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  • Actors: George Kennedy, John Mills, Raf Vallone, Barry Sullivan, Rita Tushingham
  • Directors: Edward Dmytryk
  • Writers: Thomas Hunter, Peter Powell
  • Producers: Frank Avianca, Louis Peraino, Peter R. Inwards, Terry Lens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GIW95U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Human Factor" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "The Kennedy Factor" - an interview with George Kennedy
  • TV spot
  • Still galleries

Editorial Reviews

John Kinsdale (Academy Award winner George Kennedy, Cool Hand Luke, The Dirty Dozen) is a devout family man working as a NATO computer specialist in Naples, Italy. When political terrorists kill his entire family, John uses his technological prowess to track and hunt down the cold-blooded killers. Trying to prevent him from taking the law into his own hands are a local police inspector (Raf Vallone), a U.S. military commander (Arthur Franz), and peers MacAllister (Sir John Mills) and Janice (Rita Tushingham). But nothing short can prevent John from meting out his bloody brand of grief-stricken revenge. Directed by Edward Dmytyk (The Caine Mutiny, Mirage) and featuring a haunting soundtrack by legendary composer Ennio Morricone, The Human Factor is the violent but emotional saga of an ordinary man pushed beyond the limits.

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It had good action and an interesting story.
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First, I would like everyone who reads this to know, and it will be obvious, that I am no professional movie critic.
Gregory C. Rose
So when I saw it for sale I just had to buy it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on November 7, 2006
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The "Human" Factor (1975), not to be confused with the 1979 Otto Preminger film of the same name, was directed by Edward Dmytryk (The Devil Commands, Back to Bataan) and stars Academy Award winner George Kennedy (The Dirty Dozen, Cool Hand Luke, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!) as a character whose family is murdered and becomes obsessed with hunting down their killers ala Charles Bronson in the film Death Wish (1974). Also appearing is Academy Award winner Sir John Mills (Ryan's Daughter), Raf Vallone (The Godfather Part III), Barry Sullivan (The Great Gatsby), Rita Tushingham (Smashing Time), Arthur Franz (The Atomic Submarine), and Thomas Hunter (Anzio).

As the movie begins we meet John Kinsdale (Kennedy), his wife, and their three, young children, (don't get too attached to the wife and kids) as they're sitting down to breakfast. Seems John and his brood, all of whom are Americans currently residing in Naples, Italy, where John works as a computer specialist with NATO. As John leaves home and arrives at work, we learn his work includes programming computerized war games into a system known as `9-11' (which is kinda creepy if you think about it), in an effort to predict probable outcomes so that if a conflict ever does occur, Allied leaders will best know how to deploy their forces in such a way as to minimize losses. Anyway, as John returns home later that night he probably wishes he hadn't, as his entire family has been brutally murdered, execution style, by a group of unknown assailants (the authorities, at the present, are stumped). After dealing with various formalities (funeral arrangements, police inquires, etc.), John returns to work, much to the surprise of his co-workers, bent on discovering who's responsible for the massacre.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregory C. Rose on July 25, 2006
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First, I would like everyone who reads this to know, and it will be obvious, that I am no professional movie critic. I am going to tell you what I perceived the movie to be, and not what it should have been.

I had seen this movie when it first came out in 1975. I was 15 years old at the time and had gone to the theatre with my mom and dad.

I loved 'Death Wish' with Charles Bronson, and wanted to see another "bad guy' get his just desserts movie!! Well, I wasn't disappointed. This movie has it all: vengeance (and rightfully so), suspense, etc. George Kennedy was your 'everyday' kind of family man, until he finds entire family slain by terrorists. He then goes off the deep end, and who wouldn't, and tracks them down using his computer skills, and ultimately decimates them all!! Basically, that is the movie in a nutshell. There may be a slower part here and there, but the movie overall moves quickly and deliberately, and the finale is great!!

If you like revenge/action movies, then this one is for you!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Felamag on October 22, 2006
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Yes, agree with Gregory Rose 100 percent I saw this movie in mid seventies and I am dreaming to own this to show to my whole family. A nice revenge movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2010
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Not to be confused with the Otto Preminger-Graham Greene-Tom Stoppard spy drama, 1975's The "Human" Factor is a bit of downmarket Death Wishery that - Charles Bronson being otherwise engaged - George Kennedy managed to fit in between Airports. No mere architect but an electronics expert at a NATO base in Italy, when terrorists kill his family he's able to track down the killers by using John Mills' unfortunately precipitously named 9/11 computer programme while Raf Vallone's portly cop tries hopelessly to stop him doing something he won't regret. There's an odd mix of British and Italian names in the credits - aside from Edward Dmytryk in the director's chair, Barry Sullivan is the most prominent American in the supporting cast while the presence of Canadian Shane Rimmer offers a sure sign that it's a British film (or in this case an Anglo-Italian co-production) pretending to be an American one, and a fairly cheap one at that. Despite a cheesily misleading poster where all the film's key characters are depicted running and firing handguns despite most of them being unarmed through the film, action is thin on the ground and not especially well executed (it doesn't help that Kennedy's stuntman on a rooftop chase is considerably more svelte than him), the photography poor and one of the most notable things about it is that Ennio Morricone recycled his chase music a couple of years later in Exorcist II. A weak film for Dmytryk to end his chequered career on, it does at least offer proof that it's never a good idea to hit George Kennedy with a shovel - it'll only break and then you'll be sorry.

The US DVD includes a decent interview with Kennedy, stills and poster gallery and TV spot, though the print quality - as with the original cinema release prints - is not particularly good.
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By History Nut on September 15, 2008
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The only thing wrong with this movie is the poor film quality of its foreign production. George Kennedy shines as the bereaved, vengeful father/husband. It truly illustrates the "human factor" that will throw the 'monkey wrench' into anybody's plans. There is a great supporting cast. Its subject, terrorists attacking innocent American families, it hauntingly current. Computer people will love the now ancient computer hardware featured as the 'most advanced' in the movie. It is very worth the purchase price and surprisingly timely.
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