The Emissary (1989)

Genres - Action, Spy Film, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Political Thriller  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - South Africa  |   MPAA Rating - R
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The Emissary is a second-echelon knock-off of The Ambassador (1984), itself a reworking of Elmore Leonard's 52 Pick-Up. While in Africa on a goodwill tour, an American politician and his wife are victimized by Soviet spies. Threatening to reveal horrible secrets about the politician's past, the Russians insist that he turn over top-secret documents. But this could trigger a nuclear war, so a lot of heavy soul-searching is in order. Robert Vaughn is the biggest "name" in the largely European and South Africa cast.

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politician, blackmail, espionage, family, secrets