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Rod Taylor plays a policeman sent to return a sensitive case; An Australian citizen, currently acting as high commissioner for peace talks who is wanted for an old charge -- of murder. The talks are too sensitive to be disturbed, so Taylor ends up watching Christopher Plummer as he conducts his talks, and discovers that some want the talks to fail enough to think that killing Plummer is an obvious way to stop them.Written by
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I just had to add my thoughts on this curiously "ok" movie
I have always liked Rod Taylor and Christopher Plummer so I was pleased to see this movie for this and other reasons as they played side by side. The plethora of reviews on this have gone from one end to the other. However, I am surprised no one has mentioned (apart from one reviewer's brief reference to Alfred Hitchcock, the very similar plot of this movie to "The Man Who Knew Too Much" starring James Stewart and Doris Day. Both of these have the same sub plot of an assassination attempt of a high official. This movie was good. In some aspects predictable but still some surprises. Although being made in 1968 when our Opera House was no where near completion, the camera cleverly steers clear of the Opera House construction site, in the parts of the view from the "Premier's" office NOT "Prime Minister" as one reviewer stated.
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