Innocent Bystanders 1972

director: Peter Collinson  



Great Britain



A top Russian scientist escapes from Siberian imprisonment, touching off a deadly international manhunt which pits top agents of Britain's super-secret Department K against the Communist KGB. Fast-paced action and intrigue ranges from the glass canyons of Mew York to remote Turkish mountains. Stanley Baker turns in an exciting performance as John Craig, a James Bond-like figure with steel nerves but human failings which get him into enough scrapes . . • and romantic sidetracks ... to thrill the most avid super- spy buff.

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Distributor HVM
Catalogue Number VMH010
Release Series
Release Date December 1981
Duration: 106m 36s
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Notes Released as a large oversized Carton
User Reviews:
by Yorkie
Cracking little spy thriller set in the70's, I love this kind of film. Naturally its hard not to compare with the Bonds of the day and in many ways it takes some of that DNA. Instead of MI5 its K dept and the CIA are imaginatively called Group 3, at least the KGB held onto their moniker.Old spy gets one last mission, is double crossed by his boss and goes rogue looking for a pension pot to retire on. This is a cracker IMO, the plot moves quickly, some good fight scenes considering the era, its no Bourne Identity but still. The main character played by Stanley Baker is a likeable lead man with enough flaws in a Connery Hue to make him realistic and empathetic. He is joined in the lead with main actress Geraldine Chaplin, yup, none other than Charlie's daughter in the flesh. Other great names to grace this little known thriller are an uncharactericaly slightly disappointing Donald Pleasance and a superb supporting role from the fantastic Warren Mitchell who brings the funnies into the film. In fact a scene with a fly on his nose whilst he has some zzzz's caused an unexpected outburst of laughter. Mitchell plays an ex WWII Turkish soldier who fought with the Aussies and as such carries a ridiculous Aussie accent and slang terminologies, they are funny though. You could do a lot worse than give this an hour and forty odd minutes of your life, one I will be returning to without doubt.