened after he fled the country in '39. He learns the details of the fascist takeover from his former butler.
The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley during various voyages through ... See full summary »
Dr. Stephanie Lyell works for Neurological Research, and is testing a seemingly safe personality-altering drug on Marc Gilmour a notorious Serial Killer. But when a pair of bizarre suicides... See full summary »
Sunshine, an idyllic and almost forgotten island under British rule, is shortly to become independent. But a few days before this event is to take place, the British governor of the island ... See full summary »
James Cellan Jones
Philip Michael Thomas
Portugal 1813. A band of deserters, including Sharpe's old enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, have captured two women, one the wife of a high-ranking English officer, and are holding them hostage ... See full summary »
Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid, and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother... See full summary »
Harry Gordini, college professor and ex-Navy Seal, becomes caught in a war between a ruthless drug cartel and the United States government when a group of international terrorists kidnaps his ten-year old son.
Antonio Sabato Jr.,
Death Has a Bad Reputation was one of a series of tele-movies penned by Murray Smith (The Paradise Club), before he decided to become a novelist. It is arguably the most enjoyable and well-paced of the Frederick Forsyth Presents series, if somewhat less hard-hitting than Pride and Extreme Prejudice and Casualty of War.
There is an interesting plot twist in a story which centres around some real-life incidents, groups and people. Terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, a.k.a. Carlos the Jackal (Tony Lo Bianco) sets off two people who, driven by guilt and revenge, attempt to destroy him.
After disappearing for four years as ordered by his KGB controllers, Carlos surfaces in Rome, spotted by journalist and Carlos authority Julia Latham (Elizabeth Hurley). The information leads other intelligence services, most notably the British, led by Sam McCready (Alan Howard), onto Carlos's tail.
Howard gives a trademark performance and pulls it off nicely, as a frustrated spy whose son has been seriously injured in the course of following his father's footsteps. Hurley's future-star quality can best be seen here (and not in Inspector Morse or Act of Will). German actor Gottfried John is, as expected, playing a KGB agent and Carlos's controller, but does so casually and naturally.
The tele-movie is helped by location filming in Rome, but most of all, by Smith's usual high standard of scripting and ability to incorporate realism. There are some small points about the timing (it is set in 1990, while the killing of agents in the pre-title sequence apes an incident that occurred in 1975) and more recent developments which occurred seven years after the film's release. However, in the world of fiction, these points are inconsequential.
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