CastStanley Baker (John Craig), Geraldine Chaplin (Miriam Loman), Donald Pleasence (Loomis), Dana Andrews (Blake), Warren Mitchell (Omar) Release date23 July 1972 GenresAction Film, Adventure Film, Crime Fiction Similar moviesMission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Kingsman: The Secret Service, Dr. No, Mister Deathman, Salt
TaglineIn this business there are no Innocent Bystanders
Innocent bystanders 1972 trailer
Innocent Bystanders is a 1972 spy thriller directed by Peter Collinson that was filmed in Spain and Turkey. It stars Stanley Baker and Geraldine Chaplin. The screenplay was written by James Mitchell based on his novel The Innocent Bystanders (1969). Mitchell had previously written several John Craig spy thrillers under the name James Munro.
John Craig (Baker) is an aging British secret agent who is tasked with returning a defector, the Russian scientist Kaplan (Sheybal) who has foregone science for a modest life as a goatherd in Turkey. Craig faces opposition from his boss, his younger replacements, an American secret agent, a Turkish hotel keeper, and an organization of Russian Jews hostile to Kaplan. Craig's mission is complicated by Miriam (Chaplin), an innocent bystander who is taken hostage.
Stanley Baker as John Craig
Geraldine Chaplin as Miriam Loman
Donald Pleasence as Loomis
Dana Andrews as Blake
Sue Lloyd as Joanna Benson
Derren Nesbitt as Andrew Royce
Vladek Sheybal as Aaron Kaplan
Warren Mitchell as Omar
Cec Linder as Mankowitz
Howard Goorney as Zimmer
J. G. Devlin as Waiter
Ferdy Mayne as Marcus Kaplan
Clifton Jones as Hetherton
John Collin as Asimov
Aharon Ipalé as Gabrilovitch
Roger Greenspun was dissatisfied with what he termed the "general inconsequence" that the script evokes. However, Greenspun expressed that Chaplin's performance was "so reticent and so appealing as to constitute a small personal triumph. She is granted the film's only moments of quiet intelligence. She fills these moments with delicate intimacy that contrasts with everything else in the film that really does suggest a reservoir of feeling to oppose the lives around her that are wasted in mere action." Time magazine noted the standout performances of Donald Pleasence as the Head of British Intelligence and Vladek Sheybal as a minor agent.