Rogue Male (1976 film)

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Rogue Male
Directed by Clive Donner
Written by Frederic Raphael
Geoffrey Household (novel)
Starring Peter O'Toole
John Standing
Alastair Sim
Harold Pinter
Distributed by BBC
Release dates 1976
Running time 103 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.

The story had been previously filmed in 1941 by Fritz Lang as Man Hunt, with Walter Pidgeon in the lead role.[1]

In an interview with Francine Stock for BBC Radio 4's Film Programme [2] in 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.



Some of the filming took place around King's Stag in Dorset and, notably, around the "Green Man" pub.


  1. ^ "Rogue Male". BFI. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - The Film Programme, Peter O'Toole". BBC. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 

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