When a fellow traveler dies suddenly, burned-out journalist David Locke assumes his identity. Using the dead man's datebook as a guide, Locke travels throughout Europe and Africa, taking meetings with dangerous gun runners and falling for a beguiling young woman. But his exciting newfound freedom carries a fateful price as Locke realizes he is in over his head.
Excuse me, ma'am.
Can you tell me where...?, THE, PASSENGER, Do, you speak English?, Which, way?, Left., Left., Stop., Stop., What?, Where.
You going? How long.
Does it take to get to this place? Oh, 12, hours, more or less.
- What's there? Camp? - Yes, a sort of military camp., And..
- How many people? - They will tell you when we get there.
They have arms? They will tell you that too when we get there, everything., No., No., Shit., Bitch., All, right!, I, don't, care!, Water., Yes, sir., Come, in., Monsieur, your drink.
- Thank you.
Put it on the table.
- Yes, sir.
- No, sir., "No, sir.", Robertson?, Robertson? - Hello.
I want to inquire about flights.
There are only two flights in the week.
Next flight is in three days., All, right., Come, in., Sorry to barge in like this.
I saw your lights on, thought you might like a drink.
Yes, come in.
I saw you on the plane.
I'll get some glasses.
My, name's, Robertson, David, Robertson., First time, I've been in this part of Africa.
You know, it well?, No, I've never been up here.
I'm, a reporter., My, name's, Locke.
- Not David Locke? - Yes.
I've often read your pieces.
I'm, very glad to meet you.
You down here for a story? I'm, putting some material together.
Pieces of film for a documentary on Africa.
I'm, finished now.
Thank God, or almost finished.
Do you need? I'd like to make contact with the guerrillas.
Everybody knows they're fighting up here.
They just arrested, some farmers.
Suppose you heard about it., Yes., Anyway, I must've taken a wrong.
There, aren't, very many around here., But you're, not a journalist as well, are you?.
I'm here on business.
Business? In, a godforsaken place like this., Well, I've been in so many places the last few years..
It doesn't make any difference.
You think so? Beautiful?, I, don't, know., So, still., A, kind of..., ...waiting.
You seem unusually poetic for a businessman.
Do I?, Doesn't.
The desert have the same affect on you? No.
I, prefer men to landscapes.
There are men who live in the desert.
Any, family?, No, no family.
Just, a few commitments, including a bad heart., I, really shouldn't, be drinking.
How about another one?, Why, not? And.
Now, what? I'll continue on around the world, I expect., I'm, a globetrotter.
I, take life as it comes.
Suppose, it's different for you.
Isn't, it?, Yeah, it's, different., Still.
You must've been around quite a bit yourself., Yes, I.
How about Umbugbene? I bet.
You've never been to Umbugbene.
No., Terrible, place., Airports, taxi, hotel., They're, all the same in the end.
I, don't, agree.
It's us who remain the same.
We translate every situation, every experience into the same old.
We just condition.
We are creatures of habit, that what you mean? Something like that., I, mean, however, hard you try..
It stays so difficult to get away from your own habits.
The way we talk to these people..
..., the way we treat them, it's, mistaken., I, mean.
How do you get their confidence? Do? You know? Well, it's like this, Mr., Locke..., ...
You work with words, images, fragile, things., I, come with merchandise, concrete things., They understand me, straightaway., Yes., Maybe.
So, where are you going to next?? London, I, think, then Munich, perhaps., No, real reason, just thought I'd check up on some of the old places.
Haven't been in London for three years.
Now., Yes, sir?, There's, a gentleman in number 11., He's dead.
Locke? - Robertson.
Oh, yes, of course.
Man, in number 11..
...I believe is Mr...?.
Locke., David, Locke., Yes, exactly.
He was a newspaperman, I.
This is most unfortunate.
There is no doctor now, and no flight for another three day.
Can we do with him, Mr., Robertson? I'll, be outside., Mr.
Are you going to do? We send body in the city.
The heat,? You know.
We think have to get done very quickly.
- There are regulations.
Is, very sad.
You know, if Mr.
Locke was a religious man? We have a Catholic mission near here.
You think?, I'm, sure that will do very well.
