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Embassy (1972)

A Russian spy penetrates into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon to try to kill a Soviet defector under asylum there.

Director:

Gordon Hessler

Writers:

Stephen Coulter (novel), William Fairchild (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Roundtree ... Richard 'Dick' Shannon
Chuck Connors ... Kesten
Marie-José Nat ... Laure
Ray Milland ... Ambassador
Broderick Crawford ... Frank Dunniger
Max von Sydow ... Gorenko
David Bauer ... Kadish
Larry Cross ... Gamble
David Healy David Healy ... Phelan
Karl Held Karl Held ... Rylands
Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall ... Miss Harding
Dee Pollock ... Stacey
Leila Buheiry Leila Buheiry ... Leila, Receptionist
Gail Clymer Gail Clymer ... Switchboard Operator
Edmond Hannania Edmond Hannania ... First Man in Black
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A Russian spy penetrates into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon to try to kill a Soviet defector under asylum there.

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Wages an ice-cold war on your nerves See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1976 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Target: Embassy See more »

Filming Locations:

Beirut, Lebanon

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gorenko is to be flown out in the C141a Starlifter (ser. 64-0624; C/N 300-6037, 437th MAW) that is seen at the airport. On Thursday 12 July, 1984, that aircraft was destroyed in a fatal accident shortly after take-off from Sigonella Naval Airfield in Sicily. No. 3 engine experienced an uncontained failure. Debris was ejected which caused no. 4 engine to also fail. Debris also entered the cargo compartment, starting a fire in a pallet containing paint. The cargo fire produced thick, toxic smoke which made visual control of the aircraft extremely difficult. The aircraft entered a steep bank and crashed within 198 seconds of takeoff. All 8 crew members and the single passenger on board were killed. See more »

Quotes

Gorenko: What do you call this?
Frank Dunniger: A hamburger and french fries.
Gorenko: It's typical American food?
Frank Dunniger: Yeah, so what?
Gorenko: German town and French potatoes.
Frank Dunniger: Look, Junior, if it wasn't for you, I'd be home having Chicken Maryland with my wife, so shut up and eat.
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Somebody Stop This Madness
Written by Biddu
Blue Mountain Records B.M. 1007
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A pleasant enough movie. Some background in its making on location.
21 June 2017 | by woostercarlSee all my reviews

A pleasant enough diversion which somehow should have produced more wallop, considering all the name people in the cast. I was in that cast playing the part of Rylands, as Karl Held. I was greeted at the airport with the news that my role had been increased in size and importance. I wrongly assumed that they would boost my billing accordingly. They did not. My mistake. Had a great time working with the many well established names, and hanging out in Beirut and Syria. Top notch cinematographer, Raoul Coutard was on the job. He was a big help to all of us Background noise on the sound track necessitated looping entire performances in a London sound studio. Performances suffered in the process, perhaps not all that much, but they were negatively affected; although mine received a nice mention in the London Times. "Laid back and intelligent performance" in another review. Also, a tough row to hoe for many of us in the cast, was getting "the bug" despite our precautions of shunning the water and local cooking...the show must go on. In the end, though, all that counts is what's on the screen. Yes, it should have been better, but,in my opinion,it was hardly a disaster.


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