The Amateur (1981 film)

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The Amateur
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles Jarrott
Produced byGarth Drabinsky (producer) (as Garth H. Drabinsky)
Mario Kassar (executive producer)
Joel B. Michaels
Andrew G. Vajna (as Andrew Vajna)
Written byRobert Littell (screenplay and novel)
Diana Maddox
Music byKenneth Wannberg
CinematographyJohn Coquillon
Edited byStephan Fanfara
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
December 11, 1981 (Canada)
February 12, 1982 (United States)
Running time
112 minutes
BudgetUS$10 million[1]
Box office$6,892,098[2]

The Amateur is a 1981 Canadian crime/thriller film directed by Charles Jarrott with a screenplay by Robert Littell, which he then adapted into a novel of the same name. It stars John Savage and Christopher Plummer.


When his fiancée is murdered by terrorists, a CIA cryptographer blackmails his superiors into sending him on a field assignment into Czechoslovakia to assassinate those responsible. Once there, however, he discovers a web of deception underneath his fiancée's slaying.


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1982 nominations:


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p259
  2. ^ Box Office Mojo

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