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The Alamut Ambush 2006

NR
3.3 out of 5 stars (6) IMDb 5.9/10

This British espionage thriller stars Terence Stamp as David Audley, former Oxford professor turned intelligence agent.

Starring:
Terence Stamp, Michael Culver
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Originally part of a British television series titled "ChessGame", THE ALAMUT AMBUSH is a well done film with international intrigue starring Terence Stamp as (engaged) Intelligence Officer "David Audley" and is set in the 1970's Middle East politics. Based on the novel by Anthony Price, this 1986 film opens with a parade and we are soon led to a garage where a young mechanic is attempting to disarm a car bomb when it detonates - killing him instantly. The bomb, on the surface, was intended for a Foreign Office attaché named "David Llewelyn" and when David Audley is solicited to investigate, he is less than enthusiastic and it quickly becomes apparent that the two (Audley and Llewelyn) have a not so favorable history between them. Audley relents and assigns Intelligence agent "Hugh Roskill" to follow the leads....from London to the Middle East.

The story has a complicated, but well executed plot that is occasionally difficult to follow due primarily to the less than favorable audio on this instant video offering. I had to turn the volume all the way up to max and in some places it's still a bit difficult to glean what's being said. Nonetheless, despite the occasional out of sync and muffled audio it was still a good Saturday afternoon matinee.

4 Stars.

THE ALAMUT AMBUSH
Run Time: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
Format: Color
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An interesting 1950's cold war drama of the British academics' seduction by the Soviet promise of a better economic future for the world, if their government shifted more towards communism. No matter what one's educational background might be, everyone, at one time or another, gets duped into believing some con during their lives, either about love, money or politics, by people of devious intents. It is all a function of our hopes for economic justice among ordinary citizens.
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THE ALAMUT AMBUSH (1986) Directed by Ken Grieve. Based on the novel by Anthony Price.

Starring Terence Stamp, Michael Culver and Rosalie Crutchley.

After an anti-semetic undersecretary for the Middle East's auto is blown up, a specialist on the region, James Audley, is brought in by the British Secret Service to discover what is going on before the next attempt is successful. However when Audley discovers the existence of a Muslim terrorist with a massive organization of loosely connected semi independent cells about to initiate a bloodbath throughout the Middle East, things become complicated.

A British telefilm that is intelligent, informed and, while not history, is of history. The film's take on the Middle East is realistic and the plot is not at all predictable. The acting...especially Stamp..is very good as is the direction. The transfer to the Dvd leaves something to be desired but does not hurt the viewing experience. Apparently this was the first in a short lived film series featuring Stamp as Audley who, in turn, was a character in a long running series of spy novels.

Besides being a solid pseudo historical espionage melodrama and made years before the ban on portraying Muslim terrorists in movies took effect, this film's depiction of an Al Qeada like organization led by an Osama Bin Ladin like leader years before the reality gives this picture a certain jolt that it might not have otherwise had. Even though made over twenty years ago, it "speaks" to today in a way modern films seem afraid of doing.

A solid satisfying production.

Recommended.
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