UK theatrical poster
|Directed by||Don Sharp|
|Produced by||Harry Benn
|Written by||James Mitchell|
|Music by||Wilfred Josephs|
|Edited by||Teddy Darvas|
|Distributed by||EMI UK|
Callan is a 1974 British thriller film directed by Don Sharp and starring Edward Woodward, Eric Porter and Carl Möhner. It was based on the ITV television series Callan which ran from 1967 to 1972. The script by James Mitchell is based on his original TV pilot "A Magnum for Schneider" and the novelization thereof, Red File for Callan, although only the novel is listed in the film's credits (as A Red File for Callan).
David Callan (Edward Woodward), a leading intelligence agent/assassin in the employment of S.I.S., was forced into retirement due to him losing his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination of Schneider, a German businessman. Colonel Hunter (Eric Porter), his former employer promises Callan that he'll be resumed to active status as long as he follows his orders. But as ever, Callan refuses to act until he knows exactly why Schneider has been marked for death...
- Edward Woodward ... David Callan
- Eric Porter ... Hunter
- Carl Möhner... Schneider
- Catherine Schell ... Jenny
- Peter Egan ... Toby Meres
- Russell Hunter ... Lonely
- Kenneth Griffith ... Waterman
- Michael Da Costa ... The Greek
- Veronica Lang ... Liz, Hunter's Secretary
- Clifford Rose ... Dr. Snell
- David Prowse ... Arthur
- Don Henderson ... George
- Nadim Sawalha ... Padilla
- David Graham ... Wireless operator
- Yuri Borienko ... Security porter
- The only actors to reprise their television roles in the film were Woodward, Russell Hunter who played Lonely and Clifford Rose who played Snell. Apart from the three, all the other recurring characters were played by different actors and actresses.
The film's original reaction was mixed to positive. Callan currently holds a three star rating (6.6/10) on IMDb.
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