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Film Finances and Golden Rendezvous (1977): Financial Mismanagement, Personal Tensions and Political Scandal

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posted on 2022-04-12, 10:43 authored by James Chapman

This article explores the problematic production history of Golden Rendezvous (1977), an action-adventure film based on a novel by Alistair MacLean. It draws upon the archive of the completion guarantor Film Finances to document the complex international financing arrangements that exemplified the practice of distribution pre-sales in the 1970s. Golden Rendezvous is a highly revealing case study of financial mismanagement and political controversy. The film overran its schedule due to troubles on location, the financing arrangements fell apart, and the subsequent revelation that the South African government had secretly invested in the film made it a toxic product that struggled to find a distributor for the all-important US market.

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Citation

Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2021.2013019

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Department of History of Art and Film, School of Arts, University of Leicester

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Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television

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Routledge

issn

0143-9685

eissn

1465-3451

Copyright date

2021

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2022-04-12

Language

en

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