Hennessy is a 1975 British thriller film directed by Don Sharp and starring Rod Steiger, Trevor Howard, Lee Remick, Richard Johnson, Peter Egan, Stanley Lebor and Patrick Stewart, the latter in his film debut.
|Directed by||Don Sharp|
|Produced by||Peter Snell|
|Screenplay by||John Gay|
|Music by||John Scott|
|Edited by||Erik Boyd-Perkins|
Hennessy Film Productions
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
- Rod Steiger ... Niall Hennessy
- Lee Remick ... Kate Brooke
- Richard Johnson ... Insp. Hollis
- Trevor Howard ... Cmdr. Rice
- Peter Egan ... Williams
- Eric Porter ... Tobin
- Ian Hogg ... Gerry
- Stanley Lebor ... Hawk
- John Hallam ... Boyle
- Patrick Stewart ... Tilney
- David Collings ... Covey
- John Shrapnel ... Tipaldi
- Hugh Moxey ... Stephen Burgess (M.P.)
- Margery Mason ... Housekeeper
- Paul Brennan ... Maguire
- Paul Blake ... Rally Leader
- Patsy Kensit ... Angie Hennessy
Footage of Queen Elizabeth
The film contained footage of Queen Elizabeth II speaking at the State Opening of Parliament and apparently reacting to something happening in the House of Lords, taken in 1970. The clips were purchased by AIP from Movietone News and incorporated in the film. Buckingham Palace consented to use of the clip in the film but later said this was a misunderstanding as to the way the news footage would be used in the film and they would not do it again.
The British Board of Film Classification initially refused to classify the film because of the footage. Producer Samuel Z. Arkoff managed to get it passed by adding a disclaimer stating that the British Royal Family had not participated and footage of the Queen was from newsreel and by cutting a six second sequence where the Queen appeared to react to the explosion
The Rank Organisation then refused to screen the film in its Odeon Cinemas, citing commercial reasons. EMI also refused to distribute it, with Chairman Sir Bernard Delfont claiming it was too sympathetic to the IRA to be shown at that present time. Critics such as Alexander Walker protested against this.
- Variety film review; 23 July 1975, page 20.
- anonymous (1974). "no title". Journal: Society of Film and Television Arts. 1–2: 20.
- Great Scenes on Film in 'The Movies' Haber, Joyce. Los Angeles Times 13 Feb 1974: e7.
- News Clip of Queen Causes Film Flap Los Angeles Times 7 June 1975: f18.
- Royal flush The Guardian 24 June 1975: 15.
- Movies: Critics boo British ban on 'Hennessy' Massey, Patrick. Chicago Tribune 13 July 1975: e15.
- Kevin Rockett (1996). The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films, 1896-1996. Red Mountain Media. p. 184. ISBN 0952669803.
- Offer they couldn't defuse: Derek Malcolm reviews new films The Guardian 17 July 1975: 10.
- MOVIE REVIEW: 'Hennessy' Has Royal Look 'Hennessy' Gets Royal Treatment Champlin, Charles. Los Angeles Times 30 July 1975: e1.