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The Amateur (1982)





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CIA computer technician John Savage seeks revenge for the terrorist killing of his girlfriend. Threatening to make public his insider's information, Savage forces his reluctant bosses to train him in the art of assassination. He then heads into enemy territory (at least, it was enemy territory back in 1982) on a search-and-destroy mission. There is nothing in The Amateur that we haven't seen elsewhere, but Savage and a solid cast of supporting players Christopher Plummer,Marthe Keller, Arthur Hill, Ed Lauter, Nicholas Campbell, Jan Rubes et. al.-- keep the proceedings lively. Robert Littell co-adapted the film's screenplay from his own novel. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


John Savage
as Charles Heller
Christopher Plummer
as Professor Lakos
Marthe Keller
as Elisabeth
Ed Lauter
as Anderson
Jan Rubes
as Kaplan
Jan Triska
as Rodzenko
George Coe
as Rutledge
Vladimír Valenta
as Uncle Ludvik
Lee Broker
as Sharp-Eyed Man
Tedde Moore
as Newscaster
Irena Mayeska
as Woman Clerk
George Buza
as 4th Terrorist
John Kerr (II)
as CIA Security Guard
Guy Sanvido
as News Vendor
Robert Beatty
as Ambassador Neville
Henry Gomez
as Master Sergeant
Erin Flannery
as Waitress
Lisa Schrage
as 1st Teenage Girl
Susan Young
as 2nd Teenage Girl
Bob Lem
as Nakamura
Peter Langley
as Demolitions Expert
Wally Bondarenko
as Czech Detective
Walter Reyer
as Chancellor
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

After earning our attention with its understated, powerful opening, the movie develops into a routine, even laughable, spy thriller.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

...does a professional wet job that should have made more of a cultural imprint than it did....

July 22, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A slick and suspenseful espionage thriller.

May 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Amateur has an effective narrative that is superior to other similar movies. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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