- Directed by Romolo Guerrieri
- Starring David Janssen, Arthur Kennedy, Maurizio Merli, Corinne Cléry
- Written by Nico Ducci, Romolo Guerrieri
Covert Action (1978) -- Janssen plays an ex-CIA agent who has become an author, writing both non-fiction exposes (Phillip Agee was in the news at this time) and fiction spy novels. The CIA is on his case, in the person of Arthur Kennedy, CIA chief in Athens, where Janssen is staying. Janssen is pursuing a case that interests him, while dodging the traps set for him by Kennedy (and NOT dodging them too--the scenes where he is captured by the CIA and sent in for deprogramming are harrowing in the extreme!), and trying to help Maurizio Merli, a former colleague with personal problems.
For fans of European crime and spy films, this is a must-see, and it should also interest any David Janssen fans out there.
Covert Action DVD is offered as a compact edition. This transfer is manufactured on demand and is presented on premium DVD-R with thermal disc print in a clear plastic wallet. Important: This title has been manufactured from the best-quality video master (rated 8/10) currently available and has not been remastered or restored.