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The Executioner


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When a covert operation in Vienna goes awry, British Intelligence operative John Shay
(George Peppard) suspects his colleague, Adam Booth (Keith Michell), may be a double agent. Despite help from his girlfriend, Polly (Judy Geeson), a clerk at MI6, Shay fails to convince his superiors of his theory. Undeterred, Shay learns from scientist Philip Crawford (George Baker) that Booth has been trying to steal top-secret documents. Appointing himself executioner, Shay kills Booth and then assumes his identity to obtain conclusive evidence that Booth was a traitor, only to discover the dead man's wife (Joan Collins) is now Crawford's mistress, and Soviet Intelligence has set him up. Newly remastered.

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  • Actors: Judy Geeson, Oscar Homolka, George Peppard, Joan Collins, Charles Gray
  • Directors: Sam Wannamaker
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: SPHE
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZZZCW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,094 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Executioner" on IMDb

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She does a great acting job too.
K. Nolting
The supporting cast includes Joan Collins and Judy Geeson, both of whom handle their roles well.
G. Richards
The transfer is flawless in a beautiful 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and highly recommended.
William Amazzini

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on April 12, 2011
Format: DVD
One of the most underrated Espionage thrillers in the spy canon, Director Sam Wanamaker's 'THE EXECUTIONER'-1973 finally gets a proper digital release by Columbia DVD-R and available by Amazon.com. Since the subject matter and feel of the film looks like it belongs back with the spy movies from the mid sixties, Wanamaker's opus looks fresh and gripping as ever showing that you don't need the rapid fire intensity of the modern day Jason Bourne films or the new James Bond incarnations. George Peppard is at the top of his form as John Shay, an MI5 operative who is double crossed and relentlessly pursues the double agent in their midst who is selling out to the Russians. Anymore plot information would spoil the viewing experience, suffice it to say that the screenplay by Jack Pullman twists and turns like a coiled snake till along with Peppard, you don't know who to trust. The film is peppered with a great cast including Judy Geeson, the slimy Charles Gray, Oscar Homolka, Keith Michell, and a surprise performance by Joan Collins who was always better with good material but its Peppard's show all the way with an incredible, gritty portrayal and his best role ever. Produced by Ray Harryhausen alumnus Charles H. Schneer, an ethereal music score by Ron Goodwin , crisp cinematography by Denys Coop, it emerges as one of the best Spy movies ever made and one of Wanamaker's most underrated films. Click the add to cart button and see how good an espionage film is when all the ingredients gell. The transfer is flawless in a beautiful 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Richards on June 13, 2011
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Dating from 1971, The Executioner is a British espionage melodrama, in the tradition of The Ipcress File or Funeral in Berlin. The emphasis is on plot and intrigue, although there are also some powerful action sequences, culminating in a climactic gun battle. George Peppard plays a lower-level functionary who apparently discovers a Soviet agent in British intelligence, but his superiors inexplicably respond by exonerating the suspected spy. The visuals, which range from London to Athens, are impressive, and the direction is outstanding. The supporting cast includes Joan Collins and Judy Geeson, both of whom handle their roles well. There are even some surrealist touches, such as the play of lights when the action moves backward and forward in time. This film was underrated at the time of its release, and deserves more recognition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Nolting on February 26, 2013
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Very good with Joan Collins in a pre Dynasty role and at her loveliest. She does a great acting job too. When Joan is offered good material she really can perform.
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This is a very underated movie. Sam Wanamaker directs with an assurity, tackling the prospect of an outsider (George Peppard) working for MI6.
In this case, an American raised Brit, battling the 'Old boy' network of the Intelligence service, & convinced that there is a mole within MI6 that has cost lives.
Peppard plays a man who is driven, & flawed, similar to his portrayal of Bruno Stachel in the 'THE BLUE MAX'.
There is a very good twist near the end of the movie, which would have been a 'gut churner' in its day.
All in all an interesting spy movie in the tradition of John Le Carre.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Risoli on April 14, 2012
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1970's "The Executioner" is probably most notable for being a Charles H. Scheer production. He is the man who brought us Sinbad movies, "Mysterious Island," "Jason and the Argonauts" and "First Men in the Moon" and his films were presented in superdynamation. This was not. "The Executioner" was one of a few movies directed by Sam Wannamaker, an actor of more notability. It starred George Peppard, a leading man of the sixties who had a smarmy style of almost near conceit and walked his way through, with the help of his arrogance, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Blue Max," "Operation Crossbow" and was a bit of a sensation in 1964's "The Carpetbaggers." He had three TV series including "The A-Team" in the eighties. His unusually above average performance in "The Executioner" (he actually registers remorse) is aided by Judy Geeson (of "To Sir, With Love"), Joan Collins, Oscar Homolka and other actors. The music by Ron Goodwin, photography by Denys Coop and screenplay by Jack Pulman are adequate. The idea of this espionage story is from a story by Gordon McDonell which is perhaps ultimately the most satisfying thing about the picture, but I can think of quite a number of other Columbia Pictures that are still in obscurity and not available on home video more worth the money. The quality of the transfer in this Columbia Screen Classics presentation is beautiful, typically, for an otherwise unexceptional film.
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