James Coburn stars in this British thriller as former secret agent Robert Elliot, whose recent appointment as an adviser to the U.S. president leaves him scrambling to erase his shady past. For Elliot, that means murder. With four associates familiar with his past, Elliot coolly devises a plan to eliminate them in a single night; each clueless contact killing another. But even the best plan can backfire. Lee Grant stars as Elliot’s girlfriend.
Ken Hughes (1922-2001) b. Liverpool, England. Associated with the film industry for over fifty years, Hughes was a television playwright and novelist. Most of his films were crime thrillers, including a bizarre version of Macbeth transposed to American gangland, Joe Macbeth (1955). The success of The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) with Peter Finch led to bigger-budget projects. His most ambitious work was Cromwell (1970), in which the dictator of the Commonwealth was seen as a seventeenth-century Castro, leading his freedom fighters. Hughes did score back-to-back successes with the bond spoof Casino Royale (1967) and Disney’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). Later he directed Alfie Darling (1975), a 70s sex-comedy follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Alfie (1966). —britmovie.co.uk