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The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972)

A government investigator tries to find out the truth behind the break-in at a top secret research facility.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

Leslie P. Davies (novel) (as L.P. Davies), Douglas Heyes (screenplay) (as Matthew Howard)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Tuxan
Michael Sarrazin ... John David Welles / Peter Bellamy
Christine Belford ... Nicole Devon
Cliff Potts Cliff Potts ... Carl Mosely
James Olson ... Sen. Stanton
Tim O'Connor ... Frank Gossage
James McEachin ... Bender
Alan Oppenheimer ... Gen. Hackett
Roger Dressler Roger Dressler ... Charlie Kitchen
Ty Haller Ty Haller ... Henshaw
Anna Hagan ... Dr. Plover (as Anna Hagen)
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs ... Dr. Hager (as Hagen Beggs)
John Destry John Destry ... Zabrinski (as John Destry Adams)
Milos Zatovic Milos Zatovic ... Dr. Zahl
Don Granbery ... Technician (as Don Granberry)
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Storyline

A break-in and sabotage attempt occurs at a top secret research institute and the culprit is cornered and captured. The problem is that he's been badly injured and claims to have lost his memory entirely. A cat-and-mouse game ensues between investigator Tuxan, the mystery intruder Welles and the people who sent him on the mission. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Certificate:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Plastic Man See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Some scenes were shot at Simon Fraser University, at the top of Burnaby Mountain outside of Vancouver, BC. Although Vancouver attracts frequent film business today, in 1972 this film was a bit unusual for being shot in what would become known as "Hollywood North." See more »

Goofs

It is assumed that the saboteur has the secret data memorized in his brain, because he has seen it while copying it from a computer to tape reels. In reality, if you know what files you want, you can copy them on magnetic tape without studying their contents. This was also true in 1972. See more »

Quotes

Tuxan: Yes, gentlemen - I tap my own phone.
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Referenced in Lovelace (2013) See more »

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Good little film
26 May 2006 | by hengirSee all my reviews

Lamont Johnson worked a lot in television but he also directed some interesting films that should be better known; A Covenant with Death, The McKenzie Break, The Last American Hero, You'll Like My Mother and Lipstick. (Even Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone has its felicities!) The Groundstar Conspiracy is a low budget but fast moving thriller with a few twists and turns until the tense ending. All the elements of music, photography and dialogue are pulled together neatly to serve the narrative's momentum.

The plot may strain a little at the edges but the film is helped along by some good acting. Michael Sarrazin as the accused man is convincing. You can feel his terror and his bewilderment. Sarrazin's face helps, it looks beat about and haunted. George Peppard as the government man gives one of his best performances. A real hard case, driven almost by paranoia, single minded and ready to do anything to keep the state secure. Christine Belford and Cliff Potts are good too. It's a good little film.


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