Rogue Male (1976 TV film)
|Directed by||Clive Donner|
|Written by||Frederic Raphael
Geoffrey Household (novel)
|Running time||103 minutes|
Rogue Male is a 1976 British television film starring Peter O'Toole, based on Geoffrey Household's novel Rogue Male. Made by the BBC, it was adapted by Frederic Raphael and directed by Clive Donner, and also stars Alastair Sim, John Standing and Harold Pinter. It was first transmitted on 22 September 1976. Originally, this film had been destined for theatrical release rather than premiering as a television movie.
In a BBC Radio 4 interview on 26 January 2007, Peter O'Toole named this film as his favourite from his long career.
In early 1939, before the start of World War II, Sir Robert Hunter (O'Toole) takes aim at Adolf Hitler with a high-powered rifle, but misses when he is spotted and tackled by an SS guard. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo, he is then left for dead, but manages to make his way back to England where, to his shock, he discovers the Gestapo has followed him. Believing that the government would, in all likelihood, turn him over to German authorities, Sir Robert goes underground (literally) to escape his pursuers.
- Peter O'Toole - Sir Robert Hunter
- John Standing - Major Quive-Smith
- Alastair Sim - The Earl
- Harold Pinter - Saul Abrahams
- Michael Byrne - Interrogator
- Mark McManus - Vane
- Ray Smith - Fisherman
- Hugh Manning - Peale
- Robert Lang - Jessel
- Cyd Hayman - Rebecca
- Ian East - Muller
- Philip Jackson - British sailor
- Michael Sheard - Hitler
Some of the filming took place around King's Stag in Dorset and, notably, around the "Green Man" pub.
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