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The Amateur 1981
Description: A researcher for the CIA who convinces his superiors to send him to the eastern bloc in order to avenge the murder of his wife by opponent agents discovers a web of deception underneath his wife's death.
Released: 12 Feb 1982 Director: Charles Jarrott Writers: Robert Littell (novel), Robert Littell (screenplay), Diana Maddox Actors: John Savage, Christopher Plummer, Marthe Keller, Arthur Hill Genres: Crime, Thriller
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The Amateur Reviews:

I found The Amateur to be thoroughly entertaining for the very reason some viewers may not like it. This is not a slick, gadget laden action flick. The character is a very human, run of the mill intelligence analyst (not a super spy) whose determined to avenge the death of his love interest by terrorists. Truth be told, I think this is much closer to reality than most films of this genre. If this movie were released on video I trust it should easy become a cult classic. I would certainly purchase it on DVD or video if it were available. Oh and by the way, even though it's not James Bond it does have some cute interesting action sequences.


This film has been and will remain a favourite for many years to come. I loved how the plot leads you to the correct conclusion with all the subtle tips dropped throughout the movie, and was satisfied by the "justice was served" ending. As he seeks the answers to why the CIA doesn't follow up on the killing, it is interesting to note that even though they gave him training and supplied him with the weaponry, he was a target, just the same.As for the final outcome and the ending, it was interesting to search out just exactly who knew what about the entire affair. All in all, it was a really entertaining film that I do and will suggest everyone seeing, being sure it will stir up the brain's capabilities to understand the subtle nuances in life.


The storyline is that of mystery and action. Its beginning mins contain an ordinary boy seeing the broadcast of an American girl being held hostage in a foreign country. The girl is executed in broad daylight. This girl is his mate. How would you feel? What would you do? The film focuses on the reaction of such an happening by a normal guy. First there is confusion followed by deep conflict in determining the resolve. Much like it would be in today's world, an ordinary boy with a tiny flame can kindle it into an emotionally fiery rage to react. The challenges in this venture are not glorified or wonderful feats and therefore the viewer can achieve a state of reality and belief. Having few private intimate experiences with our Government to contain within its employ, and having lived and worked in foreign countries as well, I search it true simple to dismiss the several negative feedback remarks on this movie as being authored in ignorance or being naive. I do love my country but is everyone an Angel within its employ? no way.... Would the Government refuse to negotiate publicly with terrorist yet negotiate amongst themselves? absolutely.... If you have a military background, specialized training or even just been an outdoors person you may also identify with a lot of the physical activity in this film. The storyline is even more interesting actually over two decades soon after its making, having a beginning that parallels the newest American executions video-taped and published by Al-Qaeda early this 21st century. This film is by far one of John Savage's best performances. Savage delivers a stellar performance in this picture. This is a nice movie and one of greatest of the less known journey movies in existence today. If you receive the possibility to sit and watch this film from begin to finish, you will be entertained- test to see this one.



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