The Amateur (1981)

The Amateur (1981) Movie

The Amateur

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Release Date
(Canada) - 11 December 1981
(USA) - 12 February 1982
(Finland) - 9 April 1982
(Spain) - 19 April 1982
(France) - 12 May 1982

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The first 11 minutes will absolutely shock you. The last 11 minutes will rivet you to your seat. At 29, Charles Heller was a mathematician without equal. At the CIA, he was a computer expert without peer. But when terrorists murdered the most important woman in his life, he became an assassin without experience. To avenge her death, the CIA trained him, briefed him, armed him, and then...they abandoned him. The first 11 minutes will absolutely shock you. The last 11 minutes will rivet you to your seat. In a world of professional assassins, there's no room for an amateur.

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Cast of The Amateur

  1. Beatty, Robert (I) as [Ambassador Neville] <27>
  2. Bondarenko, Wally as [Czech Detective] <43>
  3. Broker, Lee as [Sharp-Eyed Man] <19>
  4. Buza, George as [Terrorist #4] <23>
  5. Campbell, Nicholas (I) as [Schraeger] <5>
  6. Chabursky, Roman as [Busboy] <37>
  7. Coe, George as [Rutledge] <6>
  8. Culik, Fred as [Martin] <39>
  9. Dainard, Neil as [Slater] <18>
  10. Fernandes, Miguel (I) as [Botaro] <10>
  11. Godin, Jacques as [Argus] <13>
  12. Gomez, Henry (I) as [Master Sergeant] <30>
  13. Gruner, Zdenek as [Czech Officer] <44>
  14. Gräf, Helmut as [Taxi Driver] <42>
  15. Hill, Arthur (I) as [Brewer] <4>
  16. Hornisch, Harry as [Watcher] <41>
  17. Jarvis, Graham (I) as [Porter] <12>
  18. Kerr, John (III) as [CIA Security Guard] <25>
  19. Kramreither, Anthony as [TV Director] <34>
  20. Langley, Peter (I) as [Demolitions Expert] <40>
  21. Lauter, Ed as [Anderson] <9>
  22. Lem, Bob as [Nakamura] <38>
  23. Marley, John as [Molton] <7>
  24. Plummer, Christopher (I) as [Professor Lakos] <2>
  25. Reyer, Walter as [Chancellor] <28>
  26. Reymont, Paul as [TV Technician] <35>
  27. Robertson, George R. as [U.S. Consul] <24>
  28. Rubes, Jan as [Kaplan] <8>
  29. Sanvido, Guy as [News Vendor] <26>
  30. Savage, John (I) as [Charles Heller] <1>

  31. All Cast

Genres in The Amateur

  1. Crime
  2. Thriller

Plot of The Amateur

A researcher for the CIA who convinces his superiors to send him to the eastern bloc in order to avenge the murder of his wife by enemy agents discovers a web of deception underneath his wife's Full Plot >>

Business of The Amateur

BT: CAD 10,600,000 GR: USD 6,283,669 (USA) (28 March 1982) GR: USD 5,819,799 (USA) (21 March 1982) GR: USD 4,244,601 (USA) (14 March 1982) GR: USD 6,892,098 (USA) PD: 29 December 1980 - 25 March 1981 WG: USD 286,955 (USA) (28 March 1982) (192 screens) WG: USD 522,235 (USA) (21 March 1982) (351 screens) WG: USD 1,052,963 (USA) (14 March 1982) (437 screens)

Certificate of The Amateur

M (Australia)
15 (UK)
AA (UK)(1981)
K-16 (Finland)(cut) (1982)
R (USA)(Certificate #26475)
AA (Canada)(Ontario)
G (Canada)(Qubec)
-12 (France)
18 (Norway)(1982)
16 (Iceland)

