The Assassination Bureau
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Released: December 3, 2019
- Originally Released: 1969
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Oliver Reed, Diana Rigg & Telly Savalas|
|Performer:||Curt Jürgens, Philippe Noiret, Kenneth Griffith, Clive Revill, Warren Mitchell, Beryl Reid, Vernon Dobtcheff, Annabella Incontrera & Jess Conrad|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Edited by||Teddy Darvas|
|Screenplay by||Michael Relph|
|Original story by||Jack London|
|Composition by||Ron Grainer|
|Produced by||Michael Relph|
|Director of Photography:||Geoffrey Unsworth|
A cinematic curio, but also a delightful souvenir of the 60s. Full Review
Entire cast play their respective roles broadly and each gives a good account of himself. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- It's never as funny as it looks, but it's a pleasant enough ride if you like your companions.
New York Times
Rating: 3/5 -- Amusing, but with those stars it ought to be better than it is.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The Assassination Bureau is a mild, amiable entertainment, arousing at most a mild literary curiosity. Full Review
Rating: C+ -- A not as clever a black comedy as it might think. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It is all style and little else. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Basil Rearden's little-seen crime caper THE ASSASSINATION BUREAU is a tongue-in-cheek action-comedy about a society of assassins operating in early-1900s England. Post-AVENGERS Diana Rigg stars as the prim and proper Miss Winter, an aspiring reporter who stumbles upon the covert organization and sets out to expose the group with the help of aristocratic newspaper publisher Lord Bostwick (Telly Savalas, sporting a faux British accent). After meeting with bureau leader Ivan Dragomiloff (Oliver Reed), Winter challenges the assassin to a game of cat and mouse that sweeps across pre-WWI Europe from the brothels of Paris to the palaces of Venice--unaware that Bostwick has some shady motivations of his own.
A caper comedy, inspired by the book "The Assassination Bureau Limited," co-written by adventure novelist, Jack London. Oliver Reed plays Ivan Dragomiloff, the head of an organization, started by his late father, which assassinates political figures, on assignment. When Miss Winter, an intrepid, liberal, female reporter offers him the challenge of assigning his own execution, Ivan sees it as a golden opportunity to find out just how competent his international staff really is, and accepts. A madcap chase throughout Europe is the result, with Miss Winter following Ivan's every move.
Action | Adventure | Black Comedy | British | Cult Film | Mercenaries | Thriller | Assassination | Recommended | Period Piece | Theatrical Release | Crime | Hit Men | Assassins | Based On A Novel
- Shot in Technicolor.
- Additional cast: Katherine Kath and Olaf Pooley.
- Additional credits: Robert Ellis (title design); Thomas Clark (special effects).
- "Life Is a Precious Thing" sung by the Mike Sammes Singers.
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