P.J. (film)

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Poster of P.J..jpg
Directed by John Guillermin
Starring George Peppard
Raymond Burr
Gayle Hunnicutt
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • January 18, 1968 (1968-01-18)
Running time
109 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,000,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

P.J. (UK title: New Face in Hell) is a 1968 crime-drama mystery film from Universal Pictures. It stars George Peppard, Raymond Burr, and Gayle Hunnicutt and was directed by John Guillermin.


New York City private eye P.J. (Peter Joseph) Detweiler needs the work, so he accepts an offer to be a bodyguard to protect Maureen Preble, the mistress of shady millionaire William Orbison.

Orbison takes the family to the Bahamas, where a romantic attachment between P.J. and the married Maureen seems to be growing. Orbison's business partner, Grenoble, is shot dead and P.J. is arrested by the police. It becomes clear to P.J. that he has been set up by the Orbisons, who wanted to rid themselves of Grenoble and needed a fall guy.

P.J. is released by the authorities and makes it back to New York, where he confronts the masterminds of the plot. About all he can do is stand by as Orbison and his mistress end up doing away with one another.



The film was known during shooting as Criss Cross[2] and released in the UK as New Face in Hell.

Home media[edit]

This film has never been released in North America on VHS or DVD.

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  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
  2. ^ Film Has Actor as Lensman By Doug Anderson. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 11 Apr 1967: D14.

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