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Pursuit (1972)

A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him.

Director:

Michael Crichton

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel) (as John Lange), Robert Dozier (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... Steven Graves
E.G. Marshall ... James Wright
William Windom ... Robert Phillips
Joseph Wiseman ... Dr. Nordman
Jim McMullan ... Lewis
Martin Sheen ... Timothy Drew
Will Kuluva ... Dr. Wolff
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Agent
Quinn K. Redeker ... Captain Morrison (as Quinn Redecker)
Conrad Bachmann ... Second Officer
Joe Brooks ... Cop
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Gleason
Walt Davis Walt Davis ... First Officer
Dan Ferrone ... Salesman
Sid Grossfeld Sid Grossfeld ... Stack
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A political extremist plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents are sent to catch him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Explosion! See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Michael Crichton's first directing credit. See more »

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An unfinished set ceiling and some set lighting is visible in the apartment used by the Federal agents to watch E.G. Marshall. See more »

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Early fast moving Michael Crichton
9 October 2008 | by danfcon1See all my reviews

I read Binary, Pursuit's first title, published under the pseudonym John Lange. Crichton published under a pseudonym because he was afraid his med school instructors would doubt his dedication to medicine (at that time he still wanted to be a doctor). The title Pursuit was ordered by the studio, fearing that the public would not understand the title Binary, and the general incomprehension about biowarfare agents in 1972 help land Crichton the Director's job. First run as an ABC TV movie of the week. Pursuit is fast paced with a surprisingly high powered cast: EG Marshall, Wm Windom, Ben Gazarra, and a young Martin Sheen as what may very well be the first role as the small screen's first computer hacker. It's a good TV thriller at least thirty years ahead of its time


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