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Rogue Male (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 22 September 1976
Early in 1939 Sir Robert Hunter (Peter O'Toole) takes aim at Adolf Hitler (Michael Sheard) with a high powered rifle, but the shot misses its mark. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo and ... See full summary »

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Clive Donner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Sir Robert Hunter
John Standing ... Major Quive-Smith
Alastair Sim ... The Earl
Harold Pinter ... Saul Abrahams
Michael Byrne ... Interrogator
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... Vaner
Ray Smith Ray Smith ... Fisherman
Hugh Manning Hugh Manning ... Peale
Robert Lang ... Jessel
Cyd Hayman ... Rebecca
Ian East Ian East ... Muller
Philip Jackson ... 1st Seaman
Nicholas Ball ... 2nd Seaman
Maureen Lipman ... Freda
Ray Mort ... Gerald
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Early in 1939 Sir Robert Hunter (Peter O'Toole) takes aim at Adolf Hitler (Michael Sheard) with a high powered rifle, but the shot misses its mark. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo and left for dead, Sir Robert makes his way back to England where he discovers the Gestapo has followed him. Knowing that his government would turn him over to German authorities, Sir Robert goes underground in his battle with his pursuers. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1976 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rogue Male See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally shown on BBC as part of its Christmas schedule in 1976. See more »

Quotes

The Earl: You've made an oversize mess of things, Bobbity, outside, and Neville is furious.
Hunter: Neville?
The Earl: Yes, Nev... The prime minister.
Hunter: Oh, him.
The Earl: Oh, I know I know. He may look like a middle-class denture salesman, but he got, after all, the post of his majesty's first minister.
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Peter O'Toole at His Best
29 September 1999 | by alicecbrSee all my reviews

For those of us who still wonder at how the world could have been hornswaggled so long by Hitler, this movie gives us an insight into the spell he had some of the English under!! O'toole plays the brave nobleman who attempts to assassinate the personable madman at his holiday digs. I could have done without the 'pull his fingernails out' scene, but the point was driven home.

He was tortured and escaped with some help from a wonderful German who considered the Nazi thugs 'trash', as well as English sailors. Knowing O'toole's background in the Royal Navy, his disguise didn't take much acting. The 'by the book' captain who refused to allow a search of his vessel by the intimidating Germans made me wonder if any of my compatriots would stand up to that today.

If you've never seen the Tower Bridge, the significance of O'toole coming up from his cramped hiding place onboard the ship, seeing the underside of the bridge, might escape you. He portrays the joie de vivre of that moment wonderfully. I could just fall into his beautiful blue eyes!!

The interplay between O'toole and his uncle, as the love then hate relationship between Parliament and Hitler progresses, gives great insight into how this horror happened. O'toole, the rogue, is under suspicion and search by, not only the Nazi English agents, but his own people, normal agents of government!!! This only added to my usual cynicism concerning governments. Now to read the book!!!!


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