The High Commissioner
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And now on to the movie itself - a political thriller set in London in the 1960s, when tensions between East and West were at a dangerous high. The plot revolves around Sir James Quentin, the Australian high commissioner to London, played with elegance and style by Christopher Plummer, who is the chairman of an international conference that attempts to bridge political divides through trade. "Peace through plenty" is how one of the conference participants puts it. But although Sir Quentin is quite successful in his negotiations, not all is well. Someone close to him is leaking confidential information, trying to discredit the conference. Shadowy assasins have an eye on the commissioner and the politics around the conference are a tangled web.
On top of that, in the middle of the conference sergeant detective Scobie Malone (a great tough-but-good-guy portrait by Rod Taylor) flies in from Australia, sent by Quentin's political rival, the premier of New South Wales, to arrest him for the alleged murder of his former wife. But did he do it? Malone himself and his boss at the CID don't think so. The inquiry was made by the politically motivated premier's people and not by the CID. However, a mandate of arrest was issued and Malone is supposed to bring the commissioner back to Australia.Read more ›
Rod Taylor does a fine job playing Malone, a beefy, straightforward cop. Malone also is smarter than many people at first expect him to be. Christopher Plummer turns in another polished performance as the high commissioner, a man dedicated to the talks, in love with his second wife and with enough steel in him that you're not sure whether he is a killer or not. Lili Palmer, one of my favorite actors, as Lady Quentin is beautiful and fragile, and may have secrets of her own.
The murder story is really background to the thriller story, but I wish it had been more heavily emphasized. It would have made for a much more complex film. On balance, though, the movie is worth watching. The DVD transfer is a little soft and the audio should have been tweaked up. That, combined with the Australian accents, at times requires careful listening.Read more ›
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GREAT FILM WITH FAST PACED ACTION AND GOOD PERFORMANCES!
Very realistic premise, script and performances. Rod is great and entertaining and Plumber is his usual A+! Read more
Very enjoyable movie, as we find most Christopher Plummer films. Great color video and sound quality.Published 11 months ago by Richard
Fairly enjoyable film. Bit weird to hear Rod Taylor using his native accent for a change.Published 11 months ago by Cindy
have always enjoyed Rod Taylor and Christopher Plummer. a real bonus seeing them playing side by side. This was a great old movie. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Geoffrey Moore
Dated but enjoyable movie. I like it when something is "left to the imagination". Rod & Christopher team up well in this movie.Published 19 months ago by PJR
Would consider this one of the most entertaining movies from the 60's. Plummer and Taylor both play their parts well.Published on December 15, 2013 by Geoff Legg
Mediocre in spite of the fact that it has 2 of my favorite actors (Rod Taylor and Christopher Plummer). I wish I had been able to rent it instead of purchasing it.Published on October 4, 2013 by jmatn1
A thoughtful, somewhat complex combination of political intrigue/murder whodunnit with some '60s style spy vs spy thrills thrown in, topped off with an unexpected twist in the... Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by J. Moore
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