Director: Douglas Hickox
Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Video Release Date: May 16, 1990
John Wayne ... Lt. Jim Brannigan, Chicago PD
Richard Attenborough ... Commander Sir Charles Swann, Scotland Yard
Judy Geeson ... Det. Sgt. Jennifer Thatcher
Mel Ferrer ... Mel Fields, Larkin's Attorney
John Vernon ... Ben Larkin
Daniel Pilon ... John Gorman, Hitman
Ralph Meeker ... Capt. Moretti
John Stride ... Det. Insp. Traven, Scotland Yard
James Booth ... Charlie the Handle
Arthur Batanides ... Angell, Chicago Counterfeiter
Barry Dennen ... Julian
Lesley-Anne Down ... Luana
Del Henney ... Drexel
Brian Glover ... Jimmy the Bet
Stewart Bevan ... Alex
Pauline Delaney ... Mrs. Cooper
Anthony Booth ... Freddy
Don Henderson ... Geef
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Miss Allen, Airline Agent
Alf Joint ... Man in Bar
Steve Kelly ... Gates, Larkin's Bodyguard
Tom Laughlin ... Geef
Tim Barlow ... Customs Inspector
Charles Pemberton ... Arthurs, Club Waiter
Peter Porteous ... Masseur
Tony Robinson ... Motorcycle courier
Jack Watson ... Carter
Mike Crane ... Boyle
Lt. Brannigan (John Wayne), a Chicago cop, is sent to London to pick up Ben Larkin (John Vernon) a Chicago hood who is being exrtadited. Also, there is a contract out on Brannigan by a Chicago hit-man, John Gorman (Daniel Pilon). A Scotland Yard officer, Det. Sgt. Jennifer Thatcher (Judy Geeson) is assigned to Brannigan as a driver. Her superior, Commander Sir Charles Swann (Richard Attenborough) informs Brannigan that Larkin has been kidnapped.
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The cast does what they can with a script that tries hard, but fails to be clever. Richard Attenborough as a British top cop is serviceable, but dull. Judy Geeson is a police officer who does little more than chauffeur the Duke, and act as a sounding board.
In addition, a "professional" killer, hired to eliminate Brannigan, attempts to do so using some rather elaborate, but ultimately ineffective methods. This loser can't shoot straight, or drive well, and the only one he succeeds in killing is himself.
Probably the film's most memorable moment is the brief car chase sequence, which concludes with Brannigan jumping across a London drawbridge, and crashing on the opposite side. Like Brannigan's car, this vehicle for an aging screen legend is a bit of a wreck. If you want to see John Wayne as a cop, check out "McQ", which is a much better film, though it is not yet available on DVD.
The DVD transfer is average, and the colors look a little washed out at times. The only extra is a theatrical trailer, which contains almost all of the film's best scenes and one liners.