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An American ambassador, his wife, and her Arab lover are caught up in a dangerous game of intrigue, extortion, and murder, in the explosive Middle East. In this taut political thriller about the high price of honor, a beautiful woman gambles her marriage for a moment of love, one man risks his reputation for lust, and another risks his life for the cause of peace.

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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn, Rock Hudson
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Writers: Ronald M. Cohen, Elmore leonard
  • Producers: Yoram Globus, Menahem Golan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X63RZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,877 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A curious Israelisation of Elmore Leonards 52 Pick-Up made only two years before the same producers made a more faithful and compelling adaptation with John Frankenheimer, The Ambassador is the kind of okay but resolutely undemanding political thriller that was starting to look more at home on the small screen than the big by 1984. Even the star cast - Robert Mitchum, Rock Hudson, Ellen Burstyn, Donald Pleasance, Fabio Testi - had started grazing on TV by then and was about a decade too late to draw much of a paying crowd at the movie theaters. After a disappointing US release, the Cannon group didn't even bother to release it in most of the foreign cinemas they owned despite planning it as a big prestige picture.

Leonard's original plot was solid enough not to need any additional spins: a businessman is blackmailed over his affair, but rather than pay up he comes clean with his wife. None too pleased, the blackmailers murder his mistress and set him up for the crime, forcing him to set them against each other (shades of Leonard's 50s Western The Tall T) before they can drop him in it. In this version the hero is now the US Ambassador to Israel, it's his wife who's having the affair and the stakes are raised by the blackmail scheme coinciding with his attempts to get the Israelis and the PLO around the negotiating table. Yet turning a private scandal into a possible international incident actually lowers the tension - even though he tries to handle it quietly himself, Mitchum's character simply has too much power, too much access to money and too many resources to call on, which makes him less self-reliant and devious than Roy Scheider in 52 Pick-Up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark W. Johnson on December 24, 2014
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I have enjoyed this movie for what seems like half my lifetime. Back in the 70's (maybe early 80's; can't remember which) I thought it was a silly cliche on an intractable world situation. Today it really is a silly cliche, but one I have longed for since Arafat started blowing up airliners in the late 60's. I guess there is nothing more stupid than an Arab extremist, but they seem to grow more common and more stupid with each passing day. Anyway, this is a very good movie; I enjoy it each time I see it, and believe that Robert Mitchum plays a wonderful role and does Ellen Burnstyn.
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Robert Mitchum is at his best and always seems to know how to handle a scene. It is a very good film & I will know doubt watch it many times. When one has seen such good acting for so many years it seems he was born to act. He is in this one more but in his beginning he did not want to be in front of the camera for more than 5 hours & would refuse parts that required more. Then they would offer him more money just to get HIM. He would rather go fishing & could never understand the wealth he created without even trying. In the end of El Dorado there were no lines written so he & John Wayne just ad libbed them. This movie shows the ease & control he had plus his gifted speaking voice. You will enjoy this movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Nolting on February 22, 2013
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Rock Hudson's last theatrical film. Able support is provided by Robert Mitchum and Ellen Burstyn. Lots of action in the middle east. Probably more for Hudson completists than anyone else but worth your time to watch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William D Martineau on December 3, 2012
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Great movie about issues inhibiting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Cast is spectacular especially Robert Mitchum and Ellen Burstyn
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