Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who's recruited by a shady CIA agent, named Adam, to help them with the defection of a Russian scientist. But an East German secret agent, named Peter Heinzeman, learns of Bower's meeting with Adam and threatens Bower to mind his own business, while Bower learns of a back story to all this involving stolen microfilm that each side wants. Written by
Slowly, fantastic shapes begin to appears on walls. Then strange sounds - water dripping - muffled sobs and then a beautiful woman moves towards Bower's bed. And then a voice..."kill Bower!"
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First major role in an English language film for Moroccan actress Macha Méril
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Early in the film, Bower is talking to Heinzmann. Bower is holding his cigarette vertically because he has a long ash. The POV switches and Bower has his hand down and cigarette horizontal, still with a long ash on it and he quickly taps the ash off into the ashtray. See more
Most items in the closing credits appear and/or disappear in time with rhythms in the final music. See more
Referenced in Machine Gun McCain