Hennessy (film)

Directed by Don Sharp
Produced by Peter Snell
Screenplay by John Gay
Starring Rod Steiger
Lee Remick
Richard Johnson
Music by John Scott
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by Erik Boyd-Perkins
Distributed by AIP
Release dates
  • 31 July 1975 (1975-07-31) (USA)
Running time
103 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.[1]


After the death of his family during a riot in Belfast, Niall Hennessy comes up with a plan to blow up the British Houses of Parliament.[2]



Production finished in September 1974.[3]


The British Board of Film Classification initially refused to classify the film because it contained footage of Queen Elizabeth II speaking at the State Opening of Parliament and apparently reacting to something happening in the House of Lords. 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. The Rank Organisation then refused to screen the film in its Odeon Cinemas, citing commercial reasons. EMI also refused to distribute it. As a result it was only shown at a small number of independent cinemas.[4]


  1. Variety film review; 23 July 1975, page 20.
  2. http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/36138
  3. anonymous (1974). "no title". Journal: Society of Film and Television Arts. 1–2: 20.
  4. Kevin Rockett (1996). The Irish Filmography: Fiction Films, 1896-1996. Red Mountain Media. p. 184. ISBN 0952669803.

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