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The Sell-Out (1976)

The Sell Out (original title)
PG | | Drama | May 1977 (USA)
While vacationing in Lebanon, a former secret agent finds he has been marked for assassination.

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Gabriel Lee
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Sam Lucas
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Deborah
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Harry Sickles
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Dutchman
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Major Benjamin
Peter Frye ...
Kasyan
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Lt. Elan (as Assaf Dayan)
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Zafron
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Zafron's Wife (as Fanny Lubitch)
Miguel Pedregosa ...
Mercedes Man
Yossi Virginsky ...
2nd Mercedes Man (as Yossi Verjansky)
Thelma Ruby ...
School Teacher
Heinz Bernard ...
Laboratory Officer
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Coroner
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The KGB and the CIA have struck a bargain to eliminate former agents who might prove embarrassing to either of their espionage organizations. The chief of the CIA mission in Lebanon names Gabriel Lee as the next agent it wishes to have liquefied. Lee is vacationing in Israel when the assassins fail at their first attempt to kill him and he turns to his former mentor, also a retired agent, for assistance. Written by David Bassler

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lebanon | cia | kgb | israel | espionage | See All (10) »

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Buying... selling... and zapping your friends... It's all part of the game.

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The Wild Colonial Boy
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Aptly titled double agent dross
24 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

Awful, wretched account of spies converging in Jerusalem in order to either aid or obstruct the departure of double-agent Oliver Reed after a contract is put out on him by both CIA and KGB interests. Local former CIA spy turned antiquities dealer (Widmark) is approached by Reed (his former protégé) to assist his exit, but finds himself becoming implicated in a saga in which he wanted no involvement.

One could only assume that Reed, Widmark, Wanamaker, Hunnicutt & Sheybul agreed to appear in this movie for the opportunity to visit Israel. Perhaps that's why they titled it "The Sell Out". Hunnicutt looks good in a teasing negligee and Sheybul is suitably sinister (perhaps some residual good-will from his former Bond villain colours his performance - there is a mildly creepy moment where he nibbles on a slice of cucumber while passively threatening Hunnicutt), but everyone and everything else associated with this picture is pure bunkum.

Endless double cross, incessant car chases, inane dialogue and woeful attempts at patriotic sympathy are just a few of the fault-lines that permanently fracture this would-be thriller. The film's meandering, incoherent narrative loses its way quickly and never recovers; the climax is an absolute non-event (and so dimly lit as to be virtually invisible), but to be disappointing, there would have needed to have been something better anticipated, and that was never an expectation after enduring the first 85 minutes of this abject failure.


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