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John Preston is a British Agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the "special relationship" between the two countries.
Michael Caine not only wanted to help produce the film but to play the central character of John Preston. He and Frederick Forsyth set up their own company to handle the project and set about trying to raise the £8 million for it.The original plan was for Frederick and George Axelrod to co-write the screenplay and for John Frankenheimer to direct. In the end Frederick wrote it on his own and John MacKenzie came in as director.
Don't tell me you reached your limit, Jimmy boy.
Valeri Petrofsky: I usually try to keep my limit to a gallon or so.
When Valeri Petrofsky is driving down a country lane in a blue ford, the crew/equipment in front of it can be seen on the reflection on the front of the car.
The version shown on British Television contains all the violence but is missing one entire scene involving Michael Caine knocking out two racially abusive skinheads on an underground train. The scene was reinstated for the BBC1 showing on 8th February 2006.
$3,636,831 30 August 1987