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Lassiter
Directed by Roger Young
Written by David Taylor
Starring Tom Selleck
Jane Seymour
Lauren Hutton
Bob Hoskins
Music by Ken Thorne
Release date(s) 17 February, 1984
Running time 100 min
Country  United States
Language English

Lassiter is a 1984 adventure film part-caper and part-espionage, set in 1930s London, starring Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour that was made to cash in on Selleck's popularity as the character Thomas Magnum in the show Magnum, P.I. but failed to ignite the box-office on its release. The Magnum, P.I. connection is perhaps most clearly seen by the movie poster tagline The Magnum Man Hits the Big Screen with a Vengeance.

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Plot

Nick Lassiter (Tom Selleck) is a gentleman jewel thief in 1934 London, England. He is arrested by the police after breaking into a London mansion and, after being a member of a phony lineup in which he is positively identified by a law enforcement plant, British law enforcement and the FBI blackmail Lassiter to break into the German Embassy and steal $10 million in Nazi diamonds from a German spy (Lauren Hutton), but first he must locate their hiding place. The gems are en route from South America and will be sold to help finance Hitler's military buildup.

Trivia

Lassiter is the only movie in which Jane Seymour is seen nude, from the rear and side.

Selleck was already under contract to star in the television series Magnum, P.I. when he was offered the role of Indiana Jones in the 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Selleck decided the honorable option was to honor his contract and stay with the television series. As it turned out "Magnum, P.I." was delayed for several months and Selleck could have made the movie but the role had already been filled by Harrison Ford. Selleck's 1984 movie "Lassiter" is seen as an attempt by Selleck (along with the movie High Road to China) to star in a vehicle that borrows heavily from the Indiana Jones character, and in this case also James Bond.

Lassiter is also known as The Magnificent Thief.

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