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Master Stroke (1967)

Colpo maestro al servizio di Sua Maestà britannica (original title)
In Madrid, actor Lang is hired by Monsieur Bernard to impersonate a certain Owen for a time. Lang is trained for his role, that is to replace Owen as the diamond pickup controller at General Diamond in London.

Director:

Michele Lupo

Writers:

Lewis E. Ciannelli (dialogue), Sandro Continenza (screenplay) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Harrison ... Arthur Lang / Owen
Adolfo Celi ... Mr. Bernard
Margaret Lee ... Evelyn
Gérard Tichy ... Max
Antonio Casas ... Col. Jenkins
Eduardo Fajardo ... Mr. Ferrington
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Mr. Van Doren
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Miguel (as Charlie Lawrence)
Ennio Balbo Ennio Balbo ... Doctor
Luciano Pigozzi ... Billy (as Alan Collins)
Mary Arden ... Dorothy
George Eastman ... Actor in western
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Mr. Maxwell
Dom Moor Dom Moor ... Van Doren Assistant
Roberto Dell'Acqua Roberto Dell'Acqua ... (as Robert Stevenson)
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In Madrid, actor Lang is hired by Monsieur Bernard to impersonate a certain Owen for a time. Lang is trained for his role, that is to replace Owen as the diamond pickup controller at General Diamond in London.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 February 1967 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Master Stroke See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A nostalgic flick
24 February 2009 | by Mihnea_aka_PitbullSee all my reviews

This was one of the favorite thrillers of my childhood! By that time, I didn't even DREAM to get involved in movies, I was planning to become a writer - so, I watched it with a totally uninvolved eye. God, I did love it! The diamond stealing scene really caught my imagination - I was fascinated by the burglars' resourcefulness! I was also deeply touched by Lang's disfigurement by the mobsters hands - definitely, it was the hardest torture scene I watched in my childhood, only surpassed by Marlon Brando's beating to a bloody pulp, in Arthur Penn's "The Chase". But maybe the most important role of this movie was the fact that it made me discover Adolfo Celi, that talented "villain type" later to be found again in so many movies... Oh, and I should also add that I was strongly aroused by the erotic scenes featuring Richard Harrison, as "Arthur Lang". I kept mentioning his kissing ways, always saying: "I can't wait to kiss the same as Lang!" (Later, when I mentioned the great German classic master Fritz Lang, my mother asked me: "Is he the same as your kissing-teacher?") It's sort of sad that my mundane trivia memories are the only comments (for now) to be made about this really skillful heist-movie of the Sixties...


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