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The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (1983)

When THRUSH steals a nuclear weapon and demands a ransom delivered by Napoleon Solo, UNCLE recalls him and his partner to duty.

Director:

Ray Austin

Writers:

Sam Rolfe (developer: original series), Michael Sloan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Vaughn ... Napoleon Solo
David McCallum ... Illya Kuryakin
Patrick Macnee ... Sir John Raleigh
Tom Mason ... Benjamin Kowalski
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Andrea Markovitch
Geoffrey Lewis ... Janus
Anthony Zerbe ... Justin Sepheran
Keenan Wynn ... Piers Castillian
Simon Williams ... Nigel Pennington-Smythe
John Harkins ... Alexi Kemp
Jan Tríska ... Vaselievich
Susan Woollen ... Janice Friday
Carolyn Seymour ... Actress
George Lazenby ... J.B.
Judith Chapman ... Z-65
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Storyline

The criminal organization THRUSH steals the A-bomb H957 and demands $350,000,000 to be delivered within 72 hours by their former antagonist Solo. So U.N.C.L.E. has to reactivate the super agents Solo and Kuryakin after they were 15 years out of business. Equipped in the usual 007 fashion they start to seek the villains. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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They're Back In An All-New Motion Picture! Once Again They Have To Save the World from THRUSH. Only Now It's 15 Years Later, And THRUSH is a Nuclear Power.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fifteen Years Later Affair See more »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rather than build a set for the UNCLE headquarters, the production used the office building of the production company. This was to save money on building that would not get enough usage if the pilot did not 'go to series', which is exactly what did happen. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the opening gambling sequence, the guard grabs Andrea Markovitch, slaps her, then rears back to slap her again. Solo grabs his arm and gives the guard a little slap. This must be Hollywood's way of trying to reduce violence on TV because the original Napoleon Solo would have slugged the guard with his fist. See more »

Quotes

Nigel Pennington-Smythe: You must be an old hand at this.
Napoleon Solo: Actually, I'm new at this... again.
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References Elmer Gantry (1960) See more »

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"It would of been a disaster without Vaughn and McCallam!"
20 October 2003 | by jamesraeburn2003See all my reviews

Agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuriyakin are called back to UNCLE after fifteen years to do battle with THRUSH once more who are holding the United States to ransom with a stolen nuclear bomb.

Enjoyable revival movie with Robert Vaughn and David McCallam looking a bit older and a bit thicker around the middle, but still wonderful as Solo and Kuriyakin. The chemistry between them hasn't faded after so many years. Good supporting cast includes Anthony Zerbe as an evil THRUSH chief, Carolyn Seymour as a Russian ballerina who is blackmailed by THRUSH to do their bidding and Patrick Macnee (ex-Avengers) makes a satisfactory replacement for Leo G Carroll as the new UNCLE chief, the latter sadly died in 1972. The film is directed by Ray Austin who worked on The Avengers as initially stunt arranger and later as a director. Austin made his directorial debut on an episode from the latter entitled "All Done With Mirrors."

This was intended as the pilot for a new series, but sadly it never materialised. Interestingly, there has been rumours of a big budget movie of the series being made, probably like Mission Impossible, but as The Return Of The Man From UNCLE shows without Vaughn and McCallam it will be a disaster.


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