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Callan is a 1974 British thriller film directed by Don Sharp and starring Edward Woodward, Eric Porter and Carl Möhner.[1] It was based on the ITV television series Callan which ran from 1967 to 1972.

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UK theatrical poster
Directed by Don Sharp
Produced by Harry Benn
Derek Horne
Written by James Mitchell
Starring Edward Woodward
Eric Porter
Carl Möhner
Catherine Schell
Music by Wilfred Josephs
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Teddy Darvas
Distributed by EMI UK
Release date
  • 1974 (1974)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English



David Callan (Edward Woodward), a leading intelligence agent/assassin in the employment of the S.I.S., was forced into retirement when he lost his nerve. Now, he is called back into service to handle the assassination of Schneider, a German businessman. Colonel Hunter (Eric Porter), his former employer, promises Callan that he'll be returned to active status as long as he follows his orders. But Callan refuses to act until he knows exactly why Schneider has been marked for death...


The only actors to reprise their television roles in the film were Woodward, Russell Hunter who played Lonely and Clifford Rose who played Snell. Apart from the three, all the other recurring characters were played by different actors and actresses.


The script by James Mitchell is based on his original TV pilot "A Magnum for Schneider" and the novelization thereof, Red File for Callan, although only the novel is listed in the film's credits (as A Red File for Callan).

Callan was the first film with a Dolby-encoded optical soundtrack.[2]


The film's original reaction was mixed to positive.[citation needed]


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