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Queen's Messenger

A British secret service captain seeks to deliver a secret communication to the British Ambassador in Kazakhstan, but a rebel force plans to stop him.

Genre - Action

Director(s) - Mark Roper

Writer(s) - Harry Alan Towers

Cast - Gary Daniels , Teresa Sherrer and John Standing

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge financier

Distributor(s) - Prophecy Entertainment, Cinemavault Releasing International, Sunfilm Entertainment (Germany), Alpha Filmes (Brazil)

Release Date - 2000

Synopsis - By order of the British Secret Service, Captain Strong is given the dangerous assignment of delivering a delicate secret communication to the British Ambassador in Kazakhstan. As the senior officer for the elite Queen's Messenger corps, Captain Strong must pledge to protect his diplomatic cargo with his life from the leader of a rebel force that wants to seize control of the region's oil. Strong, the Ambassador and a female U.S. journalist are captured by the rebels and must find a way to escape.

Critics' Kudos:
Andrea Chee, Movie Gazette: "This odd little British/Canadian/Bulgarian Production is very much action-peppered, with occasional bits of dialogue to explain what's going on. Probably the best of the action is the hand-to-hand fighting by Gary Daniels, which proves he may have some potential as an action star."

Awards and Credits for Major Cast and Crew
Directed by Mark Roper (Ultimate Force, City of Fear, Orion's Key, Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target, Conan, Adventure Inc., High Adventure, Human Timebomb, The Sea Wolf, Death, Deceit & Destiny Aboard the Orient Express, four episodes of Peak Practice and four episodes of The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne).

Written by Harry Alan Towers (Ten Little Indians, Owd Bob, Warrior Queen, The Mangler, The Castle of Fu Manchu, Bullet to Beijing, The Call of the Wild, High Explosive, Circus of Fear and 49 other movies and TV projects) and Peter Jobin (Gemini Award nom for Friday the 13th; also wrote High Explosive, Dorian, Happy birthday to Me, Sumuru, Witness to a Kill, High Explosive, She and Death, Deceit, & Destiny Aboard the Orient Express).

Stars undefeated kickboxing champ Gary Daniels (Cold Harvest, Rage, Firepower, City of Fear, Sing Si Lip Yan, Fist of the North Star, Pocket Ninjas, La Linea, Recoil, Riot and 39 other movies and TV projects); Teresa Sherrer (PCU, Undressed, Judging Amy, Suddenly Susan and Veronica's Closet) and John Standing (V for Vendetta, Chaplin, Scoop, 8 1/2 Women, King Rat, Lassie, The Elephant Man, The Man Who Knew Too Little, The Eagle Has Landed, Outlaw, Mrs. Dalloway, Longitude, The Gathering Storm, 12 episodes of The First Churchills, seven episodes of The Old Boy Network and 96 other films and TV projects).

Cast also includes David Westhead (Beyond the Sea, Wilde, Mrs. Brown, Stage Beauty, The Lost Prince, Wallis and Edward, Heavenly Sword, 10 episodes of Life Begins, six episodes of The Time of Your Life, five episodes of The Lakes, four episodes of Criminal Justice, three episodes of Rose and Maloney, three episodes of Blackeyes and 34 other movies and TV projects); Christoph Waltz (won six major German awards and three more nominations for German-language films; also appeared in Ordinary Decent Criminal, She, Dorian, Falling Rocks, Herr Lehmann, Catherine the Great, Der Fall Gehring and Death, Deceit & Destiny Aboard the Orient Express, four episodes of The Gravy Train Goes East, three episodes of Tatort and 79 other movies and TV projects); Hristo Shopov (won Best Actor at the 2004 Golden Knight Film Festival for The Passion of the Christ; also appeared in The Grey Zone, I am David, Alien Hunter, Dragon Fighter, Shark Hunter, Dragon Destiny and Death, Deceit & Desiny Aboard the Orient Express, as well as 37 other movies and TV projects); Ivan Ivanov (The Hunt for Red October, Vsichko e Lyobov, Boris I and Lavina); Krystjo Lafazanov (20 Bulgarian films) and Romina Mondello (Marquise, Nostromo, Chiara and Death, Deceit & Destiny Aboard the Orient Express).

Executive Producers are Gary Howsam (Chicago Cab, To Walk With Lions, Silver Wolf, Cord, Back in the Day, My 5 Wives, Chapter 27, Crime Spree, Belly of the Beast, Delirious, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, Ignition, The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon, A Twist of Faith, High Explosive, 10 episodes of The Tudors and 50 other movies and TV projects) and Harry Alan Towers (1980 Best Motion Picture Genie Award nomination for Klondike Fever; also produced Cry the Beloved Country, Ten Little Indians, Platoon Leader, The Mangler, The Hitman, Outlaw of Gor, Lady Libertine, Dorian, High Adventure, Black Venus, Fanny Hill, The Call of the Wild, Paroxismus, 22 episodes of Lilli Palmer Theatre, 11 episodes of Tales From Dickens, eight episodes of Dial 999, seven episodes of ITV Television Playhouse, three episodes of The Scarlet Pimpernel and 82 other movies and TV projects).

Co-producers are David Goldstein (Curse of the Starving Class, High Explosive, Witness to a Kill, Deadly Outbreak); Alexander Metodiev (High Adventure, She, The Cherry Orchard and England, My England); Evgeni Mihailov (High Adventure and four Bulgarian films) and Maria Rohm (Dorian Gray, And Then There Were None, The Vengeance of Fu Manchu).

Original Music by Stelvio Cipriani (won the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Movie Score Award for 1970's Anonimo Veneziano; also scored Rush, Rage of Honor, Piranha Part Two: The Spawning, Blindman, Cani Arrabbiati, Whirlpool, The Bermuda Triangle and 192 other movies and TV projects).

Cinematography by Adolfo Bartoli (Puppet Master 3, 4 and 5; Dr. Mordrid; Trancers 2, 3, 4 and 5; The Pit and the Pendulum; Leapin' Leprechauns; Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song; Demonic Toys; five episodes of Carabinieri and 51 other movies and TV projects).

Film Editing by Jacqueline Carmody (Snake Eater, Snake Eater II: The Drug Buster, The Hitman, The Tracker, The Sea Wolf and Johnny Greyeyes.).

Production Design by Giovanni Natalucci (Saving Grace, From Beyond, Troll, Ghoulies II, TerrorVision, I am David, Dolls, Compagni di Scuola, Catacombs, 22 episodes of Conan, 16 episodes of Don Matteo and 34 other movies and TV projects).

Art Direction by Anastas Yanakyev (High Adventure, Vercingétorix, For the Cause and production designer on City of Fear and 30 Bulgarian productions).

Costume Design by Sonia Despotova (For the Cause, Bridge of Dragons, City of Fear, Icon, Mega Snake and Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial).

Special Effects by Vassil Dikov (In Hell, The Grey Zone, Alien Hunter, Air Marshall, Deep Shock, The Order, Spiders II: The Breeding Ground, Bridge of Dragons, Bats: Human Harfvest, Frogmen Operation Stormbringer and Shark Attack 3: Mealodon.).

Release Data:
Released on German video on May 2, 2001 and on Norwegian DVD on August 11, 2004. It came out on US video and DVD on June 15, 2001.

Filming Locations:
Filmed in U.K. and Bulgaria.


Links:
Internet Movie Database entry for Queen's Messenger

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