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The Ipcress File (1965)

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In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

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Aubrey Richards ...
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Barney
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Housemartin (as Oliver Macgreevy)
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Pauline Winter ...
Charlady
Anthony Blackshaw ...
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Barry Raymond ...
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David Glover ...
Chilcott-Oakes
Stanley Meadows ...
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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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Ipcress  »

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Trivia

This movie proved to be a major influence on the style and ambiance of the popular TV series, Mission: Impossible (1966). TV producer/director Bernard L. Kowalski had seen "The Ipcress FIle" and was so impressed he requested that a similar mood and urgency be emulated for "M:I." See more »

Goofs

When Palmer leaves Courtney's flat to catch a train to Paris, he says "See you", but his mouth clearly forms the word "Bye". See more »

Quotes

Colonel Ross: [shopping with Palmer] Beef-A-Roni? Extraordinary.
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Referenced in Kill Your Killer (2015) See more »

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Eine kleine Nachtmusik
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Thrilling
12 November 2002 | by (Boeblingen, Germany) – See all my reviews

A fantastic 60s spy thriller. No flashy special effects, just dark alleys, edge of the seat suspense and high quality acting and screenplay.

It's Michael Caine at his best. It's probably the best of the Harry palmer series, but I haven't seen the whole set yet.

Definitely recommended.

9/10


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