Masquerade (1965 film)
1965 Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Written by||William Goldman
Victor Canning (novel)
|Music by||Phillip Green|
|Release date(s)||23 August 1965|
|Running time||102 min.|
Masquerade is a 1965 British comedy thriller film directed by Basil Dearden based on the 1954 novel Castle Minerva by Victor Canning. It stars Cliff Robertson and Jack Hawkinsand was filmed in Spain.
An Arab heir plots his own kidnapping in a desperate bid for peace in the Middle East.
- Cliff Robertson as David Frazer
- Jack Hawkins as Colonel Drexel
- Marisa Mell as Sophie
- Michel Piccoli as George Sarrassin
- Bill Fraser as Dunwoody
- Charles Gray as Benson
- John Le Mesurier as Sir Robert
- Felix Aylmer as Henrickson
- Ernest Clark as Minister
- Tutte Lemkow as Paviot
- Keith Pyott as Gustave
Rex Harrison was originally meant to star but he dropped out and Cliff Robertson was hired to replace him. The film was the first screen credit for William Goldman who had been hired to Americanise the diaologue for Robertson (Robertson had just commissioned Goldman to adapt Flowers for Algernon into a screenplay).
- Location scenes filmed in Spain and the Middle East.
- Working title: The Shabby Tiger. Also known as Operation Masquerade.
- Goldman, William, Adventures in the Screen Trade 1982 p 170-173