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The High Commissioner (1968)

Nobody Runs Forever (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 30 August 1968 (UK)
An Australian outback police detective is sent on a special assignment to the UK, to return an Australian citizen accused of murder. Only this is not an ordinary man, he is a UN high commissioner for peace talks taking place in London.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Jon Cleary (novel), Wilfred Greatorex (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... Scobie Malone
Christopher Plummer ... Sir James Quentin
Lilli Palmer ... Sheila Quentin
Camilla Sparv ... Lisa Pretorius
Daliah Lavi ... Maria Cholon
Clive Revill ... Joseph
Lee Montague ... Denzil
Calvin Lockhart ... Jamaica
Derren Nesbitt ... Pallain
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Julius
Paul Grist Paul Grist ... Coburn
Burt Kwouk ... Pham Chinh
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Leeds
Ken Wayne ... Ferguson
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Jacko (as Charles Tingwell)
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Storyline

Rod Taylor plays a policeman sent to return a sensitive case; An Australian citizen, currently acting as high commissioner for peace talks who is wanted for an old charge -- of murder. The talks are too sensitive to be disturbed, so Taylor ends up watching Christopher Plummer as he conducts his talks, and discovers that some want the talks to fail enough to think that killing Plummer is an obvious way to stop them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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In A Moment He Could Be Dead! - and the only man who could save him was going to arrest him for murder!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The High Commissioner See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen Vagg writes in his book Rod Taylor): An Aussie in Hollywood' (2010) that a number of changes from Jon Cleary's novel 'The High Commissioner' were made. These included: Playing down Vietnam War peace conference story element; changing Scobie Malone from being a Sydney homicide detective in New South Wales to an outback cop from the Australian bush; and the nature of his relationship with character Maria Cholon. See more »

Goofs

During the discussion with the police after the shooting, the gun barrel is protruding from the camera lens on some shots but not on others. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) See more »

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A unique film of the 1960's with an Australian touch
28 November 2003 | by joeagnesSee all my reviews

This 1968 production has a great blend of cast and the outline of the film is well described in the comments of bampton. where Scobie Malone, an Australian outback detective Sargent is summoned by the Premier of New South Wales to go to London and safely escort an Australian diplomat(Christopher Plummer) back to Australia. Scobie(played by Rod Taylor) is annoyed to go to Sydney (the capital city of the state of New South Wales) after having just returned from there. This scene of when he is summoned also shows a unique and beautiful background of outback Australia at that time.

Rod Taylor plays the part of a rugged bushman exceptionally well, as he is outspoken, grumpy and speaks his mind without too much concern as to who may be present. I even like his Australian accent as it stands out at the London banquet amongst the upper class English gentlemen in their tuxedo, who pay more attention to their etiquette as they are tensely worried by his unpredictable outbursts of free speech. In contrast to his role in Time Machine" where he is much more docile and well spoken. This is what I believe makes a good actor, especially with the extreme diverse roles that they can perform and I believe that Rod Taylor performs brilliantly.

There is also a scenery of a tennis match at Wimbledon between an Australian and an Englishman where Scobie boasts to them that Australia is in front. Yet, Scobie also shows his Australian charm as he is a real softy at heart and his bark is louder than his bite, but is also an outstanding policeman where he surprises all those that underestimate his police skills purely by judging a book by it's cover.

Without giving too much away, I do recommend this movie and should be judged fairly as it is a late 1960's production and should not be compared to modern cinema. I do enjoy repeats of it as it seems to be more inspiring . A brilliant blend of cast which also include Leo McKern, Lilli Palmer and Charles Bud Tingwell. Worth watching!!!!


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