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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Raymond Stross Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir cine
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Paintings
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd eng
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Unit mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"Midas Run," words and music by Elmer Bernstein and Don Black.
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 30 April 1969
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
106
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Veteran British secret service officer John Pedley, irritated that he has never been knighted, decides to hijack a government shipment of $15 million in gold ingots being flown from Zurich to Tanzania via Italy. He contacts an American acquaintance, writer Mike Warden, who has recently lost his university position because of his pacifist political views, and lures him to Venice on the pretense of introducing him to an interested publisher; instead, Mike is introduced to Sylvia Giroux, Pedley's accomplice, and persuaded to help organize the heist. While Pedley directs the operation from London, Sylvia and Mike make the necessary arrangements in Italy: a Messerschmidt piloted by a former Luftwaffe officer will shoot down the plane carrying the gold, and ex-Fascist general Aldo Ferranti will sell the ingots after they have been smuggled to him. Pedley, who is ordered aboard the plane at the last minute by his superior, instructs the pilot to land the passengers safely when the Messerschmidt attacks. As the gold is carried away in three trucks, Pedley, whose motive for the hijacking is to capture Ferranti and thus prove his worth, quickly engineers the capture of two of the vehicles. Sylvia and Mike are arrested by Italian police as they escape in the third truck, but Pedley intervenes, claiming that Mike is his agent. After the two thieves exchange a package of ingots in return for half the compensation Pedley will receive from an insurance firm, the agent is finally invited to be knighted by the queen. Sylvia and Mike then make marriage ... +


Veteran British secret service officer John Pedley, irritated that he has never been knighted, decides to hijack a government shipment of $15 million in gold ingots being flown from Zurich to Tanzania via Italy. He contacts an American acquaintance, writer Mike Warden, who has recently lost his university position because of his pacifist political views, and lures him to Venice on the pretense of introducing him to an interested publisher; instead, Mike is introduced to Sylvia Giroux, Pedley's accomplice, and persuaded to help organize the heist. While Pedley directs the operation from London, Sylvia and Mike make the necessary arrangements in Italy: a Messerschmidt piloted by a former Luftwaffe officer will shoot down the plane carrying the gold, and ex-Fascist general Aldo Ferranti will sell the ingots after they have been smuggled to him. Pedley, who is ordered aboard the plane at the last minute by his superior, instructs the pilot to land the passengers safely when the Messerschmidt attacks. As the gold is carried away in three trucks, Pedley, whose motive for the hijacking is to capture Ferranti and thus prove his worth, quickly engineers the capture of two of the vehicles. Sylvia and Mike are arrested by Italian police as they escape in the third truck, but Pedley intervenes, claiming that Mike is his agent. After the two thieves exchange a package of ingots in return for half the compensation Pedley will receive from an insurance firm, the agent is finally invited to be knighted by the queen. Sylvia and Mike then make marriage plans. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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