The Hostage Tower

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The Hostage Tower
The Hostage Tower.jpg
Directed by Claudio Guzmán
Produced by Burt Nodella
Peter Snell
Written by Robert Carrington
John Denis
Alistair MacLean (concept)
Starring Peter Fonda
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Music by John Scott
Cinematography Jean Boffety
Edited by Ronald J. Fagan
Distributed by CBS
Embassy Home Entertainment
Release dates
13 May 1980
Running time
105 min
Country U.S.
Language English

The Hostage Tower is a 1980 American spy and thriller telemovie starring Peter Fonda and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and directed by Claudio Guzmán, well known for his work in sitcoms. It is based on a book of the same name by John Denis, based on an idea by Alistair MacLean. The book was written deliberately for television adaptation. It is the first in the series of UNACO books.


Criminal mastermind Mr Smith (Keir Dullea) is being pursued by Malcolm Philpott (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), the head of an international peace organisation. When Mr Smith captures the Eiffel Tower and kidnaps the mother of the President of the United States (Celia Johnson), Philpott must enlist the help of spies to take him down.

Mr Smith demands a ransom of $30 million without which he will blow up the tower and the President's mother. He has protected the tower from infiltration by stealing four high-power lasers which will shoot anyone entering who is not equipped with a protective device.



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