Composers of music of The Amateur

  1. Wannberg, Kenneth

Cinematographers of The Amateur

  1. Coquillon, John

Costume Designers of The Amateur

  1. Grace, Suzanne

Distributors of The Amateur

20th Century Fox [gb] - (1981) (UK) (theatrical)
Abril Vídeo [br] - (19??) (Brazil) (VHS)
Cineplex-Odeon Home Video [ca] - (1985) (Canada) (video)
Oy Europa Vision AB [fi] - (1988) (Finland) (video)
Oy Fox Films [fi] - (1982) (Finland) (theatrical)
Pan-Canadian Film Distributors [ca] - (1981) (Canada) (theatrical)
Pan-Canadian Video Presentations [ca] - (1982) (Canada) (VHS)
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation [us] - (1981) (USA) (theatrical)

Editors of The Amateur

  1. Fanfara, Stephan

Misc of The Amateur

  1. Brownstone, Michael (location manager)
  2. Carruthers, James (I) (craft service)
  3. Eves, Victoria (I) (production secretary: Washington D.C.)
  4. Friendly, Lynda (unit publicist)
  5. Groote, Isabelle (production assistant: Vienna)
  6. Haller, Gerda (I) (production secretary: Vienna)
  7. Heald, Angela (production secretary)
  8. Jackson, Joanne (II) (production accountant)
  9. Josefs, Connie (script researcher)
  10. Ley, Margo (assistant to director)
  11. Livingston, Margaret (II) (executive assistant to producers)
  12. Lore, Suzanne (production coordinator)
  13. Lucibello, Lyn (production accountant)
  14. Ludwig, Carl Lawrence (production assistant: Vienna)
  15. Marley, Sandra (script supervisor) (as Sandra Ulosevich Marley)
  16. McCarthy, Patracian (assistant to producers)
  17. McIntosh, Heather (I) (production controller)
  18. Neumann, Stuart (location manager: Washington D.C.)
  19. Pinteric, Tom (production assistant)
  20. Swofford, Douy (title designer)
  21. Valentine, Lorraine (production accountant)
  22. Watts, Rich (production assistant)
  23. Zweig, Alan (production assistant)

Quotes of The Amateur

Kaplan: I lost my first wife, my first family. Two beautiful little girls. In the war, in the camps. I thought for a long time the loss would kill me but, I survived.
Charles Heller: How?
Kaplan: By creating a ritual to keep me alive. To survive the death of people close to you, you need a ritual. A ritual for revenge is what I made. I thought about it and planned it every waking moment. When I got out I spent three years tracking down the doctor who sent them to the camps.
Charles Heller: Did you fing him?
Kaplan: I found him, yes.
Charles Heller: What did... what did you do?
Kaplan: I created one last ritual. With these hands I strangled him.
Charles Heller: It didn't bring them back from the dead.
Kaplan: No, it brought me back from the dead! Full Quotes >>

Other Titles of The Amateur

  1. Computer per un omicidio (1981) (ENG)

  2. Der zweite Mann (1981) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  3. L'homme de Prague (1981) (ENG)
    (Canada: French title) (imdb display title)

Shooting/Filming Locations of The Amateur

  1. Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  2. Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada - (studio)
  3. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  4. Vienna, Austria

Trivia of The Amateur

- The film's writer is 'Robert Littell' (qv) who is a journalist and novelist who specializes in espionage novels that frequently are set around the spy world of the CIA and the former Soviet Union. He wrote the screenplay for this movie then wrote the novel of the same name after-wards. This is his first film & TV credit.

- One of two spy films that director 'Charles Jarrott' (qv) made in 1981. The other was _Condorman (1981)_ (qv).

- Back-to-back consecutive espionage movie appearance for actress 'Marthe Keller' (qv) whose previous film had been _The Formula (1980)_ (qv). And back-to-back consecutive spy movie for cinematographer 'John Coquillon' (qv) whose previous film had been _Final Assignment (1980)_ (qv).

- This movie was nominated for 10 Genies (Canadian Academy Awards) including Best Picture but failed to win one award.

- Publicity for this movie notably declared that "The first 11 minutes will absolutely shock you...The last 11 minutes will rivet you to your seat."

- The film's storyline is similar to _Three Days of the Condor (1975)_ (qv).

- One of the final cinema films of actor 'John Marley' (qv). Full Trivia >>