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The Amateur Details


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 Savage 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


Awarded by
Genie Awards Nicholas Campbell Best Supporting Actor 1982 Nominee
Genie Awards Peter Shewchuk Best Sound Editing 1982 Nominee
Genie Awards Austin Grimaldi Best Sound Editing 1982 Nominee
Genie Awards Marthe Keller Best Actress - Foreign 1982 Nominee
Genie Awards John Savage Best Actor - Foreign 1982 Nominee
Genie Awards Christopher Plummer Best Actor 1982 Nominee
Genie Awards Michael O'Farrell Best Sound 1982 Nominee
Genie Awards Chapelle Jaffe Best Supporting Actress 1982 Nominee
Genie Awards Diana Maddox Best Adapted Screenplay 1982 Nominee
Genie Awards Dino Pigat Best Sound Editing 1982 Nominee


John Savage
as Charles Heller
Christopher Plummer
as Professor Lakos
Marthe Keller
as Elisabeth
Arthur Hill
as Brewer
Ed Lauter
as Anderson
Nicholas Campbell
as Schraeger
Jan Rubes
as Kaplan
Graham Jarvis
as Porter
Chapelle Jaffe
as Gretchen
Jan Triska
as Rodzenko
Miguel Fernandes
as Botaro
Lynne Griffin
as Sarah
John Marley
as Molton
Jacques Godin
as Argus
George Coe
as Rutledge
Vladimir Valenta
as Uncle Ludvik
Irena Mayeska
as Woman Clerk
Guy Sanvido
as News Vendor
John Kerr
as CIA Security Guard
Vlasta Vrana
as Guide
Henry Gomez
as Master Sergeant
Neil Dainard
as Slater
Bob Lem
as Nakamura
Robert Beatty
as Ambassador Neville
Wally Bondarenko
as Czech Detective
Peter Langley
as Demolitions Expert
Deirdre Bowen
Jane Feinberg
George Buza
as 4th Terrorist
Lisa Schrage
as 1st Teenage Girl
Erin Flannery
as Waitress
Tedde Moore
as Newscaster
Lee Broker
as Sharp-Eyed Man
Mike Fenton
George R. Robertson
as U.S. Consul


Charles Jarrott
Joel B. Michaels
Garth H. Drabinsky
Robert Littell
Robert Littell
Screen Story
Diana Maddox
John Coquillon
Ken Wannberg
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Halsey
Marilyn Stonehouse
Production Designer
Andrew G. Vajna
Executive Producer
Mario Kassar
Executive Producer
Aleida MacDonald
Costume Designer
Suzanne Grace
Costume Designer
Michael O'Farrell
Sound/Sound Designer
Austin Grimaldi
Sound Editor
Dino Pigat
Sound Editor
Peter Shewchuk
Sound Editor