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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nigel Green ...
Dalby
Guy Doleman ...
Sue Lloyd ...
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Carswell
Aubrey Richards ...
Radcliffe
Frank Gatliff ...
Bluejay
Thomas Baptiste ...
Barney
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 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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Collins had been considered for the role of Jean Courtney. See more »

Goofs

When Dalby meets Ross in his club, Ross's right hand is in the air on the long shot but holding the newspaper in the close-up. The position of his left hand changes between shots as well, with the fingers changing from pointing down to being horizontal. See more »

Quotes

[Palmer and Dalby are attending a performance of a military band playing Mozart]
Palmer: Very neat. Must we sit through any more of this torture? I've got a lot of things to do.
Major Dalby: I think they're playing very well.
Palmer: Tell me who wins.
[gets up and leaves]
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Followed by Spy Story (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik
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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Better than James Bond
25 July 1999 | by (Brighton, England) – See all my reviews

This film is, in a word, fantastic. Caine plays a British secret service agent who is assigned to find out who is brainwashing the country's top scientists. This is an interesting slant on the usual cold war thriller plots and is much more believable than James Bond films, although it lacks the latter's explosive action. this is the antithesis of Bond as Caine lives on a meagre wage, has a bedsitting flat and does his own shopping! He also wears glasses and in one scene, chats up his female work colleague whilst cooking. The plot is also a lot more grown-up than its Bond counterpart - there are no cat stroking madmen intent on world domination. What makes the film is the idiosyncratic camera angles and the grainy film quality which adds to the oppressive cold war drama. The brainwashing scene is quite amusing and cliched by todays standards with psychodelic images, trippy music and "You-are-getting-sleepy..." type-quotes. Guy Doleman and Nigel Green head up a brilliant supporting cast which include a few familiar British faces. It is interesting to note that the film was produced by the same people who bring Bond to the screen and even the excellent soundtrack is courtesy of John Barry.


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