The Naked Runner


1h 42m 1967

Brief Synopsis

Sam Laker is an American industrialist, working in Britain, who has just been awarded an international award for industrial design. He is planning to travel to East Germany to attend a trade show and show off his invention, taking his 10 year old son with him for a holiday. Meanwhile a British Intelligence officer who served with Laker in the Second World War decides to use the opportunity of Laker¿s trip and his lack of an intelligence profile to coerce him into carrying out an assassination.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jul 1967
Production Company
Artanis Productions
Distribution Company
Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Naked Runner by Francis Clifford (London, 1966).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Sam Laker, an American widower who designs furniture in England, is planning to take his 14-year-old son, Patrick, on a business trip to the Leipzig Fair behind the Iron Curtain. Before his departure, he is contacted by a wartime colleague, Martin Slattery, who asks him to deliver a message in Leipzig. Slattery, now a chief in British Intelligence, wins Sam's consent when he tells him that delivery of the message could mean life or death to Karen Gisevius, a European agent who had helped Sam during the war. Actually, Slattery has devised an elaborate plan to force Sam into killing an international spy who has defected to the Communists. Shortly after arriving in East Germany, young Patrick is kidnaped, and Sam is informed by a Colonel Hartmann, presumably an East German, that in exchange for his son's safety he must assassinate a man in Copenhagen. Unable to think of anything but his son, Sam agrees; but his victim fails to show up. He then is told that Patrick has been killed by Hartmann because the assignment was never carried out. Now driven to an almost maniacal determination to avenge his son's murder, Sam gathers information about Hartmann's scheduled movements and sights his rifle on the roadway Hartmann is expected to travel. When the car passes, Sam fires two bullets into the back seat of the car and kills the occupant. As Sam makes his getaway, he is met by Slattery and Hartmann and informed that the man he killed was the defector-spy.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jul 1967
Production Company
Artanis Productions
Distribution Company
Warner Bros.--Seven Arts, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Naked Runner by Francis Clifford (London, 1966).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in London and Copenhagen. Released in Great Britain in August 1967; running time: 102 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1967

TechniScope

Released in United States 1967