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Man in the Middle

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1963
  • Guy Hamilton
  • 78 mins
  • U

Summary

An American military officer stands accused of murdering a British soldier in post-Second World War India. However, his attorney soon makes a shocking discovery - only to fall foul of a high-level cover-up. Crime drama, starring Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard and Barry Sullivan

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

In India after the war, tensions rise between the US and Britain when an American lieutenant murders a British staff sergeant. Evidence that the American is insane and a racist is covered up, since the big brass on both sides want him executed. This is a tightly compressed drama that deals with the hangover of the war and associated moral issues. Knocked off quickly by director Guy Hamilton before he began work on Goldfinger, it's a rather stodgy, self-important effort, with Robert Mitchum and Trevor Howard enjoying a few rounds together before Ryan's Daughter. The eagle-eyed will note the name Pennebaker on the credits. This was Marlon Brando's company, which had bought the rights to Howard Fast's original novel as a possible project about one of the actor's obsessions, the relationship between Asia and the west. France Nuyen, Brando's Eurasian girlfriend, ended up playing a nurse.

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Credits

Cast

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Lt Col Barney AdamsRobert Mitchum
Kate DavrayFrance Nuyen
General KemptonBarry Sullivan
Major KensingtonTrevor Howard
Lt WinstonKeenan Wynn
Major KaufmanSam Wanamaker
Colonel BurtonAlexander Knox

Crew

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DirectorGuy Hamilton

Details

Theatrical distributor
Archway Film Dist Ltd
Released on
1964-05-28
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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