Puppet on a Chain (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

Puppet on a Chain (1972)





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Suspense writer Alistair MacLean wrote this screen adaptation of his own bestseller concerning the pursuit of a notorious drug organization through the canals of Amsterdam. Paul Sherman (Sven-Bertil Taube) is a United States narcotics agent who travels to Amsterdam in search of the headquarters of an international drug syndicate. Aiding him in his hunt for the drug-runners is his beautiful undercover assistant Maggie (Barbara Parkins). The trail leads them on an illicit tour of the sites of Amsterdam, before the pursuit ends at a religious order and an island castle.


Sven-Bertil Taube
as Paul Sherman
Alexander Knox
as Col. De Graaf
Patrick Allen
as Insp. Van Gelder
Ania Marson
as Astrid Leman
Peter Hutchins
as The Assassin
Drewe Henley
as Jimmy Duclos
Mark Malicz
as Morgenstern
Michael Mellinger
as Hotel Manager
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Critic Reviews for Puppet on a Chain

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Speedy and silly, splendidly set in Amsterdam, with a chilling motorboat chase through the canals directed by Don Sharp.

June 8, 2020 | Full Review…

[The characters] would not know how to operate an alarm clock if you gave them one, but they can defuse bombs and drive speedboats. And they devote their lives to doing things in illogical ways.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Boasts a spectacularly lengthy boat chase sequence - the finest orchestrated up to the '70s, and one for which this film would be best remembered.

August 30, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

There's no real character development, most of the action scenes are unimaginative, and parts of the plot are mechanical and trite.

January 7, 2020 | Full Review…

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