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Paper Tiger

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1974
  • Ken Annakin
  • 95 mins
  • PG

Summary

An English tutor enthralls a Japanese ambassador's son with improbable fantasies of his heroic exploits - then finds himself forced to act them out for real to fend off kidnappers. Comedy drama, starring David Niven, Toshiro Mifune, Hardy Kruger and Ivan Desny.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

David Niven portrayed himself as a buffoon in his autobiography The Moon's a Balloon. In fact, he was a fine actor, at his best when playing life-cashiered failures, as in Separate Tables for which he won an Oscar, and in this otherwise tedious effort, as the tutor to a Japanese child who finds he has to live up to the Walter Mitty-ish fantasies with which he's entertained the boy when both are kidnapped by terrorists. His performance as a man trying to make up for a loser's lifetime is at once noble and sad, but it lifts this rather leaden idea to heights to which it might never have aspired.

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Credits

Cast

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Walter BradburyDavid Niven
Ambassador KagoyamaToshiro Mifune
MullerHardy Kruger
Koichi KagoyamaAndo
Foreign ministerIvan Desny
TalahIrene Tsu
ForsterRonald Fraser
Mme KagoyamaMiiko Taka
Mr KingJeff Corey
Mrs KingPatricia Donahue
HarokKurt Christian
Foreign minister's girlJeanine Siniscal

Crew

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DirectorKen Annakin

Details

Language
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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