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Actors: Ben Gazzara, E.G. Marshall, William Windom, Joseph Wiseman, Jim McMullan
Director: Michael Crichton
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2004     1hr 13min

What begins as the routine investigation quickly escalates into a heartstopping race to save millions from certain death in this taut and gripping thriller. Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, ER ) makes an impressive direc...  more »

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Actors: Ben Gazzara, E.G. Marshall, William Windom, Joseph Wiseman, Jim McMullan
Director: Michael Crichton
Creators: Robert L. Morrison, Michael Crichton, Gene Fowler Jr., Lee Rich, Robert L. Jacks, Robert Dozier
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/19/2004
Original Release Date: 12/12/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 12/12/1972
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 13min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 11/30/2016...
Above average made-for-TV movie from the 70's. Early work from top flight writer Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Coma) and good acting from the likes of Ben Gazzara, Martin Sheen, EG Marshall, and William Windom. San Diego is the target for some high stakes political sabotage involving nerve gas and the President of the United States. Complicated plotting to safely deliver a nerve gas to a vantage point on a tall building reminiscent of an assassination that actually happened (Kennedy).
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Movie Reviews

A little-known Michael Crichton classic
J. Wilson | Seattle, Wa | 09/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Pursuit" tells the story of a team of Government Agents trying to head off an assassination attempt on President Nixon during the 1972 Republican Convention. This ABC Movie of the Week featured the directorial debut of best-selling author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Prey, The Andromeda Strain) adapting his suspense novel "Binary" (written under a psuedonym) for the small screen. Ben Gazzara and Martin Sheen star with a brief appearance by E.G. Marshall as the bad-guy industrialist behind the plot. "Pursuit" also features a score by the late Jerry Goldsmith, who went on to write music for many of Crichton's feature films."
Lacklustre Thriller with Mediocre Acting, Script and Suspens
K. F. Dickie | New Zealand | 02/23/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Michael Crichton's first directorial effort came in the form of Pursuit, a television film made 1972. Following the critical acclaim garnered with the Robert Wise production of The Andromeda Strain (1971), Crichton decided to give directing a go, adapting the novel Binary (written by Crichton under a pseudonym).

The telemovie stars E.G. Marshall as a political extremist who plans to spread stolen nerve gas in a city where a political convention is being held. Government agents (Ben Gazzara and William Windom) are sent to catch him. Although a talented actor, Gazzara turns in a rather uninspired performance, with the only notable accolades going to Marshall and Joseph Wiseman as Dr. Nordman.

The film which could have been a powerhouse thriller (even Jerry Goldsmith, who has scored many blockbuster films delivers a lacklustre score) becomes a contrived work with mediocre script, poor action sequences and a downright lack of suspense.

In fact, the best thing about the film was the DVD cover from MGM, what looks like a great film really plays out like a two part episode of MacGyver, with an embarassingly shabby restoration by MGM (rivals that of their restoration of Force 10 from Navarone)."