Freelance (US title: Con Man) is a 1971 British thriller film written and directed by Francis Megahy and starring Ian McShane.[2] It was not released in England until 1976. A con artist witnesses an assassination.

Directed byFrancis Megahy
Written byFrancis Megahy
Bernie Cooper
Produced byFrancis Megahy
Lynn S. Raynor
Ronan O'Casey
StarringIan McShane
Gayle Hunnicutt
Keith Barron
Alan Lake
Peter Gilmore
Luan Peters
CinematographyNorman Langley
Edited byArthur Solomon
Music byBasil Kirchin
Distributed byCommonwealth United Entertainment
Release date
  • 1971 (1971)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot edit

Mitch is a small-time London con-artist. When he witnesses a gangland hit, he is forced to lie low while trying to carry out his own various schemes.

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Production edit

Filming began in London in October 1969.[3] It was Ian MacShane's fourth lead role of the year, following Tam-Lin (1970), Battle of Britain (1969), and Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970).[4]

Reception edit

The Cambridge Evening News called it "a film of such ordinariness that one wonders how it ever got to be made."[5]

References edit

  1. ^ "A star can't afford to have the flue". Derby Evening Telegraph. 2 January 1970. p. 8.
  2. ^ "Freelance". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 29 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Movie Call Sheet". The Los Angeles Times. 27 October 1969. p. 76.
  4. ^ "London local chosen for making 'freelance'". Los Angeles Evening Citizen News. 18 November 1969. p. 8.
  5. ^ "Second rate second feature". Cambridge Evening News. 12 October 1976. p. 10.

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