Yeah., Library., David, Locke?, Yep., Okay., Martin, I.
Think you probably knew David better than any of us.
In, fact, I think he was in Africa making a television film for you.
That's, right, yes., But, I feel I must begin by saying..
How terribly upset I was by the news of his death.
It was so unexpected.
He was still very young.
You were asked to sum up..
What it was that made David such a good journalist..
What would you say? First, I suppose it was his background.
But educated in America gave him..
...a different perspective.
A kind of detachment.
Then he had this great talent for observation.
- Going on a holiday? - Sort of.
Do you want to leave the car? - I don't know.
- Where? Are you going? - I haven't made up my mind.
Here's, a list of our offices.
A look in it.
I'll, go to Yugoslavia.
- Dubrovnik? - Yes.
- How long for? - For the rest of my life.
You buy a new car?, Thank, you., Here.
- Thank you.
- Thank you., Mr., Locke., David., David., What.
Do you think you're doing? - Are? You crazy? - Yes.
Rachel,? Where are you going?? Mr., Robertson?, Mr., Robertson., Did.
Something go wrong at the airport? We were expecting you to contact us, sir., Yes., I'm afraid, there was a slight muddle.
It all right for us to talk now, then?, Talk?, I.
This is Mr.
We are very grateful for your help.
You have taken enormous risks for our sake.
You manage to get everything.
We wanted? Have.
You got the papers? The, papers?, Oh, yes., You, better take a look at them.
And let me know what you think.
Yes., Oh, excellent., Excellent.
You got the FN rifles as well, excellent.
A pity about the anti-aircraft guns., Yes., Well, that's, very good., Glad, it's, all there.
Sorry about the anti-aircraft guns., I.
Hope, it won't be too much of..
...a, drawback., Oh, no, their planes, aren't, very effective at the moment.
We, evade them easily.
Main problem is the military assistance..
Government is getting from Europe.
Yes, well, it's, not surprising.
The first installment, Mr., Robertson., Don't.
You want to check it?, No., I'm sure it's all right.
Second installment will be paid as agreed in Geneva., You know, the number.
Our next meeting will be in..., In, Barcelona., The arrangements for that remain unchanged.
I have heard a lot about you, Mr., Robertson., I realize that you are not like the others..
You believe in our fight.
This will be of great assistance to our people.
Of course you realize the present government has agents..
...who may try to interfere with you.
In that case, I hope you will try to get in touch with us.
We will help in any way we can.
My regards to Daisy.
- To whom? - To Daisy.
- Thank you., Jesus, Christ., Sorry., Yes, in the lab, 4:00.
Thank you very much.
- Is it.
All right, me coming in like this?.
- Of course it is.
- May I watch? - Please do.
Yes, come sit over here.
The other stool.
- All right? - Suppose so., Mr., President..
..., could you comment on the recent arrest of foreign nationals?? This matter..
is in the hands of the courts.
It is up to the law to make its comment.
The United Liberation Front still control.
The northern provinces? In.
Other words, are the guerrillas still fighting?, Perhaps., For, once..., ...
The official terminology correspond with the actual facts.
The facts are these:.
This is no longer a problem.
Intellectuals and journalist like to make publicity out of it.
To, give it some kind of political substance.
That's enough of that.
You seeing a good many of David's, interviews?, All, right, thanks., Go to lunch now., So..
I'm, glad you dropped by.
Do you think of my idea? - A portrait of David? - Yeah.
Why? Do you want to do it? - A way to remember him.
- Yes? Besides, I think it might help in pulling this material.
You don't seem very enthusiastic., Oh, it's, not that.
It's just that.
You know, reporters, interviews..., David, really wasn't.
I was there.
You know, that interview.
I went to see him, but only stayed for one day., I, don't mean to sound disloyal..
..., but he accepted too much.
We hadn't been very close.
The last couple of years.
I, don't know, why I'm talking like this., I'm, sorry., I hope you make your film.
You love him? - Yes, I think so.
Just didn't, make each other very happy.
There is no fighting anymore.
The situation is practically normal.
That remain is a couple of hundred gangs..
...in, the hands of some common bandits.
The opposition party be allowed to nominate candidates..
The next election? There is no opposition.
We are a unified nation.
