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The Rhinemann Exchange (1977)

Rene Auberjonois , John Ashton  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rene Auberjonois, John Ashton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 248 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the gripping book by best-selling author Robert Ludlum (The Bourne Ultimatum), the must-see miniseries The Rhinemann Exchange arrives on DVD for the very first time! Filled with international intrigue and suspense, this World War II thriller follows a U.S. intelligence officer to Argentina where he must arrange the exchange of industrial diamonds and top-secret technology between the Germans and the Allied forces. With a powerhouse cast that includes Stephen Collins and Lauren Hutton, The Rhinemann Exchange contains all the original 5 unedited TV hours, and is a jewel of an adventure that you can't afford to miss!

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling rogue operation October 2, 2007
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"The Rhinemann Exchange" was the first adaptation of a Robert Ludlum book to film. It was also one of the first TV miniseries, and the cast is a Who's Who of 70's television stardom.

David Spaulding (Stephen Collins) had a very cosmopolitan upbringing thanks to his father, a world famous concert pianist. He has lived in cities around the world, is fluent in several languages, and has an engineering degree. All of this makes him a desirable recruit for US Army Intelligence in the early days of World War II.

After proving himself during an assignment in Spain, David Spaulding is hand picked as the only suitable candidate for a below the radar operation code named Tortuga.

The Germans are desperate for industrial diamonds for their V2 rocket, and the Americans are equally desperate to get a better gyroscope for their bombers. A rogue exchange is brokered, and scheduled to take place in the neutral city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. A mission so controversial that his superiors won't even entrust Spaulding with the true nature of the exchange for fear he would refuse the assignment.

In Buenos Aires it seems everyone knows more about Spaulding's msision than he does. He finds himself targeted by the Americans, Germans, and even Haganah as he struggles to learn the truth and complete his task.

The DVD is divided into three chapters corresponding with the original three night airing of the miniseries in 1977. From the DVD package, this is full frame 1:33:1; approximately 4 hours and 8 minutes; Dolby Mono 2.0 English soundtrack, and English SDH subtitles. There are no bonus or special features.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cast and great story. October 18, 2007
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A fantastic print of one of the best mini-series of the 70s. Stephen Collins in excellent and is supported by such well-knowns as Larry Hagman Jose Ferrer, Vince Edwards, Rene Auberjonois, Gene Evans,
John Van Dreelen, Claude Akins, Werner Klemperer, Roddy McDowall, John Huston and of course Lauren Hutton.
A must-have for devotees of superior entertainment.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rhinemann Exchange August 23, 2007
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The DVD was 4 hours of factual information. My husband, a disabled veteran of WWII, and I enjoyed the movie from beginning to end. The story starts out in 1939 and leads up to the start of WWII and continues on from there. My husband plans to watch it again in the event he missed something the first time.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not good June 28, 2011
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The first hour of this is terrible. I couldn't finish watching it. This DVD comes up constantly when you look up the excellent films The Odessa File, Marathon Man, and Three Days of the Condor, as well as the decent Holcroft Covenant and Boys from Brazil so, being a sucker for 70's films of this sort I gave this a shot, already knowing full well that Stephen Collins isn't exactly brimming with charisma (see Start Trek TMP) but hoping that the source material would make up for it. Well the adaptation, the lackluster direction, dreadful pacing as well as cardboard performances by all involved make this a terrible disapointment. I wanted to like this, I really did, but phew! it stinks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Awful Exchange October 5, 2013
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I bought this brand wrap...for 28 4 bux to ship it.
If it were would still not be worth the shipping.
If I did not like all things WW2, I would have given it ZERO Stars.
What an amateurish piece of junk.
I guess Lauren Hutton needed a pay check...and the producers thought her name would put asses in the theater/home seats.
She had WAY too many scenes.
This should have been a One Hour Movie of the week.
If your local library does not have a copy...just forget it.
You would have to be a brain dead dolt to enjoy this garbage.
God Bless
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery May 15, 2013
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I have never read a "bad" book or story line of Robert Ludlum. This I felt was one of his best. Story keeps one guessing as to "who, what, or how". It was a long movie, but worht the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Suspence February 14, 2014
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Ludlum is a Great Story teller and the production does him justice. I have purchased every DVD made from a Robert Ludlum book and have never been disappointed. Thus far, only seven while he wrote perhaps thirty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this September 22, 2013
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I watched this because I like Robert Ludlum stuff. I got hooked with the Borne Trilogy movies. I enjoyed watching it; it was a good movie.
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Published 27 days ago by theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Ludlum Adventure
I bought this DVD because of the Robert Ludlum name and I was not disappointed. This 70s mini series was superb --- story line was great and the cast was a-one and the acting was... Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by Kimo
1.0 out of 5 stars The Rhineman Exchange DVD
Ipurchased this dvd on dec. 21,2011 for 5.75. My account was charged 17.00. please correct this mistake. Purchased from Amazon.
Published on January 9, 2012 by geraldine p brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation
Yes, this is an older TV adaptation. I loved it. It stayed true to the book, and in doing so, had to be long. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Mark Port
1.0 out of 5 stars Weaksauce
A lot of over (or under) acting. Director doesn't make you 'believe' that the main character really is a secret agent. Read more
Published on April 24, 2008 by J. Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rhineman Exchange
Wa surprise to find out this was a mini-serie. Good scenario, alot of action and makes you wonder if it realy happenned. Enjoyed the DVD
Published on March 24, 2008 by Jacques Mccann
2.0 out of 5 stars Robert Ludlum would be disappointed
The series has a good plot but is poorly acted by one and all.
Robert Ludlum's book is much better to read than sitting through this poor attempt to bring his written words to... Read more
Published on February 15, 2008 by Raymond A. Cronin
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