Hennessy

Overview

Actor Richard Johnson wrote the original story for this taut suspense drama that stars Rod Steiger as Niall Hennessy, a man who plans to blow up the British Parliament in retaliation for the accidental death of his family in Belfast. Johnson plays Scotland Yard-inspector Hollis, an expert in the struggles of Ireland, who under Commander Rice Trevor Howard attempts to locate Hennessy. Hennessy has journeyed to London with a plan to substitute himself for MP Burgess Hugh Moxey and, wiring himself up as a human ...
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Overview

Actor Richard Johnson wrote the original story for this taut suspense drama that stars Rod Steiger as Niall Hennessy, a man who plans to blow up the British Parliament in retaliation for the accidental death of his family in Belfast. Johnson plays Scotland Yard-inspector Hollis, an expert in the struggles of Ireland, who under Commander Rice Trevor Howard attempts to locate Hennessy. Hennessy has journeyed to London with a plan to substitute himself for MP Burgess Hugh Moxey and, wiring himself up as a human bomb, to destroy the British power structure. In a twist, IRA leader Tobin Eric Porter, realizing that the explosion will lead to more British repression on Northern Ireland, also travels to London to try to kill Hennessy before he can explode his bomb.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Hennessy is a moderately engaging thriller with a stand-out performance by Rod Steiger that almost makes you want to forgive the incredible loopholes in the plot. Unfortunately, those loopholes are far too big for even Steiger's talent to erase from memory. Almost all thrillers of this sort need to stretch credulity a bit in order to ante the tension. Most of the time, we're willing to forgive this, because the pay-off if worthwhile. But the exchange is far too lopsided with Hennessy, which asks us time and again to believe that the main character's plot succeeds due to unbelievable coincidences and because a police inspector doesn't think to pick up the phone and alert others to the fact that a mad man is about to destroy the entire English government. It doesn't work. But Steiger works, and beautifully. This is not one of his "look at me" performances, full of sound and fury. Although it has plenty of big moments, for the most part it's more introverted, more interior. We see a lot more going on inside the character, and it's truly lovely work. The rest of the cast is talented and tries hard, but they don't really register. But Steiger does, and in this case that's enough to push Hennessy -- just barely -- over the mark.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • UPC: 883904243519
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,859

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Hennessy
Lee Remick Kate Brooke
Richard Johnson Inspector Hollis
Trevor Howard Commander Rice
Eric Porter IRA Leader Tobin
Peter Egan Williams
Ian Hogg Gerry
Stanley Lebor Hawk
John Hallam Boyle
Patrick Stewart Tilney
David Collings Covey
John Shrapnel Tipaldi
Oliver Maguire Mick
Margery Mason Housekeeper
Paul Brennan Maguire
Hugh Moxey Burgess M.P.
Technical Credits
Don Sharp Director
Samuel Z. Arkoff Producer
Eric Boyd-Perkins Editor
Gerry Crampton Stunts
Bert Davey Art Director
John Gay Screenwriter
Leslie Hammond Sound/Sound Designer
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Johnson Original Story
Barry Langley Asst. Director
John Scott Score Composer
Ray Simm Production Designer
Peter Snell Producer
Ernest W. Steward Cinematographer
John Stoll Production Designer
Simon Wakefield Set Decoration/Design
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