The Ambassador (1984)


“There are people out there who’ll slash your throat for fifty bucks American.” – Frank Stevenson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (Theater in 27 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – The US Ambassador to Israel gets involved in a blackmail plot while trying to get the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process started.

My Take on itWell. At least I can say I tried…. Knowing that Quentin Tarantino is a HUGE fan of The Great Escape, I have dreamed of finding a way of asking him to record a show with me on the podcast either as a MINUTE or a special interview. I saw an opportunity when I got a ticket to a screening of this movie at the Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) scheduled for this morning where QT was introducing the film. Fate would have it that the seat I chose was four rows back from where they seated QT. As the end credits began to roll, security came in to escort QT out of the theater and as he passed by me, I stood up and said – “Hi Quentin, I do a MXM podcast on The Great Escape and would love to have you on an episode.” He slowed down and looked at me as I also walked towards the exit with his and his entourage. He smiled at me and said – “Sorry, I don’t think that’ll work out.” I was obviously disappointed, but was even more impressed with the gracious way that he responded. He could have easily ignored me or even given me a typical Hollywood – screw u!, but he didn’t and I will hopefully remember his kindness in this situation for a long time. I knew going in that the chances were slimmer than slim that he would say yes, BUT…as the saying goes – ya gotta be in it, to win it. I tried, but can still hold my head up high knowing not only that he acknowledged my question, but also that of a theater full of fans, I was the only one to get a chance to monopolize a few seconds of his time and still get a respectful response. Thanks QT!

It was great experiencing this movie in its original format on the big screen and to have an introduction from Tarantino while also getting the chance to see it in a packed theater.

Robert Mitchum is great in the lead role and he has great chemistry with both Rock Hudson who plays his best friend and with Ellen Burstyn who plays his wife.

The story moves at a nice pace and keeps things nice and intriguing throughout.

The action scenes are a bit weak and that does hurt things a bit.

The story feels a bit dated yet still is enjoyable.

The characters unfortunately mostly feel superficial and they never really take the time to develop any of them properly which is a shame because there is so much more potential here than is realized.

Knowing much of the geography of where the story takes place was great to see especially when trying to ascertain the various difference and changes over the past 37 years since this movie was made.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During most of the filming in the winter of 1983-84 the two leading stars, Robert Mitchum and Rock Hudson, reportedly did not get along with each other. A life-long alcoholic, Mitchum was said to have been frequently drunk on and off camera, and often verbally clashed with Hudson who was in poor health which held up production for days. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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