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on 23 November 2006
James Coburn plays a shady businessman who is about to become a special advisor to the President of the United States. However he has one problem, four people have information about his less than saintly past that could damage his future career. He therefore devises a plan where he will commit the perfect murder by getting these skeletons in the cupboard to bump eachother off. Will he suceed, well you'll have to watch to find out. Special mentions go to Ian Hendry who is adept at playing nervous,twitchy individuals, and Harry Andrews, who plays a woman hating masseur with relish.

To sum up an excellent little thriller that is more thought provoking than most, and builds up quite a bit of tension as Coburn's plan unfolds
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on 11 March 2012
"the internecine project" isn't a bad film by any means but i had slight trouble in keeping up with the plot every now and then.
the sense of intrigue and of suspense is fairly well-maintained as ex C.I.A operative james coburn attempts to eliminate those who could ruin his fledging career, in light of the fact that he has a rather shady past. this is a relatively short film at 85 minutes and i'm glad about this, otherwise the plot might have become a bit stretched out.
it is always interesting to see a hollywood actor coming over to make a film in london and james coburn fits into the proceedings effectively. i regard him as being somewhat of an under-rated actor. perhaps not achieving the same level of stardom such as bronson or mcqueen, coburn doesn't seem to get mentioned that much these days which is a bit of a shame.
amongst the sterling supporting cast, i would nominate ian hendry as giving the best performance as the rather nervous and jittery character who feels the pressure of coburn's manipulative behaviour. hendry is another actor who does not receive the credit that he should, he was and is a fine actor. other members of the cast are wasted somewhat as some of them only appear for one or two scenes and therefore, don't serve any real purpose with regards to the story.
the ending is in itself a bit predictable as i had a good idea what might happen. however, it stills wraps things up nicely.
the dvd transfer is a disappointment. the footage is grainy and the sound is rather faint and i had to adjust the volume on my t.v.
a good film with a good idea for a story.
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on 30 October 2015
Bought for its nostalgia value. Saw it when I was a lot younger and far more impressionable, but it still looks pretty good despite its somewhat silly story as a group of people are persuaded to bump each other off. Decent performance from James Coburn.
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on 24 January 2014
MR. Coburn is excellent in this film about a man primed for high ranking promotion who must 'see off' his old team of informants in a clever and dastardly way. Fine performances from a group of great thespians.
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on 12 February 2010
This is a very good thriller but the transfer spoils the enjoyment. Like watching a worn out video cassette tape, hopefully a decent print of this little known film will turn up at some point.
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on 1 February 2006
A very nice print and an entertaining film that was also known as The Manipulator when released on home video in Australia in the early 1980s. A valuable addition to James Coburn collectors.
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on 6 May 2014
.......whilst low budget this film has some class to it and deserves at least one viewing for the clever plot. It can then be enjoyed again particularly by those of middle-age for whom filmed location shots of a vanished 1970's London provide a particular glow of nostalgia and enjoy Roy Budd's brilliant ominously driving jazzy crime avoid endless repeats of the Bourne Inanity on channel 3 and unwatchable straight-to-dvd schlock on channel 5...and because the BBC seem to have the lost the key to whatever room they keep decent films in...

....from the actually quite interesting leaflet enclosed we read that the original script by Jonathan Lynn who later went on to fame with Yes Minister wrote it for free to get a foot on the ladder, and that he later wanted to do a re-make that was closer to his "more political" version of the story....although I have no problem enjoying this more stripped down version of the story...
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on 20 April 2014
This is a very good film starring the late James Coburn picture an sound quality are very good with a good script and well acted
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on 30 July 2015
An ingenious idea for Murder that comes to an Abrupt but satisfying Conclusion.
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on 17 August 2014
Despite being made in 70's, love James Coburn!
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