Power Play actually starred David Hemmings, Barry Morse, Donald Pleasance as well as Peter O'Toole. The movie also came out in 1978 although this VHS was released in 1988. The movie is based on a book written by Edward Luttwak titled "Coup d'Etat". Its a book on how a nation can be overthrown by the military. In the movie, setting is based on a small fictional European nation, all English speaking but European in nature. David Hemmings leads a group of military officers to overthrow an oppressive and corrupt civilian government and the movie basically followed Luttwak's book on what to do, how to make it work and price to be paid. Donald Pleasance does a wonderful job as a master spymaster for the government who find himself one step behind. However, things don't go as plan and the movie as well as the book will tell you why.
I found the movie to be rather entertaining. I can forgive the fictional setting of the movie as easily as I can forgive all these English speaking Germans in all these World War II movies. The movie does give the viewer a clear and logical lesson in what needed to be done to overthrow a national government by the military. There are enough betrayal, political intrigue and powerbroking to satisfied most fans of this genre.
I supposed the unsettling subject matter of this film was probably one of the reasons why it got slam dunk by many of the critics back in 1978. There's also nudity where girl get tortured by electro device and some brutal killing scenes.
But overall, this proves to be an interesting and intriguing movie which draws out pretty faithfully to the Luttwak's book. On my VHS cover, its written "In the game of treason, only a fool plays by the rules" and this movie definitely tell you the truism of those words.