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The Ipcress File (1965)

Approved | | Thriller | 2 August 1965 (USA)
In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

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Jock Carswell
Aubrey Richards ...
Dr. Radcliffe
Frank Gatliff ...
Bluejay
Thomas Baptiste ...
Barney - American Agent
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Housemartin (as Oliver Macgreevy)
Freda Bamford ...
Alice
Pauline Winter ...
Charlady
Anthony Blackshaw ...
Edwards
Barry Raymond ...
Gray
David Glover ...
Chilcott-Oakes
Stanley Meadows ...
Inspector Pat Keightley
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A number of leading Western scientists have been kidnapped only to reappear a fews days later. Unfortunately, each scientist has been brainwashed and is now completely useless. The British send their agent, Harry Palmer, to investigate. Palmer is surprised to be selected for such a mission (considering his past) and believes he has been chosen because he is expendable. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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Spy man, spy man, what do you see? "One murder! Two murders! And mine makes three!" See more »

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Trivia

In the years following the film's release, Harry Saltzman claimed that he had fired Sidney J. Furie relatively early in shooting, and that Peter R. Hunt had really directed most of the film, with Furie only being credited as director for contractual reasons. Hunt denied this, however, and revealed that he had in fact tried to preserve Furie's original vision to the best of his abilities, despite Saltzman's attempts to do otherwise. See more »

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When Harry Palmer returns to his apartment to find the dead CIA agent sprawled on his living room floor, the dead man's mouth is open. When the camera cuts from Palmer back to the dead man, the dead man's mouth is now closed. See more »

Quotes

Palmer: Have you seen everything?
Courtney: Yes, thank you.
Palmer: Then you know where the... whiskey is?
Courtney: Yes.
Palmer: Fix us both one, will you?
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Referenced in The Killing Zone (1999) See more »

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The Thin Red Line
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Music by Kenneth Alford
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An original take on Len Deighton's novel.
23 November 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

London, in the early 60s, was captured by Sidney Furie in all its splendor. One of the best things in the movie is the fantastic camera work by its cinematographer, Otto Heller. The director and his cameraman place the camera as a sort of "peeping Tom" device. Mr. Furie and Mr. Heller takes us along to spy on Harry Palmer in this satisfying adaptation of Len Deighton's novel. The musical score by John Barry is another element that works well with one is witnessing.

Harry Palmer came alive the way Michael Caine played him. Palmer is a man from humble origins, in sharp contrast with the rest of the people he works for, who are clearly highly educated and who look down on this man because he is different. Mr. Caine is versatile actor whose take on Harry was right on the money. We can't do anything but admire him for making this man so approachable and believable.

The film was blessed with an excellent cast. Nigel Green, who plays Major Dalby makes his character come true with little effort. So does Guy Doleman as Col. Ross. Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson, and the rest of the actors give amazing performances.

"The Ipcress File" shows us what London looked like in the sixties. It hasn't changed that much, but all the exteriors used in the film is a joy to watch. That speaks volumes of Otto Heller who had an eye for what to photograph, as everything fit nicely into the context of the film.


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