The Internecine Project

The Internecine Project

Ken Hughes (1974)

85min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this 70s espionage thriller set in London, a machiavellian mover and shaker set on gaining influence at the top of the US government comes up with a cunning plan to eliminate anyone privy to his murky past. James Coburn prowls centre stage as the silky smooth mastermind who sets up his agents - Michael Jayston, Ian Hendry and Harry Andrews (as a cat-loving, woman-hating masseur, no less) - to do his dirty work, namely to unwittingly kill each other on the same night. The execution of his nefarious scheme is the highlight, but the smart script (by Barry Levinson and Yes, Minister writer Jonathan Lynn) also smuggles in reflections on the politics of the times (corporate takeovers, corruption, power for power's sake). After all, the film was made in the Watergate era. A marvellous mood-making score by Roy Budd (of Get Carter fame) and atmospheric photography from Geoffrey Unsworth add volumes to a deliciously dark slice of intrigue.

Summary

An economics professor is about to start a prestigious job as a government adviser - but his murky past as an industrial spy threatens his chances. His only way of burying the past is to dispose of his former associates, so he hatches a plan to trick them into murdering one another. Thriller, starring James Coburn, Lee Grant, Harry Andrews and Ian Hendry.

Cast & Crew

Robert Elliot James Coburn
Jean Robertson Lee Grant
Albert Parsons Harry Andrews
Alex Hellman Ian Hendry
David Baker Michael Jayston
Christina Larsson Christiane Kruger
Arnold Pryce-Jones Julian Glover
EJ Farnsworth Keenan Wynn
Director Ken Hughes
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: DVD
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