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The Executioner (1970)

A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.

Director:

Sam Wanamaker

Writers:

Jack Pulman, Gordon McDonell (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
George Peppard ... John Shay
Joan Collins ... Sarah Booth
Judy Geeson ... Polly Bendel
Oskar Homolka ... Racovsky
Charles Gray ... Vaughan Jones
Nigel Patrick ... Colonel Scott
Keith Michell ... Adam Booth
George Baker ... Philip Crawford
Alexander Scourby ... Prof. Parker
Peter Bull ... Butterfield
Ernest Clark ... Roper
Peter Dyneley ... Balkov
Gisela Dali ... Anna
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefan Gryff Stefan Gryff ... Shay Cell Group Surrvior
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Storyline

Explosive international intrigue results when British Intelligence agent John Shay suspects Booth, a colleague, of being a double-agent. Although Shay's superiors warn him against an investigation, he travels to Greece and Turkey in order to check out his suspicions. There, Shay becomes involved with a beautiful woman who was once her lover, and is now Booth's wife. Before long, Shay realizes that he is being used as a Communist pawn, and has fallen into grave danger. Written by alfiehitchie

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Every day he lives, somebody else dies!

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Călăul See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Production Co:

Ameran Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film is also one of only five cinema movies directed by Sam Wanamaker who mostly directed in television. See more »

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At the start of the film one of the dead victims lying by the empty swimming pool is startled and moves when the car explodes, with his head and arm moving. See more »

Quotes

John Shay: I thought you guys used Pentothal.
Balkov: We ran out.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, in the background is the final scene showing a tower with a light that rotates, shining alternately green and white light. The credits change colors repeatedly as if the tower light is shining on them. See more »

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The Spy Who Bored Me…
17 May 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Severe and merciless penalties should be given to people who dare to write a screenplay that is titled "The Executioner" and then subsequently deliver a film that is indescribably boring and almost doesn't contain any action whatsoever; let alone executions! I read in a few reviews that this is the more intelligent espionage thriller… You know, the type of film that gives realistic insights in the true world of secret agents rather than the contemporary James Bond movies that were all about stunts, flamboyance and gadgetry. Well, it may or may not be true that "The Executioner" is realistic but it's certainly NOT entertaining and certainly NOT the least bit memorable, unlike the vast majority of James Bond episodes. To make things even worse: the movie starts out extremely promising, with Peppard strolling around in the garden of a luxurious villa where just a bloody massacre took place. There are bloodied corpses left, right and at the bottom of the pool. Unfortunately, the boring 100 minutes that follow are a giant flashback clarifying the building up towards this massacre. American actor George Peppard depicts British secret agent John Shay. He explains at least a dozen times that his Yankee accent comes from the fact that he was raised in America. Shay suspects that his colleague Adam Booth is a double- agent who betrays the Queen by passing secret information to the Russians. Shay's superiors don't believe him, or perhaps they are protecting Booth, and he even gets suspended. Shay remains certain that he's right and seeks for further evidence in Greece, although it may also just be that he's jealous, because Booth is married to the beautiful Sarah with whom Shay once had an affair. "The Executioner" is a long – seemingly endless, in fact – and dreadfully tedious series of pointless dialogues and newly introduced characters of which you don't know who they are and why they are relevant to the plot. There isn't any suspense or mystery, and you don't feel the least bit connected with any of the lead characters, especially John Shay because he behaves like an arrogant and stubborn little boy. I was never a big fan of George Peppard, apart from his roles in the movies "Damnation Alley" and "Race for the Yankee Zephyr". His performance here is one of the most monotonous and indifferent I've ever seen. I can't write anything positive about "The Executioner", except that Judy Geeson is cute and that it's always a pleasure to watch Charles Gray (although his role is immensely dull as well)


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