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The African Game (2009)

Il cacciatore di uomini (original title)
A London-based Italian assassin is sent to Africa to complete a job, where he is driven by a beautiful young English tour guide. But are the people who hired him all that they seemed?

Director:

Michele Massimo Tarantini (as Michael E. Lemick)

Writers:

Michele Massimo Tarantini (story) (as Michael E. Lemick), Luca Biglione (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Luca Ward ... Robert Hill
Bryony Afferson ... Kate (as Briony Afferson)
Rachel Grant ... Bian
Jean Louis Jean Louis
Piero di Prima Piero di Prima
Karl Potter Karl Potter
Elsbert Anthonysamy Elsbert Anthonysamy
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Massimo Avella Massimo Avella ... Mark - internet hacker helping Robert Hill
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A London-based Italian assassin is sent to Africa to complete a job, where he is driven by a beautiful young English tour guide. But are the people who hired him all that they seemed?

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Action

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 July 2009 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The African Game See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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As the end credits roll, thanks is given to 'The Republic of Kenia', not 'Kenya' See more »

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Cheap, African-shot Italian thriller
4 June 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

This TV movie's international pedigree intrigued me; it's an Italian television production, shot in English, and filmed briefly in London and mainly in Kenya. It's a rather cheap and cheerful production but it does tell a fairly interesting story about a hit-man going undercover in Africa to bring down a target and the British tour guide he hooks up with.

Surprisingly, for a TV movie, this is a rather gory affair with some bloody squib hits throughout and other adult situations. It's also rather goofy, with cheap and occasionally inept staging, but the authentic location photography helps to make up for this. I was particularly interested in watching because Michele Massimo Tarantini writes and directs, and he's been working since the 1970s with a career that includes WOMEN IN FURY and MASSACRE IN DINOSAUR VALLEY.

The protagonist is played by the lithe Luca Ward, who I found to be quite convincing as a grizzled hit-man. Bryony Afferson plays the tour guide and is less assured; it's quite obvious to anyone watching that she's not the most experienced of actresses, but I nonetheless found myself warming to her as the story progresses and she's certainly a rather striking redhead. Overall, though, THE African GAME is a rather cheesy and silly thriller, and it doesn't work all that well despite the potential of the premise.


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