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The Amateur (1981 film)

The Amateur
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Jarrott
Produced by Garth Drabinsky (producer) (as Garth H. Drabinsky)
Mario Kassar (executive producer)
Joel B. Michaels
Andrew G. Vajna (as Andrew Vajna)
Written by Robert Littell (screenplay and novel)
Diana Maddox
Starring John Savage
Christopher Plummer
Music by Kenneth Wannberg
Cinematography John Coquillon
Editing by Stephan Fanfara
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) December 11, 1981 (Canada)
February 12, 1982 (United States)
Running time 112 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget US$10 million[1]
Box office $6,892,098[2]

The Amateur is a 1981 Canadian crime/thriller film directed by Charles Jarrott with a screenplay by Robert Littell, which he then adapted into a novel by the same name. It stars John Savage and Christopher Plummer.


When his fiancée is murdered by terrorists, a CIA cryptographer blackmails his superiors into sending him on a field assignment into Czechoslovakia to assassinate those responsible. Once there, however, he discovers a web of deception underneath his fiancée's death.


1982 nominations:


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi
  • IMDb Pro subscribers)
  • Robert Littell interview

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