Next Man, The (1976, USA) C-108m. ** D: Richard C. Sarafian. Starring Sean Connery, Cornelia Sharpe, Albert Paulsen, Adolfo Celi, Marco St. John, Maurice Copeland, Lance Henriksen, Richard C. Sarafian. International political thriller drama about a crisis in the Near East, which follows the announcement of a creation of a huge conglomerate of oil-producing countries. Three important Arab leaders are assassinated, and it's up to Saudi Arabian(!) Connery to take over. Naturally, he becomes a target himself. Relentlessly talky, only the locations and Connery spark some interest. Score by Michael Kamen, photography by Michael Chapman. Alternative titles: DOUBLE HIT, THE ARAB CONSPIRACY.

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