You think...? - I think this country..
...is on the road to a great future.
- David! - Yeah.
- Half an hour.
- Okay, see you later.
- You didn't like that, did you? - No.
You involve yourself in real situations.
But you've got no real dialogue.
- Why didn't.
You tell that man he's a...? - A liar? - Yes.
- I know.
Those are the rules.
I don't like to see you keep them.
Why did you come? Yes.
Hello, Avis? This is Mr., Robertson., Oh, yes, hello.
How are you? Yes, but I'm not going to Debrovnik.
No, I'm going to Barcelona.
For, the rest of my life.
Same to you.
Thank, you., Goodbye., Hey., Is, beautiful.
My name is Robertson.
I've been waiting for someone who hasn't arrived.
So many of them grow up.
Other people, look at the children..
They all imagine a new world., But, me..., ...when, I.
Watch them, I just see the same old tragedy..
...begin all over again.
They can't get away from us.
Did you learn to speak English? You want me to tell you my life? - Yes.
- All right.
One day, very far from here...
Commissioned officers are charged under M.
- I'm sorry, I, didn't mean, to upset you.
- I know.
What about David's things? Have.
They arrived yet? No.
They called to say it'd take about a week, at least.
- Usual muddle.
- Yes, I know.
They asked if I knew someone called Robertson.
He stayed at same hotel as David did.
You find him? - Possibly.
- I'd like to talk to him.
- So would I.
Why don't you try and forget all about it?, Yeah., I know, it's stupid., I, didn't care at all before.
Now that he's dead, in some strange way.
Perhaps I was wrong about him.
You try hard enough..
You can reinvent him., Martin, Knight, please., When?, Really?, Rachel, Locke., Yes., Oh.
But that's marvelous.
Did he find out, from Avis? Hotel, Oriente., Thank, you., You will let me know if anything else happens?, Great., Bye.
What was that? Martin.
He left this morning for Barcelona.
He may have found Robertson.
You still looking for him?.
I was trying to remember something.
It important? No.
What is it.
Do you know? I came in by accident.
The man who built it was hit by a bus.
- Who was he? - Gaudí.
He built this house for a corduroy manufacturer.
They used this room for concerts.
You think he was crazy? How.
Could you come in here by accident? - I was escaping.
- Oh, from what? Well, I thought, someone might be following me.
- Somebody who might recognize me.
- Why? - I don't know.
- Well, I can't recognize you.
Who are you? I used to be somebody else..
...but, I traded him, in.
What about you? Well, I'm in Barcelona.
I'm talking to someone who might be someone else.
I was with those people..
...but I think I'm going to see the other Gaudí buildings, alone.
- All of them? - They're all good for hiding in.
Depends on how much time you've got.
I have to leave today.
This, afternoon., I.
Hope you make it.
- Every time.
They leave the room.
We give you another car, Mr., Robertson?, This, one really ought to be serviced.
Oh, fine., Yes.
As long as it's a large car.
Oh, by the way, Mr.
- I have a message for you.
- A what? A, message., It's from Mr., Knight.
It can't, be for me.
I'm sure it's, not a mistake.
He said, he didn't know, you..
He wanted you to get in touch with him.
He's staying at the Hotel Oriente.
The, same as you, I think.
- Will the Fiat 125 be all right? - Son of a bitch.
You sure that he said that he didn't know, me?, I'm quite sure, Mr., Robertson., Thank.
You very much., I, don't think I'll be needing.
Another car., I'm..., I'm, sorry., Hey., Have.
You decided not to disappear? No.
Why I came.
I thought, perhaps you could help me.
How can I help you? How.
Can you help? Me?? It sounds crazy because I can't explain it.
There is someone following me.
- Another one? - No.
Same man., Someone, I, don't.
I've bought a car.
Second, hand., Third, hand., I'm, leaving Barcelona, but I have to get my things from the hotel.
That sounds, rather easy.
Except that he's probably waiting for me.
You want me to get the jewels and secret documents? Yes.
I'll, give you the keys to the car and my passport and a thousand pesetas.
I, don't know who else to ask.
Okay., Excuse, me., Excuse, me., Could, I, talk to you for a moment? - What is it? - I'm sorry to intrude like this..., ...but I understand you're, a friend of David Robertson.
