Review: ‘The Groundstar Conspiracy’

George Peppard stars as a government agent trying to break up a spy ring. Spectacular locations around Vancouver, plus some excellent and offbeat music by Paul Hoffert, only partially compensate for a script that is as often routine as it is bewildering. Lamont Johnson's direction is one of his lesser efforts.

George Peppard stars as a government agent trying to break up a spy ring. Spectacular locations around Vancouver, plus some excellent and offbeat music by Paul Hoffert, only partially compensate for a script that is as often routine as it is bewildering. Lamont Johnson’s direction is one of his lesser efforts.

Matthew Howard adapted L. P. Davies’ [novel] The Alien into a diffused whodunit. Michael Sarrazin is, or is not, a traitor who worked in a super-secret lab trying to break a computer code. The lab’s destruction launches the story.

Hard by the facility is the summer house owned by Christine Belford who, before disappearing completely from the plot, plays an important role in Peppard’s trackdown of Sarrazin. There is a lot of rough action and violence, compounded intrigue, and confusing shifts of focus.

The Groundstar Conspiracy

Canada

Production

Universal/Roach. Director Lamont Johnson; Producer Trevor Wallace; Screenplay Matthew Howard; Camera Michael Reed; Editor Edward M. Abroms; Music Paul Hoffert; Art Director Cam Porteous

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

George Peppard Michael Sarrazin Christine Belford Cliff Potts James Olson Tim O'Connor
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