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|“||Gentlemen, you are neither paid, plan or to think, or make a kill. You will pick up your weapons and be ready to leave here precisely at 6:00. And by 6:25, there should be... [transceiver malfunctions].||„|
|~ Mr. Firat explaining his plan to his henchmen.|
Mr. Sharif Firat is the main antagonist of Joe Camp's 1979 mystery film The Double McGuffin by Paramount. He is an international terrorist who wants to kill a Middle Eastern prime minister named Kura Carter.
He was portrayed by the late Ernest Borgnine, who also played Carface Carruthers in All Dogs Go to Heaven.
At the beginning of the movie, one of the assassins is seen ordering a taxi driver to drive a briefcase full of money to St. Moritz Hotel, the residence of Madame Kura. Another assassin named Moras is seen trying to shoot Kura, but fails. The next morning, the suitcase falls out of the taxi car into the woods.
The briefcase is eventually found by a boy named Homer Rutledge and he tries to show it to his friends, but they find a man's corpse instead. They try to report it to Chief Talasek and he reluctantly decides to go with them, only to find it gone, to which Talasek leaves.
The kids later notice Firat being dropped off by Kura's limousine and talks on the phone in a foreign language. The kids head over to investigate as Homer notices that Firat is possessing the same briefcase. As Firat hangs up, Specks and Jody distract him by pretending to conduct a survey, while Homer and Foster steal the briefcase and head to the cafe to show it to Talasek. Talasek refuses to open the case and Billy Ray warns then that Firat is coming as he arrives at the cafe. Talasek asks Firat if he wants to press charges against Homer for theft, to which he tells him not to. Homer demands Talasek to arrest Firat for stealing his money until Foster tells him to stop. Tally asks Firat if he wants to open the briefcase and he refuses. Homer tries to point out that he's trying to hide the evidence until Talasek threatens him. Talasek asks Firat why he refuses to open the case and Firat reminds him that he said that he's not required to do so, but Talasek changes his mind. Firat claims that he's left the key at home, but they manage to unlock the briefcase with Homer's Swiss Army knife, only to see Kura's underwear, much to Talasek's dismay.
The following night during a football game, the kids notice Kura among the audience, but they also notice Firat standing behind her, watching them. As the game starts, the kids notice that Firat has disappeared. After the game, Specks and Homer return to the woods and find the same briefcase in the same culvert. However, upon opening it, they notice a box with a note on it, noting that they deserve a "big hand" after their performance. As they open the box, they find a dismembered hand and they flee. They head back to retrieve the hand to show it to Talasek as evidence, only to find that it has disappeared before fleeing the scene.
The next morning, at the cafe, the kids notice Firat walking by and Billy Ray follows him to Hotel Boneiux. Firat buys a magazine and drops a note aside. Billy Ray reads it and notices that it was written by Moras to meet him at the Iron Horse bar. The other kids follow Billy Ray at the hotel and he notices Firat and his men talking at the bar. Billy Ray and Homer head to Firat's hotel room, while Specks and Foster keep watch. They plant their transceiver in a nearby plant and notice a trunk filled with rifles. Billy Ray notices that the phone if left off the hook, so they immediately leave the room. Before they could make it to the elevator, Firat and his men appear and they escape by entering another room. The boys listen to Firat's conversation on the transceiver and overhear their plan to leave at six o'clock on Saturday, but before they could hear anymore of their plan, one of the assassins dumps their beer on the hidden transceiver, destroying it. The boys later notice Firat's men setting up a homecoming party and they come up with a plan to stop them.
Specks and Homer hire a computer expert named Arthur Honeycutt and he reluctantly agrees to help them on their plan. Foster distracts Firat and his men by setting off a fire alarm at the hotel and Jody manages to take pictures of them. The following night, Specks, Homer and Arthur sneak into the computer programing room and manage to print out papers. Billy Ray and Foster then sneak into Chief Talasek's office and scan the details about Firat and his men. They discover that unlike the other assassins, Firat has no criminal record other than being an illegal immigrant from Kaboor, a Middle Eastern country known for its former dictatorship. The kids also learn that Firat is planning to assassinate the prime minister and that Madame Kura is the targeted victim after calling the operator of the palace of the prime minister, with her daughter being Michelle Carter.
That morning, Billy Ray and Arthur head to Michelle's school. As Kura drops her daughter off, they head to her limousine and warn her that her life is in danger. They try to convince her to come with them to the police station, but Firat appears in the limousine and they flee with the evidence. Kura is confused about why they ran off when they had proof that her life is in danger and Firat assures her that she's safe. Before Billy and Arthur could make it to the police station, Firat appears and chases them. They arrive at their hotel and Arthur runs out of breath. Billy is forced to dump out the files to give them time to escape. Firat arrives and picks up the evidence before he could continue chasing them. Arthur blames himself for letting everyone down, but Specks comes up with a plan to take Talasek to the evidence instead.
Foster distracts Firat and his assassins by using the fire alarm once more, while Specks and Homer sneak into his room. Arthur informs Talasek about Firat keeping records in his trunk and they head out to investigate. Specks and Homer find the evidence, but Firat and his men return and the two of them hide in the closet. Firat and Moras argue for a bit and Firat informs the assassins that they have two minutes to leave for Kura's assassination. As Firat's henchmen get their rifles out, Talasek and Arthur arrive before Firat could open the briefcase. Firat lets them in and Talasek opens the trunk, only to find nothing. Talasek confronts Arthur as he accuses him of lying to him and the assassins stare at him until the telephone rings. Firat tells Talasek that he dislikes telephones and decides to pick it up, but Talasek insists on picking it up himself. After hearing about what Specks' father said on the phone, Talasek holds Firat and his men at gunpoint and Arthur opens the closet, revealing Specks and Homer apparently bound and gagged, having tricked Firat. Firat denies kidnapping them, but Talasek silences him and assures Specks' father that they are safe. The police arrive and Firat and his men are arrested. Firat compliments Specks for his great work and questions why he would trick them into thinking they got kidnapped, to which Specks replies that he should either confess to his real crimes or take the rap for frame. Specks then shows Talasek the files and he begins to trust them more.
It it likely that Firat faced a lengthy prison sentence for murder and conspiracy and that Kura has ended her relationship with him once she has discovered his plans to assassinate her.
- It is unknown why he used Kura's underwear to throw the kids and Tally off track. It is possible that he may have predicted that this would happen or he may just simply be a pervert.
- Firat bought his outfit from Italy.