- Who? - David Robertson.
Yes, in a way.
But who are you? Well, I've been trying very hard to find him.
I thought, you might know where he was.
I gather from the hotel that these are his things.
- I'm sorry., My, name's, Martin, Knight., I'm, a television producer from England.
I've, come all the way out to talk to him, but I can't find him.
- Well, I'll.
Take you to him.
- Really? That would be very kind.
Thank, you., I left a message for him..
...at, the Avis office.
But there seems to have been some misunderstanding.
I think he mentioned you.
You mind following in a taxi? I have to pick up somebody else with some more stuff.
All right., Thank you so much, that's, very kind of you.
I'll just get a taxi.
It difficult? - Well..
- Thank you.
- Come on.
Is that your suitcase? Can I, ask you one question, now? - One you can, yes.
- Only one, always the same.
What are you running away? From? Turn your back to the front seat.
I've run out of everything., My, wife., The, house., An, adopted child., A, successful, job.
Everything, except a few bad habits.
I, couldn't, get rid of.
Did you get away with it?? There was an accident.
Everyone thought, I was dead.
Let them think so.
There is no way to explain it, is there? Now I think I'm going to be a waiter in Gibraltar.
- Maybe a novelist in Cairo.
- Too romantic.
- How about a gunrunner? - Too unlikely.
A matter of fact, I think I am one.
It depends on which side you're on., Yes.
I just sold 5000 hand.
Grenades, 900 rifles..., ...and, a great deal of ammunition to some people..
...fighting, a secret war in an obscure part of the world.
- I like it.
- You like that one? You like.
How about you? I'm.
A tourist become a bodyguard.
I'm studying architecture.
- Studying architecture? - Yeah.
What kind of impression.
Do you think you make..
...when? You first come into a room? They.
Look at me.
Just think I'm all right.
You, learn much more packing someone's, things., Yeah, it's like listening in on a private phone.
Do you feel? - Happy.
That man said, he was looking for David, Robertson., Who, did?, The man, who was following you.
- What else? - Nothing.
He said, he was a television producer.
And wanted to talk to you about a friend, that's all.
You've got a date with Marina..
...at, 3:00 on the 10 of September, don't forget., At, the Plaza de la, Iglesia, San..., San, Ferdinando., And.
Another next day, in a place called Osuna, with Daisy.
The Hotel de la, Gloria.
Very, picturesque, perhaps., I, won't, be there., What, a pity, all these girls: Lucy, Marina, Daisy., Daisy, again.
Daisy seems to be your favorite.
- I think this Daisy is a man.
- A man? Yes.
When we filmed you at the village..
...I understood that you were brought up to be a witch doctor.
It unusual for someone like you..
...to have spent several years in France and Yugoslavia? Has that changed your attitude toward certain tribal customs? Don't.
They strike you as false now and wrong, perhaps, for the tribe? Mr.
...there are perfectly satisfactory answers to all your questions.
But I, don't.
Think you understand how little you can learn from them.
...are, much more revealing about yourself..
My answer would be about me.
I meant them quite sincerely.
We can have a conversation..
...but only if it's not just what you think is sincere...
Also what I believe to be honest.
Yes, of course, but..
We can have an interview.
You can ask me the same questions as before.
- Everything all right? - Fine.
You later., Martin, you're, back., What, luck., I've been trying to find you.
- I want to see this again.
- What? - This one.
- What's this? Oh, that one.
- What happened? - He disappeared.
Robertson? It was as though he was frightened of something.
- Frightened? - Yes, I, don't know, why.
I think we should get in touch with the embassy.
They might be able to tell us something about him.
- Yes, I know.
- What? I was supposed to collect David's things.
Mrs., Locke., Good, afternoon., Please, sit, down., Mrs., Locke..., ...may, I, offer you my government's most sincere condolences., Thank, you., We have his things here for you.
Now, about your inquiry.
I understand you were asking about Mr.
- David Alfred Robertson.
You help me? He was probably the last man to speak to my husband.
Robertson is involved in illegal arms traffic in our country.
Arms, traffic? Could.
He have killed my husband? No.
We are sure of the doctor's report.
Your husband died from a heart attack.
