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Operation C.I.A. (1965)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 8 September 1965 (USA)
A young CIA agent is assigned to Saigon to stop a planned political assassination.

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Mark Andrews, CIA
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Kim-Chinh
Danielle Aubry ...
Denise
Cyril Collick ...
Withers
Bill Catching ...
Frank Decker (as William Catching)
Vic Diaz ...
Professor Yen
Marsh Thomson ...
Stacey
John Laughinghouse ...
First American Officer
Frank Estes ...
Second American Officer
Santi ...
Porter
Michael Schwiner ...
Embassy Marine
Robert Gulbranson ...
Man in Bed
Janet Russell ...
Girl in Bed
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A young CIA agent is assigned to Saigon to stop a planned political assassination.

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Our C.I.A. man in Saigon ... The hottest spot on Earth!

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Drama | Thriller

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Last Message from Saigon  »

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When asked about this movie Burt Reynolds replied "The lobby poster said: "The hottest spot on earth!" It was. The movie wasn't." See more »

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The setting is obviously Bangkok, there is Thai writing everywhere. Vietnamese uses the Latin alphabet. See more »

Quotes

Mark Andrews: What is it about me that makes women want to undress me?
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Referenced in Archer: The Man from Jupiter (2012) See more »

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Weekend in Bangkok
12 August 2007 | by (Studio City, CA) – See all my reviews

If you want to watch a young Burt Reynolds pretend to act then this will fulfill your desire. Allegedly, this 1965 film is about espionage in Sai Gon, Viet-Nam. Unfortunately, the only thing accurate is the portrayal of incompetent CIA agents. The film opens with a CIA agent standing on a steet corner when a young man on a small motorcycle stops, dismounts and walks away. The alleged CIA is not suspicious and is killed by a bomb attached to the motorcycle.

Suddenly, Burt Reynolds is dispatched as a university professor with expertise in agriculture. He is educated about Viet-Nam's Mekong Delta region while flying to Hong Kong. Strangely he then takes a Thai Airways airplane to Bangkok rather than Sai Gon. The film was shot in Bangkok. Note the business signs and of course the Thai temples which do not exist is Sai Gon. Also, note the aircraft and airport buses are Thai Airways.

Supposedly, a British journalist is conspiring with some Thais (pretending to be Vietnamese) planning to assassinate the U.S. Ambassador for unknown reason. This is remotely related to events during 1945 not 1965.

General Douglas Gracey commander of the British Army in Annam (southern Viet-Nam) during 1945 conspired with French and Vietnamese agents in Sai Gon, to kill the leader of the U.S. Army OSS (forerunner of the CIA) team who was trying to negotiate with political groups aligned with the Viet-Minh in Tonkin, led by Ho Chi Minh. Gracey supported France's claim for former colonies even though President Franklin Roosevelt before his death was publicly against France taking control of such due to previous despicable colonial policies. But, I seriously doubt the scriptwriters knew anything about the political situation in southern Viet-Nam during 1945.

This film needs a logical script. Apparently, the only reason this film was produced was to spend money sitting in Thailand or simply to visit and enjoy Thai massage girls.

Obviously, during 1965, few people knew Bangkok from Sai Gon. But after eight years of war and millions of photos sent home by soldiers, it is difficult to pretend Bangkok is Sai Gon. Also, none of the Thai girls wear the white Ao Dai costume common with Vietnamese schoolgirls.

Other than being a Bert Reynolds fan, the only other reason to watch this film is if you want to see Bangkok during 1964 - 1965.


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