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That Man in Istanbul (1965)

Estambul 65 (original title)
Kelly is a beautiful FBI agent who is investigating the disappearance of Professor Pensdergast, director of a major US government research on nuclear energy. In the course of the ... See full summary »

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Kelly
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Inspector Mallouk (as Angel Picazo)
Gustavo Re ...
Brain
George Rigaud ...
CIA Chief (as Jorge Rigaud)
Agustín González ...
Gunther (as Agustin Gonzalez)
Perrette Pradier ...
Elisabeth Furst
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Schenck
Álvaro de Luna ...
Bogo (as Alvaro de Luna)
Barta Barri ...
Captain
Josep Castillo Escalona ...
(as Castillo Escalona)
Alberto Dalbés ...
Thug (as Alberto Dalbes)
Manuel Bronchud ...
Thug
Luis Induni ...
Thug
Gérard Tichy ...
Charly Cohen (as Gerard Tichy)
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Kelly is a beautiful FBI agent who is investigating the disappearance of Professor Pensdergast, director of a major US government research on nuclear energy. In the course of the investigation, Kelly knows Tony Mecenas, a kind of James Bond and a young and adventurous seducer who, moved by the beauty of Kelly and the reward of one million dollars, will help her find the professor. Written by jsanchez

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11 August 1965 (Italy)  »

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That Man in Istanbul  »

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Fast Paced And Action Filled European Spy Flick
1 March 2002 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

With the explosion of James Bond on to the film world in the early 1960's every producer tried to duplicate that genre. This multinational European effort is relatively fast paced and doesn't take itself too seriously.

A $ I million ransom has been paid for kidnapped American nuclear scientist Dr. Pendergast (Umberto Raho) but he has not been returned. American secret agent Kenny (Sylvia Koscina) goes to Istanbul, Turkey to investigate. There she teams up with expatriate American gambling club owner Tony Maecenas (Horst Buchholz) and his henchman Brain (Gustavo Re) and Bogo (Alvaro de Luna). They trace the missing scientist through a trail of villains; from Hansi (Gerard Tichy) to Gunther (Agustin Gonzalez) to Bill (Mario Adorf) to Schenck (Klaus Kinski). Along the way they compete with Chinese agents and rescue a kidnapped heiress Elisabeth (Perrette Pradier). Trust me, reading the plot here is a lot clearer than trying to follow the movie!

One of the attractions of this movie is the continuous action. It keeps moving, covers a number of locales (i.e. gambling clubs, mosques, ferries, public baths, hotel pools, boats) and involves a lot of fights. While obviously not having the budget of the James Bond movies it does its best to exploit the Istanbul scenery.

The movies doesn't take itself to seriously and Tony is a font of one liners. Whether you enjoy the movie is largely dependent on how to like Buchholz's performance. Another commentator described him as "annoyingly smug" and, if you don't relate to the tongue in cheek humor, that is how you may find him. Koscina starts off as central to the movie but quickly fades into the background as action scenes with Buchholz take over. The performances of the other actors are hard to judge given that you have German, Italian and Spanish actors dubbed into English. However I enjoyed, who wouldn't, the impeccably dressed and throughly nasty Kinski.

I can't really comment on the technical credits inasmuch as the video copy was very "washed out" but, even when I have seen it on TV, I have yet to see a really decent print.

The imitation James Bond sub-genre have their own rules and by that standard this faced paced and action filled film is an acceptable treat.


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