My husband realize who he was? - I don't think so.
Robertson is associated with the United Liberation.
What shall I say? A, rather, radical organization.
A man called Achebe.
They're, very troublesome, people., Very, unintelligent.
- However, Robertson has vanished.
He was in Barcelona.
Did you contact him? There? - Three days? Ago., Do.
You plan going on looking for him? Yes.
Haven't been in London for three years.
Now., Wouldn't, it be better.
If we could just forget old places?, Forget, everything that happens and just throw it all away, day by day? Unfortunately, the world doesn't work that way.
It doesn't work.
The other way either.
That's, the problem.
What's on the other side of that window? People will believe what I write.
And why? Because.
It conforms to their expectations..
and to mine as well, which is worse.
Well, in India.
You know, they..
Hey, I think your tape recorder's..
I must have..
- Still running.
Yeah, sorry., Plaza de la.
This is it.
I should go alone from here., No, one.
The fuck are you doing here with me? Which, me?, The, only one I know.
There are no others.
The rest of that's just..
Let's, go and eat.
- The old me is hungry.
- Why? - Because I'm, not interested..
...in, giving up.
You make it.
It what? Hey.
You believe in coincidence? - I never asked myself., I, never used to notice it., Now I, see it all around.
You know, something? - What? - I saw you before.
- Where? - In London.
- What I was doing? - Reading.
It must have been me.
Are you thinking? - Nothing.
Excuse, me, señor.
- Is that your white car parked outside? - Yes.
Why? A policeman is looking for the owner.
Shall I, tell him to come in?, No., I'll, go.
He's, looking for a white convertible with Madrid plates.
He, doesn't know, why.
He want us to go with him.
I, go, it's, better.
Señor, are you looking for the car or the person in it? They're, looking for David Robertson.
There is a woman named Rachel Locke.
She thinks he is in danger., In danger of what?, Señora Locke? - Señora Locke? - Yes? Señora Locke? - Señora Locke.
Front desk., Yes., Do.
You have a double room for the night..
And the young woman? - Did.
You give any other information? Thank, you., What about the embassy? Did.
You try them? What.
Did they say? The police.
- There's a hole in the pan.
- What's that? It's, a metal pan under the crankcase..
...the oil all will run out.
Should we do? Well, reach? The first place, get a mechanic and repair the car.
It will run? Slowly.
It, beautiful, here?, Yes., It's, very beautiful.
There., The, car, won't, make it.
Police will come soon.
I, know., We, better go., There's, a boat leaving from Almería to Tangiers.
Listen., You can't, be like that, just escaping.
So, keep the appointment.
One will be there, like the other places.
But Robertson made these appointments.
He believed in something.
What you wanted, didn't you? - But he's dead.
- But you're, not., Okay.
We can both go.
Take the bus..
...to, Almería., Catch that boat, go to Tangiers..
...and leave a message for me at American Express.
I'll, meet you there in three days' time.
If you turn up.
Okay., Take, care., Closed., Thank, you.
- Is there.
Any luggage? - No, no baggage., Thank, you, Mr., Robertson., Mrs.
Robertson has arrived.
A few hours ago.
Robertson? - Yes.
We don't need your passport.
One is enough.
We have put you in adjoining rooms for a night.
Can you see? A little boy and an old woman.
They are having an argument about which way to go.
You shouldn't have come.
Can you see now?? A? Man scratching his shoulder.
A kid, throwing stones.
And, dust., It's, very dusty here., Isn't.
It funny how things happen? All the shapes we make.
It be terrible to be blind?, I know, a man who was blind.
He was nearly 40 years old.
He had an operation..
How was it like? At first.
He was elated...
...Really, high., Faces..., ...colors..., ...landscapes., But.
Then everything began to change.
The world was much poorer than he imagined.
One had ever told him how much dirt there was.
How, much ugliness.
He noticed ugliness, everywhere.
He was blind..
...he used to cross the street alone with a stick.
He regained his sight..
...he became afraid.
He began to live in darkness.
He never left his room.
He killed himself.
The fuck are you doing here with me? You, better go., Okay., Is.
This David, Robertson? Do.
You recognize him? I, never knew him.
You recognize him? Yes.
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