Cinema: Battle Diary

THE NEXT MAN

Directed by RICHARD C. SARAFIAN Screenplay by MORT FINE, ALAN TRUSTMAN, DAVID M. WOLF and RICHARD C. SARAFIAN

It is hard to fathom how a movie like The Next Man gets made. Watching Sean Connery and Cornelia Sharpe bounce from one inanity to another, one can only guess at the origins of such a project. Consider, for example, some possible entries in a film executive's diary.

Sept. 17, 1975. We're here in New York doing preproduction. The script is in great shape. Now we've got not only spies and terrorists and plain old cops, but also oil millionaires, Saudi Arabian...

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