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Crossplot (1969)

PG-13 | | Thriller | 1970 (USA)
A successful London ad-exec hires a beautiful Hungarian girl to pose for some modeling shots, little realising that she has overheard an assassination plot and is now being hunted by some ... See full summary »

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Alvin Rakoff

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John Kruse (additional scenes & dialogue), Leigh Vance (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Gary Fenn
Martha Hyer ... Jo Grinling
Alexis Kanner ... Tarquin
Claudie Lange ... Marla Kugash
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Sir Charles Moberley
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Maggi Thwaites
Bernard Lee ... Chilmore
Francis Matthews ... Ruddock
Dudley Sutton ... Warren
Mona Bruce Mona Bruce ... Myrna
Veronica Carlson ... Dinah
Michael Culver ... Jim
Gabrielle Drake ... Celia
Tim Preece Tim Preece ... Sebastian
Norman Eshley ... Athol
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A successful London ad-exec hires a beautiful Hungarian girl to pose for some modeling shots, little realising that she has overheard an assassination plot and is now being hunted by some dangerous killers. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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This playboy has killer instincts. See more »

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Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some nudity, drug content and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vestido para matar See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

English language movie debut of Italian actress Claudie Lange. See more »

Goofs

After learning that Tarquin (Alexis Kanner) is, in fact, an earl Gary Fenn (Roger Moore) addresses him as 'Your Grace'. That would be correct only if Tarquin were a duke. Which is very commonplace, either as a humouristic gag to the newly realized earl, or; - just a common mistake, and not really a goof. (It just shows that Moore's character doe not care) See more »

Quotes

Tarquin: [Having been shot] It's nothing much. It's only serious.
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Aide de Camp
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Music by J. Ord Hume
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Faux James Bond Film Gone Awry
6 January 2007 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

A boyish pre-James-Bond Roger Moore plays advertising executive Gary Fenn in this preposterous tale about uncovering a sinister plot in London. "Crossplot," directed by Alvin Rakoff, is more 60s nostalgia than exciting movie-making. The dated costumes and hairstyles, the period dancing and songs, and the misfire mix of comedy and espionage seem like an early Bond film gone haywire. The presence of Bernard Lee, who distinguished himself as "M" in the Bond series, adds to the faux-Bond look, but adds little to the proceedings. The flimsy plot gets underway when a photograph is substituted in an advertising proposal, and Moore pursues an elusive model for his campaign. The writers were likely inhaling something stronger than Lucky Strike when they came up with this idea. Claudie Lange plays the exotic model as though she had studied under a drag queen doing Gina Lollabrigida, and she gives new meaning to wooden. Only her ample bosoms show any charisma. The scenes between her and Moore lack any chemistry, and the photo shoot destroys her supposed appeal for the advertising as she poses and grins embarrassingly for the camera. While Martha Hyer looks lovely, well coiffed, and classy as Claudie's aunt, she has little to do but make eyes at Moore and keep her hair in place.

The story wanders over London and the English countryside, but the sights offer little distraction from the nonsense. "Crossplot" does offer a pastiche of scenes culled from other, better movies. A sequence that takes place in an antique car and period costumes seems like it was lifted from "The Great Chase," but without the talent involved in that film. Like the Bond films, the villains all have lousy aim, and the mechanics of the plot when it unravels make no sense whatsoever. A helicopter chase has been included to remind viewers that "From Russia with Love" was a far better film and starred a far better actor. The scene in which Moore disrupts a wedding is more than an echo of Cary Grant's antics in the auction scene in "North by Northwest." Only die-hard fans of Roger Moore will relish this movie, although he was admittedly more appealing here than in much of his later work. Either "Crossplot" was made as an audition for Moore to play James Bond or as a tax write-off for its investors. Either way the audience suffers.


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