Does anyone know what the legal status of this Sean Connery film is? Is it in the public domain? This movie was originally released (by Allied Artists) to US cinemas in 1976 at a length of 108 minutes. The following year, in 1977, it played on HBO at that same length. However, subsequent cable TV showings in the 1980s have featured a shortened version that eliminates Cornelia Sharpe’s nude scene amongst other cuts. This shortened version runs approx. 90 minutes and has been released on various public domain VHS labels under alternate titles (The Arab Conspiracy is one). It has also just been released on a crappy, VHS-quality budget DVD under the original title. I’m thinking that this short version is possibly an airline or broadcast TV version, since there’s no R-rated material in it. The odd thing is that the full-length version seems to have disappeared completely from public view, at least in the US. It’s never gotten a quality “legitimate” VHS or DVD release, and the only TV or cable showings in the US since the late 70s that I know of have been of the cut version. Does anyone know anything more about this?