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The Alamut Ambush


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Based on the novel by Anthony Price and originally aired in the UK as part of the "Chessgame" series, this British espionage thriller stars Terence Stamp as David Audley, former Oxford professor turned intelligence agent. In this follow-up to 'Deadly Recruits' and 'Cold War Killer', a senior official of the Foreign Office, Guy Llewellyn (John Rowe), has been the target of an assassination attempt...twice! He demands that Audley head the investigation, but is Llewellyn's confidence in the agent genuine, or is it an elaborate ruse for something more.

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  • Actors: Terrance Stamp, Michael Culver
  • Directors: Ken Grieve
  • Writers: Anthony Price, Murray Smith
  • Producers: Richard Everitt
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Osiris Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004U7EITI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Mysterious Traveler on May 17, 2010
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THE ALAMUT AMBUSH (1986) Directed by Ken Grieve. Based on the novel by Anthony Price.

Starring Terence Stamp, Michael Culver and Rosalie Crutchley.

After an anti-semetic undersecretary for the Middle East's auto is blown up, a specialist on the region, James Audley, is brought in by the British Secret Service to discover what is going on before the next attempt is successful. However when Audley discovers the existence of a Muslim terrorist with a massive organization of loosely connected semi independent cells about to initiate a bloodbath throughout the Middle East, things become complicated.

A British telefilm that is intelligent, informed and, while not history, is of history. The film's take on the Middle East is realistic and the plot is not at all predictable. The acting...especially Stamp..is very good as is the direction. The transfer to the Dvd leaves something to be desired but does not hurt the viewing experience. Apparently this was the first in a short lived film series featuring Stamp as Audley who, in turn, was a character in a long running series of spy novels.

Besides being a solid pseudo historical espionage melodrama and made years before the ban on portraying Muslim terrorists in movies took effect, this film's depiction of an Al Qeada like organization led by an Osama Bin Ladin like leader years before the reality gives this picture a certain jolt that it might not have otherwise had. Even though made over twenty years ago, it "speaks" to today in a way modern films seem afraid of doing.

A solid satisfying production.

Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Love Our Military Men on August 3, 2013
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Originally part of a British television series titled "ChessGame", THE ALAMUT AMBUSH is a well done film with international intrigue starring Terence Stamp as (engaged) Intelligence Officer "David Audley" and is set in the 1970's Middle East politics. Based on the novel by Anthony Price, this 1986 film opens with a parade and we are soon led to a garage where a young mechanic is attempting to disarm a car bomb when it detonates - killing him instantly. The bomb, on the surface, was intended for a Foreign Office attaché named "David Llewelyn" and when David Audley is solicited to investigate, he is less than enthusiastic and it quickly becomes apparent that the two (Audley and Llewelyn) have a not so favorable history between them. Audley relents and assigns Intelligence agent "Hugh Roskill" to follow the leads....from London to the Middle East.

The story has a complicated, but well executed plot that is occasionally difficult to follow due primarily to the less than favorable audio on this instant video offering. I had to turn the volume all the way up to max and in some places it's still a bit difficult to glean what's being said. Nonetheless, despite the occasional out of sync and muffled audio it was still a good Saturday afternoon matinee.

4 Stars.

THE ALAMUT AMBUSH
Run Time: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
Format: Color
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By Orange One on February 3, 2013
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For an older espionage movie this is a good one. Terrance Stamp is great but you need to see all three in this series - 1. Cold War Killers 2. The Alamut Ambush 3. Deadly Recurits. Why they never packaged them as a series is crazy but they are a great find for those who like cold war espionage.
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I have tried desperately to obtain DVD's/Videos of 'Chessgame' starring Terrence Stamp, unsuccessfully until purchasing this DVD which was one programme from the series, for some reason the series does not appear to be available.
For those that do not know, the series was a sort of 70's version of Spooks.
The item arrived promptly, from the USA, well packed. Unfortunately the quality is not what we have become used to, with the sound slightly out of sync' and the video quality below par, but given the above I am satified it was value for money and was good to watch again.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Blewitt on April 16, 2011
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This is a thoroughly old-fashioned film derived from the Anthony Price novel of the same title, which was, goodness knows, complicated enough to sort out. The film does not entirely succeed in clarifying the plot, even with a good cast working hard at it. It would be an enjoyable experience nonetheless, were it not that the Osiris Entertainment copy is quite appalling. The visuals are garish, badly reproduced, the color sometimes going a liverish dark brown or pink and completely blotting out expressions on faces. As for the soundtrack, it is practically inaudible so that an already complex plot is made virtually incomprehensible by the low level audio. Swathes of low-key conversation are impossible to decipher. Avoid buying this product at all costs. The production is a disgrace.
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