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The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping (1973)

TV-PG | | Sci-Fi | TV Movie 17 November 1973
A criminal organization, known as "O.S.O.", specializes in kidnapping high ranking U.S. representatives. Although Colonel Steve Austin has already thwarted one of their kidnappings, he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Russ Mayberry

Writers:

Martin Caidin (novel), Larry Alexander (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Majors ... Col. Steve Austin
Richard Anderson ... Oscar Goldman
Alan Oppenheimer ... Dr. Rudy Wells
Elizabeth Ashley ... Dr. Erica Bergner
Terry Carter ... Mel Bristo
John Vernon ... Julian Peck
Maurice Evans ... Chairman of the Board
Luciana Paluzzi ... Contessa DeRojas
Leif Erickson ... William Henry Cameron
Craig Huebing Craig Huebing ... Roger Ventriss
David White ... Ambassador Scott
Polly Middleton Polly Middleton ... Chairman's Secretary
Marcel Hillaire ... Customs Inspector
Leigh Christian Leigh Christian ... Lady Skier
James Sikking ... 2nd OSO Agent
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Storyline

A criminal organization, known as "O.S.O.", specializes in kidnapping high ranking U.S. representatives. Although Colonel Steve Austin has already thwarted one of their kidnappings, he is unable to stop them from grabbing William Henry Cameron right from under O.S.I.'s nose. O.S.O. demands one million dollars in gold, and Oscar Goldman takes the opportunity to try and lure them out into the open. Meanwhile, Steve accompanies Dr. Erica Bergner, who is testing a new method of brain transferal, in order to find out where Cameron is being kept. Written by Il Tesoro

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Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Solid Gold Kidnapping See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the original tv movie the OSI was called the OSO. Here the criminal organization is called OSO. See more »

Goofs

Note: this may only apply to the re-edited 2-episode syndicated version as the reviewer has not seen the original TV movie. During at least 2 early scenes - the briefing aboard the tanker and again when Oscar briefs Steve in his office, the dialog heard does not match the mouth movements of the actors. See more »

Quotes

Col. Steve Austin: [to Dr. Bergner] I try not to confuse emotion with process, Doctor. It's dangerous and unproven.
Dr. Rudy Wells: That's exactly what they said about you, Steve.
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Alternate Versions

Re-edited into two episodes of "The Six Million Dollar Man" for syndication. To pad out the story, footage was re-edited, a new score by Oliver Nelson was inserted and scenes were added from The Six Million Dollar Man: The Seven Million Dollar Man, The Six Million Dollar Man: Clark Templeton O'Flaherty and Colossus: The Forbin Project. See more »


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Six Million Dollar Man
Words and Music by Glen A. Larson (as Glen Larson)
Sung by Dusty Springfield
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Review of the original version
25 September 2009 | by RikerDonegalSee all my reviews

The third movie about Steve Austin is a lot closer, in content and tone, to the long-running television series that followed.

Movie #1 is a serious affair. It's great. A classic. Movie #2 is a desperate attempt to rip-off the Bond movies and it falls flat. But this time out, Steve's womanizing antics (and tendency to have a quip for every occasion) have been toned down and the story is structured more like a typical SMDM episode, where Oscar gives Steve a difficult mission because nobody else could accomplish it. Also, the fact that Steve is partnered someone who has 'powers' of some sort is an element found in several episodes from the series.

The movie opens with Steve on a successful rescue mission. Someone important has been cancelled. Steve gets them back, but does not capture the bad guys. We can see, however, that these bad guys are a vast organisation and, before long, they have added another victim to their kidnap list. Someone who was under the personal care of Oscar Goldman.

The script goes into great detail with all of this. And it makes for good viewing. It doesn't slow things down at all, in fact the pace is very fast.

Steve is soon on the case. One of the evil henchmen died in the kidnapping (there's a nice bit of storytelling to all of this, also) and Oscar and Rudy have found a scientist who has been working on a way to take memories from dead people. It's an imprefect science but she's volunteers to help. She's putting her life at risk, and this later comes back to haunt her, a plot development that allows us to see the colder side of Oscar Goldman.

So Steve and the woman (the wonderful Elizabeth Ashley) travel around Europe on the trail of the kidnappers, while Terry Carter gets a subplot which shows how he moves the ransom to the designated drop-off point.

John Vernon and Maurice Evans get some great scenes, and Leif Erickson is typically great as the victim.

All in all a very enjoyable movie.

And a rare one, too. Most DVD releases of this material are of an incorrect version. Thanks to a DVD boxset called El Hombre Nuclear I was able to see the real deal, not some stupid botched re-edit.

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