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The Next Man (1976)

Influential Arab diplomat becomes the target of numerous assassination attempts, when he announces his plan to make peace with Israel by letting them join the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (O.P.E.C.).

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Morton S. Fine (screenplay) (as Mort Fine), Alan Trustman (screenplay) (as Alan R. Trustman) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Khalil Abdul-Muhsen
Cornelia Sharpe ... Nicole Scott
Albert Paulsen ... Hamid
Adolfo Celi ... Al Sharif
Marco St. John ... Justin
Ted Beniades Ted Beniades ... Frank Dedario
Charles Cioffi ... Fouad
Jaime Sánchez ... New York Security
James Bulleit James Bulleit ... New York Security
Salem Ludwig Salem Ludwig ... Ghossan Kaddara
Tom Klunis ... Hatim Othman
Roger Serbagi Roger Serbagi ... Yassin (as Roger Omar Serbagi)
Armand Dahan Armand Dahan ... Abdel-Latif
Charles Randall Charles Randall ... Atif Abbas
Ian Collier Ian Collier ... Nicole's Contact
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Storyline

Khalil is an Arab diplomat who wants to not only make peace with Israel, but admit the Jewish state as a member of O.P.E.C. This instantly makes him a target for a series of ingeniously conceived assassination attempts, most of which he foils with the aid of his friend Hamid and his girlfriend Nicole. But can he trust even them? Written by John A. Barnes <john.barnes@pfizer.com>

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In the world of spying and dying, love is the ultimate weapon.

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Action | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Hit See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was theatrically released two years prior to the Camp David agreements. See more »

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Nicole's Theme
(vocal version)
Vocals by F.R. David
Written By Michael Kamen, Rosko Mercer (William Roscoe Mercer)
(P) 1976 Jaycee Productions, Buddah Records Inc.
© 1976 Soultown Music Inc.
All music published by Soultown Music Inc./BMI 1976
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Sean is good, Cornelia is cute, the movie is an uninteresting conspiracy stint
17 October 2006 | by vostfSee all my reviews

This is a case of a bunch of people thinking they are so clever they have a story that fits the time. Remember the all-around political conspiracies caught on camera in the years leading to the Watergate and a little later? Most movies trying to cash in on made-for-TV 'o so powerful, o so mind numbing' conspiracies were in fact caught in their own navel-gazing attitude.

I was never a fan of The Conversation which I find as much dated as others conspiracy stints of the time but Coppola was true to his main character and Hackman was a pretty engaging actor to observe. I mean these conspiracy movies are mostly drowning in the character pool of noir heroes. Lots of questions unanswered, lots of dis-communication... Well this takes at least Bergman to build a movie about such un-visual bases.

The Next Man is a perfect example of its time: one political soup served with an idealistic character and an horrendous conspiracy tightening its web around him. Neither part is interesting in itself and the whole doesn't get any better. In fact you can tell how much it will be bad from the very first sequences piling up 'watcha that' murders without ever advancing any storyline. Pedestrian directing at its worst as most of the movie is one pompous accumulation of scenes revolving around violence naively brought under the viewer's eyes.


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